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  • When it comes to pets and the law, no one is spared, not even Johnny Depp’s two Yorkshire Terriers, who now risk being killed in Australia if they don’t get out of the country soon.

    This isn’t the first time celebrities have gotten in trouble with the law because of their pets. In 2013, Justin Bieber was forced to leave his pet capuchin in Germany, because he couldn’t produce the proper paperwork for it.

    So you won't get into similar trouble, here’s a compilation of six strange but real pet rules from around the world that you should be aware of.
     
    1) Hedgehogs, sugar gliders are legal in Malaysia but illegal in Singapore
    FORT LAUDERDALE, FL - JANUARY 22: A hedgehog is seen during a press conference by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission to encourage people who own exotic pets like the hedgehog to turn them in during the Exotic Pet Amnesty Program on January 22, 2014 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.The program scheduled for Saturday is an effort to reduce the number of nonnative species being released into the wild by pet owners who can no longer care for their pets or no longer wish to keep them. Amnesty Day events are held around the state to provide the opportunity for people to surrender their nonnative pets free of charge with no penalties. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)FORT LAUDERDALE, FL - JANUARY 22: A hedgehog is seen during a press conference by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission to encourage people who own exotic pets like the hedgehog to turn them in during the Exotic Pet Amnesty Program on January 22, 2014 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.The program scheduled for Saturday is an effort to reduce the number of nonnative species being released into the wild by pet owners who can no longer care for their pets or no longer wish to keep them. Amnesty Day events are held around the state to provide the opportunity for people to surrender their nonnative pets free of charge with no penalties. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
    The two countries are close neighbours, but don’t keep your sugar glider in your pocket if you’re planning a weekend trip to the city-state.
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    2) Pet birds are allowed to enter Costa Rica, but can never leave
    LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 01: A Parakeet sits on a blossom branch in St James's Park on April 1, 2015 in London, England. Despite the sun making a brief appearance today, strong gales, heavy winds and even snow in parts of the UK are expected over the Easter bank holiday. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 01: A Parakeet sits on a blossom branch in St James's Park on April 1, 2015 in London, England. Despite the sun making a brief appearance today, strong gales, heavy winds and even snow in parts of the UK are expected over the Easter bank holiday. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
    Sounds like a nightmare, but Costa Rica has a strict rule when it comes to pet birds – it’s a one-way ticket. Don’t bring your pet parakeet into
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  • The Gluten-free diet fad or revolutionary change?

    The struggle is real, for those with coeliac anyway. By some, it's considered a fad diet, while others say it's a revolutionary lifestyle change. Either way, gluten-filled foods are being exiled from cupboards all over the world, and the trendy diet has fast become a parody. Comedy rappers Stench composed this hilarious rap to spread the gluten-free message. Warning: For those who chose not to eat gluten, you may find this insulting.

  • Save 'Boo' and 'Pistol': Johnny Depp's dogs get death threat Down Under

    The dogs of actor Johnny Depp  'Boo' and 'Pistol'  received a grim welcome from Australia on Thursday, as the Agricultural Minister told them to "bugger off" within 50 hours or risk death. Depp failed to declare the terriers on his private jet in-flight manifest.

     "It doesn’t matter if Johnny Depp has been awarded sexiest man alive twice, it’s time Boo and Pistol bugger off home," Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce said.

    Depp is in Australia to film "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales" on the Queensland coast. Depp flew in to Brisbane last month without declaring the two dogs to customs, who were spotted visiting a pooch parlour accompanied by Depp's wife, Amber Heard.

    "Just because he's Johnny Depp does not mean he's exempt from Australian law. He can send them back or we will have to euthanase them," Joyce said. 

    Australia has strict laws, requiring pets to be quaranteed for a minimum of 10 days upon arrival.

    Public outrage over the comments has been growing,

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  • [CORRECTED on 15 May 2015 at 12:50pm: An earlier version said that a cockroach was used in the game, but actually, a cicada was used.]

    Japanese game shows have been known to defy sense and test the courage of its contestants. From smelling underwear to getting slapped to falling into the unknown, the Japanese have done them all.

    By now, you should have seen the video of two girls blowing a cicada through a tube back and forth between each other. The goal? To not let that itty-bitty creature get blown into your mouth.

    The segment is from the show AKBingo!, which stars AKB48, a popular Japanese all-girl group. In every episode of the show, the girls will undergo challenges, answer quizzes and solve riddles. The blowing of the cockroach was one of the activities the girls had to do.

    In regards to this cringe-worthy video, we found several others that make one question how the Japanese game show creators come up with the game segments and why the contestants would agree to be subjected to

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  • Taylor Swift has been posting images of posters teasing the new music video ‘Bad Blood’, starting with one of herself followed by one of Victoria Secret model Lily Aldridge.

    ‘Bad Blood’, which was released with the 1989 album on 27 October last year, has been speculated about endlessly by fans, known as Swifties. Rumour has it that the song is about another fellow singer-songwriter, who is also a fond lover of cats. (Hint: She recently held a concert in Singapore.)

    Now we know that Swift holds nothing back when it comes to her songs, and we’re just waiting in high hopes for the music video to drop.

    Based on the posters, the first of which was posted on 7 May, we know that the music video from her latest 1989 album will be premiering on 17 May, at this year’s Billboard Music Awards. It's also directed by Joseph Kahn, the same director for her 'Blank Space' music video, and produced by Swift herself.

    The 26-year-old has also been posting a series of follow-up posters on her Twitter and

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  • By Pro.com
    Special to Yahoo Homes

    Airy, sprawling rooms with plenty of areas for decorating are the dreams of many homeowners, but for most, that’s unfortunately where they stay—in our dreams. Instead of viewing small spaces as a limitation, think of it as a fun and inventive challenge. With these 12 easy tips, making your room seem bigger will be a breeze.

    (Credit: Photographee.eu/Shutterstock)(Credit: Photographee.eu/Shutterstock)

    1. Use Natural Light

    Everywhere, as much as possible. Natural light brings more dimension and an airiness that can’t be duplicated by electricity, so bring it in as much as possible. Use semi-transparent window dressings to let in the light, and make sure not to block the windows.

    (Credit: Elena Elisseeva/Shutterstock)(Credit: Elena Elisseeva/Shutterstock)

    2. Reflect on Mirrors

    It’s one of the oldest tricks in the book, but one of the most effective. Be liberal with your use of mirrors throughout your home, and even consider installing mirrored closet doors. By using large or floor-to-ceiling mirrors and strategically placing them to reflect windows or other rooms, you trick the eye into thinking a room is

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  • Alfian Sa'at is a writer, playright and poet based in Singapore. He is the resident playwright at W!LD RICE. The views expressed are his own.

    By Alfian Sa'at

    I wasn't planning on writing about Amos Yee, but I'm quite upset by the way the media is painting him—with insinuations that he might fall within the autism spectrum, that he is so psychologically disturbed that he needs psychiatric evaluation, that there is something about his behaviour that might be 'abnormal'.

    I had the pleasure of having supper with Amos and his family. The mother, Mary Yee, is a twinkly-eyed lady who would lean in to listen to you speak. She looked perpetually curious and attentive, her head craning around even as she hugged her floral tote bag close to her. One could speculate that she's passed on some of that inquisitiveness to her only child.

    "You know Amos wanted to change his name?" she told us.

    "Why?"

    "Because his full name is Amos Yee Pang Sang. And in school the kids used to tease him and called him

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  • How would you feel if somebody pulled your hair out while you’re strolling down the street?

    Shocked? In pain? Violated?

    These were some of the strong reactions which PETA 2, the youth wing for People for Ethical Treatment of Animals, evoked during a social experiment to create awareness on the cruel Angora fur trade.

    The experiment was done in Seoul’s shopping district Myeong-dong in South Korea where a rabbit-suit donned person would sneak up to a stranger from behind and pull out a section of their hair, leaving the victims appearing either shocked or angry.

    Screen grab of Angora rabbit social experiment video. Screen grab of Angora rabbit social experiment video. 

    It was documented in a video posted on 8 May, which ended with a short clip of an Angora rabbit having its fur stripped, causing it to give out a loud desperate cry of help. For many viewers, it was immensely heartbreaking to watch.

    “How can one like to do that kind of job ... pulling hair of those innocent living being ... don’t they feel pain while hearing that sound,” said an Ashma Hasmuk.

    “Aww… that broke my heart hearing it

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  • By Rezwana Manjur

    It is Mother’s Day once again and brands are kicking off their numerous Mother’s Day ad campaigns and promotions.

    While there are some really great ad campaigns and promotions out there, here are some brands we felt should maybe have given Mother’s Day a miss:

    1. Marie France Bodyline

    Because nothing says Happy Mother’s Day than a suggestion that Momma is getting a little… chubby. Why not get her a nice slimming session and plan her diet?

    Fann Wong Mother's Day promotionFann Wong Mother's Day promotion

    2. McDonald’s, PizzaHut and KFC:

    After you have adequately made your mother feel insecure with the slimming session, why not treat her to a bucket full of fried chicken and a greasy pizza slice and beefy burger?

    I don’t know about you, but growing up, my mother was highly against stuffing our faces with fast food. I doubt buying her an order of McD’s or KFC’s takeaway for the big day would sit well with her either.

    Pizza Hut Mother's Day promotionPizza Hut Mother's Day promotion

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  • In a bid to spur Singaporeans to remember the old days, Singapore’s Park Hotel Group has created a game called “Icons of SG Challenge” on its Facebook page, challenging Singaporeans to identify the Singapore's significant icons.

    The game aims to celebrate the 50 years of Singapore and is essentially a quiz in which users attempt to identify iconic Singapore food, games, people and sights. Over 1,200 people have played it so far.

    'Icons of SG Challenge' Park Hotel Group Facebook game (Photo: Facebook screengrab)'Icons of SG Challenge' Park Hotel Group Facebook game (Photo: Facebook screengrab)

    The game can be pretty heart-thumping, as the clock ticks down while you try to answer the questions. It sounds easy, but having only 60 seconds on the clock can make you sweat bullets and fluster you enough to mess up your typing.

    Users, who have to identify as many icons as possible, earn a point for every correct answer. Accumulated points will allow the user to “tikam” (Malay for “random”) for prizes such as staycations at hotels of the Park Hotel Group.

    However, before using your chance to try the lucky draw, you should think again because you only get

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