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Chang Chang Is Here To Cheer Up Your Tuesday

October 12th, 2010 | 8 comments | Posted by Jen

Y’all, I just read that Tuesday is the unhappiest day of the week. Which has made me really–you guessed it–unhappy. But here’s a little something to turn our collective frown upside down.

She goes by “Chang Chang.”

She’s twelve years old.

And she whips her hair back and forth, she whips her hair back and forth…

I don’t even know if she’s Asian, but it hardly matters, because we’ll draft her one way or another, and convince her to be our official DISGRASIAN choreographer-in-residence, wherein she’ll teach us how to whip our hair on our smoke breaks.

Watch more Chang Chang videos on YouTube here and here.

Thanks, Bassey and Erica!

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Kids with Guns

August 14th, 2009 | 0 comments | Posted by Diana

It’s always kind of amazing when a six-year old can do something extraordinary (besides touch their head while rubbing their tummy, draw stick people with actual hands instead of circles with lines popping out, or conquer every level of the Nintendo DS Lego Indiana Jones game during one single drive upstate). We love ourselves some prodigies.

So when reader Carlo tipped us off to Miko Andres, a 6-year old wunderkind from the Philippines that has already earned the honor of world’s youngest sharp shooter, we were intrigued.

First of all, guns scare me shitless, and always have. So do children (in a different way), because they’re cute, yet wiggly and so easy to drop and/or lose. The combination of the two–a gun and a kid–even in theory, was almost more than I could bear.

But here’s little Miko showcasing his talents:

Pretty bonkers, right? It’s definitely amazing, but I can’t stop freaking out throughout the entire video, thinking: What if he has some uncontrollable child fit in the middle of a trigger-pull? What if he drops that thing on the floor and shots some wild bullets into the sky? What if he gets angry at his parents when he turns thirteen and starts saying things like, ‘Mom, if you don’t make me dinner right now I swear to God I’m gonna bust a cap on your ass. And you know I can, so chop chop!’

That would be weird.

And okay, maybe not that likely.

And listen, if the parents are okay with it, I guess I should be cool, too.

From an interview with Telegraph:

Safety is of the utmost importance,” [Miko's father] says, adding his son was having guidance and help from a range of shooting institutions to try and prevent accidents… “As a parent, I too am worried about the dangers of the sport. Accidents and injuries might happen in the course of the sport and that is always a concern.

Safety first! It’s always good to know that young sharp shooters’ parents have their priorities in order.

He added: “Here he is, the youngest practical shooter the world has ever known… Miko is very young but is determined to excel in the practical shooting sport.”

And as my parents always say: if you’re the best, first, or youngest person to do something, it really doesn’t matter how fucking safe you are! Keep up the good work!

[Telegraph UK: World's Youngest Sharp Shooter - Aged Six]

Thanks, Carlo!

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February 18th, 2008 | 0 comments | Posted by Jen

Name: Kei Nishikori

Age: 18

Occupation: Professional tennis player

Known for: becoming the first Japanese man to win an ATP title in 16 years by beating James Blake 3-6, 6-1, 6-4 in the Delray Beach International Championships final on Sunday, winning eight consecutive matches before that, being the youngest player to win a title since Lleyton Hewitt did it in ’98, movin’ on up in the rankings from 244 to 122, hitting “cold winners.”

Congratulasians, Kei! We hope to see you kick ass in a major soon!


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AMAZIAN OF THE WEEK! Tom Ka-kin Chan, Superstar!

December 10th, 2007 | 0 comments | Posted by Jen

Name: Tom Ka-kin Chan

Occupation: 18 year-old science wunderkind

Hails from: Hong Kong

Known for: winning 1st place last May in the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair for developing a biodegradable plastic substitute (what?!?), getting a minor planet between Jupiter and Mars named after him (Planet Kakinchan), being a Hardass Asian Parent’s wet dream and making the rest of us look really bad.

Congratulasians, Tom! You overachieving little jerk.


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July 23rd, 2007 | 0 comments | Posted by Jen

Name: Alexander Wang

Age: 23 (What?!?)

Occupation: Fashion designer and resident skinny-mini

Known for: dropping out of Parsons to start his own label in 2006, great taste in music (Depeche Mode’s “Enjoy the Silence” is the current soundtrack to Wang’s website), yummy cashmere sweater dresses, and a kickass fall-winter collection that reminds us of an 80′s Patrick Nagel print (i.e. the cover of Duran Duran’s Rio).

Click here to see Alexander Wang’s Fall-Winter 2007 collection.


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