Musician Speaks Out After Winning Lawsuit Against Ex Who Sabotaged Prestigious Scholarship

A Canadian clarinet player who was awarded more than $ 265,000 in a lawsuit against his ex-girlfriend after she sabotaged his prestigious music scholarship is speaking out, calling her actions “the ultimate betrayal.”

Eric Abramovitz, a gifted clarinetist, got the chance of a lifetime in 2014 when he was accepted to a two-year scholarship program at the Colburn Conservatory of Music in Los Angeles. The scholarship would have included tuition, room and board as well as money for food and expenses, and was worth about $ 50,000, according to the Montreal Gazette.

“I wanted it so badly,” Abramovitz, now 24, said during a recent interview with Today. “I was really thinking of it constantly.”

He had been hand-picked to study under famed clarinetist Yehuda Gilad, which would open many doors for Abramovitz in his career. But he never attended the program, thanks to his now-former girlfriend, Jennifer Lee.

Concerned that Abramovitz’s acceptance to the program would cause him to leave, Lee created a phony email and posed as her boyfriend to turn down the conservatory’s offer, according to court documents obtained by CNN. She even sent Abramovitz a fake rejection letter.

“I was numb when I read the email. I had to read it a few more times,” Abramovitz told BuzzFeed News. “When I found out I didn’t get it, it was really hard to deal with. I went through some really dark, sad, angry days.

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He accepted the defeat, and remained at McGill University in Canada with Lee. However, two years later (after he had broken up with Lee), Abramovitz applied to a two-year extension program at the University of Southern California, where Gilad taught part-time, according to the Montreal Gazette.

There, he had an awkward exchange with the esteemed musician.

“He asked me, ‘What are you doing here? You rejected me,’ ” Abramovitz recalled to Today. “I was obviously very confused and I said, ‘With all due respect, I think you rejected me.’ ”

Abramovitz spent months trying to figure out what happened. Soon, his friends suggested that Lee may have had something to do with the mix-up.

“It was a very ugly thought to even think,” he said. But Abramovitz found Lee’s phony email account and learned the truth. “Confirmation of the ultimate betrayal,” he told Today.

The judge last week called the situation “despicable” as he granted Abramovitz $ 350,000 Canadian dollars (more than $ 265,000 USD) in damages, according to NPR.

Abramovitz is now a member of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Today said.

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Aziz Ansari Makes History at 2018 Golden Globes After Winning Best Actor in a Comedy for Master of None

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Winning Looks Revealed from Disney & Otis ‘Frozen’ Design Competition

Disney today gave a preview of the winning looks from its digital design competition series, whose finale episode airs today at the D23 Expo convention in Los Angeles.
Twelve students from Otis College of Art and Design were challenged to create contemporary sportswear looks inspired by the hit film “Frozen.” The process was documented in a four-part digital series on the Disney Style channel that began on June 16.
The winning looks are: a bomber/overall/cropped turtleneck by Jinny Yun; patchwork jeans/blouson top by Alice Xuan; denim shorts/bomber jacket/tank also by Xaun, and a men’s look, a reindeer jacket/pant/bumpbag/T-shirt by Minji Park. The clothes will be sold on online retailer Nineteenth Amendment.
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Donald Trump Is Winning At Being The Butt Of Late-Night TV Jokes

The jokes are on President Donald Trump. Literally.

Trump is on course to become the most joked-about president on late-night television in at least the past 25 years, according to a new study.

The Center for Media and Public Affairs at George Mason University counted the number of opening monologue Trump-themed zingers delivered by Stephen Colbert, Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy Kimmel and Trevor Noah during Trump’s first 100 days in office.

It found they mocked Trump some 1,060 times. When combined with jokes about Trump’s family and administration, the figure soared to 1,530.

Donald Trump is head and shoulders above the competition as the politician late night comedians most love to hate,” the center’s director, S. Robert Lichter, said in a statement Thursday.

According to the tally, the 100-day joke total is already higher than the number of quips made about former presidents Barack Obama (936), George W. Bush (546) and Bill Clinton (440) during each of their first 12 months in office.

Trump is also “on track to easily eclipse” the record 1,717 jokes made about Clinton in 1998 amid the Monica Lewinsky scandal and his impeachment, said the center, which has been analyzing late-night TV joke data since 1992.

Colbert, whose “Late Show” ratings have spiked during Trump’s administration, told 337 jokes about Trump. Noah made 315, Fallon had 231, and Kimmel did 177.

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You Can’t Marry The Bachelor’s Nick Viall, But You Can Rent Vanessa Grimaldi’s Winning Dress

By now, if you don’t know who won The Bachelor last night, first of all, how are you even navigating the internet today let alone clicking on this article, but secondly, gird yourself for some major spoilers ahead. We’ll wait.

Ok, now that we’ve gotten rid of those Bachelor Nation fans with a day of DVR watching ahead of them, it feels safe to say, your newly-engaged winner is Vanessa Grimaldi. While finding out which lady would ultimately steal consummate runner-up Nick Viall‘s heart was a major part of the anticipation around last night’s finale, after the show’s stylist teased the dress options the girls were still choosing between, we were also heavily invested in finding out which gorgeous gown Vanessa and Raven Gates would wear. And now, not only do we know exactly what dress will go into The Bachelor history books, but you can go ahead and rent it for any potential upcoming proposals in your own life.

The gown Vanessa wore to accept Nick’s proposal was ultimately a simple, black Badgley Mischka fully sequined gown with a spaghetti strap, deep v-neckline and slight cutouts along the ribcage. A dress which also now happens to be available for your next black tie affair on Rent the Runway. That’s right, you can craft a rose-worthy ensemble of your very own at just a fraction of the full price tag, renting the dress for either four days at a super affordable $ 90, or 8 days for $ 144. And if you want to add the glittering gown to your evening wear collection for good, you can pre-order it now at Saks Fifth Avenue for $ 595.

While runner-up Raven’s dress was no less stunning, an ice-blue beaded Randi Rahm gown with a halter neckline, we really should have known Vanessa’s dress would be a guaranteed winner given that out of the last nine seasons of the show at least five winners wore black.

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And although Rachel Lindsay‘s stint as next season’s Bachelorette is only just beginning production, the lawyer is already proving her season is going to seriously shake things up, ditching the show’s usual style M.O. and going for a bold jumpsuit over the traditional evening dress to meet all of her admiring suitors for the first time.

The jumpsuit in question by Jovani Fashion features a plunging neckline, split sleeves, and wide leg trousers, and is also still for sale and ready to make all of your meet-cute dreams come true. And we have a feeling, given Lindsay’s penchant for surprises so far, the latest Bachelorette has a whole lot more firsts in store for us next season.

What do you think of Vanessa’s winning dress? Would you rent it? And are you excited to see how Rachel switches things up for her season? Sound off below!

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A Year After Winning For Portraying A Victim Of Abuse, Brie Larson Hands Casey Affleck An Oscar

At last year’s Academy Awards, Brie Larson took home the Best Actress award for her performance in “Room.” The film by Lenny Abrahamson told the story of a woman called Ma, who we eventually learn had been imprisoned in a small shed years before by a man called Old Nick. Although Nick is only briefly seen, his presence is known by the abuse, sexual and physical, he inflicts on Ma and her young son, Jack.

The actress dove into the role, shutting herself away for a month and meeting with psychologists to understand the trauma of her character. She showed great empathy as she hugged each sexual assault survivor after Lady Gaga’s awareness anthem “Till It Happens to You” as they departed the stage at last year’s ceremony. 

During Sunday night’s Oscars, Larson took the stage again to announce 2017’s Best Actor winner. The honoree? Casey Affleck for his performance in “Manchester by the Sea.” The thing is, Affleck has been surrounded by controversy after 2010 sexual harassment allegations against him leapt back into headlines last fall.

The announcement made for one uncomfortable picture onstage. Although unlike the time she presented Affleck a Golden Globe in January, Larson chose to give the actor a quick hug as she handed over the gold statue.

Yes, Affleck took home an Oscar in spite of the allegations. (Sexual abuse allegations have squashed Oscar hopefuls in the past; “The Birth of a Nation” was pushed aside for its director’s controversy.) During the 2009 production of another film, Affleck allegedly made repeated sexual comments and unwanted sexual advances toward two women, a producer who he’d worked with him for 10 years and the film’s director of photography. They included the accusation that Affleck crawled into one woman’s bed as she slept.

The cases were settled out of court, and this awards season Affleck scored the BAFTA, Golden Globe, Critic’s Choice, Gotham and National Board of Review awards for the role as Hollywood seemed all too happy to overlook Ben Affleck’s brother’s transgressions. 

Then, at Hollywood’s most coveted event, an audience of millions watched a woman who made a wholehearted effort to become familiar with the experience of sexual abuse award a man who’s put all his effort into denying and brushing away accusations of sexual harassment.

It’s true that the allegations against Affleck are far from the scarring experience with which Larson became familiar. But still, although it’s customary for the year’s previous Best Actress winner to award the new Best Actor, the Academy chose to pair the two of them onstage instead of making an exception. In doing so, it sent a disturbing message.

In Hollywood, it seems, sexual harassment is not a serious matter.

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Disney Was 2016’s Box Office Champ, With ‘Rogue One’ Winning New Year’s Weekend

As 2016 came to a close, the year’s box office statistics were cemented: Disney reigned supreme. 

“Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” maintained the No. 1 spot. Its estimated $ 50 million New Year’s weekend intake brings the movie’s total domestic grosses to about $ 439 million, making it the second-highest-grossing release of 2016. The inaugural stand-alone “Star Wars” installment is second in yearly receipts only to the summer sequel “Finding Dory,” another Disney offering.

It’s largely thanks to the Mouse House that 2016’s overall grosses topped 2015’s by 2 percent. The record-setting $ 11.37 billion in North American ticket sales defies the many Hollywood sequels that underperformed. Disney boasts seven of the year’s 15 highest-grossing films. (The others are “Captain America: Civil War,” “The Jungle Book,” “Zootopia,” “Doctor Strange” and “Moana.”) Collectively, Disney made a whopping $ 1 billion more than the second-most-lucrative studio, Warner Bros., which released “Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice,” “Suicide Squad” and “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.”

Despite an impressive year on paper, the number of people going to high-profile franchise installments compared to the lower-budgeted films that once drove the box office has grown even more divided. Of 2016’s 30 highest-grossing movies, only four are live-action originals: “Central Intelligence,” “Sully,” “Bad Moms” and “Arrival.” But this weekend offered a couple of exceptions, most notably “Fences” (which came in No. 5) and “La La Land” (No. 7). The former, directed by and starring Denzel Washington, collected $ 10.1 million in 2,301 theaters. “La La Land,” an Oscar front-runner starring Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling, accumulated about $ 9.5 million in 750 locations, making it the year’s most successful limited release. The Damien Chazelle-directed musical is on track to have pocketed a dazzling $ 37 million in total by the end of Monday. 

Also hitting the Top 10 as 2016 turned into 2017: the animated jukebox musical “Sing” (No. 2), the underperforming Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt vehicle “Passengers” (No. 3), Disney’s “Moana” (No. 4), the comedy “Why Him?” (No. 6) and the video-game adaptation “Assassin’s Creed” (No. 8). As of Sunday’s estimates, “Manchester by the Sea,” “Collateral Beauty” and “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” are competing for the final two spots.

As is the tendency during the holidays, when Oscar season is in full force, the specialty box office lit up. “Hidden Figures” made a splash on 25 screens, bringing its cumulative grosses to roughly $ 2.5 million, ahead of the race dramedy’s Jan. 6 wide release. The other big winner was “20th Century Women,” the Annette Bening vehicle that enjoyed a $ 29,000-per-screen average in four theaters. 

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Chrissy Teigen’s Airport Outfit Is Your Secret to a Winning Winter Style

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My Dancing Grandmother plus other award winning short stories

My Dancing Grandmother plus other award winning short stories

The nine stories are: My Dancing Grandmother *A teenage girl’s mother is getting married and she romanticizes about weddings and her grandmother.’My mother told me she was eighteen when she got married. It’s hard to believe sometimes she was ever that young. I wonder about things like that. And what I’ll be like when I’m old, if I’ve got glasses already and I’m not exactly slim or pretty.’The Girl in the Red Stockings *An old lady remembers her first love and how it felt.’The girl in the red stockings. Like wind through the trees, passes through my life. A mere sigh.’The Doubling BikeA teenage girl tries to learn a bike so she can accept a date.’My father used to ride a bike. When he first met my mother, before the war, he would double her everywhere. I like to imagine that. Both of them together and laughing. Her long brown hair all let loose from its usual steel pins, lovely and flowing. And him, his legs outstretched sideways as they flew down the hill from our house with him singing, ‘Off we go. Off we go like the billy-o’.’Along the Home RoadFamily roots and a summer in Greece are two skins worn by this woman.’Yiorgos was a waiter at a local tavern in a small bay just beyond Piraeus. I would go there in the early evenings and sit and drink a glass of Retsina and wait for him. The white light, passionate blue sea and heat breathed a life into me I had never known before. It was there I first danced with my feet bare.’Shuttered Summer *A steamy affair in Italy one summer long ago.’And the flies in the room at the top of the building in Rome where the sun shone and where I made love behind the shuttered door and windows.’Tea at the Dunedin Savoy – 1950 *Three children are taken for a treat at the plush hotel.’At home our kitchen table is covered with a plastic cloth and our Christmas fairy has hardly any hair and her wand is bent in the middle. My mother gave the fairy to Katy last year to hold while we were decorating the tree but Katy played with it instead.

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Play & Win Daily Pick 4 With Big Mega Cash Winning Numbers

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‘Play & Win Daily Pick 4 With Big Mega Cash Winning Numbers’ is a Pick 4 lottery system that is different from most other Pick 4 Systems that preceded it. Robert Walsh does not use the old standard traditional filters that all the other lottery systems use, such as hot/cold, odd/even, high/low and overdue numbers. Based on his now more than 15 years of research and study of the Pick 4 Lottery he has learned the secret on how not to eliminate digits from the play which has a built in loss factor of almost twenty-seven percent for players that they are not even aware of. The author’s Pick 4 Lottery System with its developed proven winning Strategies is based on his wealth of knowledge and information that clearly shows Pick 4 Lottery players that all the numbers are connected to each other, and by learning to read the numbers they can discover the new potential winning number to play. He teaches by example and his Pick 4 System is successful in every Pick 4 Lottery in the world for players who learn the Strategies and how to properly apply the System to their local Pick 4 Lottery Game. There are plenty of examples throughout the book,

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An Elementary School Teacher Lost Her Job After Winning a Twerking Contest

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Uniqlo and Lemaire Have a Winning Weekend Launch

Already committed to making the Uniqlo and Lemaire collaboration more than a one-season wonder, Uniqlo has added production runs for fall in advance of holiday sales.
Lines formed outside Uniqlo’s three Manhattan stores for Friday morning’s launch and some stores sold out of select items by lunchtime, according to Justin Kerr, director of merchandising. There were also lines intermittently throughout the weekend as stock was replenished, and a velvet rope was set up in the SoHo store to keep everyone orderly.
“It was our best example of how high the demand was. With this launch, we put up a special landing page 30 days before. It received such a strong reception from so many different people. We were really excited to see so much engagement before the collaboration started. That carried through to the online sales,” Kerr said. “We launched it at midnight on Thursday, and by 8 a.m. Friday there were very exciting results even in those eight hours when everyone was presumably sleeping. Some must have missed some sleep to order Lemaire.”
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Winning The Long War: Amplifying Muslim Challenges To Al-qaeda

Winning The Long War: Amplifying Muslim Challenges To Al-qaeda

Criticism and condemnation of al-Qaeda that originate from the worldwide Muslim community present the most formidable challenge to its existence and legitimacy as an organization and movement. There is ample literature that questions whether or not there are Muslim challenges to the ideology and harmful acts of violent extremists such as al-Qaeda. However there is a growing body of literature from the worldwide Muslim community that challenges al-Qaeda. Consequently, challenges to al-Qaeda that originate from the worldwide Muslim community are critical because they are a component in any strategy to defeat al-Qaeda. The identification, amplification, and exploitation of these Muslim challenges will serve to defeat al-Qaeda. The purpose of this monograph is to determine the nature of this Muslim challenge to al-Qaeda. This is accomplished by analyzing the recent revisions of the former mujahid that helped create al-Qaeda and developed its jihadi ideology, Sayyid Imam. In these revisions entitled Rationalizing Jihad, Sayyid Imam criticizes and condemns al-Qaeda and other violent extremists. To determine the legitimacy of his revisions, the major themes of Rationalizing Jihad are compared to the prescriptions in classical Islamic jurisprudence. Sayyid Imam''s stature and influence within the mujahidin community is so great it prompted an immediate response from al-Qaeda''s intellectual leader and second-in-command, Ayman al-Zawahiri. His response and that of nine other former and current mujahidin are analyzed in order to examine the rift in al-Qaeda''s jihadi ideology and challenges to its tactics, strategy, and ideology. Finally, five recent initiatives by respected and prominent members of the worldwide Muslim community are analyzed to demonstrate the Muslim challenge to al-Qaeda. These challenges from Sayyid Imam, the ideological rift among mujahidin such as al-Zawahiri, initiatives from the worldwide Muslim community, and the identification, amplification, and explo
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When Losing Is Winning


“Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose
And most times you choose between the two.” – Carole King

I love my sister, Laura. After 34 years as a school social worker, she’s finally retired. Part of her bucket list is to attend the annual Martha’s Vineyard Agricultural Society Fair in late August. Previously, this wasn’t possible because she always had to be back at school in the early part of that month. This year our families’ summer trip to the island will include experiencing the charm of the Ag Fair for the first time.

Last March, when Laura read about the Ag Fair poster contest, she urged me to enter. If I won, it would be so much fun to see posters, featuring my art, hanging all over the island to advertise the fair. I was already envisioning how cute my grandsons would look wearing t-shirts displaying my design. The best part of all would be giving the framed original to my sister as a retirement gift.

I worked around the clock on my illustration to get it to the judges before the April 1st deadline. I was pleased with what I came up with and felt I had a real chance of winning.

On April 7th, I got a call letting me know that although my entry was a runner-up, it wasn’t chosen to represent the fair. At first, the news stung more than a little bit. After awhile, it came to me that this was not a loss. Granted my poster won’t be showcased around the island, but who cares? The important thing is the original art would be hanging on Laura’s wall. I knew all the hours spent creating it would make it even more special to her. As for the t-shirts? There was nothing stopping me from having them made for my favorite people, so I did.

Today, I’m even more sure that even though the poster competition didn’t go my way, it still worked out perfectly. None of our efforts in life are ever wasted. We can’t always see the reverberations of good intent, but they ripple forever outward just the same. Doing something out of love for another is no small thing. Winning and losing are all a matter of perception.


Getting a good photo of my grandsons wearing the Ag Fair t-shirts wasn’t easy.


My poster was designed around a snapshot of the ponies that live down the street.

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Still Not Sure What to Get Dad for Father’s Day? You Can’t Go Wrong With These Winning Grooming Gifts


This article was written by Ahmed Zambarakji and was originally published on AskMen.

Still waiting on that nod of validation from your dad? You could be waiting a long time… but with Father’s Day around the corner, there are countless ways to bribe him into bonding with you again with these great father’s day gift ideas. Express your gratitude with a luxury shaving set, a fine fragrance or one of the other straightforward, upmarket and dad-friendly grooming options we’ve picked out.

Ultra-light Bai Ji Hydrator by Molton Brown


Molton Brown’s guy-friendly — and, crucially, age-appropriate — bestseller gets a rethink in time for Father’s Day. The Bai Ji moisturizer now comes in three different versions (an ultra-light cream, an extra-rich cream and a as an anti-fatigue eye gel), all formulated without parabens. Better yet, go the extra mile and get one of the beautifully packaged gift sets for men.

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Incense & Cedrat Cologne by Jo Malone


Jo Malone juxtaposes smoky incense with a luminous citrus accord to striking effect in this new release. Elegant and deeply sensual, this fragrance has an oriental air to it that won’t go unnoticed. In order to protect the Boswellia Sacra (Frankincense) tree, which has been harvested for incense for thousands of years, the brand employed a new technology called NaturePrint to capture the scent without harming the environment.

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Oliver Peoples Box Set by Byredo


Cooler (potentially younger) dads will already know about niche fragrance house Byredo and optical enthusiasts Oliver Peoples. The two brands have collaborated in a “synesthetic” project that demonstrates the influence of color on smell.

The new Oliver Peoples box set includes a pair of limited edition specs along with a bottle of Byredo’s new eau de parfum (also named Oliver Peoples — natch). The specs are available in three different photochromic lens colors including Indigo, Champagne and Green; the bottle will match the lens color you chose. The idea here is that the color you pick out will invariably have an effect on what you smell most in the multi-faceted fragrance. Weird but true. You may pick out anything from the juniper berries and Californian Lemon in the top of the fragrance to the musks, warm sand and patchouli that are deeper in the mix. And if the sensory illusion is completely lost on you, you can always buy the fragrance separately — it smells just as good without tinted specs.

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Collezione Barbiere by Acqua di Parma


Instantly upgrade his shaving ritual with Acqua di Parma’s Collezione Barbiere range, which now includes three new products. In addition to the existing creams and soaps is a lightly scented airless shaving gel, a revitalizing face serum and a hand-made razor that takes Gillette Proglide blades.

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Oxford & Cambridge Travel Shaving Set by Czech & Speake


One for traditional dads and/or Anglophiles, this set from London institution Czech & Speake contains a travel-sized shaving brush, shaving soap and aftershave, scented with the brand’s signature lavender fragrance.

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Eau Sauvage Cologne by Christian Dior


Dior’s legendary fragrance for men is reinvented in cologne form for 2015. Fans of the 60s original will recognize the signature accord nestled at the core of a modernized composition that now features Mandarin, Calabrian Bergamot, Grapefruit and Vetiver. Not a radical departure from the original so much as a 21st century update.

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Still unsure which grooming products are worth the investment? Sign him up for Birchbox, a personalized grooming service that delivers samples (plus one full-size product) of the latest and most popular grooming unguents straight to his door for a mere $ 20 per month. All the top men’s brands from Anthony to Zirh are on board, so you’re unlikely to ever lose out.

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Queen Sonja of Norway Meets Winning Printmakers

DESIGN BY NORWAY: Her Majesty Queen Sonja of Norway breezed into Scandinavia House Thursday to meet with the winning printmakers and founders of the award named in her honor. An artist in her own right, she spoke enthusiastically about the importance of art and design — at times standing near the numerous prints that she herself had created, including one called “Gala” and another entitled “Lightening.”
Andy Warhol painted Her Majesty in his heyday and she has amassed what is said to be an impressive art collection since that time. Standing with Svend-Allan Sorensen near his Henry David Thoreau-inspired work, she said she suggested he add ducks to the piece. The three thought-provoking frames carried the message, “The Bird is Gone and There is no Trace Beyond.”
The queen spoke with WWD about what New York-based designers might glean from Norway’s design brigade. “We are very aware of the whole attitude of design and design is very important. The Scandinavian look is very important — clear-cut, fresh colors, brave. There is something quite clear about Scandinavian art, as also in Finland’s glass, Norway the same, all the Scandinavian countries are obsessed with design really.”
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11 Treats That Prove Japan Is Winning The Quirky Snack Food Game

It’s no secret that the Japanese have a penchant for over-the-top, verging-on-absurd creativity. This creativity can yield both bizarre and magical results.

Japanese snacks are no exception. Over the years, Japan has come out with some of the most interesting snack foods we’ve ever encountered. Some treats have stood the test of time, while others are limited edition treasures. The flavor combinations defy reason and the cuteness is off the charts, so Japan is basically like the mad scientist of the snack world.

We found 11 treats that prove Japan takes first prize in the quirky food game. Check them out below.

1. Happy Kitchen Cheeseburger

Move over Easy-Bake Oven, Happy Kitchen is in town. This DIY mini meal is completely edible. It will take you some time to create (some elements originate as a powder), and comes with a tiny, fizzy soda to quench your thirst after all your hard work.

2. Animal Donuts

Step your game up, Krispy Kreme. We want pink piggy donuts, and we want them now.

3. Kit Kats

Kit Kats in Japan have been taken to the next level. Refusing to settle for plain chocolate, customers in Japan have been able to enjoy creative flavors over the years, including green tea, soybean, blueberry cheesecake and grilled potato. If your taste buds are feeling particularly bold, go for the wasabi version.

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4. Moko Moko Mokolet (Also Known As…Toilet Candy)

Building a plastic toilet, filling it with fizzy candy liquid, and drinking said liquid out of the toilet bowl sounds a little weird. But it looks surprisingly delightful.

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5. Pepsi

Pepsi seems to be quite experimental with its limited edition flavor releases in Japan. Salty Watermelon was short-lived but sounds potentially life-changing to us.

6. Mountain Dew Cheetos

Gamers, this one goes out to you.

7. Every Burger

It’s a tiny cookie sandwich with a chocolate “burger” and white chocolate “cheese.” The cute factor is through the roof. We’ll take 500, please.

8. Eel Soda

At one point in time, Japan had the perfect drink for those hot days when you’re just like, “Dang, I could really use an ice cold glass that tastes like liquid eel right now.” It was said to taste like (SURPRISE!) broiled eel.

eel drink

9. Kanikko

Don’t let the adorable (albeit cannibalistic) packaging deceive you, you’re eating scores of candied baby crabs who never stood a chance. Apparently they’re sweet, salty and majorly crunchy.

10. Cream Collon

In theory, this snack sounds pretty perfect. It’s a cookie tube filled with sugary cream — what could possibly go wrong?

The name. The name could go wrong.

cream collon

11. Basashi Ice

This is ice cream made with raw horse meat. We’re not even going to pretend we’d give this a try.

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