In the absence of a real scandal, Next Magazine (壹週刊) is certainly not above insinuating one, as long as there are a few tidbits of "evidence," preferably photographic, that make the story appear semi-credible. So, this week, the gossip rag snuck into Jacky Wu's (吳宗憲) room at the Macau Hyatt, where he, fellow TV host Nono and a bevvy of other B-grade starlets, were shooting an episode of their Sunday show and discovered two used condoms in his bedside trash can and printed some rather gross photos of the offending prophylactics. By this point, everyone knows that Jacky is not exactly the paragon of family man, so somehow his much-storied and colorful sex life barely seems to qualify as a scandal. And doesn't he deserve some credit for practicing safe sex? The Department of Health would be the first to endorse that view, given the abysmally low rate of condom use in Taiwan.
More hanky panky was in the news this week when The Liberty Times
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Taiwan's newspapers had a field day with TV actor Lee Wei
PHOTO: TAIPEI TIMES
PHOTO: TAIPEI TIMES
Chen Wang-shi (陳罔市) doesn’t know where to go if she is forced to move. The 78-year-old Chen is an active “sea woman” (海女) in Taiwan’s easternmost fishing village of Makang (馬崗) in New Taipei City’s Gongliao District (貢寮). When the waves are calm, she ventures out to forage for algae, oysters and other edible marine morsels. She lives alone in the village, as her children have moved to the cities for work, returning for weekends and festivals. “I cannot get used to living in Taipei, and I feel very uncomfortable if I don’t go out to the ocean to forage. I
Aug. 10 to Aug. 16 They called him the “No Problem Doctor” (沒關係醫生) because that’s what he always told his patients when they couldn’t pay up. Operating the only clinic in Changhua County’s Pusin Township (埔心) during the 1950s, Hsu Tsai-chih (許再枝) knew that life was difficult in his remote hometown. “They barely had enough to survive, so it was pointless to chase after them for the money,” an 81-year-old Hsu told the United Daily News in 2002. “I just went with the flow, some offered to pay me back years later but I had already forgotten
A widely criticized peer-reviewed study that measured the attractiveness of women with endometriosis has been retracted from the medical journal Fertility and Sterility. The study, “Attractiveness of women with rectovaginal endometriosis: a case-control study,” was first published in 2013 and has been defended by the authors and the journal in the intervening years despite heavy criticism from doctors, other researchers and people with endometriosis for its ethical concerns and dubious justifications, with one advocate calling the study “heartbreaking” and “disgusting.” The study’s conclusion was: “Women with rectovaginal endometriosis were judged to be more attractive than those in the two control groups.
Back in the 1950s, the lifeguards of Bondi Beach, Sydney, were not only charged with rescuing surfers and scanning for sharks. In their role as “beach inspectors” they were also responsible for ensuring that swimsuits conformed to New South Wales state regulations. At least 7.6cm of fabric was required over the thigh, no navels were to be exposed and shoulder straps had to be “sturdy.” One of the best-known beach inspectors was Aubrey Laidlaw, who had already laid down the law when the first bikini debuted on the beach in 1946. By the turn of the 1960s, the “Bikini Wars” were