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Tokyo, Japan – Six top international inventions for 2013 were awarded this year’s Kyoto Prize in ceremonies held at the Royal Palace in Tokyo  this weekend. The Kyoto Prize is an international award to honor those who have contributed significantly to the scientific, cultural, and spiritual betterment of mankind. The prize is presented annually in each of the following three categories: Advanced Technology, Basic Sciences, and Arts and Philosophy.

The winning inventions were awarded the golden medals under the category of Basic Sciences.  Each award comes with $500,000 cash prize.

The winners and countries represented were: Ctrl+Alt+Del Wand (Philippines), Runny Nose Portable Tissue Dispenser (Japan), Swiss Army Shovel (Mexico), Noodle Soup Chopstick Fan (China), Steering Wheel Snack Tray (Germany) and Wind-powered Clothes Drier (Venezuela).

The panel of international judges noted  that this year’s awardees represent the cream of the crop among the most useful, innovative, inexpensive and brilliant inventions the Kyoto Prize has seen in decades.



imageManila, Philippines – Facebook users around the world have long clamored for a “dislike” button on their newsfeeds, but Facebook has so far refused to give in for reasons that only Mark Zuckerberg and his closest cohorts would know. Well, until now.

In an unprecedented move, Facebook officially launched the “dislike” or “thumbs down” button. The button started appearing in Facebook posts, newsfeeds and timelines as of today, but only in the Philippines.

The launch coincides with today’s Million March in Manila, a “people power” type of assembly at Luneta Park to demand the abolition of the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF), more popularly known as pork barrel. Recent exposés in the media point to a massive scam whereby pork barrel funds were channeled to fake non-governmental organizations and ended up in the pockets of pork barrel queen Janet Lim-Napoles and members of the Philippine Congress.

The new “dislike” button was designed by an unnamed Filipino American employee of Facebook and features a unique graphic that merges a thumb in the down position and the head of a pig which Facebook says represents dislike for pork barrel.

Facebook has not indicated whether or not the new “dislike” button will eventually be rolled out to all Facebook users around the globe.


rodmanLas Vegas, Nevada – The Miss Universe Organization has announced that NBA Hall of Famer Dennis Rodman  will be among the celebrity judges at the forthcoming Miss Universe Pageant to be held in Moscow, Russia.  The famous basketball player, who most recently shocked the world by his personal meeting with North Korean president Kim Jong Eun, will be the first-ever crossdresser to judge the pageant.  Pageant officials requested that Rodman come dressed as a woman.

The announcement came just days after American television host Andy Cohen said that he was not going to fulfill his duties this year as co-emcee of the pageant, because of the anti-gay laws recently passed in Russia.  Cohen is openly gay.

Donald Trump, owner of the Miss Universe Pageant said that since the organization has recently allowed transgender contestants to participate in the pageant, it just makes sense to also have a crossdresser as a member of the judging panel.

Rodman has not returned calls from The Adobo Chronicles which wanted to find out who is designing the NBA star’s gown for the final night telecast. dennis-rodman

Russian officials were silent on the issue of whether Rodman will be subject to arrest if he attends the pageant dressed as a woman.