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Super Terrific Japanese Thing: Portable Subway Strap

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Since perversion-related industries makes up about 60% of the Japanese economy, it should be no surprise that many women (many, many women) get groped in Japanese subway trains. It happens often enough that a few men who accidentally bump into women’s T and/or A thanks to a jostling train car, which is often packed full to bursting anyways, are unjustly accused of groping. So what’s a Japanese gentleman to do?
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Buy a portable subway strap. About $5, this keeps your hands up, showing the lovely ladies around you that you have no interest in groping them illicitly (well, more likely that you can manage to refrain from groping them, despite your interest in doing so). Sure, you look like an imbecile, but it’s a small price to pay for excluding yourself from the vast army of Japanese men who use the subway as their sexual harassment playground. (Via Pink Tentacle)

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Robert Bricken is one of the original co-founders of the site formerly known as Topless Robot, and its first editor-in-chief, serving from 2008-12. He brought the site to prominence with “nerd news, humor and self-loathing” as its motto, raising it from total internet obscurity to a readership in the millions, with help from his savage “FAQ” movie reviews and Fan Fiction Fridays. Under his tenure Topless Robot was covered by Gawker, Wired, Defamer, New York magazine, ABC News, and others, and his articles have been praised by Roger Ebert, Avengers actor Clark Gregg, comedian and The Daily Show correspondent John Hodgman, the stars of Mystery Science Theater 3000 and Rifftrax, and others. He is currently the managing editor of io9.com. Despite decades as both an amateur and professional nerd, he continues to be completely unprepared for either the zombie apocalypse or the robot uprising.