Help, There’s A Hamster In My Drink!

Hamsters1Lately in Japan there’s been an explosion of vending machines selling little characters that perch on the side of your glass, so you never have to drink alone. But none of them has been nearly as cute as HAMSTERS.

Well, okay, at first glance, spotting seven of them scrambling to get at your drink before you do might be a tad off-putting...

Well, okay, at first glance, spotting seven of them scrambling to get at your drink before you do might be a tad off-putting…

but once you get used to the idea of sharing your libation with a plastic rodent, you'll never want to hoist a cold one without it!

…but once you get used to the idea of sharing your libation with a plastic rodent, you’ll never want to hoist a cold one without it!

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In the wake of a deadly earthquake, fans erupt in a frenzy of mourning when it’s discovered that their favorite pop star is among the dead. But when Detective Kenji Nakamura is sent to investigate a death at a local shrine, he finds evidence that suggests the impossible: How could the head priest have been murdered by…read more