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Tokyo Jam

2009-03-12 02:20:34 GMT2009-03-12 10:20:34 (Beijing Time)  Reuters

"And Finally" The best of Reuters Oddly Enough this week. From our web show studio in New York, I'm Chad Ruble. We begin this week in Russia.

For some reason, these ladies are celebrating International Women's Day by tempting hypothermia. Actually, many of them seem to enjoy it. Or at least, enjoy watching it. Those brave enough to get into the water believe it will help to protect against catching a cold and improve their self confidence. Really? I'd prefer a glass of orange juice and daily affirmations, but this works too. Not to be left out of the fun, this young child and this pregnant woman also participated. Remember, you're getting frostbite for two now. So this past year has been unseasonably warm in Japan. That's not gonna stop them from skiing!

Certainly not when you can ski and snowboard right downtown! Sure beats hailing a taxi. Against the backdrop of Tokyo's high-rise skyscrapers, this enormous half-pipe was constructed from a hundred tons of shaved ice. World's biggest snow cone, anyone? Overall average winter temperatures in Japan were abnormally higher this year, nearly crippling their ski resorts. So why don't ya just cover the mountains in this shaved ice? Do I have to think of everything? And Finally on And Finally... We say Happy Birthday to a very special lady. Barbie turned 50 this week! Man, she looks great! She must get work done. The pre-menopausal career gal still sports a stunning figure, giving her real life proportions that would put her somewhere around 7-feet-tall, with a 23" waist, a weight of about 130 pounds, and legs that go on forever. Fans of the birthday girl celebrated her milestone around the world, giving young girls across the globe unrealistic expectations of their own self image. Congrats! See ya next time.

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