You won’t be very likely to see women eating bananas via webcam if you live in China. In May 2016, the Chinese government banned the “seductive” consumption of bananas during live webcam streams, in an attempt to clamp down on “inappropriate and erotic” content online.
The banana eating ban has many asking how the government would enforce the new rules, highlighting that prohibiting bananas is no use when there are several other phallic shaped fruits and vegetables to choose from.
Also now banned on webcams across China—stockings and suspenders. (Source)
In South Korea cats are taking the internet by storm, and that may bode well for cat welfare in the country.
A man named Koo Eun-je put out some leftover fish for a stray cat near his mother-in-law’s home. When more than one cat started showing up, he set up a camera so he could monitor the area and a live stream was born.
Koo calls the site a “restaurant for cats” and even adorns it with a chalkboard of the changing menu. The stream is called “Cats Meok Bang.” (Meok Bang is the term for a Korean trend in which people — frequently attractive women — eat for audiences in front of webcams.) Like human Meok Bang stars, Koo’s stray cats receive cash gifts from viewers, which he uses to purchase more food for the felines.
The site’s popularity is a good for South Korean cats. Cats are often seen as diseased pests or bringers of bad luck. As a result, some fall victim to horrific acts of cruelty as people take it upon themselves to bring down the population.
Cats Meok Bang is only streaming in South Korea for now, but cat lovers can always catch snippets on YouTube.
Roaches are rumored to be able to outlive anything, even on the Internet. The University of South Carolina’s Roach Cam is one of the oldest animal cams in existence — it first went live in December 1993. Since then, it has been serving up enticing images of giant Madagascar Hissing Cockroaches (Gromphadorhina portentosa) ever since. The Roach Cam gets as many as 10,000 hits daily — if you’re a fan, you can watch here. (By the way, the Madagascar hissing cockroach is one of the world’s only insects that gives live birth.) (Source)
Andie & Mike’s Bubble Cam lets you control a bubble machine in their backyard garden in South Florida. That’s right—press the “Bubbles” button to turn on a 30-second blast of bubbles. Trust us, you won’t be sorry! (Source | Photo)
The “Centennial Bulb” in Livermore, California is probably the world’s only light bulb with a website, a live webcam feed, a Facebook page, and birthday celebrations.
The approximately 115-year-old bulb has been burning for most of its existence, and there are a few theories as to why. According to the bulb’s website, it is of a slightly different design than the Edison bulb. This particular construction may have helped contribute to the bulb’s longevity. Also, the bulb has only rarely been turned off—every time a bulb is turned on and off, the filament cools and is reheated, thus stressing the metal itself and creating tiny cracks. With enough on and off action, the cracks become too much, the filament breaks, and the light goes out.
The City of Livermore and the Livermore-Pleasanton Fire Department (where it’s located) intend to keep the bulb burning as long as it will. They have no plans for what to do with the bulb if or when it does burn out. Until then, check the bulb out for yourself here. (Source 1 | Source 2)
Even after his arrest in December 2015, bad boy pharmaceutical entrepreneur Martin Shkreli continues his almost nightly live stream.
Shkreli initially attracted attention and criticism for growing outrage over soaring prescription drug prices. Prosecutors said he was running a Ponzi-like scheme at his former hedge fund and a pharmaceutical company he previously headed.
He has yet to go to trial. Until he does, if you would like to watch him playing chess online, or noodling with any number of musical instruments while answering comments posed by his YouTube viewers, click here. (Source)
If you’ve always had a fascination with the Lock Ness Monster, but never had the means to visit the area for yourself, visit Nessie on the Net. The website offers streaming video views overlooking not only Loch Ness, but the historic 13th century Urquhart Castle on the banks of Scotland’s most famous loch. (Source | Photo)
The South Pole is likely the most desolate and loneliest place on Earth, especially from mid-April until mid-August when the moon and the aurora australis provide the only natural lighting. During the winter, a skeleton crew is on hand at NOAA’s research station to study astronomical and atmospheric observations. Want to share in their solitude? Check out their live webcam which stays up all year round.