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Sunday, December 4, 2016

Tips on installing a navigation system


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There are two basic types of in-car GPS navigation systems: in-dash and portable. This article will give you some tips on installation considerations for both systems, but focuses on the in-dash systems, since they are more involved. After reading this article, see our Navigation Installation Guide for detailed installation instructions.
Navigation receiver in dash

In-dash Navigation Systems

In-dash navigation systems consist of 2 or 3 parts: a car stereo with a built-in screen, an external GPS antenna, and occasionally, a hideaway connection box that contains audio/video inputs and outputs. These navigation systems require some extra wiring connections versus regular in-dash stereos.

Parking brake

For safety reasons, any video screen in the front of the car must be attached to the parking brake wire. This applies to GPS systems too. Some of the more advanced navigation functions are disabled while the vehicle is in motion. If you want to look up a phone number or change the default settings of the unit, you'll need to pull over first. In rare cases, a connection to the foot brake may be required also.

Vehicle Speed Sensor (VSS)

In addition to the standard power and ground leads, some navigation systems also connect to a vehicle's Vehicle Speed Sensor (VSS) wire. Your vehicle's cruise control uses the VSS wire to determine the vehicle's speed — it serves the same function for the navigation system. (Don't substitute the tachometer signal wire for the VSS wire — the tach signal wire sends pulses as long as the engine is running, even when the car is sitting still.) The VSS wire sends a series of pulses (from 800 to just over 1,000 per mile) only when the vehicle is in motion. If the VSS wire is not hooked up, the navigation system may not realize that the car is moving at all, and might be unable to track position as accurately.

Reverse signal

Many systems also connect to the vehicle's reverse (or back-up light) signal wire — this connection tells the navigation system when the vehicle is traveling in reverse. If this wire is not hooked up, then the vehicle direction will not track properly, and the navigation system won't be able to do its job.

We can help

Our highly trained Technical Support staff can provide parking brake, VSS, and reverse wire information for most vehicles. They're available seven days a week (have your invoice handy when you contact us). Even if the information is not available for your vehicle, they can still help you figure out which wires are the ones you need.

GPS Antenna

The navigation computer determines its position by communicating with the Global Positioning System satellites through its GPS antenna. The waterproof antenna may be mounted inside or outside of the vehicle, but best results are usually obtained by mounting it outside on the roof.
If you opt for interior mounting, keep in mind that the GPS antenna cannot "see" through metal. Reception is also prone to electromagnetic interference when mounted in the interior of the vehicle. Do not place the antenna on the dashboard or rear deck if:
  • you have a wired rear defroster
  • you have metallic window tint
  • you have a solar reflective window
  • you have a windshield mounted radio antenna
The GPS antenna should be placed at least 5 inches from any physical obstruction like the "A" pillar or a 2-way communication antenna. The antenna attaches to sheet metal using a magnet or adhesive, and the cable is routed to the interior through a rear window (or door) seal.

Calibration

Once installed, your navigation system must be calibrated according to the manufacturer's instructions. Some systems will also require recalibration after a tire change.
Installing a navigation unit is like putting in an in-dash receiver or an amplifier — with a few added twists. You should have no problem setting up a navigation system if you've installed this type of equipment before.

Remote-mount navigation systems

A remote-mount system consists of a separate navigation computer (with an external antenna) that must be connected to a compatible car stereo. Drivers interface with them the same way they would an in-dash system. These are not as common today, but they're just as effective as most in-dash systems, provided their mapping data is up to date and they're properly connected.
Alpine INE-W960 navigation receiver
In-dash navigation systems, like the Apine INEW-960, provide you with large displays and easy touchscreen controls.

Portable GPS navigators

Part of the appeal of portable GPS navigators is their ease of installation. Most portables use a suction-cup mount to attach directly to the windshield or your dash (make sure that windshield-mounted electronic devices are not prohibited or regulated in your state or locality). Power for the GPS unit is provided by a 12-volt power adapter.
Simply clean a small area of the windshield (not in your direct view of the road) with glass cleaner or rubbing alcohol, and attach the suction cup to clamp it securely to the glass. Your portable GPS unit may also come with another type of installation apparatus, such as a bean bag mount that uses a weighted non-skid rubberized pad to stay put on an uneven surface, or adhesive brackets to mount the unit directly to the dash. The same precautions for the GPS antenna listed above apply for portable units with built-in antennas — you want to make sure the unit's built-in antenna's reception remains unimpeded.
Portable GPS navigator with windshield mount
The windshield mount should securely hold your portable GPS navigator in place.

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Friday, December 2, 2016

More Than 1 Million Google Accounts Breached by Gooligan

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by Check Point Research Team posted 2016/11/30

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As a result of a lot of hard work done by our security research teams, we revealed today a new and alarming malware campaign. The attack campaign, named Gooligan, breached the security of over one million Google accounts. The number continues to rise at an additional 13,000 breached devices each day.
Our research exposes how the malware roots infected devices and steals authentication tokens that can be used to access data from Google Play, Gmail, Google Photos, Google Docs, G Suite, Google Drive, and more.
Gooligan is a new variant of the Android malware campaign found by our researchers in the SnapPea app last year.
Check Point reached out to the Google Security team immediately with information on this campaign. Our researchers are working closely with Google to investigate the source of the Gooligan campaign.
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“We’re appreciative of both Check Point’s research and their partnership as we’ve worked together to understand these issues,” said Adrian Ludwig, Google’s director of Android security. “As part of our ongoing efforts to protect users from the Ghost Push family of malware, we’ve taken numerous steps to protect our users and improve the security of the Android ecosystem overall.”
We are very encouraged by the statement Google shared with us addressing the issue. We have chosen to join forces to continue the investigation around Gooligan. Google also stated that they are taking numerous steps including proactively notifying affected accounts, revoking affected tokens and deploying SafetyNet improvements to protect users from these apps in the future.
In the following sections, we provide more answers regarding the campaign.

Who is affected?

Gooligan potentially affects devices on Android 4 (Jelly Bean, KitKat) and 5 (Lollipop), which is over 74% of in-market devices today. About 57% of these devices are located in Asia and about 9% are in Europe.
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In our research we identified tens of fake applications that were infected with this malware. If you’ve downloaded one of the apps listed in Appendix A, below, you might be infected. You may review your application list in “Settings -> Apps”, if you find one of this applications, please consider downloading an antivirus product such as Check Point ZoneAlarm to check if you are indeed infected.
We have noticed that hundreds of the email addresses are associated with enterprise accounts worldwide.

How do you know if your Google account is breached?

You can check if your account is compromised by accessing the following web site that we created:  https://gooligan.checkpoint.com/.
If your account has been breached, the following steps are required:
  1. A clean installation of an operating system on your mobile device is required (a process called “flashing”). As this is a complex process, we recommend powering off your device and approaching a certified technician, or your mobile service provider, to request that your device be “re-flashed.”
  2. Change your Google account passwords immediately after this process.

How do Android devices become infected?

We found traces of the Gooligan malware code in dozens of legitimate-looking apps on third-party Android app stores. These stores are an attractive alternative to Google Play because many of their apps are free, or offer free versions of paid apps. However, the security of these stores and the apps they sell aren’t always verified. Gooligan-infected apps can also be installed using phishing scams where attackers broadcast links to infected apps to unsuspecting users via SMS or other messaging services.

How did Gooligan emerge?

Our researchers first encountered Gooligan’s code in the malicious SnapPea app last year. At the time this malware was reported by several security vendors, and attributed to different malware families like Ghostpush, MonkeyTest, and Xinyinhe. By late 2015, the malware’s creators had gone mostly silent until the summer of 2016 when the malware reappeared with a more complex architecture that injects malicious code into Android system processes.
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The change in the way the malware works today may be to help finance the campaign through fraudulent ad activity. The malware simulates clicks on app advertisements provided by legitimate ad networks and forces the app to install on a device. An attacker is paid by the network when one of these apps is installed successfully.
Logs collected by Check Point researchers show that every day Gooligan installs at least 30,000 apps fraudulently on breached devices or over 2 million apps since the campaign began.

How does Gooligan work?

The infection begins when a user downloads and installs a Gooligan-infected app on a vulnerable Android device. Our research team has found infected apps on third-party app stores, but they could also be downloaded by Android users directly by tapping malicious links in phishing attack messages.  After an infected app is installed, it sends data about the device to the campaign’s Command and Control (C&C) server.
Gooligan then downloads a rootkit from the C&C server that takes advantage of multiple Android 4 and 5 exploits including the well-known VROOT (CVE-2013-6282) and Towelroot (CVE-2014-3153). These exploits still plague many devices today because security patches that fix them may not be available for some versions of Android, or the patches were never installed by the user. If rooting is successful, the attacker has full control of the device and can execute privileged commands remotely.
After achieving root access, Gooligan downloads a new, malicious module from the C&C server and installs it on the infected device. This module injects code into running Google Play or GMS (Google Mobile Services) to mimic user behavior so Gooligan can avoid detection, a technique first seen with the mobile malware HummingBad. The module allows Gooligan to:
  • Steal a user’s Google email account and authentication token information
  • Install apps from Google Play and rate them to raise their reputation
  • Install adware to generate revenue
Ad servers, which don’t know whether an app using its service is malicious or not, send Gooligan the names of the apps to download from Google Play. After an app is installed, the ad service pays the attacker. Then the malware leaves a positive review and a high rating on Google Play using content it receives from the C&C server.
Our research team was able to identify several instances of this activity by cross-referencing data from breached devices with Google Play app reviews. This is another reminder of why users shouldn’t rely on ratings alone to decide whether to trust an app.
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Two examples of reviews left by users who were also found on the attacker’s records as victims.
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An example of fake reviews and comments to one of the fraudulent applications.
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The same user discovered two different fraudulent apps were installed on his device, without his knowledge.
Similar to HummingBad, the malware also fakes device identification information, such as IMEI and IMSI, to download an app twice while seeming like the installation is happening on a different device, thereby doubling the potential revenue.
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One of the apps downloaded from Google Play by Gooligan.

What are Google authorization tokens?

A Google authorization token is a way to access the Google account and the related services of a user. It is issued by Google once a user successfully logged into this account.
When an authorization token is stolen by a hacker, they can use this token to access all the Google services related to the user, including Google Play, Gmail, Google Docs, Google Drive, and Google Photos.
While Google implemented multiple mechanisms, like two-factor-authentication, to prevent hackers from compromising Google accounts, a stolen authorization token bypasses this mechanism and allows hackers the desired access as the user is perceived as already logged in.

Conclusion

Gooligan has breached over a million Google accounts. We believe that it is the largest Google account breach to date, and we are working with Google to continue the investigation. We encourage Android users to validate whether their accounts have been breached.

Appendix A: List of fake apps infected by Gooligan

  • Perfect Cleaner
  • Demo
  • WiFi Enhancer
  • Snake
  • gla.pev.zvh
  • Html5 Games
  • Demm
  • memory booster
  • แข่งรถสุดโหด
  • StopWatch
  • Clear
  • ballSmove_004
  • Flashlight Free
  • memory booste
  • Touch Beauty
  • Demoad
  • Small Blue Point
  • Battery Monitor
  • 清理大师
  • UC Mini
  • Shadow Crush
  • Sex Photo
  • 小白点
  • tub.ajy.ics
  • Hip Good
  • Memory Booster
  • phone booster
  • SettingService
  • Wifi Master
  • Fruit Slots
  • System Booster
  • Dircet Browser
  • FUNNY DROPS
  • Puzzle Bubble-Pet Paradise
  • GPS
  • Light Browser
  • Clean Master
  • YouTube Downloader
  • KXService
  • Best Wallpapers
  • Smart Touch
  • Light Advanced
  • SmartFolder
  • youtubeplayer
  • Beautiful Alarm
  • PronClub
  • Detecting instrument
  • Calculator
  • GPS Speed
  • Fast Cleaner
  • Blue Point
  • CakeSweety
  • Pedometer
  • Compass Lite
  • Fingerprint unlock
  • PornClub
  • com.browser.provider
  • Assistive Touch
  • Sex Cademy
  • OneKeyLock
  • Wifi Speed Pro
  • Minibooster
  • com.so.itouch
  • com.fabullacop.loudcallernameringtone
  • Kiss Browser
  • Weather
  • Chrono Marker
  • Slots Mania
  • Multifunction Flashlight
  • So Hot
  • Google
  • HotH5Games
  • Swamm Browser
  • Billiards
  • TcashDemo
  • Sexy hot wallpaper
  • Wifi Accelerate
  • Simple Calculator
  • Daily Racing
  • Talking Tom 3
  • com.example.ddeo
  • Test
  • Hot Photo
  • QPlay
  • Virtual
  • Music Cloud

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Sunday, November 27, 2016

20 Incredible Office Gadgets That Will Change Your Life

Do you feel like your office is a dull, boring place that’s lacking positivity and creative energy? 

Bright Side found 20 awesome gadgets that would add extra joy and convenience to your life and make your workday go by a lot faster.

Do you ever wish you had a mug that could keep your coffee hot for hours, or a comfortable place to rest your feet while you sit at a desk? Well, then you’ll definitely want to own all of these fantastic items below.

1. The sticky note roll

No more searching for those bits of paper all over the place.

2. Flexible storage straps

Keep all of your items within reach with these space-saving straps.

3. Post-it watches

A perfect reminder that ensures you will never forget another task or event.

4. A paper table

This great product makes collaborating and sharing ideas easier.

5. The notepaper roller

Tear off the exact amount of paper that you need for the task. A really smart design!

6. The mini zen garden

A great way to relax and to add some greenery to your desk.

7. Error message sticky notes

A fun way to communicate with your coworkers.

8. A hammock for your feet

A dream come true! Give your feet a rest with this under-desk hammock.

9. The personal mini-fridge

Perfect to keep your snacks close...and maybe even some beer!

10. A stealth switch

Give it a tap to hide any non-work related applications and windows, when your boss walks by.

11. The portable cup warmer

Your coffee will never get cold again.

12. Hand-warmers for a freezing cold office

Keep your hands toasty with these cute hand-warmers while you type.

13. The calendar stamp

Use this stamp on any sheet of paper, to plan your weekly or monthly activities.

14. The whiteboard wall clock

Perfect for keeping your daily schedule organized. I need one of these!

15. Genuine working tools

These novelty pens make writing more fun!

16. The desk organizer

This organizer will keep your things together and close at hand.

17. The portable document and photo scanner

This handy device scans your documents and photos and sends them to your email or printer via Wi-Fi.

18. Three-point trash basket

Knocking down free throws just became the buzzer beater with the basketball stand wastebasket.

19. A cat USB hub

Kitty USB hub has 9 lives, only 4 ports.

20. Pooleaf pen

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Wednesday, November 23, 2016

The world's cruelest dining experiences revealed

Octopuses dismembered, newborn rodents dipped in boiling oil and frogs skinned while ALIVE: The world's cruelest dining experiences revealed

  • Restaurants in the US have started to serve up live animals like octopus
  • They join a long list of cruel food practices like drowned bird and boiled rat
  • MailOnline Travel rounds up some of the worst offenders across the world
Restaurants in western countries have increasingly started to serve up live animals to diners, but the animal rights group claims they can feel pain just as strongly as mammals.
Watching a live octopus being dismembered in a restaurant kitchen is shocking, but it isn't the only horrifying meal to be served up in the name of gastronomy, read on for our list of some of the worst offenders... 


Live octopus
Restaurants in California and New York have come under fire recently from animal-rights activists for serving octopus to diners while it is still alive and moving
Restaurants in California and New York have come under fire recently from animal-rights activists for serving octopus to diners while it is still alive and moving
Restaurants in California and New York have come under fire recently from animal-rights activists for serving octopus to diners while it is still alive and moving
PETA exposes dark truth behind live animal eating trend
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Restaurants in California and New York have come under fire recently from animal-rights activists for serving octopus to diners while it is still alive and moving.  
A video shot by a Peta member inside one of the restaurants shows a chef slicing up a live octopus.

In many instances, the octopus has a few legs sliced off and is then left, writhing in pain, until another diner orders the leg dish, when some more are removed.  

Peta launched the petition earlier this month calling on lawmakers to prohibit restaurants from serving live marine life, alongside a video of an octopus writhing as a chef at T Equals Fish, a Koreatown sushi restaurant in Los Angeles, chops off its tentacles.
The organisation claims that octopuses, which are considered to be among the most intelligent invertebrates, can feel pain in the way that mammals do.
Live octopus is served at about a dozen restaurants in California and New York, according to Peta and is most commonly used in 'sannakji', a dish made up of moving octopus tentacles.
Peta vice president of cruelty investigations Daphna Nachminovitch said in a statement: 'Octopuses have sophisticated nervous systems that are rich with pain receptors, so they suffer immensely for a diner's fleeting taste experience.'
T Equals Fish was not immediately available for comment. 


Live frog  
In Japan frogs are used in sashimi dishes
The chef stabs, beheads and skins the live frog to serve on ice with soy sauce and a lemon slice
In Japan frogs are used in sashimi dishes. The chef stabs, beheads and skins the live frog to serve on ice with soy sauce and a lemon slice
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Fish and seafood aren't the only animals to be used in sushi in Japan - frogs are also used in sashimi dishes. 
The frogs are raised by a breeder and then shipped live to restaurant kitchens, where they are kept alive until a customer orders the dish. 
The chef then stabs, beheads and skins the live frog to serve on ice with soy sauce and a lemon slice.
But a video taken a couple of years ago of a chef preparing the dish at a restaurant in Tokyo appeared to show the animal trying to claw its way off the plate after being dismembered.  
Though the frog is killed instantly by the chef’s knife, it can still be seen moving its legs and blinking at the camera.
The restaurant in Tokyo's 'Memory Lane' is known for serving unusual dishes such as soft-shelled turtle, pig testicles, snake liquor, grilled salamander, still-beating frog's heart and the live bullfrog sashimi shown in the video. 


Baby rodents 
n China, there is an infamous delicacy that involves eating newly-born rodents live.
The diner would use a skewer to stab the live rodent and then dip it in boiling oil, before eating it
In China, there is an infamous delicacy that involves eating newly-born rodents live 
Eaten alive: Baby mice dipped into sauce like spring rolls
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In China, there is an infamous delicacy that involves eating newly-born rodents live. 
The diner would use a skewer to stab the live rodent and then dip it in boiling oil, before eating it. 
Footage shows a little known speciality in Guangdong, south China, that is called 'San Zhi Er', that has been reported as far back as 1949.
The name translates as 'Three squeaks', because of the noises the baby rodents make when eaten alive. 
The first squeak is said to come when the animal is stabbed, the second when it is dipped in the oil and the third when it goes into the diner's mouth.   
This video, a composite of two separate clips, shows the mice next to a pot of broth in one shot and being dipped into a plate of sauce in the other.
After smothering the still-wriggling creatures in a brown sauce, a diner proceeds to put one in his mouth and appears to chew.  


Live prawns 
Live prawns are a popular dish in Asian countries like Japan and Vietnam, but they are also served in western nations like Denmark and London
Live prawns are a popular dish in Asian countries like Japan and Vietnam, but they are also served in western nations like Denmark and London
Creepy live prawns wiggle around as they are cooked live
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Live prawns are a popular dish in Asian countries like Japan and Vietnam, but they are also served in western nations like Denmark and London, albeit somewhat controversially. 
Whether eating the prawn live, dipped in butter or flamed-grilled from a barbecue after being skewered live and placed over the fire wriggling, as in the video here, animal rights campaigners are not impressed.
In this clip, footage from the Quan Nuong rooftop grill restaurant in Vietnam shows live prawns wriggling on skewers as they are cooked.
They are shown still green and raw on a plate as the video begins, before being placed on the barbecue where their heads, legs and bodies wiggle madly. 
The filmer later wrote online: 'It was a bit odd watching them writhe as they cooked but at least we knew they were fresh.' 
Peta said of the practice: 'Sea animals are not merely swimming vegetables, and it’s not OK to carve up their bodies as casually as one would a carrot or a rutabaga.'



Live fish  
In this meal, diners sit around a bucket of live fish, picking them out by hand before dropping them into another bowl of sauce
In this meal, diners sit around a bucket of live fish, picking them out by hand before dropping them into another bowl of sauce
In this meal, diners sit around a bucket of live fish, picking them out by hand before dropping them into another bowl of sauce 
Extreme sushi: Diners enjoy stomach-churning meal of LIVE fish
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Eating live fish is considered to be a delicacy in many parts of eastern Asia. 
In one course, diners are advised to down a shot of tiny fish, dousing them in vinegar just beforehand to make them wriggle on the way down to the stomach.
In other cases, as in the video below, diners sit around a bucket of live fish, picking them out by hand before dropping them into another bowl of sauce.
After they have been adequately seasoned, the animals is plucked from the bowl with chopsticks and eaten alive. 
Another particular food preparation method that has attracted scorn from animal rights campaigners is 'Yin Yang Fish' - also called dead-and-alive fish.
The dish, which originated from Taiwanese cuisine, consists of a deep-fried whole fish, cooked with its head wrapped in a wet cloth in order to keep it breathing.
The fish is then covered in sauce and served live on a plate, while still alive.
This practice, which remains popular in China, has received condemnation from animal rights groups, who claim it inflicts unnecessary suffering on the animal. 
This fish served on a dinner plate  appeared to come back to life after receiving a shot of alcohol
This fish served on a dinner plate appeared to come back to life after receiving a shot of alcohol
The shot of life: Sliced fish seemingly comes alive on plate
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A video that shocked animal lovers in recent years showed a fish served on a dinner plate that appeared to come back to life after receiving a shot of alcohol.
The clip, believed to have been captured in China, shows the carp with large slices cut into its back - but it is unclear as to whether it is currently dead.
It remains very still as one of the diners pours a shot of alcohol into its mouth and suddenly the fish gulps before returning to a vegetative state.   


Monkeys are still eaten in parts of Asia, but there is one infamous dish involving the brain of the animals 
Monkeys are still eaten in parts of Asia, but there is one infamous dish involving the brain of the animals 

Monkey's brain 
Monkeys are one of the closest species to humans, which is why many find the practice of eating them so hard to stomach. 
Monkeys are still eaten in parts of Asia, but there is one infamous dish involving the brain of the animals that continues to shock. 
The meal involves the monkey being brought to the table live, before the head is caved in and the diner then eats the brains. 
While there are several reports in legend and some researchers have been told eye-witness accounts, there is no footage of the practice happening apart from one picture in a Hong Kong newspaper in 1998.   





Drowned bird  
The ortolan is one of France's most charming little birds, but is is also the main ingredient in one of the nation's cruelest dishes
The ortolan is one of France's most charming little birds, but is is also the main ingredient in one of the nation's cruelest dishes
The ortolan is one of France's most charming little birds, but is is also the main ingredient in one of the nation's cruelest dishes.
Ortolan hunting has been banned in France since 1999 but it still happens illegally. 
The animal is tempted towards poachers and traps by the sound of a female who is trapped in a cage.
They are then kept in dark tiny cages for a month while being fattened up on millet, grapes and figs until they are so bloated they can't move.
Diners eat the Ortolan bird in its entirety, starting with either the head or the rear end, with their head under a napki
Diners eat the Ortolan bird in its entirety, starting with either the head or the rear end, with their head under a napki
Once the ortolan has been fattened to bursting point, it is drowned in Armagnac, before being roasted for eight minutes and served sizzling in its pale yellow fat. 
Diners eat the bird in its entirety, starting with either the head or the rear end.  
They eat it traditionally, with their head under a napkin, so as to inhale the Armagnac fumes and keep the whole messy ritual hidden from fellow diners. 
Legend also has it that you are using the napkin to conceal your greed from God - who surely could not approve of such a brutal custom.  


Baby loach fish boiled alive 
The Japanese have a dish called Dojo tofu, which is also known as tofu hell
The Japanese have a dish called Dojo tofu, which is also known as tofu hell
The Japanese have a dish called Dojo tofu, which is also known as tofu hell. 
To make the dish, they boil some water in a pan and once it has reached a considerable heat, they put a block of cold tofu in the bottom, immediately followed by a handful of live baby loach fish. 
The idea is that the fish will immediately swim down and start to bury themselves in the cold tofu to get away from the boiling water. 
But soon, the boiling water also heats up the tofu and the fish are boiled alive inside the flesh.  


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