Japan missing more than 230,000 centenarians [via the AP]
A survey of Japan’s oldest population has discovered that more than 230,000 supposed citizens died long ago, moved away or simply continued living in census data due to poor recordkeeping. A shock to no one, the 884 people currently listed as over 150 years old could not be found. Authorities discovered 234,354 centenarians were listed as alive but could not be located. The survey was prompted by the discovery earlier this summer that Tokyo’s oldest citizen, supposedly 111, had died 32 years prior, a fact hidden from the authorities by the man’s daughter.
Stieg Larsson: Swedish Narcissist [via The Millions]
Bookslut reviewer Janet Potter has an interesting, hilarious, negative take on Stieg Larsson’s Millenium series, currently the hottest thing in literature. The prose is awkward, repetitive and overly thorough, Potter complains. “Stieg’s characters respond to plot twists with broad, stock reactions taken straight from the repertoire of middle school plays. Their eyes bulge, they freeze in terror, they audibly gasp. When one character learned of a murder of good friends, she ‘put her hand over her mouth’ and ‘sat down on the stairs.’ She was surprised, you see.” Potter makes some excellent points, but for anyone who has yet to read the trilogy I highly recommend making it a top priority; despite these few flaws, they make for engrossing reads.
At This Hotel, Even a Pooch Can Live in the Lap of Luxury [via The Wall Street Journal]
This is another one of those insanely expensive dog hotel stories, this time in Fort Worth. The Spa Paws Hotel runs $200 per night. “The 20,000-square-foot complex will be anchored by a wellness center, where pets can heal their bodies and minds via Eastern medicine. The best suites will overlook an atrium, where robotic squirrels will be the floor show.” Just to top it off, the owner’s cats drink only Evian water.