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Why Yakuza Gangsters Cut Off Their Pinky Fingers

Aside from their intricate full-body skin art, another distinct indication that a person may be a member of Yakuza is this – a missing pinky finger.

Aside from their intricate full-body skin art, another distinct indication that a person may be a member of Yakuza is this – a missing pinky finger. It’s an open-secret ritual of the notorious Japanese gang and we’ve seen it depicted even in pop culture, most recently in Netflix’s crime drama movie The Outsider starring Jared Leto.

The tradition, called Yubitsume, requires the amputation of a portion of the said body part as a punishment for a member’s grave wrongdoings. This is their brutal way of showing sincere apology and remorse.

Yubitsume, which literally translates to ‘finger shortening’, is seen as a method of atonement for a Yakuza member’s offenses.

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Although the tradition’s origins remain unclear, most historians believe that it may have begun with the bakuto, who were “itinerant gamblers” in Japan from the 18th to 20th centuries, according to LadBible. They were the predecessors of the Yakuza.

Cutting pinky fingers were done back then for those who failed to settle their gambling debts.

Why the pinky finger? There are several significant reasons.

The most obvious one, of course, is the fact that it is the finger that symbolizes making promises.

Additionally, it was also the finger used to ensure a tight grip when holding the Japanese Kendo sword which, basically, renders the gambler with a shorter finger unable to properly defend his own life using the weapon.

The offending gambler performs the ritual himself.

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This is done by laying the left hand down on a piece of cloth and cutting a portion of the pinky finger using a tantō knife. The chopped part will then be presented to the oyabun (godfather or boss) or gang leader.

A repeat offender will likely face further Yubitsume.

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Meanwhile, those who do not cease to commit mistakes eventually face ejection from the crime organization.

To learn more, you can watch this short feature:

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China Looks Like a Magical Place As Cherry Blossoms Bloom to Perfection

It seems the national flower of Japan has found a new home.

When people hear or read “Cherry blossoms,” they often associate it with the spring in Japan. After all, it is one of the things that made the Land of Rising Sun a tourist destination. While this is true, China actually has its own blossoms – and it is quite magical. They are so exceptionally beautiful they could become the country’s national symbol, too. The Sleeping Giant of Asia has been flooded by an ocean packed with colorful blossoms that seem to turn the nation into a magical place.

As expected, hundreds of tourists – and even residents – from across the world are paying China a visit. They want to go to the different sites to admire all of the country’s gorgeous floral children of spring. At Kunming Zoo in Yunnan Province, for instance: The 19th Cherry Blossom Festival has already begun and is expected to last for a month. It features over 5,000 flowering cherry as well as crab-apple trees.

With apromise of beauty, you surely would want to experience China's cherry blossoms.

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Family Helps Pregnant Stingray Give Birth On The Beach

This is one of the many rescue stories that should restore your faith in humanity.

A stingray that got pulled from a line and stranded on the beach has just given birth to baby stingrays - all thanks to a family of beachgoers who were at the scene.

Apparently, the stingray got its jaw stuck in a hook and it is believed that it got caught on a fishing line. While lying on its back on the shore, a group of people saw little barbs emerging from its cloaca and that's when they realize that the sea creature is actually pregnant.

The stingray is reportedly caught on the line by accident.

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9 Interesting Facts About Al Capone

The Scarface was indeed a strange and interesting guy.

Almost everyone in this world knows Al Capone as someone who was badass. Widely known as “Scarface,” the notorious US gangster was among America’s most feared gang leaders. And, of course, there was every reason to be. Although the infamous (and bloody) St. Valentine’s Day Massacre brought him his downfall, this guy lived to be a legend.

The massacre, in particular, saw at least seven rival gang members brutally gunned down. Unfortunately for Capone, this severely damaged his public reputation. This mess particularly hurt his image in Chicago where he had built up his criminal empire.

Although the Scarface was widely known for his criminal activities, he still had some strange and interesting stories to share.

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