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Benjamin Scott "Ben" Folds (born September 12, 1966) is an American singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and the former frontman of the band

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Following a concert tour in Japan, Ben Folds declared that the trip had been something of a learning experience.

How so? "I learned," he explained, "how to say, 'Tokyo f---ing rocks!' in Japanese."

[Robert Sledge was more skeptical: "The more records you sell in Japan," he declared, "the more you actually suck to everyone else in the world."]

[Japanese men are famed for their bizarre obsession with underwear. Every month, thousands of visit burusera ("bloomers, sailor") shops to browse through albums of snapshots of high school girls holding up their skirts. A customer can purchase a girl's sailor-style uniform and used panties—and occasionally her spit and urine.]

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