Foshan Police Deny Beating Driver On Roadside… The One That A Video Shows Them Beating

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In Foshan, Guangdong province on March 20 at around 1 pm, a routine pullover has drawn ample controversy after accusations of police brutality. Accusations that are pretty clearly warranted, judging by the video. The story goes that a driver, told to pull over, drove for another three kilometers, or about 70 seconds. This is against the law, surely, and the driver deserves whatever punishment comes to those who disobey police officers. But then, once out of the car, a gaggle of cops surround the driver and begin throwing punches. Read more »

When Sinkholes Happen: Surveillance Footage Captures The Ground Opening And Swallowing A Passerby In Shenzhen

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What a world we live in when the ground beneath our feet might open up any moment and suck us under. Yesterday afternoon, a five-by-eight-meter sinkhole that was reportedly four stories deep suddenly formed in a residential compound in Shenzhen. A very unlucky security guard, who happened to be walking past, never stood a chance. He died after efforts to revive him at the hospital failed. Read more »

The Photographer Who Captured 14 Slices Of Beijing’s Sky Explains How It Was Done

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The concept is pretty simple — set tripod in front of Tiananmen every day throughout the Two Sessions; snap picture — but Wei Yao, the photographer for Beijing Review who got the shot you see above (along with this one), explains on Reuters’s Photographers Blog that it still took a lot of work: Having the... Read more » Read more »

“The Bridge Sure Is Strong”: 300,000 Gather Atop Bridge In Sichuan For Traditional Festival

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A traditional rhyme in Sichuan goes like this: “Toss medicine money, worship your godfather, throw away clothes, and pray for the whole family.” The people of Mianyang, the second largest city in Sichuan province after Chengdu, take the rhyme very seriously, along with other traditions. On March 18, thousands flocked to Jushui Village for the Ju Water Bridge Festival (雎水踩桥会), almost all of them to do one thing: step on a bridge. Read more »

Rich Chinese parent does rich Chinese parent thing, buys 2-year-old an apartment in New York City

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New York Fucking City. Goddamnit. I warn you in advance, everything that follows is merely the work of Envy, so it may not be appropriate for all audiences. A rich fucking woman bought a prestigious New York City property recently, an apartment in the unifinished One57 tower on 57th St. between Sixth and Seventh Aves. For her... Read more » Read more »

Motorcycle Runs Red Light, Crashes Into Van, Explodes

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We're going to go ahead and laugh at this because the motorcylist in this video isn't dead (lucky dude), and because the explosion is almost a bit too perfect. Watch, from multiple angles, as a motorcycle runs a red light, crashes into the side of a four-wheel vehicle, and immediately self-immolates out of shame. "The van's driver had no injuries," informs the interviewed traffic cop. Read more »

Exactly How Scary Is North Korea? Point-Counterpoint

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un looks at the latest combat and technical equipments, made by unit 1501 of the Korean People's Army, during his visit to the unit
How scary is the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea? Let’s first look at the argument for “very scary.” Via Foreign Policy: North Korea today can threaten all of South Korea and parts of Japan with its conventional missiles and its conventional military. The North can fire 500,000 rounds of artillery on Seoul in the first... Read more » Read more »

College Student Falls Into Manhole During Rainstorm In Changsha, Disappears

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The idea of falling down a hole and disappearing off the face of the earth is cartoonish, reserved for Warner Brothers animators, or the fear of an imaginative child for whom laws of physics have yet to squeeze order out of the world’s underbelly of extravagant possibility. In China, however, the idea of falling down... Read more » Read more »

Country Breakdown Of Social Network Traffic Shows Not Many Countries Besides China Blocks YouTube, Facebook, And Twitter

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This is interesting. Above, via the bitly blog, is a map showing relative social network usage in countries around the world. The more red a country is, the more clicks. The coloration isn’t at all surprising, considering YouTube has been blocked in China since March 2009. What about Facebook? Read more »

Here’s Peng Liyuan Singing In Russian And Dazzling A Moscow Crowd In 2005, Cause That’s What She Do

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Peng Liyuan, who’s warming up to her role as China’s “First Lady” — a term that, lest you forget, has basically never been applied to the wives of Chinese leaders — is currently traveling with her husband in Africa as part of Xi Jinping’s first overseas trip as Chinese head of state, and it’d be... Read more » Read more »

Giant Pandas Er Shun And Da Mao Are Being Flown From Chengdu To Canada Today Via FedEx

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Two pandas left Chengdu today for a 12,875-kilometer journey to Toronto, where they will stay for five years at the Toronto Zoo and then five more at Calgary Zoo. Er Shun, a female, and Da Mao, a male, are big deals, diplomatically speaking. They were assets in February 2012 talks between China and Canada, two countries... Read more » Read more »

Introducing: A Weekly Column About Teaching In China

Before we get started, let me say this: If you’re one of those who reflexively shits on anyone and everyone in the education industry in China, let’s just get the hate all out of the way. Yes, there are those who deserve the world’s flung feces because they are your stereotypical loser-back-home/asshole-backpacker laowai who drinks... Read more » Read more »

Doh! Pedestrians Continue To Bump Heads On A Flyover Built Way Too Low

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City planners in Nanning, the capital of Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, might want to spend a bit more time on the drawing boards next time they take up a construction project. Residents have recently complained to media about a flyover built so low -- 1.3 meters to 1.5 meters off the ground, or 4-foot-3 to 4-foot-11 -- that they have to duck to walk underneath. Read more »

The Squid Bomb Is A Real Thing, Apparently

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"Squid bomb" can refer to squid jigs for catching squids, a World War II anti-submarine weapon, or this annoying video featuring Squidward Tentacles. It's never meant to be taken literally, i.e. a bomb inside a squid. Until now. Now it can mean exactly that: a bomb inside a squid. Read more »

Toddler Survives 6th-Story Fall From Balcony After Passersby Catch Her On Tarp

Ah, the classic China story: toddlers falling off balconies. I've gotten a bit complacent and let a few of these tales go unblogged, but this one from Zhongshan, Guangdong province has to go up. On March 21 at about 11 pm, a small girl crawled or walked out of her sixth-floor apartment balcony. She clung onto the ledge for dear life. Seeing this, about 10 passersby quickly grabbed a tarp in expectation of catching her if she fell. Sure enough, because she's a toddler, she fell. Read more »

North Korea’s Latest Propaganda Film Depicts Invasion Of South Korea, Captured US Citizens

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On Friday, the above, titled "A Short, Three-Day War," was posted to Uriminzokkiri, depicting North Korean paratroopers and the shells of long-range weapons descending upon South Korea. Via Sina English: "The crack stormtroopers will occupy Seoul and other cities and take 150,000 US citizens as hostages," the narrator said. Read more »

I Ate A McDonald’s Sausage Double Beef Burgers

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It was delicious. The bread, a special shade of mahogany, was lightly crisped with a glaze of cinnamon, as I imagined it. The sausage links were dipped in maple syrup before sizzling on the grill; one could, if he tried, detect the singed fragrance of applewood. The hamburger patties oozed a special type of grease,... Read more » Read more »