"Unexplained disturbances" caused a glass door to shatter on Line 1 of the subway system in Shenyang, Liaoning province this morning, though the likely cause, per chatter on microblogs, is a fight that occurred inside the train.
What's most impressive about this fight, by far, is that it manages to draw the attention of the other gamers at this Internet bar. These guys are fazed by nothing. Nothing? How about a NIPPLE? Did someone say NIPPLE?
Youku user chenkai0104 uploaded this video of two men in a flat-out melee on Line 2 of the Shanghai Metro on Tuesday. These chaps show some real form! Check out the passengers laughing from the sideline, delighted to have front-row tickets for this bout. The two men pause for a rest at the 34-second mark as a referee steps in. And then, for all our benefit, the sparring resumes.
At the start of this video, the man behind the camera says, "Just like Chinese people, to fight over pictures."
But just over pictures? Or is this an expression of a deeper discontent, a deformity of neither behavior nor genetics but something more fundamental and universal?
According to the Youku description, the party secretary of a Hubei town recently siced hired thugs from his hometown onto a construction site in Shiyan due to a contractual dispute. The brawl recorded here happened on September 27 around 9 am.
Xinhua reports that 11 Foxconn employees in a plant in Yantai, Shandong province were injured after a drunken brawl on Thursday as part of Mid-Autumn Festival celebrations. More than 300 people reportedly gathered to watch the fight.
What always unsettles me about these beatdowns is the moment the person with the upper hand sticks out a finger as if it's the long appendage of Death and holds it above the face of the fallen. How humiliating. How unbefitting a street champion. As if the slaps didn't already acutely communicate all that was necessary.
According to the video description, as brought to us by chinaSMACK, urban management officers in Qingdao, Shandong province attempted to demolish the guard room of a "military compound" on the afternoon of September 4. They were met with resistance, as guards and -- reportedly, though this is disputed -- actual soldiers came out looking for -- and getting; this part is not disputed -- a fight.
There's no info on this video except that this happened outside a Sina office and the combatants are chauffeurs, but it's a fight and we like it. There are some real sloppy overhead rights thrown by the man in the darker shirt though. What is he even thinking?
If you're not ready for a fight, don't start one. Don't, for instance, punch the guy sitting next to you on the subway, who happens to be younger, fitter, and more inspired, since he has a girl. The older man in this video, after sucker-punching the younger dude, eats about two dozen fists of rage. All the while, someone behind the camera implores, "Stop fighting, stop fighting."
There's no description to this QQ video titled "Candid: Everyone Beats On Each Other in Street Gutter," but it appears to be shot in China, and yeah, these guys are definitely fighting in the sewers. Who needs dignity, eh?
Shanghai subway, Line 8. These women's Shanghainese accents are much too thick for me to understand, but the younger lady, who appears to be the daughter of the woman in red, seems to accuse the woman in black of trying to squeeze into her mom's seat. A loud argument ensues, during which the woman in black shakes a wallet.
Human beings. We are capable of appreciating art and music, and splitting food bills between multiple people, and maybe even someday flying to Mars.
We are also fully capable of acting as stupid as a lizard, like this woman here.
There are a lot of things we like about this 35-second video. There's the automated voice -- which we've heard so many times that it now exists in the realm of our subconscious -- telling us that the train is nearing Dongdan on Line 1. There's the shouting: Waarrrrgh! Aaarrrrrgh! There are the passengers nearby, especially the man in the white shirt. There's the voice of the woman off-camera who, as if beseeching children, says, "Stop fighting. Just stop." And is that man on top trying to stuff the other guy into a box? Pure joy all around.