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Listen to this: Chinese man with unique talent can blow up a swim ring with his ears!

Summer is almost here! For most of us on the north side of the equator, that usually means grabbing your towel, swimsuit, and maybe your swim ring for a trip to the beach. What better way to spent the season than lazily floating along the shore in a rubber tube to stay cool and beat the heat?

The only catch is that sometimes blowing up one of those swim rings can be a serious pain. Not for Tian Pan, a 39-year-old man from Fujian, China, though. Choosing to forgo the traditional method of blowing into the hole on the ring with your mouth, he decided to accomplish the task by blowing it up with his ears instead!

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Soggy moggy takes a bath, goes into a CATatonic trance 【Video】

We can’t stop watching this video of this kitty in the tub. There’s something so hypnotic about it.

Maybe it’s the blissful yet still somewhat ambivalent expression on the face of the cat. Maybe it’s the little hand towel balanced on its head like it’s an old Japanese dude in a hot spring. Maybe it’s the yellow bath water (what’s in it, custard?). We have no idea, but we’ve watched it approximately a thousand times in a row and can’t decide what’s going through kitty’s mind.

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Is AK48’s Chinese sister group even cuter than the original? Our reporter thinks so!

Ever heard of SNH48, AKB48’s second sister group outside of Japan? Based in Shanghai, China, the idol unit has been active since 2012, releasing a total of eight singles to date. These singles are all Chinese-language covers of previous AKB48 singles, including their latest release on May 15–the Chinese version of “Manatsu no Sounds Good!” (盛夏好声音).

Now, I’m not someone easily swayed by the cutesy “charms” of idol singers, but a female writer on our Japanese sister site recently wrote a piece expressing her opinion that SNH48 could possibly be–dare I write it–even cuter than the veritable goddesses of the original AKB48.

Take a moment to watch their latest music video and decide who you think is the cutest!

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Chinese Super League keeper lets in goal while getting a drink of water 【Video】

The sport of football (or soccer or whatever you want to call it) has been around for a long time and is played well around the world. As such you’d probably think you’ve seen it all by now, but the sport never ceases to surprise and amaze.

This time an incident occurred at a Chinese Super League match between Liaoning Whowin and Chongqing Lifan. With Liaoning trailing by one goal late in the second half, things were looking grim. At least they were until fate stepped in and gave Chongqing keeper Sui Weijie a parched throat at the worst possible moment…

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This guy claims he’s never had any cosmetic surgery done, but the internet isn’t convinced

Weibo, the Chinese microblogging site, is full of people of all walks of life, just like Facebook or Twitter, we suppose. Everyone from your average Joes to 15-year-olds with more plastic surgery than Hollywood can get together, share pictures, and argue ad nauseam. The last Weibo user we saw with a ton of work done certainly hit a nerve with Internet users across the world, though she apparently did not give a crap what we thought. And good for her! Listening to the haters is a sure way to ruin a good day.

But now, a new angular face has appeared on the scene, and it looks like he’s not bowing to the Weibo hate either. Though we’re not sure his “deny, deny, deny” tactic is going to work out quite as well as he’s hoping.

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New Chinese smartphone game lets you bomb 15 major cities in Japan, but…

On 26 May, Chinese internet company NetEase announced the release of a new smartphone game titled The Great Tokyo Air Raid. The game allows you to pilot a bomber and drop ordnance on 14 of Japan’s most populated areas.

After completing a mission, the player is awarded points based on how many cities they have destroyed. The points will also come with a message such as “Thank you for your contribution to world peace!”

This is how the game is being reported in Japan at least. And while all of those facts are true, after playing through The Great Tokyo Air Raid myself, it’s actually only about a tenth as disconcerting as the media would have you believe.

…It’s still a little unsettling though.

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36 more humorous glimpses of Asia 【Pics】

Need a little laugh to help ease yourself into the week?

In the past, we’ve featured some photo fun from Asia35 signs you might be in Asia, as well as 39 looks at the lighter side of Asia. This time, we’re bringing you 36 more bizarre, comical, and downright nonsensical scenes from around Asia!

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Chinese man dresses up as woman to spy in bathrooms, has no idea what women look like

It’s getting harder and harder to be a Peeping Tom. With anti-chikan policies and people becoming more vigilant at younger ages, they have to get creative if they’re going to get their illegal jollies.

But sometimes it’s possible to get a little too creative. One man in China dressed up as a woman so he could sneak peeks in women’s restrooms. But based on the costume he chose, it’s not entirely clear if he’s ever actually seen a woman before in his life.

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Get a look at the Avengers with a floral Chinese twist!

Avengers: Age of Ultron has been a huge hit all over the world, and with ticket sales recently passing US$1 billion, it seems that everyone has been flocking to cinemas to find out how old Ultron really is. Not in Japan though, with the movie – typically late – set to be released on July 4, Avengers fans are desperately trying to avoid spoilers, but also would love to join the rest of the world in seeing the movie.

But fear not, Japanese Avengers fans; this post contains no spoilers so you can click on through and get a look at what the Avengers would look like if they were participating in a Beijing fashion show.

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A new look at Chinese cuisine through the eyes of… chopsticks? 【Video】

Undoubtedly one of the many great things about traveling abroad is experiencing a new country’s culture through its food. As the world has become more and more connected, it’s easier to get a taste of foreign cuisine in our own home countries, but often times, due to regulations on or the price of imported ingredients, and because of local tastes, what we think we know of one country’s food may not exactly be like the real thing.

But, thanks to a little camera strapped to a pair of chopsticks, we get to take a peek at some authentic Chinese cuisine in this unique video, as we follow a group of exchange students on a food-filled adventure through Beijing.

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Relive the 90s as seen from China, thank the stars you didn’t live in China back then

For anyone who has seen the VH1 show I Love the ’90s, they know it’s a fantastic way of remembering just how ridiculous the times were back then and seeing visually how much has changed since. There was Nirvana, Friends, grunge fashion and some of the most beloved video games including Pokémon and Final Fantasy VII.  Well it’s 2015 and everyone is streaming Friends on Netflix, there’s going to be a new album featuring Kurt Cobain, and Pokémon and Final Fantasy titles continue to dominate the sales charts. So has anything changed?

Maybe not for the West, but China, which was recovering from the strict ruling of Mao Zedong, really started to find itself in the ’90s. Their impoverished nation was beginning to discover fashion and entertainment and experience what the rest of the world was experiencing. And now that the Internet has taken over the world, how has China changed from the ’90s to now? Watch an amazing video after the jump to find out.

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You’re almost definitely not as genki as this 84-year-old man – meet China’s “Yoga Grandpa”

If you recall, we delighted you all once before with a story about an incredibly genki granny from Japan who is capable of bending her aged limbs into a variety of contortionist poses. But we reckon this yoga grandpa from China has got her beaten!

Check out this man’s incredible flexibility in this series of photos that will have your jaws hanging and your joints creaking in sympathy!

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In pictures: Everyday life in China and Hong Kong, 1868-1872【Photos】

Scottish travel writer and photographer John Thomson was one of the first western photographers to travel to the Far East. In the latter half of the nineteenth century, he travelled extensively in China, recording what he saw for posterity.

From elaborately dressed brides to working fishermen, Thomson captured landscapes and city scenes, people and places. The result is a captivating insight into the everyday lives of Chinese people almost 150 years ago.

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Holy crap! Guy caught eating poop in ladies’ toilet

Hold on to your lunch, guys, this story is pretty nauseating. A young man in Guangdong Province was caught in the act of eating feces out of a toilet in a public restroom.

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Beijing man lives in an unbelievably accurate reconstruction of the sitcom Friends

The man pictured above is Beijing, China resident Gunther. You might be wondering why Gunther appears to be on the set of the hit ’90s sitcom Friends complete with the two leather Lazyboy recliners and over-sized handmade entertainment center owned by Chandler and Joey for much of ten seasons.

That is not a set from the award-winning comedy, however. This is Gunther’s apartment, painstakingly decorated to be nearly identical to that famous Manhattan room. And this is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to Gunther attachment to Friends.

However, before you go thinking “Could he BE any more insane?” emulating Friends actually may have been the best thing to happen to him.

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Chinese choir don’t so much raise the roof as fall through the floor 【Video】

With pretty much everyone carrying a camera in their pocket these days, we’re able to capture everything from the hilarious to the terrifying right as it happens, and the footage almost always finds its way to YouTube for everyone else’s viewing pleasure.

Speaking of hilarious and terrifying, this video clip from China is a little bit of both.

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Anime idols going abroad as Love Live! movie announced for release in U.S., 12 other territories

Not so long ago, being a Japanese idol singer was purely a domestic gig, with even the biggest stars of the genre remaining more or less unknown outside their home country. But thanks to the spread of Japanese pop culture around the world over the last decade and a half, that’s not really the case anymore. These days, it’s not uncommon for J-pop idols, especially those with an anime connection to boost their foreign exposure, to make appearances overseas.

Now, in a case of animated art imitating life, the high school idols of Love Love!, Japan’s biggest current idol anime hit, will be heading abroad as the upcoming Love Live! theatrical feature has been announced for international release.

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Here are the 15 most amazing home made robots, tanks, and vehicles in China

China is known as an industrious nation and, after pictures surfaced of one Chinese teacher who built a phenomenal “Iron Man” Hulkbuster replica in his garage, it seemed like the right time to take a look at some of the country’s most impressive home made inventions.

From full size, working airplanes to wooden, yet electronic cars, the Chinese have spent anything from a couple of months to several years, knocking up some pretty impressive modes of transports and robots.

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Six-passenger van stopped by Chinese traffic officials… for carrying 51 passengers

As much as we try not to generalize or stereotype specific countries and regions here at RocketNews24, the glut of bizarre news stories coming out of China these days makes us feel pretty justified in our feelings that living there must be just a non-stop parade of crazy events.

And here we go again with another Chinese news story that literally sounds like an surreal circus clown act. Just wait until you see this video.

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What if Cinderella was filmed in China? Chinese Weibo user works his Photoshop magic

Even if you’re familiar with the story of Disney’s Cinderella, you might not know that the name of the heroine is actually Ella, and the name Cinderella was given to her by her obnoxious step-sisters, who poked fun at how Ella was always covered in cinder.

Ironically, when we think of Cinderella, what first comes to mind is usually the image of a beautiful girl in a gorgeous blue dress and glass slippers, not the one of a dirty, dusty peasant girl. If the filmmakers of the live-action movie had filmed on location in some parts of China, perhaps we would have gotten to see a really dusty version of Cinderella, just like what this Weibo user has depicted!

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