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Young Chinese boy’s eyes gouged out by unknown woman

Young Chinese boy’s eyes gouged out by unknown woman

Following an especially cold-blooded and brutal assault on a six-year-old boy, police in China’s Shanxi Province are currently searching for an unidentified woman. According to reports, the boy remembers being taken away to a field by a stranger before being drugged on 24 August. Sometime later, the boy turned up near his home with his face covered in blood. His family then discovered that both of the boy’s eyes had been removed.

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“No kiss, no graduation certificate!” Uproar as photos of students and teacher kissing appear online

“No kiss, no graduation certificate!” Uproar as photos of students and teacher kissing appear online

Internet message boards and news sites in China were ablaze earlier this week when photographs showing a male teacher kissing and being kissed by a number of his high school students were published online. The photos were allegedly taken during a mini graduation ceremony in the students’ homeroom, with the teacher having told the girls “Unless you kiss me or let me kiss you, I’m not giving you your graduation certificate.”

Though perhaps all was not quite as it seemed…

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These Chinese students’ table manners leave a lot to be desired

These Chinese students’ table manners leave a lot to be desired

If your mother or father ever scolded you for burping, not holding your knife and fork correctly or chewing with your mouth open when you were a kid, now might be a good time to call them into the room and tell them that however poor they thought your table manners were, things could have been much, much worse.

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Japanese-language Chinese news site predicts future of aircraft carriers, uses sci-fi images

Japanese-language Chinese news site predicts future of aircraft carriers, uses sci-fi images

As the proverb goes, “necessity is the mother of invention,” and nothing produces necessity like war. For better or for worse—mostly for worse—war and military conflict have played a large role in technological progress throughout the history of humankind. While we seem to finally be calming down a little bit as a species in some regards, it is obvious that war is not over and will probably be around for many years to come. And, of course, no one wants to be the country that got left behind in the arms race, right? Still, when you see some of the predictions about the future of aircraft carriers from this Chinese news site, you might wonder if they haven’t mistaken “possible future” with “science fiction TV show.”

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Exploding toilet in China leads to explosion of puns on the net

Exploding toilet in China leads to explosion of puns on the net

On the evening of 4 August, the Liu family returned home at around 9:00pm to the smell of something burning. Thinking the house might be on fire they began to inspect from room to room but found nothing aside from some water dripping from the ceiling.

“I wonder if someone put it out” someone said as they made their way to the second floor still seeing no sign of a fire aside from the stench. Then upon opening the door to the bathroom, they saw the devastation.

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One million cockroaches escape from farm in China

One million cockroaches escape from farm in China

Remember that scene from The Mummy where what seems like a million scarabs pour out of every little crack and crevice, creating a sea of writhing beetles? Yeah, that actually happened in real life. With cockroaches.

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Make snails more palatable with a new Hong Kong brand of escargot ice cream!

Make snails more palatable with a new Hong Kong brand of escargot ice cream!

In the Kwun Tong district of Hong Kong stands a special ice cream factory. Though the summer treat may not be one of the first things that crosses your mind when you think of that busy region of China, the internet has latched on to this particular manufacturer like cats on cheeseburgers!

Why, you ask? For their truly original flavors of ice cream, most particularly the newest addition: snail ice cream!

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China gives big boost to Pacific Rim in box office, amuses many with weird subtitles such as “Pegasus Meteor Fist”

China gives big boost to Pacific Rim in box office, amuses many with weird subtitles such as “Pegasus Meteor Fist”

While the Guillermo del Toro ode to tokusatsu (Godzilla, Ultraman, etc.) films had a reasonable opening in its home country, the box office take was rather low to cover its $190 million dollar budget. However, thanks to an astounding foreign release Pacific Rim can be considered a big success – the highest grossing foreign film of the year so far to be exact.

A large part of that success can be attributed to the might of the massive Chinese film going population. As of 18 August, the Chinese revenue was reported to be 618 million yuan (US$100M) surpassing even what Pacific Rim pulled in its home country. But there’s another reason why people are paying attention to the film’s Chinese release.

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Chinese city poised to fine guys who miss the bowl

Chinese city poised to fine guys who miss the bowl

Recently Shenzhen, Guangdong announced a new bylaw against “non-civilized” behavior in public toilets of the city. This means that guys for whom the act of urination turns into a Sunday afternoon with a wacky water weasel may face fines if caught.

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What do you do when your mother-in-law secretly kisses your husband while you sleep?

What do you do when your mother-in-law secretly kisses your husband while you sleep?

It would appear that China is experiencing an unforeseen side-effect of a one child-policy: overbearing parents. Thankfully, this isn’t quite at the embarrassing level of Japan’s monster parents making demands of all unfortunate souls who come in contact with their children.

No, in China it seems it’s just the wives who are bearing the brunt of their in-laws suffocating ways. It’s believed that the number of divorces filed due to irreconcilable differences between mother-in-law and daughter-in-law are on the rise, but this book, which is packed with real-life wife-versus-mother-in-law accounts, might help.

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If you thought the Teletubbies were creepy before…

If you thought the Teletubbies were creepy before…

Something always trouble me about Teletubbies with their missing eyebrows, that laughing baby sun, and always insisting on watching videos twice in quick succession (seriously, where were they the first annoying time?).

If you’re among the few who still find these kids’ TV characters adorable, then this photo from China titled “Teletubbies decorating car window with mold growing” should bring you quickly over to the dark side. But beyond the initial shock of seeing these beloved infant heroes in such a state, there seems to be something more going on in this photo.

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The street art at this year’s culture festival in Beijing will blow your mind

The street art at this year’s culture festival in Beijing will blow your mind

As part of The Fourth Qianmen Historical & Cultural Festival, the streets of China’s capital city have been transformed this month by a group of talented artists. Using the pavement and plain stone walls as canvases, the artists have produced an array of incredible 3-D paintings that is wowing both tourists and locals alike, with photos of the jaw-dropping work being shared all across Asia. Check out some of the coolest street art we’ve ever seen after the jump.

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Bow-shooting Chinese cutie gets suspicious reaction from world Netizens

Bow-shooting Chinese cutie gets suspicious reaction from world Netizens

China – and to a large extent, Japan – seems to have an unhealthy obsession with any woman of above-average attractiveness performing some action that attractive women aren’t typically known for.

The Chinese media has serialized this concept to the point that we’ve seen them make a fuss over “hot girl cops,” “hot girl soldiers,” heck, even “hot girl bus drivers.” It seems like any time a cute girl does anything other than breath, Asia goes completely crazy.

And now, just when you thought the concept couldn’t jump the shark more spectacularly, we now have “hot girl archer.”

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Explosion-proof membranes won’t keep your phone from blowing, but it might save you from the shrapnel

Explosion-proof membranes won’t keep your phone from blowing, but it might save you from the shrapnel

It looks like the world is facing a new pandemic, but we’re not talking about any viruses or diseases here. No, we’re talking about exploding smartphones. From Europe to the United States to China, more and more cases of phone batteries blowing themselves apart are surfacing, stirring up concern for many. No longer can we fling perturbed birds at their giggling pork nemeses without worrying that our phones will blow our faces off. While the safest option would probably be to simply avoid having one, what would we do without our smartphones on the train, at work when our boss isn’t looking, or in bed at 3 am? This deep, possibly unhealthy attachment to the devices has led to an interesting new product in China: explosion-proof membranes.

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Nice try! Zoo in China puts a “lion” on display, visitor realizes it’s actually a dog

Nice try! Zoo in China puts a “lion” on display, visitor realizes it’s actually a dog

A man visiting a zoo in Luohe City, Henan Province in China was surprised to hear what he described as “barking” coming from the enclosure marked “African lion.” But that’s silly, lions don’t bark, they roar…

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Mother Nature makes us blush with her naughty sense of humour

Mother Nature makes us blush with her naughty sense of humour

Mushrooms are funny things. There’s colourful mushrooms,  luminous mushrooms, fairy circles of mushrooms, poisonous mushrooms, and the infamous magic mushrooms. But I ain’t never seen a mushroom like this before…

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Indian-Chinese military conflict quickly defused with beer and candy

Indian-Chinese military conflict quickly defused with beer and candy

According to the Hindustan Times, a Chinese military patrol had entered into India and crossed paths with one of their patrols. Both sides requested that they leave each other’s territory and a stand-off ensued.

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Hellish Chinese summer heat causes sad pandas, exploding cars, and people literally retreating into caves

Hellish Chinese summer heat causes sad pandas, exploding cars, and people literally retreating into caves

Oddly, while there are plenty of disaster movies about earthquakes, volcanoes, tornadoes, sharknadoes, sharktopi, even unexpected ice ages – honestly, how does an ice age sneak up on you? – there has never been a disaster movie in our memories that focused on deadly heat waves. Which is weird, because here in Asia, deadly heat waves occur every single year. And this year, it’s so bad, it’s literally causing society in China to come to a grinding halt.

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“The Lost Lakes” exhibition aims to bring awareness to China’s vanishing water sources 【Photo Gallery】

“The Lost Lakes” exhibition aims to bring awareness to China’s vanishing water sources 【Photo Gallery】

Surrounded by the hustle and bustle of city life, most urbanites aren’t thinking about the fragility of nature. When all you see is concrete, it’s easy to forget that there were once thousands of trees around that weren’t strategically placed by landscapers. But a view of the city lights reflected in silver pools is reminding the crowds of Beijing about the tragic effects of pollution and climate change.

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Safety Pin People: The beautiful photography of Junn.C

Safety Pin People: The beautiful photography of Junn.C

People have the amazing ability to see human traits in nearly anything. From the anthropomorphism of cartoons and nature to cursing at your car when it won’t start, there’s almost no limit to the things we see as human-like.

But safety pins? Surely only someone with a less-than-firm grip on reality could take a safety pin for person-like or even having any human qualities?

The following photo album might just convince you otherwise!

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