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Chinese woman’s stomach “explodes,” catches fire after binge eating session

Chinese woman’s stomach “explodes,” catches fire after binge eating session

As much as we’re reluctant to feed into more negative stereotypes of an entire country, it’s – sadly – time for yet another gross food-related story out of China.

A 58-year-old woman in Jiangsu Province was admitted to the hospital with severe abdominal pains after a marathon binge eating session left her with a ruptured stomach. The rupture was allegedly so bad the woman’s entire stomach had to be surgically removed for an emergency replacement, leading some of the more sensational news outlets and our click-hungry headline to refer to the woman’s stomach as having “exploded.”

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Beautiful gym babe impresses Chinese netizens with her incredible fitness!【Pics & GIFs】

Beautiful gym babe impresses Chinese netizens with her incredible fitness!【Pics & GIFs】

Skinny is out, fit is in! Gone are the days of envying models for their stick thin figures, girls these days are seeking to look slender and beautiful in a healthy way.

Last month, a marathon-running beauty was making waves on China’s forums and social websites. This month, however, it’s a super-fit gym babe who is catching the attention of Chinese netizens! Regular workouts like jogging on the treadmill and doing crunches are nothing to her; this girl is working her muscles with a thorough fitness training that could even put male gym lovers to shame.

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There’s no pleasing some of China’s netizens, even at New Year

There’s no pleasing some of China’s netizens, even at New Year

Chinese New Year may be a time for parties and celebration, but even at this festive time of year foreign embassies need to be on their toes. Perhaps counting on holiday goodwill to distract the trolls at least momentarily, the Japanese, American, and other embassies in China posted their New Year’s messages to Weibo. Rather predictably, uproar ensued.

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A temple in China reportedly charged $19,470 to light the first incense stick for the new year

A temple in China reportedly charged $19,470 to light the first incense stick for the new year

January 31st marked the Lunar New Year, and this is a time when many flock to temples and light incense and pray for the new year.

China News, cited by Chinascope, reported that a temple in Zhejiang Province used this opportunity to jack up prices for the chance to light the first incense. The temple reportedly charged $19,470 to light the first incense.

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Warning: This cat is so cute it could affect your sanity!【Photos】

Warning: This cat is so cute it could affect your sanity!【Photos】

Were you starting to think, “RocketNews24 hasn’t been posting cat pictures recently”? We hear you! Here’s a cat that has been rated too cute for sanity. Are you ready to lose some marbles?

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Woman in China knits a hat and sweater out of her own hair

Woman in China knits a hat and sweater out of her own hair

I’m sure we’ve all received gifts of clothing from loved ones that we secretly didn’t like at all. We throw them on while the gift-giver is still present in an effort to show our appreciation, but more often than not the garments are destined to spend the rest of their days in the back of a cupboard or are promptly donated to charity.

We have no qualms whatsoever about pulling on an ugly garment received from a well-meaning relative, but we doubt we could even pretend to be pleased if someone gave us a hat and sweater made out of their own hair, which is exactly what one woman in Chongqing, China came up with after collecting her fallen locks over the past 11 years.

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Chinese women’s prison puts on Lunar New Year fashion show, wows the world

Chinese women’s prison puts on Lunar New Year fashion show, wows the world

In celebration of the Lunar New Year, one women’s prison in China decided to put on a fashion show featuring members of both the prison population and the guards. Fortunately, it ended up being more Glee than Shawshank Redemption and earned media attention even across the sea in Japan.

Check out some photos of the event below!

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19 Chinese expressions with amazing literal translations

19 Chinese expressions with amazing literal translations

The Chinese language is widely regarded as one of the most difficult languages to learn.

There are more than 80,000 Chinese characters in existence, although a non-native speaker can get by with 1,000 of the most frequently used.

To make matters more complicated, the characters that make up each word or phrase individually carry different meanings based on the context in which they’re used. For example, the Chinese character 吃 could mean “eat,” “drink,” “bear,” or “take,” depending on the phrase that surrounds it.

As hard as the language is, it can also be incredibly poetic when translated character by character into English, and sometimes hilarious.

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Chinese boss trolls employees with deceptive new year’s bonuses

Chinese boss trolls employees with deceptive new year’s bonuses

Working sucks. We all know this. (Unless you work at RocketNews24! Right, boss?) But when bonus time rolls around and you get a big chunk of change, all the blood, sweat and tears you’ve excreted over the past year toiling for the man almost seem worth it.

So imagine how employees of one company felt when their boss handed out boxes of shrimp-flavored Pretz as their long-awaited bonuses. Not to worry, though, this story doesn’t end in a plebeian revolt. The actual bonus is revealed after the jump.

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“Wife, I was wrong” message found scrawled on 300 steps in a park in China

“Wife, I was wrong” message found scrawled on 300 steps in a park in China

If you had done something to upset your boyfriend, girlfriend or spouse, what would you do to try to make it up to them? Pick up a nice bunch of flowers? Write them a heartfelt letter? Splash out on a romantic weekend away?

How about getting down on your hands and knees and writing a message of apology on every one of the 300 stone steps in a nearby park?

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Guangdong would rank as the world’s 12th most populous nation, and other fun with China’s census

Guangdong would rank as the world’s 12th most populous nation, and other fun with China’s census

It can be said that the power of China lies in its massive population. This country holds around 1.3 billion people and nearly 20 percent of the world’s people. As such you might expect living there to be a tight squeeze.

However, according to 2010 census figures of the populations of each Chinese Province, Autonomous Region, and Direct Controlled Municipality, the nation with the most people still has quite a bit of space in parts.

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Scathing list of 14 differences between Japanese and Chinese women sparks debate online

Scathing list of 14 differences between Japanese and Chinese women sparks debate online

Japan and China are well known for their almost constant bickering. Whether it’s a debate about some past wrongdoing or squabbling over rocks located hundreds of miles out to sea, the pair are seemingly always having a spat about something or other.

This week, a list of 14 purported differences between Chinese and Japanese women – allegedly written by a Chinese national – appeared online. While outlining everything from sex and extramarital affairs to respect for their partners’ parents and money matters, the list casts Chinese women in such a poor light that, as one Weibo user also suggested, we almost wonder whether it was created entirely to put the cat among the pigeons and have Chinese and Japanese net users at each other’s throats.

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What’s worse than overcrowded trains? Overcrowded trains filled with garbage

What’s worse than overcrowded trains? Overcrowded trains filled with garbage

As many of you may know, the past week was the absolute busiest time to travel in China. With the New Year’s holiday coming up, many people who work in the big cities make the several hour, and in some cases several day, journey back home to be with family. With all those people trying to move around the country at roughly the same time, things are going to get a little cozy. Making matters worse, many passengers seem to have missed the trash receptacles, instead choosing to throw their garbage into the aisle.

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Survey reveals that Japan’s kids would rather bake cakes and score goals than cure illnesses

Survey reveals that Japan’s kids would rather bake cakes and score goals than cure illnesses

Kids’ hopes and dreams for the future can change from one minute to the next and very often depend on the TV shows they watch and whatever their friends are talking about on any given week. But a recent survey conducted by human resource consulting company Adecco has revealed some interesting information about the future aspirations of children from Japan compared to those of kids from other eight other Asian countries.

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Chinese millionaire offers small fortune to rent a girlfriend for the Lunar New Year, fails miserably

Chinese millionaire offers small fortune to rent a girlfriend for the Lunar New Year, fails miserably

The Chinese Lunar New Year is less than a week away. Indisputably the biggest event of the year for the Chinese, it is a time when families reunite to celebrate the start of a new year. It is crunch time for Chinese around the world as they get busy preparing for the big day; filling refrigerators with food, preparing hongbao (red envelopes with money in them), and for some, finding the perfect “other half” to introduce to their expectant family.

A wealthy young man has recently offered to pay 1,000,000 Chinese yuan (around US$165,300) to rent a “girlfriend” for a week to accompany him on his trip back to his hometown for the annual celebrations. But even his stacks of cash didn’t seem to help.

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Tensions in Ghana rising between locals and Chinese over gold

Tensions in Ghana rising between locals and Chinese over gold

Despite the frequent complaint in many nations about jobs being moved to China, not everyone in the planet’s most populous country can easily find work domestically. People from the country’s more impoverished regions sometimes see going overseas to be their only means of obtaining gainful employment, and over the last decade more than 500,000 Chinese nationals have moved to Ghana.

However, history is rife with examples of countries taking issue with sudden influxes of foreign workers or capital. In Ghana, it appears tensions are rising between Chinese workers and businesses and their Ghanaian hosts over one of the most historical measures of wealth, gold.

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Say hello to Chunyun, the chaotic mass migration that happens every Chinese New Year

Say hello to Chunyun, the chaotic mass migration that happens every Chinese New Year

Remember that old schoolyard fable warning that, if all the people in China – for some reason simultaneously going mad and deciding to destroy both themselves and the entire planet – were to jump up and down at the exact same moment, the earth would be thrown out of its orbit? Well, apologies to anyone who has been monitoring the situation since they heard this doomsday prophecy, but it’s total nonsense. If you were to map the movement of the population of China over the coming week, however, you would indeed see something that really is quite spectacular.

Known as Chunyun, the weeks immediately before and after Chinese New year (which falls on January 31 this year) are recognised as the period during which the world’s largest human migration occurs. An estimated 3.6 billion trips will be made across various parts of China in the coming weeks as families return to their homes to celebrate the end of one year and the beginning of another. And that means a lot of traffic jams, very cramped train journeys, and a people sleeping wherever they may lay their head.

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China’s biggest online retailer has a ‘Rent a Boyfriend’ section — Here’s what you’ll find there

China’s biggest online retailer has a ‘Rent a Boyfriend’ section — Here’s what you’ll find there

China has some interesting matchmaking and dating practices. There are love hunters who track down potential wives for China’s richest bachelors and there are “leftover women,” who are criticized for being older than 27 and unmarried.

In some cases, when a male dies too young, families have “ghost marriages,” exhuming female corpses and marrying the pair.

So, it’s natural for many young Chinese to want to allay their parents’ anxiety over their single-dom. And now they can take to Alibaba-owned online retailer Taobaotweets George Chen at South China Morning Post. That’s the equivalent of shopping for a date on Amazon or eBay.

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How the meaning of “quality” differs between the U.S., Japan, Korea, and China

How the meaning of “quality” differs between the U.S., Japan, Korea, and China

Quick, what color means “go” at a traffic signal? If you speak English, odds are you just said “green” (and if you don’t speak English, why are you here? The articles with pictures of cute girls and cool robots are in a different part of the site).

On the other hand, in Japanese that same light is considered ao, which translates as “blue.” Crazy as it may seem, the Japanese concept of the color extends all the way down to the hues of traffic signals and mountain forests. It’s just one example of how the same word can have different meanings in different cultures.

OK, so that may be true for artsy fartsy things like colors, but surely this kind of linguistic flatulence isn’t present in the world of business, right? Wrong. Even seemingly simple things like the term “quality” can have vastly different meanings depending on the nation, as one expert demonstrates by explaining the differing definitions consumers in the U.S., Japan, Korea, and China have for it.

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Our reporter tries “Häagen-Dazs Ice Cream Hot Pot” in China

Our reporter tries “Häagen-Dazs Ice Cream Hot Pot” in China

Häagen-Dazs is one of the most luxurious ice creams you can find in a grocery store freezer. It doesn’t matter if you eat it as is or pile on a bunch of toppings, the dessert is always delicious. But did you know that in China, you can actually order Häagen-Dazs hot pot? How can you have cold, meltable ice cream and hot soup? We just had to send one of our reporters to check it out.

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