A farmer and self-proclaimed invention-addict from China decided to create a more economical replacement for the common horse - one that doesn’t require any food or daily care. While this mechanical horse won’t be winning races any time soon, it does get some points for creativity! See it in action after the jump.
Feb 4, 2015
Street art, whether it draws criticism or praise, is widely ephemeral in nature. After appearing overnight on a blank wall or beside a forgotten drainpipe, once it makes its début in a public space, street art belongs to the community and the elements, where it’s free to be defaced, altered or torn away at any given moment.
The fleeting beauty of the art form was seen in Shanghai recently, where a number of large-scale murals by French street artist Julien Malland were destroyed almost as soon as they were discovered. Join us as we take a look at the before and after photos of some of his beautiful works, now gone but captured forever on camera.
It sucks finding out you paid a lot more for something than you should have. What would make that situation suck even more is being berated for it in public as passersby gather like flies to a cow pie to watch and capture your humiliation on video, forever cementing your shame on the internet. Which is exactly what happened to this poor unfortunate soul when his wife found out he paid six times what he should have on baby formula.
We’re not sure whether to laugh at his crazy wife, or feel sorry for this man…
Feb 3, 2015
A cat owner’s plea for help removing his pet’s paw from a mousetrap apparently took a turn towards national emergency proportions recently when not one, not two, but five firefighters were to sent rescue the kitty.
Feb 3, 2015
Speed is of the utmost importance for emergency responders. When a fire breaks out, for instance, a delay in rescue workers arriving on-site can directly lead to lives being lost.
But while fire trucks have powerful, torquey engines that enable them to haul a full team and all of their firefighting equipment, they aren’t the most nimble vehicles when you need to bust a U-turn on a narrow road. Thankfully, some firefighters in China’s Nanjing City don’t have to worry about pulling off such complex maneuvers on their way to a blaze, thanks to their crazy-looking double-headed fire engines that can be driven in either direction.
Noticed anything odd about this bus? Yep, it’s ‘topless’, though it definitely shouldn’t be.
It was reported that this unfortunate tour bus in Tian Jin, China had its roof shaved off on January 26 when it drove right into a height-limit gate without stopping, turning it into a horror movie version of an open-top London tour bus.
Feb 2, 2015
Most people like to think that they’re wise to scams and cons, particularly financial ones, and would never be stupid enough to fall for one. But even the most suspicious of us could have been caught out by this intricate scheme which involved setting up a whole physical bank complete with ATMs and staff to make it seem completely legit.
Jan 29, 2015
You’re no doubt aware of the (at time of writing) ongoing hostage crisis that has swept Japan, Jordan and those country’s allies up in a tense political chess match as representatives attempt to negotiate with the fundamentalist Islamic militant group ISIS for the release of a captured Jordanian fighter pilot and a Japanese war journalist Kenji Goto. The crisis has certainly been nerve-wracking and immeasurably scary for those with ties to the hostages.
But, for Chinese netizens, something far scarier happened a few days ago.
There are some places on earth that are so stunningly beautiful it’s hard to believe they really exist, especially when you’re just looking at photos of them. China’s “rainbow mountains” are one such example that needs to be seen to be believed.
Hayashi 'Fang' Hougi
Jan 28, 2015
If you’re one of those people who is plagued by bad luck, then you’ll know that disaster can strike anytime, anywhere. One man from Changsha in China’s Hunan Province learned this the hard way recently when an arrow flew out of nowhere and lodged itself in his knee while he was minding his own business hanging out laundry.
Warning: this report contains an image which some readers may find squirm-inducing!
Jan 28, 2015
In Japan, mobile and social networking games are a huge market, and have even begun to eclipse console games in recent years. This can perhaps be attributed to their commuting culture, which has made portable gaming a necessity, and the fact that smartphones are more accessible than portable handheld consoles. At any rate, it’s an industry that’s worth big bucks, and generally high quality is expected. Perhaps that’s why some gamers in Japan have been sniggering over this unusual game from China, which cuts corners massively by borrowing the likenesses of western celebrities in place of original content.
Jan 27, 2015
The folks from YouTube channel TMD Shanghai are back with yet another quirky observational video about life in China. After nailing the differences between girls in the north and those in the south and mercilessly sending up both single white and Chinese men, this time they’re here to talk about what it’s like to be black in China with a video titled, well, Being Black in China.
Those who are familiar with Chinese history should be familiar with Romance of the Three Kingdoms, an epic that is now considered one of the greatest literary classics in China. Detailing legendary tales from the warring era of the Three Kingdoms, the book itself is full of stories of love, friendship and loyalty.
Fast forward to modern times, where we find three ardent robot fans in China with the spirit of the Three Kingdoms coursing through their veins who came together to create an amazing gigantic Gundam-like statue based on one of the best known characters in the epic – Guan Yu.
Jan 26, 2015
China has a complicated relationship with golf.
The sport was banned under Mao in the 1940s through the ‘80s for being a millionaires’ hobby. It wasn’t until 1984 that the first golf course in China was even constructed, and then 20 years later in 2004, building new golf courses was banned.
Of course, that hasn’t stopped developers from doing it anyway. In 2004 there were 176 courses, and now 10 years and one moratorium later, there are over 1,000.
One of the first and certainly the largest is the Mission Hills Golf Club. Comprising two resorts in Shenzhen and Gongguan, it is the largest golf club in the world with 12 courses, all designed by famous golfers.
Mission Hills also built Mission Hills Haiku, another luxury golf club located on the resort island of Hainan — one of the only places in China exempt from the ban on building new golf courses.
When Anthony Minko was designing his new office in Brooklyn, the estate planning attorney knew that it needed to feel calm and supportive.
After all, a place where people talked about what will happen after they die should feel secure.
So Minko — who had studied the spend idly slow martial art tai chi — hired RD Chin, a New-York based feng shui architect.
Jan 24, 2015
It is common for such establishments as restaurants and movie theatres to offer student discounts, senior discounts, and the like to its patrons, and one Tokyo bar even offers balding gentlemen money off their booze. But one restaurant in China has decided to offer a free meal only to those deemed beautiful enough.
Each person has their own tastes and preferences of what they find attractive, so if beauty is in the eye of the beholder, how does the restaurant go about judging who gets their dinner gratis?
No Hollywood special effects, no magician’s helper, heck, not even any mystical kung-fu powers here. All it took for this Shaolin monk in China to walk on water was practice, practice and more practice! That said, running across hundreds of metres of wooden panels placed on the surface of a lake is definitely not a feat that any layman could achieve without proper training, a high level of fitness and immense concentration.
Jan 22, 2015
What does one need in order to be a hero? Could it be a strong buff body, supernatural abilities, fancy gadgets or extraordinary intellect? Perhaps none of the above.
While adults in the world are busy fighting and hurting each other, a little girl in China’s Sichuan Province saved a friend from drowning with her bare hands and a strong passionate heart. Read her heroic tale after the jump!
Jan 21, 2015
When we think of Chinese food in the West, we usually picture boxes of delicious takeout that are perfect for a mid-movie marathon feeding frenzy, and even better for breakfast the next day. Sure, over-consumption might lead to intense MSG-related headaches and general feelings of bloatedness and guilt, but in general we don’t really think of Chinese food as something that’s likely to kill us. But then again, maybe it’s because we don’t import tons of frozen foodstuffs from China like they do in Japan, where fear of Chinese-produced food is an ever-present topic that regularly pops up to scare the beejeezus out of people and ruin their enjoyment of chicken nuggets forever.
But is there anything to fear, or have people just got their knickers in a twist over nothing? Well, a shocking new report claims that up to 48 percent of ALL the food China produces for export contains stuff that’s almost guaranteed to make you sick. Yikes.
Taiwan has their cute rail mascot, and now China’s getting in on the act, too. Originally doujinshi characters, these anthropomorphised moe anime versions of high-speed trains have now made their debut at an official rail event. Read on to see the cosplaying cuties and their 2-D counterparts.
- Tokyo boss arrested for allegedly assaulting employee with a stun gun for being late1
- Japanese tourist gets lost in Windsor Castle, wanders into Queen’s private rooms2
- Miso soup anime ads are so touching they’ll warm your heart as the soup warms your tummy3
- Visiting Osaka’s Umeda Sky Building, one of the “Top 20 Buildings in the world”4
- Tokyo ramen shops trying serving “boob ramen,” ends up looking like “phallic ramen” instead5
- Six outdoor Japanese hot springs you can visit right now (with Google Street View)6
- Shipwreck of massive Japanese battleship discovered after more than 70 years 【Video】7
- Japan’s newest idol group, KBG84, hails from Okinawa, has an average age of 848
- Anime pillow responds to your rubbing with moans and groans, gets angry if you get too grabby9
- In Neo Tokyo this weekend? Check out the bizarre “Bartkira” project exhibition10
- Anime pillow responds to your rubbing with moans and groans, gets angry if you get too grabby1
- Japanese netizens stare at red dot for 30 seconds, freak out when they see what happens2
- ISIS-inspired gang kills middle school boy: “We’ll cut off your head while you’re still alive!”3
- The 11 Cat Islands of Japan 【Photos】4
- Fan film ‘Dragon Ball Z: Light of Hope’ – two years in the making, but well worth the wait【Video】5
- Japanese netizens rediscover “Full Armor Game Boy,” question how the ’90s defined portability6
- Online seller pulls cruel trick, sells pencil lead photographed alongside Nintendo 3DS XL7
- “Hell on Earth” as Tokyo subway station floods with sewage8
- Creepy news: Estimate a complete stranger’s breast size with this new plastic folder!9
- Revenge bento show us it’s a dish best served cold (and boxed) with insults and hidden chilies10
- Hachiko, Japan’s most loyal dog, finally reunited with owner in heartwarming new statue in Tokyo1
- Anime pillow responds to your rubbing with moans and groans, gets angry if you get too grabby2
- Literal breastplate will give you a cosplay-ready, anime-class bust in seconds 【Photos】3
- Japanese netizens stare at red dot for 30 seconds, freak out when they see what happens4
- English hot spring manners poster is so thorough, even Japanese people are learning from it5
- Meet Asuna, the hyperreal android that will leave your jaw hanging 【Video】6
- Keanu Reeves tries to be a tourist in Akihabara, gets mobbed by fans instead7
- Man beats up woman for not looking like “goddess” he spent thousands of dollars to meet8
- Someone finally built the massive, room-filling Dragon Ball Z diorama the world deserved9
- The last photo of faithful dog Hachiko breaks our hearts10
- Hachiko, Japan’s most loyal dog, finally reunited with owner in heartwarming new statue in Tokyo1
- Self-taught Singaporean artist creates unbelievably realistic art on plywood2
- Anime pillow responds to your rubbing with moans and groans, gets angry if you get too grabby3
- Literal breastplate will give you a cosplay-ready, anime-class bust in seconds 【Photos】4
- Nobel Prize-winner Shuji Nakamura to Japan’s young people: “Get out of Japan”5
- Kyoto taxi drivers reduce convenience store robberies by 50 percent by doing absolutely nothing6
- Historic Kyoto temple first in Japan to offer gay weddings7
- Cosplay ideals vs. cosplay reality, a.k.a. cool vs. funny 【Photos】8
- Internet ready to shut up and take your money as preorders finally start for Cat Ear Headphones9
- Korean illustrator gives Western fairy tales a whimsical Eastern makeover【Pics】10
- Six outdoor Japanese hot springs you can visit right now (with Google Street View)
- Shipwreck of massive Japanese battleship discovered after more than 70 years 【Video】
- Japan’s newest idol group, KBG84, hails from Okinawa, has an average age of 84
- Anime pillow responds to your rubbing with moans and groans, gets angry if you get too grabby
- In Neo Tokyo this weekend? Check out the bizarre “Bartkira” project exhibition
- Don’t know whether to buy diamonds or candy for White Day? Sweet Jewels could be just the trick!
- Suntory encourages responsible drinking with bizarre guide to declining party invitations
- Strapped for cash, 1,400-year-old Kyoto shrine leasing part of its grounds for condo development
- The 11 Cat Islands of Japan 【Photos】
- Masked drummer brings the heat to our favorite video game music
- Korean MMORPG redefines character customization with adjustable wrinkles, bone structure
- Nissan unveils “smart BBQ” car that comes with a drone, karaoke machine, mist shower…and a grill
- Hefty is the new sexy! Spanish artist does big things with Photoshop, upsizes celebrities