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Bizarre photos of Chinese shoppers napping at Ikea

Bizarre photos of Chinese shoppers napping at Ikea

The beds and couches at Ikea are communal nap spots in China. Photographer Kevin Frayer captured the phenomenon for Getty Images.

Eight of the world’s 10 biggest Ikea stores are in China, where the home goods store is expanding to accommodate the growing middle class.

“The stores are designed with extra room displays given the tendency for customers to make a visit an all-day affair,” according to Frayer. “Store management does not discourage shoppers from sleeping on Ikea furniture, even marking them with signs inviting customers to try them out.”

The stores are a refuge in the summer heat.

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Chinese game addict sells his son (twice!) to traffickers to fund his gaming expenses

Chinese game addict sells his son (twice!) to traffickers to fund his gaming expenses

With the widespread use of computers and smartphones these days, I doubt it will be an exaggeration to say that most people have played an online game at some point, be it on their mobile gadgets or computers. Thousands of freemium games – a term coined for game models that are free-to-play but offer premium add-ons that can be purchased in-game – provide consumers with a wide range of titles to choose from. Most freemium game players choose to play for free throughout, but some are willing to shell out a few bucks for in-game items such as weapons and special power-ups to boost their game.

There’s nothing wrong with purchasing items, but if you’re selling your children to get money for your game, then things have definitely gone out of hand. A young couple in Guangdong Province, China, were recently arrested for selling their son to traffickers in exchange for some quick cash, which the dad used for his gaming expenses.

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Taiwan’s newest boy band is painfully uncool, painfully popular【Videos】

Taiwan’s newest boy band is painfully uncool, painfully popular【Videos】

Pop idols and boy bands are ten a penny these days, with multi-million-dollar enterprises built on farming young talent, putting it on stage in matching outfits and telling it to follow a routine. Japan has more than its share of floppy-haired boy bands and short-skirted songstresses, many of them decidedly awful and with as much charisma as an emphysemic squirrel with a penchant for racism, but a new group from Taiwan called Ice Man is raising eyebrows all over Asia this week, not just because they’re “painfully uncool”, but because they have nevertheless garnered quite the following and are already making stacks of cash.

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Life’s not perfect? Says who? This woman’s life is too perfect to be true!

Life’s not perfect? Says who? This woman’s life is too perfect to be true!

What does it take to become a winner in life? Some may say money is the key, while others may think that good looks can take you places. Let’s not forget the romantic ones who swear that love conquers all.

People often lament that life is unfair. Well, life really is unfair because while many of us are struggling just to get one of the abovementioned factors fulfilled, this lucky lady in China has it all, and she’s only in her twenties! Chinese netizens have unanimously agreed that this is probably what it looks like to be a true winner in life!

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Four Chinese women strip down to protest government corruption

Four Chinese women strip down to protest government corruption

Recently, streaking and naked demonstrations have increased in popularity in China. The benefits are clear, as having pictures of naked women (and to a much, much lesser extent men) is a pretty solid way to get attention for your cause. It’s also a more peaceful form of expression that can gain sympathy from the public.

I’d gladly take my political messages from a few people who are standing naked in a park rather than say… driving around shouting through a megaphone while blasting patriotic music at full volume. On the flipside, naked protests also carry the risk of the message getting lost in a sea of people shouting, “Hey! Boobs!”

It’s a dilemma that sociologists aim to tackle at the 18th symposium of Politica…“Hey! Boobs!”

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A Chinese bank regulator died from working overtime — And officials applauded his dedication

A Chinese bank regulator died from working overtime — And officials applauded his dedication

The Chinese Banking Regulatory Commission Management Committee confirmed this month that one of its staff, Li Jianhua, died of being overworked on April 23 — and has suggested that his fatal devotion to his job is a model for other Chinese workers.

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Protestors have taken over the streets of Hong Kong

Protestors have taken over the streets of Hong Kong

Police say 92,000 pro-democracy protestors have flooded the streets of Hong Kong on the 17th anniversary of the end of colonial rule on the island.

In recent years the day has become less a celebration, and more a day to demonstrate against an increasingly anti-democratic, mainland-leaning Hong Kong government.

The South China Morning Post is covering it live.

Meanwhile, on the mainland, users of Weibo (China’s answer to Twitter) are reporting that images and messages documenting what’s going down in Hong Kong are quickly being deleted.

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Schoolkids in China receive “anti-drowning” lessons

Schoolkids in China receive “anti-drowning” lessons

Before you read the title of this post, was your initial reaction to the photo above? If you’re anything like us, you probably assumed that it was some quirky new trend going on at schools in China (remember those metal “vision safeguarding” bars on the desks, anyone?); perhaps some experiment in synchronised face-washing or a way of keeping sleepy students alert in the afternoon.

The truth, though, is rather more unnerving: these kids are being taught a valuable lesson about water safety.

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Man buys, gives away thousands of movie tickets to get back at girl who dumped him 7 years ago

Man buys, gives away thousands of movie tickets to get back at girl who dumped him 7 years ago

While we’d never advocate acts of revenge as such, we have to admit that, if it’s worth doing at all, it’s worth doing well. And this is one such example.

Dumped seven years ago because he was too poor even to take his girl to the movies, this now highly successful businessman continued to be plagued by feelings of bitterness and regret. Deciding that it was time to exorcise his love-life demons once and for all, he splashed his cash and bought up thousands of tickets for the Beijing premiere of Transformers: Age of Extinction, giving them away to those who spread the word of his tremendous wealth online.

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China tried to build a replica of Manhattan… and it’s not looking so great

China tried to build a replica of Manhattan… and it’s not looking so great

Yujiapu, in China’s Tianjin Binhai New Area, was modeled on Manhattan and expected to become the financial center of the world. But it languishes as many wasteful Chinese ghost cities have. At one point it was reported that the Juilliard School had signed an agreement to set up an institute in Yujiapu. And there were plans for a Rockefeller and Lincoln Center as well. But construction in this Manhattan hopeful has ground to a halt.

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Watch out for feline black magic — “supernatural” cat photographed!

Watch out for feline black magic — “supernatural” cat photographed!

Ask any cat lover and they’ll tell you cats just seem to have a mysterious magical power. Yes, it feels like you can fall under their spell simply by looking at them. And as cute as they are, cats certainly act like they know the power they have over us feeble humans, who are only too happy to be slaves to their charms.

But this particular cat whose picture has been attracting attention on the Internet, actually looks like he (or she, we unfortunately don’t know) could very well have supernatural powers — behold the “cat from the underworld” who looks like he has horns!

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Real life 127 hours? Chinese woman gets stuck between giant rocks【TomoNews Video】

Real life 127 hours? Chinese woman gets stuck between giant rocks【TomoNews Video】

A recurrence of 127 Hours in real life in China?! Luckily, it was really only an hour. And no penknife was needed.

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Uruguayan soccer star can’t stop biting, but can open your beer with this crazy bottle opener

Uruguayan soccer star can’t stop biting, but can open your beer with this crazy bottle opener

The most distinctive aspect of soccer is that use of the hands is prohibited. But did you know players aren’t allowed to use their teeth either?

This minor detail of the rule book seems to have slipped the mind of Uruguay forward Luis Suarez, who currently stands accused of biting an opponent for the third time in his career during the country’s recent match against Italy at the World Cup. For his part, Suarez doesn’t seem to get what all the fuss is about, brushing off the incident with the declaration that “these things happen on the pitch.”

But it’s not just the 27-year-old striker who isn’t taking the incident seriously, as novelty goods manufacturers in China have apparently already started producing bottle openers that will help you crack open a cold one using Suarez’s now infamous teeth.

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Photos of Gollum-like creature spotted in China turn out to be a sci-fi actor taking a pee

Photos of Gollum-like creature spotted in China turn out to be a sci-fi actor taking a pee

The good thing about being out in the woods when nature calls is that, short of letting rip on a nest of angry fire ants, nature usually doesn’t mind where you go.

It’s probably a good idea not to take a bathroom break while dressed like a creature from The Lord of the Rings, though, or chances are you’ll scare the life out of passing tourists and end up with photos of your peeing self all over the internet.

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“Excuse me miss, you forgot your ice cream’s cone…” Over 52,900 shares on Facebook! 【Video】

“Excuse me miss, you forgot your ice cream’s cone…” Over 52,900 shares on Facebook! 【Video】

I’m not entirely sure if this applies to all the McDonald’s outlets in the world, but the ones I’ve been to usually have soft serve ice cream (they call it a Vanilla Cone in Singapore) on the menu. It’s a simple, inexpensive sweet treat that hits the spot after a savory serving of burgers and fries.

It’s just vanilla ice cream served on a wafer cone, something so simple that almost nothing can go wrong… almost. We shan’t spoil it for you. Check out the video clip after the break!

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Retired soldier and his wife finally get their wedding photos taken after 68 years!

Retired soldier and his wife finally get their wedding photos taken after 68 years!

These days, many engaged couples usually choose their gowns and suits, and take a beautiful set of pre-wedding photos before solemnizing their marriage during their wedding ceremonies. In the past, however, not many couples had the privilege of having lavish weddings.

An elderly couple in Hunan Province, China, have been married since 1946, but it is only now, 68 years later, that they put on their wedding dress and tuxedo for the first time!

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Pair of Chinese men perfect the art of cosplay, steal hearts of fangirls everywhere

Pair of Chinese men perfect the art of cosplay, steal hearts of fangirls everywhere

“There’s nothing more beautiful than these two cosplayers,” sums up the general consensus of fans around the world. But they’re not talking about a pair of women–they’re talking about two men.

Photos of a Chinese duo recreating perfect snapshot scenes from hit anime series such as Kuroko’s Basketball, Free!, Detective Conan, Reborn!, and Sailor Moon, among others, have recently been taking the internet by storm. It’s not hard to see why–their combined skill at convincingly portraying fictional characters in real life, along with their attention to detail in everything from costume to facial expression, is unparalleled. Unsurprisingly, they’ve also picked up more than a few female fans along the way, who can’t stop gushing things like “They’re so cool I’m gonna explode!” and “GODS!” in comments online.

Prepare to be dazzled by these ultimate masters of cosplay!   

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Chinese man’s privates take 7-hour “furlough” after gruesome bike accident

Chinese man’s privates take 7-hour “furlough” after gruesome bike accident

While bikes are an easy, economical and environmentally friendly way to get from A to B, a 19-year-old Chinese man recently learned that there’s no such thing as a safe way to get around town.

Click below to read the story of how this unfortunate young man, after losing control of his bike and smashing into a tree, spent seven hours with his testicles separated from his body. You might want to cross your legs for this one, guys.

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Giant Marilyn Monroe is now face-down in a dump in China

Giant Marilyn Monroe is now face-down in a dump in China

An 8-ton statue of Marilyn Monroe has been unceremoniously deposited in a dump in southern China, putting the American beauty in a hilariously bizarre position.

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Leg up, take aim and shoot… a photo! China’s latest viral photo trend involves “leg guns”!

Leg up, take aim and shoot… a photo! China’s latest viral photo trend involves “leg guns”!

How flexible are you? Touching our toes without bending our knees was easy peasy for most of us as kids, but as we grew, we started to lose our flexibility as our body stiffened. Ever experienced the feeling of belatedly realizing that you can no longer make your body bend the way you want it to without substantial effort? If you’re one of those people, you’re not going to enjoy China’s latest photo craze, which involves posing with one leg held up like a gun. Are you flexible enough to join the photo-snapping fun?

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