Archive for the 'In the news' Category

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December 14, 2008

The days of the Pyjama Gang may be numbered.

China’s pyjamas police fight Shanghai’s daytime love of nightwear A local community in Shanghai has set its sights on one of urban China’s most intractable social problems: the wearing of pyjamas in public. The neighbourhood committee – a volunteer outpost of the Communist Party – in the city’s north-eastern district of Rixin has decided that [...]

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June 4, 2008

How to make money in China the easy way…

Millionaire mistook two-finger gesture Dressed as police, four knife-wielding men from Jixian, a county in Shanxi province, broke into a millionaire’s home with the intention of robbing him of two million yuan ($285,660). But, the robbers got 10 million yuan after the man misread the robber’s gesture of two fingers as 20 million. Wang bargained [...]

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June 2, 2008

Not the place for a first date.

Where’s my mouth? A restaurant where diners eat in complete darkness to experience blindness recently opened in Chengdu, Sichuan. Diners are led into the 700-square-meter restaurant in Dongdajie by waiters wearing night vision equipment. Eating in the dark, diners, most of whom are young people curious about the restaurant, have to eat bread, salad and [...]

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May 29, 2008

If he’s still not divorced I’d be surprised…

Mistress makes the most out of philanderer’s IOU Xi, the manger of a company in Dongying, Shandong province, wrote an IOU for 100,000 yuan ($13,700) for his mistress, surnamed Pang, as a demonstration of his desire to divorce his wife and marry her instead. After he failed to divorce his wife, however, his relations with [...]

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May 2, 2008

Find five faults

Thief passes out among bottles A thief was planning to steal some bottled mineral water from a storehouse in Harbin, capital of Heilongjiang province, but was thwarted by drunkenness. He threw the bottles out of a window and then jumped out himself. However, in his drunkenness, he fell asleep below the window. When he woke [...]

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May 1, 2008

Food can lead to sex reversal?

Gotta love Chinese news reporting, especially the final conclusion in this article. Hen decides it would rather be a cock Chen, a resident of Fuzhou, Fujian province, has a hen that crows like a cock every morning. The hen had laid eggs until about a month ago, when it started crowing like a rooster. Zhang [...]

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April 22, 2008

If there’s something strange in your neighborhood… Who you gonna call? Ghost Busters!

Bloody vision scares cabbie into the night A female taxi passenger was left bewildered and alone when her driver parked the car next to a graveyard and fled into the night. The woman, surnamed Wang, called police. The taxi driver, from Baodi in Tianjin municipality, said he thought she was a ghost because she had [...]

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April 18, 2008

Hurdle runner has a few too many?

Man falls five stories searching for toilet A man got so drunk last Thursday that he mistook a window on the fifth floor of his apartment building for a door — and stepped out into space. Li drank like a fish while having dinner with some friends that night. He was drunk by the time [...]

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March 27, 2008

The price for being taught a lesson.

Beauty’s tale of woe a perfect distraction for thief A middle-aged man lost a wallet containing all his cash aboard a coach to Liaoyuan, Liaoning province, while he was chatting with a beautiful woman he had met on Monday. Soon after boarding the coach, Zhang Chao was so attracted to the young woman next to [...]

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March 21, 2008

Roses are red, violets are blue, our agents are promiscuous and so are you…

Company deals swiftly with divorcee threat A 30-year-old woman surnamed Liang who works as a salesperson for a company in Gongzhuling, Jilin province, was fired on Sunday along with several other female colleagues because they were divorced. Angered by the decision, they fired questions at a senior manager who said that it is part of [...]