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Do you want fries with that?

A Chinese city staged a vinegar drinking competition as part of a bid to attract more tourists. Organizers of the contest, in Zhengjiang, eastern China’s Jiangsu Province, said it was also aimed at promoting the health benefits of drinking vinegar.

Contestants were lined up and had to drink three 375ml bottles of local vinegar, one after the other, reports the Yangtse Evening Post.

via City stages vinegar drinking contest | Orange UK.

October 18, 2010 Posted by | Dumb Stuff, Strange | , | Comments Off on Do you want fries with that?

Feeling sorry for yourself? Think about this armless toe pianist

A musician who lost both arms in a childhood accident and plays the piano with his toes has won “China’s Got Talent,” performing his version of James Blunt’s wistful love song “You’re Beautiful” to a packed audience at the Shanghai Stadium.

All three judges on the show Sunday praised 23-year-old Liu Wei for his determination, urging him to keep on pursuing his dreams, and the Beijing native said he would try, quipping, “At least I have a pair of perfect legs.”

More via Idaho Statesman.

October 12, 2010 Posted by | Art for sure, cool people | , | Comments Off on Feeling sorry for yourself? Think about this armless toe pianist

UFO’s? Chinese Purple Mountain astronomer says “Yes”

Grainy B&W image of supposed UFO, Passoria, Ne...

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Dramatic events have taken place in China over the last few days and that nation’s thousands of UFO researchers and enthusiasts are reeling in shock. One of the heads of China’s famous Purple Mountain Astronomical Observatory, Prof. Wang Sichao, has gone public admitting the UFOs are real and aliens are visiting Earth and that the observatory has observed their craft many times.

The admittance of UFO reality was made yesterday within an official speech entitled tellingly ‘China’s UFO truth’. This news has been extensively reported in China.

The key points that Wang Sichao have disclosed are that:

  1. Aliens are visiting Earth on R & D expeditions
  2. These UFOs are probes manned by robots.
  3. These craft travel at eighty percent the speed of light.
  4. These craft have been seen by the observatory many times at between 150 and 1500 kilometers above Earth.
  5. The aliens might use Nuclear fusion to propel their craft.

39 years of work at Purple Mountain Observatory has led Wang to believe these craft use Earth’s gravity to manouvre and stay aloft

via UFO & Paranormal News.

September 1, 2010 Posted by | UFO | | Comments Off on UFO’s? Chinese Purple Mountain astronomer says “Yes”

Figure eight-shaped egg…Ouch!

A hen in China has produced a soft-shelled egg in the shape of a figure eight.Eight-shaped egg

Mrs Dong, of Shijiazhuang, northern China’s Hebei province, first suspected something unusual when she heard the hen making unusual noises one night.

“I had never heard anything like it before. When I approached she stopped making the noise but as soon as I left she started again,” she said.”The next morning, I was so surprised to find the weird-shaped egg in the hen’s cage.”

via Ananova – Hen produces figure eight-shaped egg.

March 18, 2010 Posted by | Strange | , | Comments Off on Figure eight-shaped egg…Ouch!

100 feet in the air…watch that first step


A lorry driver had a miraculous escape in China after an accident left his cab hanging precariously over the edge of a flyover.

The truck appeared to be defying gravity as it dangled 100ft above the ground in Chengdu, reports the Tianfu Morning Post.

via Ananova

April 12, 2009 Posted by | accident messes, Scary | | 1 Comment

Let’s just have another little look at those plans, shall we?


A new office block being built in China is believed to have the most windows of any building of its size in the world. The nine-story building, designed by Japanese architect Sako Keiichiro, has close to a 1,000 windows, reports Today Morning.

People walking past the new development in Jinhua say it makes them feel dizzy if they look at the building for too long because it’s so unusual.

More at  House of 1,000 windows.

February 24, 2009 Posted by | Art?, Strange | , | Comments Off on Let’s just have another little look at those plans, shall we?

Want to go fishing?


A Chinese man spent 13 years building himself a car he can take fishing. Wang Hongjun, an electrician from Qian’an city, Hebei province, says his “amphibicar” cost him about £100,000 and 13 years of persistence to develop.

After driving it to Beijing to find investors, he told the Beijing Times: “I’m looking for auto producers who are interested in my creation, since I don’t want to keep it to myself.”

via  amphibious car

November 22, 2008 Posted by | People, Strange | , | Comments Off on Want to go fishing?

Peasant Olympics — Great idea

Rice-planting, tire-rolling and, er, kite-flying – welcome to China’s Sixth National Peasants’ Games.

Hot on the heels of the Beijing Olympics comes a showcase of the down-to-earth skills of the country’s 900million rural folk. The scale is impressive – 3,500 farmers compete in more than 180 events and the opening ceremony used 16,000 performers.

via Metro.co.uk

October 28, 2008 Posted by | People | , , | Comments Off on Peasant Olympics — Great idea

‘UFO’? Well, not quite

‘UFO’: report

A Chinese company has developed a prototype flying saucer that can hover in the air and be controlled remotely from afar, state press said Tuesday.

The aircraft is 1.2 metres (four feet) in diameter and is able to take off and land vertically and hover at an altitude of up to 1,000 metres (yards), Xinhua news agency said.


That image above is the propoganda image. Here’s an image of the real thing. Is that steam?

June 17, 2008 Posted by | UFO | , | Comments Off on ‘UFO’? Well, not quite

A new meaning for “Public Service”

84 years

A 104-year-old grandmother has been cleaning the streets in her city in China for 84 years – for free. Ding Youzhen, of Anfeng town, Dongtai city, sweeps the roads near her home every day, reports the People’s Daily.

She says she got into the habit in her twenties when she and her husband ran a teahouse. “We would clean the roads from the port to our teahouse every day,” she said.

And although the teahouse closed several years ago, Ding said she had never got out of the habit of sweeping the roads.

June 12, 2008 Posted by | People | , , | Comments Off on A new meaning for “Public Service”

Remember the tar baby?

Firefighters in China found themselves in a sticky situation – after an accident involving a lorry load of glue.

A truck fully loaded with buckets of construction glue crashed into a bus in Chengdu city, reports West China City News. The driver and a passenger escaped with only minor injuries – but the entire load of glue spilled on to the road.

Firefighters tried to use water guns to dilute the glue but without success. And the glue was so sticky that their spades and brooms were soon stuck to the ground.

“It’s too sticky. And the chemical smell is very strong,” said the chief of 11th branch of the local firefighting department.

Things went from bad to worse when some of the growing crowd of onlookers slipped into the pool of glue and also got stuck.

Firefighters eventually managed to clean up the street and dissolve the sticky mess by using special chemicals.

Sticky situation

May 13, 2008 Posted by | accident messes, Pictures | , | Comments Off on Remember the tar baby?

I couldn’t resist posting this

May 7, 2008 Posted by | Fun stuff | , , | Comments Off on I couldn’t resist posting this