Did Justin Bieber learn absolutely nothing from his interventional tête-à-tête with Zach Galifianakis last week? Yesterday’s visit to the Great Wall of China was a fantastic opportunity for the ol’ Biebs to score a bit of cultural enlightenment — hell, maybe the experience could even serve to humble the bratty pop star. Alas, in true Bieber form, he couldn’t even go the Great Wall, at one time considered one of the Seven Wonders of the World, alone. Despite owning a perfectly good and functional pair of human legs, Justin opted to instead have his bodyguards and entourage hoist him up onto their shoulders and carry him the length of the wall. He is just so down-to-earth.
Also excellent: the singer and his crew were the cause of a massive security meltdown at the tourist attraction after they saw it fit to go skateboarding around the site, which is obviously Not Allowed and also Frowned Upon. But if there’s one thing Justin Bieber knows, it’s that anything and everything is fair game for Justin Bieber, am I right? [Mirror.co.uk]
Talk about cowardly. The Luohe zoo in the Chinese province of Henan is in trouble after it reportedly tried to pass off a Tibetan mastiff dog as a lion. The dog, pictured, was placed in a cage labeled “African lion,” but the zoo’s visitors figured out something was amiss when they heard the animal, which resembles an oversized Chow, bark.
And that wasn’t the only animal ruse happening at the Luohe zoo. Keep reading »
The ongoing trial of Li Tianyi, a 17-year-old boy accused of participating in the gang rape of a woman in Beijing, spurred some vomit-inducing comments from Yi Yanyou, a professor at Tsinghua University. As the blog Shanghaiist reported, in defending the accused rapist, Yanyou posted to his Weibo account that since “a bargirl, a dancing girl, an escort or a prostitute” is more likely to consent to sex, it isn’t as bad to rape them. Keep reading »
A lot of parents play the guilt card if you don’t visit enough. You never write! You never call, either! But China will actually fine you or throw you in jail for not stopping by to visit Mom and Dad. The country is having some pretty big problems with its population: as the number of people over 60 years old exceeds 194 million, the government is looking for new ways to ensure that children care for their aging parents. In an attempt to solve this problem, a new phrasing of an existing law came into effect this week that threatens fines or jail time for grown children who do not visit their elderly parents enough. What exactly does “enough” mean? The law isn’t clear. And how does the Chinese government plan to catch people who aren’t visiting enough? Are parents supposed to rat out their kids? Clearly this law is a direct result of China’s “one child policy” which has been in effect for the past 30 years. There are far too many elderly people for the young and able to support. Even in individual families, it is a huge burden on a single child to take care of both of his or her parents. The Chinese government mostly hopes that this law will serve to encourage children to visit their elderly parents, but there’s a good chance it’ll just vastly increase the number of lawbreakers in China. [The Christian Science Monitor] [Annoyed Asian woman photo via Shutterstock]
Honestly, this should go without saying, but apparently one couple in China did not see the danger in having sex against a glass window. The glass they were having sex against evidently gave way and the two tragically plummeted to their untimely deaths. Voyeuristic concerns aside, we’re not sure that having sex against a window is something we would ever really be comfortable with. Reports about his particular incident, however, suggest that the window in question was of poor quality to begin with. Keep reading »
Back in college — this was the late ’90s mind you — I had a friend who had a friend who who got a massage somewhere in Chinatown that ended with the masseur giving her an orgasm. I never met this girl or talked to her directly, but I accepted this story as truth because of its happy ending (har har), although, I’m fairly certain it was an urban legend. Someone wrote an expose about women who get happy ending massages on the regular. So, I guess it happens, but more than 15 years later, I’ve gotten several massages in Chinatown and I’ve never had a hand go anywhere near my no-no parts. I once heard a man in the next massage stall grunting a little bit. But it just sounded like I’m Getting A Massage Grunting. I’ve never met anyone who’s actually had a happy ending massage or admitted to it. And I guess that even if they did, they might not want to brag about it because it’s considered an act of prostitution in every state but Nevada. Good ‘ol Nevada. But this story isn’t about Nevada where masturbatory services flow like Franzia. It’s about China, and the fact that police there had no idea that happy endings were legal. Keep reading »