Dick pics on Twitter or love children, might force resignation for some politicians, but for others, a scandalous sexual history is just a way to make a name for yourself before entering the political arena. Remember porn star Mary Carey’s run for Governor of California in the 2003 recall election? Oh, and her 2006 bid for Lieutenant Governor?
Before you roll your eyes and think, Only in California, let me introduce Diana Pang of China. The 40-year-old former softcore porn star, who is known by her stage name “Peng Dan” in Hong Kong, is the latest to follow the path from porn to politics. Keep reading »
Dear Amazing Outsourcer,
Most of us are guilty of loafing off on the job a couple times a day. But you, Anonymous Job Outsourcer, decided to game the system by not doing your job all together. Instead, you outsourced your tech job to a man in China, who duly toiled away while you spent the day on Reddit, checking Facebook and watching various and sundry cat videos.
You would have gotten away with it, too, had your company not noticed that someone in China was logging into the system with your VPN. Verizon was brought in to explore the mess, and after an extensive investigation, revealed that you had outsourced your entire job to China. And the best part, according to the Verizon enquiry: You “spent less than one-fifth” of your six-figure salary for the Chinese firm to do your job for you. Keep reading »
Dear Resourceful Baggage Guy,
I love a man who finds innovative solutions to life’s annoying problems. And your solution to astronomical airline baggage fees was particularly smart: Rather than carry luggage, you wore yours, somehow managing to don more than 70 items of clothing in Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport. Keep reading »
Chinese dude and definite Stevie Wonder fan Hu Seng wanted to show his girlfriend how much he loved her, so he mailed himself to her. The only problem? Hu Seng’s “package” got lost by the courier service he hired to deliver him, and he ended up spending way too long in his self-addressed cardboard box. When his girlfriend finally received the package, Hu Seng had passed out from lack of oxygen.
Seng spent three hours in the box. “I didn’t realize it would take so long,” he told the local news. “I tried to make a hole in the cardboard but it was too thick and I didn’t want to spoil the surprise by shouting.” Now that’s boyfriendly dedication.
This one time, my high school boyfriend showed up at my house and put himself in a large refrigerator box and “mailed himself” to my doorstep. It was cool, but he weird, and since I had already planned on spending the day shopping for gym clothes for P.E. class, I had no choice but to drag him along. Later, when we broke up, he wrote a fanzine about me that included my photo and address, and I occasionally got mail asking why I broke up with Todd. The ’90s were a weird time. [Daily Mail]
In America’s tanning-obsessed culture, where we spend millions of dollars and hours a year trying to bake (or fake) our way to the perfect golden hue, it’s difficult to fathom the fact that in some cultures, people go to great lengths to stay pale. In China, for example, a tan is associated with outdoor labor and peasantry, while a flawless porcelain complexion denotes wealth and luxury. So what do Chinese people do when summer heat beckons them to the beach? They slip on one of these face-kinis, of course! Apparently the awkwardly named face-kini a very popular summer style on the beaches of Qingdao, where they sell for between $2 and $4 a piece. So, will you be rocking a face-kini at the beach this year? [NPR]
In the 1970s, China adopted a “one-child policy,” which strongly encouraged (translation: forced) families to limit the number of kids they had in order to help control China’s growing population. Families that failed to abide by the policy faced fines and levees on their incomes. Officially, claim Chinese authorities, the policy resulted in 250 million fewer births, and was touted as a success. But the policy also wreaked havoc on the fabric of Chinese society — families desired boy children over girl children in order to ensure the continuation of family lines. And thousands of girls were given up by their parents and sent to live in orphanages. Keep reading »
If you’ve ever been to IKEA, you’ve probably wandered into one of the elaborately staged bedrooms or living rooms, plopped down on a bed or couch and pretended–if just for a moment–that you lived there. In China, IKEA customers are taking this idea to a whole new level: they kick off their shoes, tuck themselves in, and take long, leisurely naps right there in the store. Apparently this has been a normal occurrence since the furniture chain first opened in China, but it gained worldwide attention after a blogger snapped photos of people catching Z’s in a Nanjing IKEA. Click through to check out the pics, but be warned: you will totally want to snuggle into a reasonably priced bed for a nap afterwards… [Oddity Central]
A theme park in Guilin, China is giving a discount to women if they wear a skirt shorter than 38 centimeters. Merryland Resort’s Love Miniskirts discount runs for the next two months and is the sixth year it has thrown the event. “The stipulation aims to encourage female visitors to showcase their beauty in summer,” the deputy manager of the park, told Shanghai Daily newspaper. As you can see in the video above, women actually get their skirts measured with rulers before entering the park. Seems reminiscent of Catholic school rules to me, but in a completely opposite, exploitative way. Anyway, that theme park must be a creep’s paradise! Do you think discounts for miniskirts are gross or would you happily don a miniskirt if it got you in the gates with a cheaper ticket? [Telegraph UK]
Last month, those of us concerned with reproductive rights were aghast at the story of Feng Jianmei, a 22-year-old Chinese woman who was forced to have an abortion. She and her husband, who have a five-year-old daughter, could not afford the $6,300 fine for violating the country’s one-child policy, so family planning officials forced her into having an abortion. Her husband, Den Jiyuan, told a Chinese newspaper that she was hooded, abducted by being pushed into a car, and forcibly injected with some substance that terminated her pregnancy at seven months along. Her “consent” to the abortion was someone inking her fingerprint onto a document against her will. According to the Guardian, forced abortions and forced sterilizations are technically illegal in China, but they still occur. Last year, a 37-year-old woman named Ma Jihong reportedly died from a forced abortion gone wrong. Keep reading »