Thursday, June 28, 2012

That's not a vegetable!

A TV reporter has mistaken a rare mushroom for a male sex toy in China.

Ye Yunfeng - believed to be an intern reporter - received a tip off about a "strange fungi" in a local village, and decided to produce a segment for the Xi'an TV station.

The reporter presented a full investigation on the "rare medicinal Taisui mushroom", which included several close-up shots and detailed explanations about how the mushroom grows.


Monday, June 18, 2012

How to make more money in China

Discarded airplane meals are being collected and resold by profiteers in Zhengzhou, the capital of Henan province, reports Want Daily.

The dumpster divers have been found to be collecting breads, sodas and biscuits before sorting and reselling them. Insiders said the foods were resold as side dishes to kindergartens. The authorities are now trying to track down the whereabouts of any other related items.

The program News Eye, run on Jiangsu TV, quoted residents lived near the Zhengzhou airport as saying that unfinished drinks, breads, biscuits and other foods from planes are sorted by villagers, repacked and resold.

One such underground food processing factory is located in Ping village near the Zhengzhou airport, according to Jiangsu TV. It is home to all kinds food waste brought back from the airport; the factory is like a dank market, with flies and insects buzzing to and fro. Two female workers were checking garbage bags carefully, the report said, picking out useable and unopened food and separating it.

The person in charge of the factory combined two half-full bottles of soda in front of reporters, claiming that the newly full item could be resold. Unopened bread is sold to kindergartens nearby, reported Jiangsu TV.

Friday, June 15, 2012

You want crabs, we give you craps

Since Shanghai hairy crabs can be sold for twice the price of regular crabs, the Yangtse Evening Post reported that some sellers in Nanjing's fish market were discovered offering regular crabs processed to be sold as Shanghai hairy crabs.

The report said it only takes 20 minutes to process the regular crabs using oxalic acid, which is an industrial rust remover that has cleaning and bleaching properties. The acid can cause an imbalance of acid and alkaline in the human body as it has enzymes that break down human proteins. Also, consuming too much oxalic acid can cause people to develop kidney stones.

Although the acid can be washed away by water so it can not be seen, the crabs are processed only when an order is placed because they will die within one or two days.

In addition, the tags on crabs' legs that are used to identify real Shanghai hairy crabs can be easily acquired at the price of one yuan each, or by reusing those from crabs sold to restaurants. To make the crabs appear more authentic, some distributors even etch laser marks onto the back of the crabs.

Another industry is taking off in China......

Students in mainland China are cutting classes by hiring other students to attend for them, giving birth to a campus substitute industry, according to Want Daily.

The cost for hiring a sub is between 10 yuan and 40 yuan (US$1.50-$6), and the trend is happening all over the country. The Chongqing Commercial Daily reports that the practice is common in the southwestern municipality.

In addition to the cost of merely attending class, if the sub takes notes, the charge will be higher. Finding subs is especially popular around holidays, so students need to book their fill-in in advance. An intermediary will typically charge 2.5 yuan (US$0.40) in commission for each class. The agents can earn 400 to 500 yuan (US$63-$79) per month.

The reasons for skipping class are varied. Some say they need time to apply for jobs, take grad school entrance exams or work a part-time job, but others admit they simply do not want to go to class and prefer sleeping in or surfing the internet. One substitute surnamed Chou said she cuts classes that do not take a roll call and uses the time to sub for others. Chou is sometimes too busy and will ask someone to substitute for her, too.

A student offering substitute services said he can earn 1,500 yuan (US$240) a month attending classes for others, while it only takes 200 yuan to 300 yuan (US$33-$50) per month to hire substitutes for himself.

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Woman drank Sprite and suffered chemical burn

A woman in Fujian in southeastern China has suffered mild chemical burns to her esophagus after drinking a bottle of Sprite at a local restaurant on May 28. A doctor who examined her suspected the drink may have contained a chlorine-based disinfectant.

Sprite's manufacturer Coca-Cola said they checked the batch of the product in question and did not discover any irregularities. They have sent their products to the authorities for further examination, reports the Beijing News.

The woman, surnamed Lin, vomited repeatedly after drinking the Sprite at a restaurant in the city of Fuzhou.

Woman married to 11 BMWs

A man in Hunan in south-central China successfully proposed to a woman on May 31 using 11 BMW vehicles, reports the state-run news agency Xinhua.

The man arranged the cars in front of the woman's apartment to the great enjoyment of those passing by. Ten of the vehicles formed two lines, with one in the middle with its front pointing to the entrance of the apartment. People in the vehicles set up stereos and laid a red carpet between the two lines, while the suitor held a bunch of roses in his hands and called to his intended. A crowd began to form to see what would happen.