Monday, January 28, 2013

If you hate your mother-in-law, smash a Beemer

When a man from southwest China's Sichuan province hotly released his anger on a BMW, he did not expect that it would turn into a 80,000 yuan (US$12,800) stress ball, reports Chengdu-based West China City Daily.

The 26-year-old man, surnamed Zhou, went to a car sales center in the Renhe district in the city of Panzhihua and pretended to be a potential customer. He asked to test drive a BMW X5, saying he would buy the car if he liked the ride. Two salespersons accompanied Zhou during his run.

To their surprise, Zhou veered unexpectedly from the test route and started hurtling down the road. In his mad dash, he scraped a post next to a toll booth and flew onto the highway. The salespersons vainly begged him to calm down and stop the car.

Zhou's road rage ended in southern part of the district, though the fumes had not yet been put out. Exiting the car, he then found an iron basket and starting smashing the luxury vehicle with it. "Haha! I just want to do whatever I like today!" shouted Zhou while he was pummeling the car. The salespeople called the police.

Zhou told the police that he acted out of anger with his ex-wife's mother, who he thinks disdains him. The family of his ex-wife thought that Zhou was not good enough to be her husband, Zhou said. The couple later divorced.

"I am finally acting like a man!" he had shouted to the crowd that had gathered around him. Before taken away by the police, Zhou added that the car was in good shape and not seriously damaged. The price of being a man in Zhou's terms is an estimated compensation of 80,000 yuan (US$12,800) to the car dealership.

Thursday, January 10, 2013

You study hard, I give you fake Armani

A university in northwestern China's Gansu province has reportedly given its students fake Armani satchels as a reward for studying hard, as well as for various other contributions they have made to their school.

A student at Lanzhou University of Technology posted a series of photos on Sina Weibo, China's equivalent of Twitter, of a satchel his roommate had received, with a short description that says "Good students this year are given one Armani satchel. The price tag is not 9.8 yuan (US$1.57), it is not 98 yuan either (US$15.70). I shall work harder in the coming year."

According to the Chongqing Morning Post, the satchels are copies of Armani bags that the school purchased from sellers in Yiwu, a city in eastern China's Zhejiang province known for its small commodities manufacturing. Although the price tags on the bags say they cost 1,280 yuan (US$205) each, they were reportedly sold to the school for 95 yuan (US$15.25) each.

One man's rubbish is another man's fortune

A man in Jiangsu province in eastern China has won 5 million yuan (US$802,000) on a lottery ticket someone had abandoned at the ticket booth, reports the Guangzhou-based Yangcheng Evening News.

A sports lottery booth in the port city of Lianyugang sold two tickets that have won 5 million yuan and 8 million yuan (US$1.3 million) respectively in the same draw. The ticket that won 8 million was a supplementary ticket of the one that won 5 million and was purchased only 14 seconds later than the latter. Think someone struck it rich with the double deal? A man surnamed Niu would would have, if he had not tossed one of the tickets.

And how about exploding refrigerators

An exploding refrigerator which blasted a hole in a brick wall is the latest object to menace China with its unexpected self-destruct functionality.

The case of exploding toilets

This time, and sadly not for the first time, it is China’s toilets which have been exploding, threatening users with an unpleasant variety of horrible injuries and an ungodly mess.

According to local media reports, a beauty parlour in China’s Shandong province was struck by a series of at least 3 explosions when a member of staff tossed an only partially extinguished cigarette into a toilet at the establishment.

The toilets, which like many in China were of a simple pit construction requiring regular pumping out, promptly exploded.

The explosion is thought to have been caused by gases which had accumulated in the toilet igniting, although a gas leak has also been blamed. Authorities have yet to release an official explanation - Sankaku