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Outdoor artificial 'air-conditioner' set up at exam site

One gaokao examination site in Northwest Shaanxi Province tried to make candidates more comfortable by placing more than 200 buckets of ice at an outdoor waiting area on Tuesday, when local temperatures reached 34 C.
Source: Global Times | 2020/7/8 19:34:28

Student carried on stretcher to exam site after appendectomy

A gaokao candidate in Dangshan, East China's Anhui Province, was taken on a stretcher by local police to his exam site on Tuesday, as he was barely able to walk due to an appendectomy the previous day.
Source: Global Times | 2020/7/8 19:13:40

Oops...more than 1,000 cases of Moutai smashed in transit

More than 1,000 cases of Kweichow Moutai, China's most revered liquor brand, fell and smashed after a truck's door suddenly opened when the driver was turning at a junction in Shanghai on July 3, Shanghai media reported.
Source: Global Times | 2020/7/6 21:22:25

Pink ice in Italy's Alps sparks algae probe

Scientists in Italy are investigating the mysterious appearance of pink glacial ice in the Alps, caused by algae that accelerate the effects of climate change.
Source: AFP | 2020/7/6 19:48:40

Girl scammed on WeChat turns tables on gang of fraudsters

A 12-year-old girl from Northeast China's Heilongjiang Province who had been swindled by a gang turned the tables on the fraudsters by pretending to be a bank staffer and getting them to reveal their personal information, reported The Paper on Sunday.
Source: Global Times | 2020/7/6 19:43:43

Officials punished for writing or reviewing WeChat posts at work

An official in Southwest China's Sichuan Province was reportedly punished for writing a post on WeChat while at work, an action that is regarded as a violation of work discipline.
Source: AFP-Global Times | 2020/7/6 19:33:40

Real water birth! Woman has baby boy on floating tyre during floods

A woman in a town in Southwest China's Yunnan Province reportedly gave birth on a tyre floating in floodwater, after heavy downpours had hit the town for days.
Source: Global Times | 2020/7/6 19:23:41

Spiderman stranded on sixth floor due to fear of heights

A man in Zhongshan, South China's Guangdong Province, recently became stranded on the sixth floor of a residential building wall after climbing all the way up with his bare hands to save a boy. But he was too terrified to come back down the same way.
Source: Global Times | 2020/7/6 19:23:40

Hat tip to 'Star Trek'? US Space Force names new unit 'SpOC'

The United States' new Space Force military wing revealed Tuesday that one of its units would be named "Space Operations Command" -- or "SpOC" for short, in an echo of pointy-eared "Star Trek" character Spock.
Source: AFP | 2020/7/1 20:41:26

Coming soon to a 3D printer near you: Plant-based steaks

Israeli start-up Redefine Meat plans to launch 3D printers to produce plant-based steaks mimicking real beef next year in a bid for a slice of the fast-growing alternative meat market.
Source: Reuters | 2020/7/1 20:28:41

Couple in rush to wedding get stuck in overloaded elevator

A couple in Ningbo, East China's Zhejiang Province, were in such a rush to get to their wedding that they became stuck in an elevator for half an hour after forgetting to check the maximum load.
Source: Global Times | 2020/7/1 20:23:40

Pornography greets commuters at Sweden bus stop

Commuters in a southeast Swedish city were briefly roused from their wintry routines by a public display of pornography at a bus stop outside the central rail station, officials said on Friday.
Source: AFP | 2020/1/20 17:48:40

Canada troops to help Newfoundland dig out after blizzard

The Canadian army will send 150 to 200 soldiers to Newfoundland and Labrador to help the province recover from a blizzard that buried the region under an unusual amount of snow, Defense Minister Harjit Sajjan announced on Sunday.
Source: AFP | 2020/1/20 17:43:42

Horse takes a bus ride in Wales

A loose horse found running on a busy main road in the Welsh capital Cardiff was put on a public bus to take it to safety, police said.
Source: AFP | 2020/1/20 17:43:41

Educators told to get hip to Chinese youth

A senior Education Department official amused a meeting of thousands of educators when he rattled off the odd names of video games young people play, telling the audience if adults don't know what t kids are into, they'll never be able to bridge the generation gap.
Source: Global Times | 2020/1/20 17:38:40

Hats with wigs are new fashion trend for makeovers, hiding bald spot

Hats that come with wigs attached of various lengths and colors have become a new favorite on Chinese e-commerce platforms, helping not only men who are follically challenged but women who want to dramatically transform their look.
Source: Global Times | 2020/1/20 17:33:40

Sky-high chicken prices on French island ruffle local feathers

Long-simmering anger over the high cost of living in French overseas territories resurfaced this week with a tweet about an organic chicken from mainland France which sold for an eye-watering 51 euros.
Source: AFP | 2020/1/19 18:43:43

Suspended in a barrel, S.African man set to break 'pole sitting' record

Vernon Kruger has been sitting in a barrel suspended 25 meters above ground for more than two months.
Source: AFP | 2020/1/19 18:43:42