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Company offers extra holidays for single women

A performing arts company in East China is giving its single, 30-and-over female employees some extra days off during the Spring Festival holiday in the hope that they can find a mate, leading to an online storm from men in the same age range and relationship status.
Source: Global Times | 2019/1/22 18:06:21

Bank told to replace gold with beer

The Bank of England (BoE) was asked to consider moving the gold bars from its vaults so that a pub can move in during a hearing before a parliament spending watchdog.
Source: Reuters | 2019/1/22 17:58:41

Dads get life lesson during exam with their kids

Dads in Southeast China took mock exams at a primary school with their kids and barely managed a passing grade, showing that some fathers have some way to go in better understanding their children.
Source: Global Times | 2019/1/22 17:58:41

Baghdad bikers aim to unite Iraqis, forbid members to discuss politics

Roaring along Baghdad's highways, the "Iraq Bikers" are doing more than showing off their love of outsized motorcycles and black leather: they want their shared enthusiasm to help heal Iraq's deep sectarian rifts.
Source: Reuters | 2019/1/22 17:58:40

Tokyo metro tries to ease rush hour congestion with meals for early commuters

One of Tokyo's most crowded subway lines has a plan to ease congestion even if it means giving commuters a bit of indigestion: it's offering free food during rush hour.
Source: AFP | 2019/1/22 17:58:40

Amusement park offers 'regret pill' for faint of heart

An amusement park that features a giant swing that hurls people over a hundreds-meter-high cliff in Southwest China's Chongqing Municipality is offering "regret medicine" allowing riders who lose their nerve to stop the launch of the swing.
Source: Global Times | 2019/1/21 17:38:39

Addict tells cops dealer tricked him

An apparently delusional drug addict went to the police to complain about his drug dealer in East China, demanding the cops to help him get a refund for the fake crystal meth he was sold.
Source: Global Times | 2019/1/21 17:16:51

Mourinho admits he hid in laundry to skirt ban

Manchester United's former coach Jose Mourinho admitted Saturday that he hid in a laundry basket during a two-match ban so he could sneak into the dressing room to give a team-talk before a Champions League match.
Source: AFP | 2019/1/21 17:14:10

Banksy 'snow' pollution mural sells for more than $130,000

A mural by elusive British street artist Banksy depicting a child enjoying falling snow that is in fact ash from a burning bin has been sold for over 100,000 pounds ($130,000) to a British art dealer.
Source: Reuters | 2019/1/21 17:13:39

Firefighters use drone to help rescue grateful bull caught in water-filled pit

Firefighters in East China completed one of their most unusual rescues and inadvertently created a viral video that features a black bull, a water filled pit and a drone.
Source: Global Times | 2019/1/20 18:28:40

Who needs a paint brush when a cigarette lighter will work just as well

A first-year graduate student in East China's Jiangxi Province is an accomplished portrait painter but instead of a paint brush he uses a cigarette lighter to gently scorch an image on paper.
Source: Global Times | 2019/1/20 18:28:40

Wall of cash makes employees very happy

A 70 million yuan ($10.3 million) wall of cash – stacked as tall as a person – was handed out to company workers as year-end bonuses in Northwest China's Gansu Province recently.
Source: Global Times | 2019/1/20 18:28:39

Japan satellite blasts into space to deliver artificial meteor shower

A rocket carrying a satellite on a mission to deliver the world's first artificial meteor shower blasted into space on Friday, Japanese scientists said.
Source: AFP | 2019/1/20 18:08:40

Kyrgyz heartthrob Lux scores three, becomes Asian Cup's shy sex symbol

Kyrgyzstan ace Vitalij Lux claims he would rather sit in his hotel room alone than be a sex symbol after his Asian Cup hat-trick sent female fans into a spin.
Source: AFP | 2019/1/20 18:08:40

Mango appendectomy video helps thaw doctor-patient relations

To alleviate his 2-year-old son's fear of going to the hospital, a doctor in Northeast China conducted some very successful major surgeries on… fruit.
Source: Global Times | 2019/1/17 17:48:40

Amputee mountain climber, 70, reaches new heights of fame

Photos of a 70-year-old mountain climber who has conquered some of China's tallest mountains after battling back from the amputation of his legs and cancer has inspired thousand of netizens who have hailed him for his determination.
Source: Global Times | 2019/1/17 17:43:40

Uneaten chocolate Terracotta Warrior sparks online trip down memory lane

A woman who posted a picture of a chocolate souvenir she bought in the ancient city of Xi'an likely never imagined the image would start a friendly online war of one-upmanship featuring Terracotta Warriors.
Source: Global Times | 2019/1/17 17:38:42

Cheers! Furloughed workers offered a free beer (or two)

Many furloughed US federal workers are having trouble putting groceries on the table, but at least they can get a free beer, thanks to a Washington-area group that wants to brighten the mood of those caught up in the long government shutdown.
Source: Reuters | 2019/1/17 17:38:41