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Pit-stop cosmetic booth debuts in Chinese malls

Women looking to freshen up their makeup or perhaps experiment with new brands of cosmetics can make a pit stop at standalone booths that are popping up in malls around the country.
Source: Global Times | 2019/1/9 18:55:36

Netizens' new phrase for 'good life'

An ironic five-character phrase in Putonghua that essentially means "annual statement shows a good life" has become a social media hit.
Source: Global Times | 2019/1/9 18:43:40

Restaurateur offers thief who stole his string of sausages a job

A restaurant owner who had 15 kilograms of sausages stolen in Southeast China has written an open letter in which he offers the thief a 6,000-yuan($877) monthly contract to come to work for him.
Source: Global Times | 2019/1/9 18:43:40

Singapore foils cat-in-pants smuggling bid

It was not exactly a well thought-out plan as there was never a guarantee that the accomplices would cooperate, and predictably they didn't: their meows gave them away.
Source: AFP | 2019/1/9 18:18:41

Disabled former British marine attempts Atlantic solo challenge

Former British marine, Lee Spencer plans to officially launch his attempt to become the first physically disabled person to row solo and unsupported across the Atlantic from mainland Europe to South America on Wednesday.
Source: AFP | 2019/1/9 18:18:41

US movie star gets fame for his love of Chinese chili

A video posted on Weibo by an American muscle man and movie star speaking quite fluent Chinese has gone viral not only because of his role in the hit movie Bumblebee, but for his exuberant love for the iconic Chinese chili sauce, Laoganma.
Source: Global Times | 2019/1/8 17:44:01

Animal hospital lets dog owners give overnight comfort to their sick pets

An animal hospital in East China is providing dog owners with another level of service by setting up cots they can sleep on as they comfort their sick pets overnight.
Source: Global Times | 2019/1/8 17:38:40

Sophomore wins award for automatic sunflower seed cracker designed to 'help make people lazy'

A Chinese university student has won a science award for his tiny tabletop "lazy person" invention that automatically de-shells sunflower seeds, which in China are often eaten one at a time at high speed and can leave an aficionado with a grooved front tooth and a mess on the floor.
Source: Global Times | 2019/1/8 17:38:39

Robber makes a bloody mistake trying to mug a female MMA fighter

A robber who tried to steal a cellphone from a young woman in Rio de Janeiro learned the hard way that mugging a mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter who goes by the nickname "the Iron Lady" is a bad idea.
Source: AFP | 2019/1/8 17:23:40

US court upholds foie gras ban

The US Supreme Court upheld California's foie gras ban on Monday, ending a long legal battle between animal rights activists and defenders of the delicacy.
Source: AFP | 2019/1/8 17:23:39

Thrill rides only way to earn year-end bonus

An employer in Southwest China's Chongqing Municipality is testing its workers' courage and bravery before handing out the traditional annual bonus that is usually earned by employees at Chinese New Year after a year of hard work.
Source: Global Times | 2019/1/7 17:52:07

'PhD dads' teach primary pupils

Fathers with doctorate degrees are being invited to teach their children and their classmates in an East China primary school, leading other parents to complain about unequal education opportunities.
Source: Global Times | 2019/1/7 17:48:39

Cop's dinner date helps nab two loudmouth drug addicts at restaurant

A police officer in Wuhan, Central China's Hubei Province got a lucky break on a case he was working on while he was on a date with his girlfriend.
Source: Global Times | 2019/1/7 17:43:40

Celebrating Epiphany in Portugal with drums, drinks and cigarettes for kids

Bagpipes, drums, and kids smoking cigarettes: people in the village of Vale de Salgueiro, which lies in a Celtic region of Portugal, have been celebrating the festival of Epiphany in this fashion for generations.
Source: AFP | 2019/1/7 17:43:40

Football fanatics living it up on San Jose billboard

Diehard sports fans often go to great lengths to show their allegiance but some college football supporters took their loyalty to new heights in San Jose.
Source: Reuters | 2019/1/7 17:43:39

A first class gaffe: Cathay to honor cheap ticket error

Scores of savvy travelers will be sipping champagne in first class recliners on Cathay Pacific flights this year after the airline agreed to honor tickets that were mistakenly sold at a fraction of their value.
Source: AFP | 2019/1/6 18:23:39

World's oldest person may have faked age

Two French scientists who validated Jeanne Calment's status as the oldest person ever to have lived, passing away at age 122, have dismissed claims by Russian researchers who say Calment posed as her own mother and was a year short of being a centenarian when she died.
Source: Reuters | 2019/1/6 18:18:39

Man flashes screenshot of proof of payment, cheating noodle shop out of months of meals

A noodle-shop owner in Southwest China finally discovered a man had cheated her dozens of times by showing her a screenshot of a payment receipt for the lunch he had just consumed.
Source: Global Times | 2019/1/6 18:15:28