A conman used his resemblance to former Chinese president and national hero Sun Yat-sen to dupe six men, all aged over 80, out of $41,000. Had he been alive, Sun would be more than 130 years old.
A fly-hating businessman in China has swatted 8 million flies in a 10-year vendetta. Hu Xilin, from Zhejiang province, began killing flies after one landed in a meal as he dined with a client.
An alternative medicine guru in China is being sued by a man who almost died after he was told to eat six raw frogs a day to cure neck pain. He had munched down 130 frogs before collapsing.
(note:) this is a follow-up from my Thursday, April 15, 2004 blog
A restaurant in south-west China has been fined for offering to serve sushi on the bodies of nearly-naked women, according to media reports. The Yamato Wind Village restaurant in Kunming city attempted to launch its “body sushi” dinner earlier this month, provoking lively local debate. But health authorities banned it before the dinner could even take place.
Now the restaurant has also been fined 2,000 Yuan (US$240). The management of the restaurant told China’s official Xinhua news agency that the “body sushi” service was launched to introduce a special Japanese food culture to Chinese people.
The practise of eating sushi off naked or nearly-naked women has long been popular with a certain clientele in Japan. But the authorities in China said the restaurant’s actions violated women’s rights, as well as laws on advertising and food sanitation.
They also said the women used to display the sushi were not suitably dressed for restaurant employees.
…Oh and I guess a guy in a chicken suit is OK?
BEIJING – A Japanese restaurant which served sushi on the body of a naked woman has caused a storm of controversy in the conservative southwest Chinese city of Kunming.
The Hefengcun Huaishi restaurant launched a promotional “feast on a beauty’s body,” for local journalists last Friday, hiring two attractive fair-skinned college girls to lie on tables, with sushi and other food and flowers placed on their bare bodies covered with thin gauze. The reports caused a firestorm in the local and national press with many readers slamming the novel dining trend as offensive and insulting to women. “This is a form of disrespect towards women. I don’t know how anyone can eat such type of food,” a local resident was quoted.
Li Ailing, manager of the Japanese-owned restaurant, said the restaurant received hundreds of phone calls, with many protesting the restaurant’s bare cheek. “We didn’t think the reaction would be so explosive, so controversial,” Li said. “The purpose of this promotion is not commercial, but to spread Japanese culture.” “We had lots of people who supported us and wanted to make reservations, including people from Hong Kong and Taiwan”.
Known as “Nyotai Mori” in Japan, the feasts date back to ancient times and are often offered in special hotspring resorts today, but are generally left off menus. They are offered to aficionados on request. Restaurants as far afield as Seattle and Manchester have also offered sushi in the raw and drawn similar protests from women’s activists.
“Currently, Kunming people may not be able to accept this, but over time, maybe they can,” Li said.
….If you knew Sushi, like I knew Sushi, Oh, Og, Oh what a Gal!
The Hunan provincial government in central China has scrapped a rule that its female civil servants must have “symmetrical breasts” after a public outcry.
In Tanzania, a man cut off his genitals in an attempt to win sympathy from friends and relatives after squandering the money they lent him on prostitutes and alcohol.
A German man who taught his dog Adolf to give a Hitler salute by raising his right paw was charged with violating Germany’s anti-Nazi laws.
The Backpacking magazine “Trail” has apologized after its latest issue showed a route that led off a cliff on Britain’s highest mountain. Editor Guy Procter said he was gutted by the error made in production.
Russian troops, divers and others using a modified T72 tank are helping retrieve 10 tons of beer trapped under a frozen Siberian river. In minus 27C, a week-long effort to extract the truck carrying the beer has proved fruitless.
A diamond merchant in India, whose cow swallowed a bag of diamonds, has tried for three days to make it pass dung so that he can recover them. Dilubhai Rajput has so far retrieved 310 of the 1722 diamonds.
A bachelor in China, fed up with giving away money at weddings of relatives and friends, hired a prostitute for a bogus marriage to recoup his losses. The man paid the prostitute $93 to pose as his bride and collected $627 in cash gifts at the ceremony.
A newly-wed “bride” was arrested after the farmer who paid to marry her found she was really a man.
The farmer, from rural eastern China, paid 20,000 yuan ($3355) for his arranged marriage only to have her run away from him six days after their wedding. He found she was a man when he tracked her to a neighbouring town in Fujian province, eastern China.
The bogus bride, who came from Yunnan, was arrested last Friday, the newspaper said.
Arranged marriages are common in parts of rural China where, because of the country’s one-child policy, men often greatly outnumber women.
yea, but what was the sex like?
A court in China has ordered an online computer games company to return virtual belongings to a player whose account was hacked and looted.
The Chaoyang District People’s Court in Beijing ruled last Thursday that the company must return the player’s virtual stash because it had allowed the theft to take place in the first place. Li Hongchen, 24, spent two years and more than 10,000 yuan ($1,210), amassing a cache of virtual money and weapons in the online game “Hongyue”, or “Red Moon”.
In February, however, Hongchen found his belongings had been pilfered by a hacker who gained access through the game’s central servers. The software firm behind the game, Beijing Arctic Ice Technology Development, responded that his possessions had no real world value and represented only “piles of data”. Hongchen took the company to court requesting 10,000 yuan in compensation.
“I exchanged the equipment with my labour, time, wisdom and money, and of course they are my belongings,” Hongchen told the Chinese news site Xinhuanet.
More Short Stuff!
A German man who survived five days in the Alps in freezing temperatures by eating snow has been fired because he missed work. The company said: “We hired him as a consultant for a one-year project and he is already behind deadline.”
An underwear company has made a bra that it says will help women quit smoking due to perfumed capsules that ease withdrawal symptoms. The capsules contain lavender, which has sedative properties, and jasmine, which alters the taste of cigarettes.
A supermarket in southern China has required its workers to each kill at least five flies every day, forbidding them to go home until the quota is met, a news report said today. The rule has been introduced to improve hygiene at the supermarket in Guangzhou’s Baiyun district, according to the South China Morning Post.
Bush Disappointed To Learn Chinese Foreign Minister Doesn’t Know Karate
WASHINGTON, DC—While he still plans to meet with Chinese Foreign Minister Li Zhaoxing, President Bush was disappointed to learn that the dignitary does not know karate, White House adviser Karl Rove told reporters Tuesday. “I told George that karate is an ancient martial art of Japan, not China,” Rove said. “I told him that in China, many practice kung fu—but I recommended that he stick to the more vital issue of relations with Taiwan and North Korea.” In spite of Rove’s suggestion, Bush plans to ask Zhaoxing to “do some of that Jackie Chan action.”