Saturday, December 31, 2011

Chinese man spend $16,000 on a virtual sword

It is common to see hardcore gamers splurge their money into buying virtual items. Millions of people spend small amounts of money to obtain virtual items for their video game characters or avatars to wear and use proudly. But for this Chinese man, he spend a fortune on a single virtual item!

A Chinese man paid $16,000 for a one-of-a-kind sword in the upcoming martial arts MMO, Age of Wulin. The man won the honor of paying such a price for the virtual item through an auction put on by Snail Games, the maker of the title. Other notable acquisitions included two sheathes—one for the Hook of Departure and one for a Lordly Spear—which sold for $2,500 and $1,600.

$16,000 would be an absurd amount of money to spend on a REAL sword (not counting those of a more historical significance), let alone one that this man will never wrap his hands around.

Age of Wulin is set to open a beta in the spring of 2012, and an English version is expected shortly thereafter.

I am not sure if this sword will make his avatar immortal and it cannot be stolen. I would rather use that money to get myself a nice motorbike!

Friday, December 30, 2011

Fire in the hole gone wrong!


Watching this video reminds me of the time when the game Counterstrike was hot. If you throw your grenade wrongly, it might cost you your dear life.

A Chinese soldier almost died in a grenade throwing practice. The army is guided by his mentor and as he threw his grenade, the grenade bounced against a wall and fell back into the bunker. Both the soldier and his mentor ducked for safety but his mentor managed to pull him into the pit, saving his life or from serious injury.

Watch the video here.

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Woman sleepwalks to her death

Sleepwalking is no laughing matter and it occurs to many of us without us realising it. You may even die from sleepwalking just like this woman.

A 55-year-old  woman in US sleepwalked into a lake and drowned.

Charlene Ferrero left her Oaklyn, New Jersey apartment Saturday night and fell from a train trestle into a lake, and drowned - all while she was asleep.

Her body was pulled out from Newton Lake by search crews.

Ferrero worked as a waitress at the Starview Diner in Somerdale, New Jersey. Her co-workers are just as baffled as her friends over her tragic end.

The autopsy ruled Ferrero's death an accident, though it will take several weeks for results of the toxicology report. Medications such as sleep aid Ambien have been known to cause sleepwalking.

For sleepwalkers, is it safer to chain ourselves?

Monday, December 26, 2011

Bridge risk collapsing due to human

The Howrah Bridge in the Indian city of Kolkata is at risk of collapsing because the steel at its base is being corroded by human saliva.

Pedestrians who have been chewing betel leaf, areca nut and slaked lime have been spitting on the bridge's steel hangers, causing them to weaken.

The red stains left by the paan mixture - a mild stimulant chewed throughout India - are caked around the metal casings of the bridge.

Authorities say the paan-laced spit has reduced the thickness of the bridge's hangers from six millimetres to three millimetres.

In an attempt to save the bridge, port engineers have come up with the idea of covering the steel with fibreglass.

Several years ago authorities were forced to begin regular clean up of bird droppings which were also corroding the bridge.

It has also been damaged before from a number of car and boat accidents.

The cantilever suspension bridge opened in 1943 and spans more than 450 metres across the Hooghly River.

It is thought to be the busiest of its kind in the world, with more than 100,000 vehicles crossing a day and more than 150,000 pedestrians pounding its walkways daily.


News Source: abc.net.au

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Woman defiantly drove her car from being towed away

A TV station in Liaoning Province that showed on the evening news what happened when the police wanted to tow a Buick Excelle. The Buick’s driver, a resolute woman, had different ideas and she is determined to get away. The woman had an arguement with the police and demanded that her car to be released.

The Buick was already hitched, but on the wrong end. Using the fact that the Excelle is a front-wheel-drive, the woman could liberate it from the claws of the tow truck, and drive away. What is interesting to watch is how the police in the alleged police state reacts.

Don't worry, the police will know how to get her. You can watch the video here.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Chinese man strips naked and caged himself to protest dog buthers

An encaged performance artist set up shop in front of a Guizhou Province dog butcher shop yesterday to protest the consumption of dogs. Despite the 3 degrees celsius outside temperature, the 40-year-old canine advocate, Pian Shankong, was clad in nothing but a pair of underwear. Throngs of self-proclaimed dog volunteers joined him in the demonstration, chanting "do not eat dog meat."

Pian stated with regards to the bizarre spectacle:
"I do urge you not to eat dog meat. We love promoting small animals, protection of human faithful friend."
Pian's protest is one of many demonstrations he has "performed" in a circuit of Southwest China, spanning Yunnan and Sichuan Provinces in addition to Guizhou.

China has recently banned a dog-eating festival that dates back more than 600 years after a Chinese internet uproar over the way dogs are slaughtered. However there are still some butchers that are still slaughtering dogs for its meat.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Man dives into frozen waterfall for 'good health'

To what extend will you do to stay healthy? Most of us will rely on vitamins, supplements, exercise, balance diet and adequate rest.

In China it is believed that taking a swim in near-freezing water boosts the body's immune system.

This 'winter swimming' is especially popular amongst the elderly community as they believe it improves circulation, increases mental awareness, releases stress, removes aches and pains, increases vitality and keeps skin looking youthful.

A Chinese man dives into the Jingpo lake from a frozen waterfall on Mudanjiang, in northeast China's Heilongjiang province - all for the sake of his health. But this man obviously took it one step further with his high-flying 'frozen dive', as there were groups of photographers on-hand to capture the moment.

News Source: travel.aol.co.uk

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Inspired by action movie, Chinese man bombs bank van in an attempted robbery


Wang Haijian

A man arrested for bombing a bank in China that killed two people and injured 15 others said he was inspired from the plot of a Chinese action movie.
Wang Haijian, 24, is accused of causing the explosion near a branch of the China Construction Bank in Wuhan, capital of Hubei province, Dec 1.
Police said Wang and his friends planned to blow up a cash delivery truck, having seen a similar incident in Chinese action movie “The Underdog Knight 2″, the Shanghai Daily reported.
Wang reportedly experimented with homemade explosives and suffered damage to his left eye, lost two teeth and sustained many smaller facial wounds, police said.
His friends quit after the experiments failed but Wang persevered and finally made the explosives.
When he put his plan into practice and detonated the explosives, the cash delivery truck he targeted was undamaged because a private car blocked it, police said.

Police later identified Wang, a native of Zaoyang in Hubei, as the suspect, saying he had been caught on surveillance cameras.
Wang was arrested at the Wuhan General Hospital of Guangzhou Military Command when he was sleeping in the waiting room of the hospital after two nurses saw he had five detonators with him and informed the police.

Wang, an air conditioner repairman working in Wuhan, lived in a village in the city's Donghu New Technology Development Zone before the explosion. But the police were unable to find him.

They publicized his photo and offered a 100,000 yuan (RM50,000) reward for information that led to his arrest.

Wang admitted making home-made explosive devices and attempting to rob an armored car by detonating a bomb.
Wang’s parents have apologised to the blast victims.

Egytian woman beaten and stripped topless during protest demonstration

The woman who was dramatically photographed as she was beaten stripped and beaten senseless by Egyptian soldiers does not want to come forward because she is ashamed by her treatment.

Footage and stills of the woman being beaten to the ground, kicked and stamped on as her hijab was torn off in Tahrir Square have made front page news around the world.

Moments earlier, she had been struck countless times on the head and body with metal batons by a ten-strong mob before losing consciousness and slumping to the floor.

Soldiers then continued the assault, revealing her bra after her abaya was virtually pulled off during the assault.

Hassan Mahmoud, a journalist for the newspaper Al Badeel, was near the woman as she stumbled and was then set upon by military police.

He told The Guardian: 'They wanted to take her away from us but then a few brave protesters came in and started hurling stones and that was the one thing that saved her from their hands.'
The unnamed woman was treated for hand and leg injuries, before she was taken home where she is said to have been left feeling wretched after her ordeal.

Mr Mahmoud said she told him: 'It doesn't matter if I talk [to the media] or not, their stripping me is enough to reveal them and tell enough to those who still believe them.'
Mohamed Zeidan, who filmed the shocking beating from a balcony overlooking Tahrir Square, said he stopped recording out of fear of being discovered.

'The army were like vultures who found a prey,' he said. 'The soldiers even beat an older couple who tried to help her up.'
 

Monday, December 19, 2011

Chinese man swallowed 6 inch nail - three times

A Chinese carpenter is recovering in hospital after swallowing a six inch nail - three times.

Li Xiangyang, 48, of Huangshi, Hubei Province, was holding the nail between his teeth when he suddenly coughed and swallowed it. He was taken to the nearby Wuhan University Hospital in where doctors x-rayed him and found the nail was in his right lung.

Realising it had to be removed immediately, Professor Hu Ke fed a fibre-optic bronchoscope down his throat to pull it out. But, just as he was on the verge of pulling the nail out of his mouth, Li coughed again and sucked it back down his throat. This time it ended up in his left lung. Professor Hu tried again but, at the last minute, Li involuntarily swallowed and the nail disappeared again. Doctors couldn’t find the nail in either lung and eventually realised that it was now in his stomach where it was finally removed with a gastroscope clamp.


News Source: The Nation

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Chinese man walks 2,400 km home with a donkey


A 34-year-old migrant worker, who works in East China's Zhejiang province, is walking with his donkey more than 2,400 kilometers to get back home after buying it in Northeast China's Heilongjiang province, Yangtze Evening Post reported Thursday.

Zhuang works at a construction site and often has to carry heavy loads on his shoulders walking uphill. A strong and docile donkey seemed to Zhuang just the companion he needed to help him with his job and allow him to save his energy.

In July, Zhuang officially started his search for a donkey. He left his job, walked north and passed Beijing and Xi'an, a well-renowned ancient cultural city in Northwest China. Finally, Zhuang came to a livestock trade market in Qinggang county, Northeast China's Heilongjiang province and handpicked two donkeys. A 4-year-old donkey cost him 2,200 yuan and an 8-year-old pregnant one was purchased for 2,000 yuan.

Zhuang assumed that it wouldn't take long for him to ride the two donkeys back home, so he embarked on his return journey along the national expressway. But soon he was proved wrong. When he completed only about a quarter of the journey, the pregnant donkey totally gave up walking and was sold by Zhuang at a discounted price of 1,555 yuan.

Five months later, Zhuang finally arrived in Nanjing, East China's Jiangsu province, still 200 kilometers from his final destination. According to Zhuang, he has already spent more than 10,000 yuan, most on shoes as he walked most of the journey.

Zhuang revealed that he can walk 30 kilometers a day if he doesn't rest, so he still needs to walk about seven more days to get back home.
 
SOURCE: news.asiaone.com

Friday, December 16, 2011

Students brutally beaten in martial arts school

Some schools are dead serious in disciplining their students especially this one in China. Recently, teachers from a martial arts school in Henan Province were exposed to have physically punished students frequently, because they failed to comply with the school discipline, such as smoking, sleeping or causing noise in class, playing truant, and others. About 90 percent of students surveyed did not even think of using the law to protect themselves, because they feared that they would receive more cruel punishment.

It was learned that the teachers mainly used the clubs to hit the buttocks of students caught misbehaving (as the butt has more fat and it won’t cause internal injury, according to the school authority). The school authority often gathered the whole students of the school to watch when they beat these students, because as what they said, it could work as a warning to all others.

Facing the questioning about the physical punishment to students, a teacher however explained that they were forced to do that because there were too many students in the martial arts school, and it was the most effective way to control those students who always challenged the school discipline and often drank and smoked in school.

Malaysia is not spared from the increasing disciplinary problem in schools. It is made worst when some parents do not empower the teachers to discipline their children resulting the children being bold enough to challenging the school's authority. Is this martial arts school in China doing a good move to discipline their students? Or is the school too harsh? Your call to decide.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Finnish man stops traffic on a busy street in China using Tai Chi

There are many eccentric people around. Not long ago, a Chinese man practiced his yoga in the middle of a busy street causing the city centre to a near gridlock. This time it's a Finnish guy that stops busy traffic using Tai Chi.

A Finnish foreign language teacher jumps onto the road and uses tai chi to force cars to stop at a zebra crossing for pedestrians. The man – dubbed "foreign uncle" – has been working as a language teacher in Fuzhou, Fujian province for 11 years and became frustrated with Chinese drivers failing to stop.

Ma Ruinan, his Chinese name, has a strong interest in the country’s culture and decided to use taichi when crossing the road, like in this photo taken on Dec 12, 2011. "Tai chi is so grace and deliberate," he said. "But why are Chinese drivers always in a hurry? Isn’t common sense for cars to stop for pedestrians?"

Anybody wants to try silat in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia?

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Woman killed baby and brought dead infant shopping

Chicago police say 20-year-old mother Toyrianna Smith killed her infant son when he would not stop crying and then took the dead infant shopping with her.

Police say Smith took her her 3-year-old daughter and 3-month-old son to a friend’s home where she hung out with her friends, drank liquor and had her hair done, according to CBS station WBBM.

Later that night she stumbled into her room and slept. During the night her son, Ken Blackman Jr., began to cry. When Smith woke up, she allegedly slapped him in the face repeatedly and put a blanket over his head.
The child cried a second time. Authorities say Smith once again slapped him and put a blanket over his face, pressing down until his arms began jerking and he stopped crying.

Prosecutors said friends asked the next morning why the baby was not moving and she said he was asleep.
In the morning she allegedly dressed Ken and put him in a Baby Bjorn, then took the dead infant with her while she shopped for several hours.

A neighbor noticed blood on the child’s blanket and thought the child was not breathing and called police.


News Source: gomouri.com

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Fast response from passersby saved kid's life

In the morning of 9 December, along the Hangbiao Road in the city of Wenzhou, a child was ran over and trapped under a SUV driven by a woman. The female driver alighted from her vehicle and she ran to check on the child. The accident caught the attention of passersby and people started to gather. The crowd decided to lift the SUV to save the kid. The frightened child was carried out and unhurt. The fast response and help from these people saved the child’s life.
With the China’s economic boom, people started to pay attention on its social values which are being debated especially with the recent incident of a woman being stabbed in public and a child ran over twice by a van in which no one came forward to help. The people Wenzhou, China has shown that they still have apathy and their actions are highly appreciated.
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Monday, December 12, 2011

Chinese man jailed for organising strip show for son's wedding.

A Chinese man, whose unusual idea of arranging a strip show at his son's wedding reception had the whole village flock to the performance, has been handed a prison term of six months.

On the other hand, the stripper who unleashed the "special performance," has been awarded five months of "forced labour" by a court in the eastern Jiangsu province.

Zhang Cheng, a villager of Fengxian County, arranged a strip dance engaging Li Wei to unleash a "special performance" at the wedding reception of his son's special day in October.

Word of the spectacle spread like a wildfire and more than 200 villagers flocked to the reception in about five minutes to watch the performance, Shanghai Daily reported. Zhang, however, landed in police custody when the strip show was reported to police who arrested him the very next day.

Zhang and Li were subsequently found guilty of organising a pornographic performance. Zhang was sentenced to six months in prison with a one-year reprieve, while Li was sentenced to five months of forced labour with an eight-month reprieve.

Friday, December 9, 2011

Chinese beggar talks man out of suicide

A disabled beggar who described his own pain and misery prevented a heartbroken man from committing suicide in Zhoushan, Zhejiang province.

"Look at me," Li Xiaohui shouted from his tiny cart on the street. "There is no barrier you cannot overcome in your life."

He was calling out to a man on the roof of a 14-story building who was threatening to jump unless his wife returned to him. He had already slashed his left hand several times with a knife.

According to local police and media reports, officers were alerted to the suicidal man around 2:30 p.m. on Dec. 5.

Li, who was among a crowd of people on the street, urged the man not to end his life.

"Your parents are concerned about you," Li said. "Please come down and I will be with you all day today."
Assisted by others in the crowd, Li made it up to the rooftop and continued talking, referring to his own hardships in life.

The man was rescued several hours after police were called to the scene.

Li, who is from neighboring Anhui province, was already known for his selfless acts.

He reportedly donated 100 yuan (about 1,200 yen or $15) to victims of the devastating 2008 Sichuan earthquake by begging for change.

Sometimes there are less fortunate people like this Chinese beggar who has the heart for the people around him. He used his life testimony to impact others. I'm truly touched by him.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Chinese man stabbed woman to death and stomps her head (Video)

A woman in north China's Shanxi Province was stabbed 28 times and died on the pavement. A security camera recorded the entire incident but no passers-by came forth to help the woman.

Police of Huairen County said the suspect Li Ruiqiang, 24, confessed that he saw the victim surnamed Xu, 28, walking on the street on the morning of November 30 and accosted her for sex but was rejected.

Li went berserk and stabbed Xu with a knife 28 times and kicked her 16 times. His gruesome act was caught on a surveillance video footage.

Li was apprehended on the spot a few minutes later, but Xu died of her wounds before reaching the hospital, the police said.

The video also showed that there were several people there when Li attacked Xu, but no one made any move to stop him.

There were speculations online that Li and Xu were couple in a quarrel, but police clarified that Li and Xu were complete strangers.

You can watch the video here.


Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Indian man wins Indian version of TV game show "Who wants to be a millionaire".

Have you watched the Oscar winning film, Slumdog Millionaire? It was once a fictional show but it has come into reality for an Indian man.

An office worker who earns $120 a month wins a $1 million on the Indian TV show Kaun Banega Crorepati.
A man from one of India's poorest states has won an unprecendented $1 million jackpot in the Indian version of the TV game show "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire".

Office worker Sushil Kumar from Bihar, is the first contestant to win the top prize on the popular TV show, Kaun Banega Crorepati hosted by Bollywood actor Amitabh Bachchan.

Kumar, who earns 6,000 rupees ($120) per month says he used to watch the show at a neighbour's house because his family was too poor to afford a television set, has not made any grand plans on spending his prize.
"I'm going to repair my house, fulfil a few basic needs and then move to Delhi to study for the civil service exams," he told the Reuters news agency.

"Our house has almost broken down and we have a lot of loans that have to be repaid, If it hadn't been for this money, I would have got old before I sorted out my life," said Kumar.

"Slumdog Millionaire", shot in the slums of Mumbai, tells the story of a call centre teaboy who wins the TV game show against all odds.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Woman drowned cat in bathtub (Video)

A sick video of a cat being drowned in a bath has been posted on the internet — by the same sadist behind footage of a kitten being fed to a python.
The latest video — uncovered by The Sun — shows the terrified pet taped to a broom handle being slowly lowered into the water by a woman.
Bubbles can be seen rising as it struggles frantically before losing its fight for life.
The footage, called "Bathtime lol" was posted on YouTube at the weekend by a user called jasminethecat666.
The same sicko posted a video exposed by The Sun last week, which showed a tiny kitten being fed to a Burmese python — as the Christmas song Little Drummer Boy played in the background.
The video has been taken down from youtube but you can still watch a copy of the video here.
The oddball is linked to a film posted last Christmas in which a man kills two kittens by putting them in a bag and sucking the air out with a vacuum cleaner.
Disgusted readers contacted The Sun about the python video. Anna King said: "This scumbag needs to be caught."
Welfare group PETA offered a reward of £2,000 last night for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible.

News Souce: thesun.co.uk

Boyfriend forced girlfriend to wear chastity belt

This past summer in Chengdu, a blatantly insecure boyfriend forced his girlfriend to endure beatings, sleep deprivation and a chastity belt over his suspicions she was cheating on him.

The two unfortunate lovers met in August, while the man, surnamed Hemou, was on a business trip in Chengdu. The two immediately fell head over heels in love, and Hemou bought an apartment for them to live in. However, he harbored violent tendencies that soon came to the surface.

When Hemou suspected his girlfriend, surnamed Tian, was seeing someone behind his back, he punched and kicked her before throwing her in the bedroom and locking the door. He then hopped on the internet and ordered a chastity belt, which he made her don under threats of violence.

When he returned home later that night after work, he found "evidence" of someone attempting to pry their way into the belt, and punished Tian severely by binding her hands and feet together and leaving her alone in the bedroom.

After being tortured for two days with beatings and sleep deprivation, Tian managed to scribble a cry for help onto a piece of paper which she then threw out the window while Hemou was at work.

A passerby found the note, and alerted the police, who rescued Tian. Police then lay in wait for Hemou to return home, whereupon he was quickly arrested.

Hemou was charged with unlawful detention and deprivation of liberty, and was sentenced to seven months in prison.



News Source: shanghaiist.com

Monday, December 5, 2011

Over $3million worth of supercars accident pile up

A Sunday drive has ended in a $3.5 million nightmare, with eight Ferraris, three Mercedes-Benzes and a Lamborghini involved in a 14-car pile-up in Japan.

The epic accident occurred yesterday at around 10:15am on the Chugoku Expressway in Yamaguchi Prefecture, Japan. Up to 10 people were reportedly taken to hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.

Two Ferrari 355s, two Ferrari 360s, two Ferrari 430s (one of which was a rare Scuderia variant), and a Ferrari 512 were totalled in what has been described as one of the most expensive pileups in history.

Sitting rather innocently in the middle of it all was a Toyota Prius, which, by the looks of it, suffered the least damage of all the cars involved. A Nissan GT-R and Lamborghini Diablo were less fortunate.

The official cause of the accident is yet to be determined, however it’s understood a Ferrari clipped the median strip while travelling at around 140km/h. This set off a chain reaction of crashes, spanning some 400 metres down the highway.

The total price of the cars involved is beyond $3 million.


News Source: http://www.caradvice.com.au

3 year old boy died after being put into washing machine

A 33-year-old man has been charged with murder after allegedly killing his three-year-old son by locking him in a washing machine and turning it on.

Christophe Champenois, from Meaux, near Paris, allegedly stripped Bastien naked and shut him in the machine to punish him for a prank at nursery school - throwing a classmate's drawing down a toilet.

He is then said to have run the cold cycle wash for a few minutes at their house, in the village of Germigny-l'Eveque.

The child, whom neighbours described as blond and angelic, died of head injuries on Friday night, French police said.

His mother Charlene, 25, recovered him from the machine, according to Le Parisien newspaper.

She then ran to her neighbour, known only as Alice, and told her that Bastien had 'fallen down the stairs'.

Alice told Le Parisien: 'I picked him up and his limbs were as loose as those of a rag doll.

'I felt his heart beat for the last time and then he died.' 

Bastien's five-year-old sister, Maud, told Alice's husband that it was not the first time the boy's father had put him in the washing machine as punishment.

Neighbours told the newspaper that the boy had been repeatedly abused - by being locked up for hours in a cupboard and also by being left on a window sill for hours wrapped in a blanket.

'Bastien was an unwanted child', claimed Evelyne, his grandmother.

'On the day he was born, his father was out drinking and when I told him he had a son, he said that he didn't want him.'

A judge in Meaux placed unemployed Champenois under investigation for murdering his child and charged his wife, a mother of seven, with failing to prevent a crime and failing to assist a person in danger.

Both were placed in custody and their surviving children taken into care.


News Source: dailymail.co.uk

Friday, December 2, 2011

Old man died in his sleep while waiting for a train

On November 25th, travelers noticed an old man who has been asleep on a bench for a long time in the waiting hall of the Shanxi Taiyuan train station. When they patted him, the old man’s body was cold and the emergency personnel confirmed that the old man had passed away. A monk who was waiting for his train performed a religious ceremony for the old man to help his soul find peace.

May this man’s soul rest in peace.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Woman thief stripped topless by public

A woman caught shoplifting was punished by being forced to strip in public. The story, accompanied by photos of the half-naked woman crying, has divided netizens in a debate over the appropriateness of such punishment.

On Nov 11, in a clothes store of Wenling City, Zhejiang Province, a customer left his bag in the store while trying on clothes in dressing room, then a 40-year-old woman put his hand into the bag to steal, but did not succeed and the theft was found by customers.

The women theift grabbed the bag and ran, but were immediately surrounded by angry customers, in the process of ripping women’s top clothes were all pulled down. “That woman stood there with upper body naked, many people gathered around, women tried to put hands over her chest and cried on the spot.”

Netizens have different views. Some think it is wrong to steal, but everyone has his own interests, pulling down the thief’s clothes has gone too far, but some insist that the thief deserves a harsh punishment.