Antidepressant of the Day: China Covers Up Dead Plants With Pictures of Plants to Cheer People Up

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Antidepressant of the Day: China Covers Up Dead Plants With Pictures of Plants to Cheer People Up
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China is fighting the good fight against nature - doing everything it can to keep Winter at bay.

To help battle the blues, the city of Changchun in China is installing plastic sheeting with pictures of lush, green shrubbery around the edge of the street, hiding all of the real plants which are now brown and bare.

"Many people feel depressed in the winter, and the site of the denuded trees only contributes to that feeling," said a local official. "We want to try and cheer people up a bit by putting some greenery around to make them feel better."

Thousands of meters of the plastic sheeting were rolled out this week, and if they're lucky, plastic flowers may be on the way as well. Seriously.

Just don't bother stopping to smell these roses.

WTF Video of the Day: Crazy Chinese Chicken Music Video is Crazy

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Well, here's your new "What Does the Fox Say."

Singer Wang Rong Rollin's video for "Chick, Chick" involves chickens and women dressed up like chickens. And most of the lyrics are just animal sounds.

What more could you ask for in an insane video from China?

Photo of the Day: Protesters Swarm Hong Kong

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Photo of the Day: Protesters Swarm Hong Kong
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Occupy Central With Peace and Love, as the protest is officially known, aims to foment democratic change by paralyzing the heart of this freewheeling financial hub. It was originally slated to begin Wednesday, but an aligned student demonstration Friday gathered such momentum that its leaders brought the launch forward.

Hong Kong has been run under a "one country, two systems" since British colonial rule ended in 1997. Beijing had promised to let residents choose the city's Chief Executive, the tellingly corporate title of the top job in this bastion of free enterprise, by 2017, but now insists that all candidates must first be vetted by a committee perceived as curated by the Chinese Community Party.

Hong Kong's democracy activists see this as a betrayal; Beijing retorts that the Special Administrative Region already enjoys considerable autonomy and lacks patriotism.

Metta World Peace is Going All Out With His Panda Themed Shoes While Playing in China

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Metta World Peace is Going All Out With His Panda Themed Shoes While Playing in China
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After changing his Chinese name to "The Panda's Friend" the former NBA star wants to have fun with his fans by wearing these shoes. Instead of making a shoe that includes both white and black, each show is a different color.

Meanwhile, in China: Waitress Wins Argument With Diner by Eating a Cockroach

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From the YouTube description:

A Chinese diner was shocked to find a cockroach in his salad but was even more blown away when the waitress he complained to said it was "very normal" and devoured the bug to prove it was safe.

Businessman Zhang Yen made the stomach-turning discovery at the Jinsha Era Plaza hotel restaurant in the western Chinese city of Chengdu, Metro reports.

When the diner told his 39-year-old waitress about the extremely fresh but unwanted side dish she reportedly failed to see what the big deal was.

The waitress reportedly told him that bugs turned up in salads all the time.

"No matter which restaurant you go to, you will always find cockroaches in the food," she is quoted as saying.

"It is very normal."

The stand-off came to a surreal conclusion when the no-nonsense food server then picked up the insect and popped it in her mouth to prove eating bugs won't kill you.

Mr Zhang then paid his bill and left the eatery in disbelief.

Aww of the Day: Young Boy Comforts Girl on First Day of School

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By the way, the original video was taken around 3 years ago, but the kindergarten has only just released it this year when the kids graduated, and it's released with the parents' permission, according to Taiwanese news.