Posted Without Comment of the Day

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Xi'an Up Close, an investigative program that airs in China, has become an international laughingstock after airing this report Saturday about a "mystery mushroom" that was discovered by villagers in a rural part of the city. (Subtitles are uploader's translations.)

News channel Xi'an TV released this statement today:

An open letter to all netizens and viewers: Hi everyone, one of our news reports which aired last night has made everyone laugh. This incident has been widely followed, shared and commented on. As our reporter was still very young and unwise to the ways of the world, this report has brought great inconvenience to everyone. We'd like to take this opportunity to thank everyone from the bottom of our hearts for your criticism and correction. Please forgive our oversight!

(Not Safe For Work -- mushroom is actually sex toy.)

[reddit]

Regrettable Edible Eggs of the Day

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Street vendors in Dongyang, China, are once again cooking up an unusual springtime snack that's been popular among locals for centuries: "virgin boy eggs," made with the urine of local primary school boys, preferably under the age of 10.

Many Dongyang residents believe that the eggs -- which are boiled in urine and then soaked in the stuff for up to a day --have remarkable health properties, including increased energy and resistance to heat stroke.

A virgin boy egg fetches around 24 cents at market, more than twice the price of a urine-free egg.

The not-so-secret ingredient in the traditional snack is collected in basins and buckets from primary school toilets after school hours. It's not just vendors clamoring for the stuff, either -- some residents gather it themselves so they can prepare the delicacy at home.

Although the eggs have been listed as an "intangible cultural heritage" by the local government, Chinese medical experts have mixed opinions about their health benefits, with some warning about the sanitary issues surrounding cooking with urine.

[geekosystem.]

A Tale Of Two Countries of the Day

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A Tale Of Two Countries of the Day: Redditor hayzen77 recently traveled from Australia to China and snapped these "before and after" shots following takeoff and prior to landing.

Surge72 correctly notes that these two photos were taken at varying altitudes, "thereby increasing the contrast between the two photos." Still, as

Faith In Humanity of the Day

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Faith In Humanity of the Day: Chinese artist Ai Weiwei, who was illegally detained for nearly three months, was recently given 15 days to pay off a $2.4 million dollar fine for tax evasion -- the crime he was forced to plead guilty to in order to be released from jail

About Doggone Time of the Day

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About Doggone Time of the Day: Next time your mom tells you the Internet is pointless, show her this: Chinese media is reporting that a 600-year-old dog-eating carnival in Qianxi Township, Jinhua City, has been shut down for good after public outrage "voiced on the Internet" led officials to reconsider the festival's merits.

The cruel nature of the annual event, which involves slaught

Zebra Hybrid of the Day

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Zebra Hybrid of the Day: The Xiamen Haicang Safari Park in southeast China announced this week that an extremely rare donkey sire/zebra dam cross -- commonly referred to as a "donkra" -- was born into its care on Sunday.

While donkras are by far the rarest of the zebroids -- this is only the fourth reported case worldwide -- the zoo certainly increased the odds

BAMF of the Day

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BAMF of the Day: A 31-year-old woman identified by Chinese state media as Wu Juping is credited with catching a two-year-old girl who fell from her family's 10th-floor apartment.

Niu Niu, who was alone in the apartment after her grandmother left her unattended to run an errand, reportedly climbed onto the apartment window, where she dangled for several minutes.

Spotting the imperiled toddl