An online classified ad offering Shanghai women as much as 3,000 yuan ($588) per day to "test condoms" while having sexual activity with men was removed from Baixing.com, the Chinese equivalent of Craigslist, after netizens on Weibo began speculating that it could be a recruiting advertisement for prostitution. According to the Youth Daily's interview with an employee of the condom manufacturing company, normally machines are used to test condoms but the firm can't afford to buy as many as they would need. On a side note, human condom testing has been offered as a job in other parts of the world.
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Today's story of controversy comes from China's microblogging platform Weibo, where a new photo fad that involves ripping up portraits of Chairman Mao has sparked backlashes from the supporters of the Chinese revolutionary hero as the nation's Communist Party prepares for its 18th decennial National Congress next week. According to The Daily Dot, the "Mao-ripping meme" was started by four young men from Zhengzhou, Henan to protest the Cambodian government's prosecution of a Chinese woman for tearing up late King-Father Norodom Sihanouk's photos, but their original intent got lost somewhere along the way.
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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.)
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.
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