For a man in China, the show “Friends” never ended. The man — who goes by the name Gunther and has a son named Joey — decided to live his life Friends-style. After he went through a bad breakup, a friend recommended Friends as a way to cheer him up. And, in Gunther’s words, “It’s changed my life.”. He quit his job to open his own coffee shop (called Central Perk), replicating the Friends cafe down to custom-made couches. The Central Perk in Beijing is where Gunther and his fellow “Friends” lovers can watch and talk about the show.
A Chinese theme park has a ride that simulates cremation. It ends with the rider being passed through a ‘womb’ and being reborn.
Anyone with a BMI of 40 or more is not allowed to adopt a child from China.
Because of prenatal scans and boys being the preferential gender in China. That in 20 years there will be 30-50 million men without wives in China.
Women in ancient China were told that drinking hot mercury would prevent pregnancy. Which is kind of true, since drinking mercury can lead to organ failure and death, so those women definitely wouldn’t be carrying a child anytime soon.
Chinese people born in the year of the dragon are actually less successful on average because parents try to have children during these years and it causes increased competition for limited university spots.
Number 4 is considered an unlucky number in China because it is nearly homophonous to the word “death” (pinyin sǐ). In a study of five years’ worth of real estate sales in the greater Vancouver area, researchers found that houses in Chinese neighborhoods with an address containing a 4 sold for an average of $8,000 less than their luckier counterparts.
Many unlicensed dog sellers in China perform DIY plastic surgery on sickly runts to make them resemble expensive breeds. The dogs are given painkillers and stimulants to appear active and healthy before sale. Most die within seven days. Licensed sellers dub the unfortunate animals “week dogs.”
A Chinese millionaire began selling cans of fresh air for $0.80 a can in response to China’s worsening air pollution. He made over $6 million dollars in a 10 month period.
In China, women who remain unmarried until their late 20s are given the term “leftover women”.
In the Chinese city of Chongqing, phone addicts get their own sidewalk lane. The sidewalk was most likely painted on for everyone’s safety, because, hey, if there’s distracted driving, there’s also distracted walking, as perfectly demonstrated by the woman in this video.
China is creating a car-free city from scratch: “Great City will be built around a high-rise core housing 80,000 people, entirely walkable, and surrounded by green space.” It designed to use less water, create less waste and generate less carbon dioxide than a normal city.
In just two years – 2011 and 2012 – China produced more cement than the US did in the entire 20th century.
Recently, rumors have been spreading on Chinese social media sites that Ebola is transforming its human victims into zombies. The stories became so prolific that China’s official news agency, Xinhua, published a special report that only ended up spreading more confusion.
Police in Chinese city of Shenzhen have come up with a novel “eye for an eye” method of punishing drivers who misuse their headlights and dazzle other road-users. Anyone doing so will be made to stare at the police’s own full-beam headlights for five minutes.