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Odd orb-like UFO captured in Google Maps satellite image over Zhumadian, China

// May 6th, 2014 // No Comments » // News

Odd orb-like UFO captured in Google Maps satellite photo over Zhumadian, China

Taken on April 11, 2013, this satellite photo, available on Google Maps, shows an odd white orb UFO flying over Zhumadian, China. All of the aircraft in the photo are heading north and two are easily identifiable as military aircraft. The third craft however, a white orb-like object in the upper left-hand side of the frame, is difficult to explain.

Beyond eerie – photographer accidentally captures couples’ suicide leap from bridge

// April 7th, 2014 // No Comments » // Bizarre

Photographer accidentally captures couples

The Wahuan Yangtze bridge, located in the Hubei province in central China, has been dubbed a “lovers’ leap” after the number of people who commit suicide there each year. In 2013, a photographer standing on a viewing platform was snapping pictures of the bridge, which was shrouded in an eerie fog, when he inadvertently captured these memorable photos of a couple’s suicide leap. As he said after the incident, he never even realized the tragedy he had captured on film.

WTF? Huge car-vending machine in China – customer inserts coins and out pops a car

// January 24th, 2014 // No Comments » // Unusual Places (you can visit)

Cars in the vending machine are housed on robotic-controlled platforms

Can’t say we blame them. With some of the worst pollution and only 10% of the population owning cars, a vending machine that dispenses cheap electric rental cars seems like a no-brainer to us. Wait a minute – a *vending machine* that dispense cars?!?! In Hangzhou, China, citizens walk up to the multi-story Kandi Car garage, insert their credit card, push a few buttons, and viola, a fully-charged electric vehicle is retrieved via robotic arms, tracks, and elevators and deposited at their feet.

Coffin Apartments – underprivileged residents of China forced to live in tiny-sized stacked boxes

// December 17th, 2013 // No Comments » // Bizarre

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Called “coffin apartments”, they’re Japan’s and China’s solution to cheap housing for the poor and underprivileged citizens. Designed to fit a single bed and not even tall enough to stand up in, these tiny apartments are stacked atop each other to maximize space – and profits. Hidden amid the multi-million dollar high-rise apartments in Tokyo and gleaming skyscrapers in Hong Kong, they are not for the claustrophobic.

At least 42 dead and hundreds injured during wave of giant hornet attacks in China

// October 3rd, 2013 // No Comments » // News

Asian Giant Hornets (Vespa mandarinia)

Forty-two people have died and thousands have been injured in a wave of giant hornet attacks in central China. Victims of the bizarre attacks, which began about three months ago, described being chased for hundreds of yards by the creatures and stung as many as 200 times. The giant hornets can grow up to three inches in length and as thick as a human thumb. Their stingers can reach nearly ½ inch in length. In the city of Ankang alone, 18 people have died from the stings which, like America’s “Killer Bees”, are highly toxic and can lead to anaphylactic shock and renal failure (as if you wouldn’t die from sheer terror alone).

Forgotten migrant workers live cheaply in bizarre Chinese “shipping container city”

// August 21st, 2013 // No Comments » // Unusual Places (you can visit)

Shanghai, China Shipping Container village

Soaring property values in China have some Chinese living like hamsters in tall stacks of shipping containers. For less than $80 a month, rural migrants can rent out a stark steel metal container on the outskirts of Shanghai. In 2001, officials tore down a similar container village in Pudong, consisting of over 100 “homes”, because it was “too dangerous”. The teetering stack of containers in Shanghai has been housing Chinese migrant workers for over a decade.

Chinese plane grounded after collision with UFO results in extensive damage to nose-cone

// June 6th, 2013 // No Comments » // News

Damage to nose cone of Chinese Boeing 757 after collision

According to admittedly sketchy and incomplete reports, on the morning of June 4, 2013, a Air China Boeing 757 on route from Chengdu to Guangzhou was flying at an altitude of 26,000 feet when suddenly it was struck by an unknown flying object. The collision occurred 20 minutes after takeoff, soon after the aircraft reached cruising altitude. There were no injuries aboard the aircraft but the Boeing 757 suffered major damage to the nose cone of the aircraft. Pilots chose to turn back to the airport in Chengdu where they made an emergency landing, stepped outside, and were stunned to see the extensive damage caused to the plane by the collision.

Chinese man carries his home around on his back like a human-snail

// May 23rd, 2013 // No Comments » // News

Chinese man carries his home around on his back like a snail

Looking like someone out of the Flintstones, 38-year-old Liu Lingchao is the human equivalent of a real-life human snail, carrying his 132 pound (60 kilogram) house, made of bamboo poles and plastic sheets, on his back as he travels throughout China. A veritable travelling salesmen, he earns money for food and supplies by collecting plastic bottles and metal cans along his route that he sells when he passes through a new Chinese city along his way.

These kids in China have to scale a dangerous 195-foot cliff each day in order to get to school

// April 17th, 2013 // No Comments » // News

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What are these crazy kids up to now? They are going to school! In China, the youth of Zhangjiawan village in Long Tianping County have 195-foot (60 meter) cliff they have to climb in order to get to school. There is a safer route but it takes three hours to get to school via the roundabout path so parents have their kids climb these custom-built ladders each day. The ladders are built by the parents that live in the area and are replaced every few years for, ahem, safety reasons.

Local fisherman finds bizarre translucent “dragon skeleton” in China Sea

// April 3rd, 2013 // No Comments » // News

Strange translucent dragon found in China Sea

A fisherman from the Shandong Province in China claims to have discovered a bizarre-looking skeleton in the China Sea last week. Found on March 28, 2013, the skeleton consists of 153-segments and looks something like a translucent dragon. Researchers have noted that the skeleton is 11 ½ feet (3.5 meters) long and appears mammalian and not amphibian in nature.

Buddhist monk prays so many times each day – leaves footprints embedded in wooden floor

// January 4th, 2013 // No Comments » // Bizarre

Buddhist monk footprints in floor

70-year-old Hua Chi, from Tongren, China, seems disappointed that his aging body only allows him to pray 1,0000 times each day (only 500 if the weather is cold). In his younger days, his strict daily ritual consisted of 2,000 – 3,000 prayers each day. In fact, Chi has prayed in his Tongren monastery for nearly 20 years, in the same spot, each day. His prayer routine is so consistent, he has left 1 1/2 inch deep footprints ingrained in the monastery’s floor. Check out the photo montage below.

China’s Kowloon Walled City – the bizarre city of boxes, mazes, and dark alleys

// December 25th, 2012 // No Comments » // Unusual Places (you can visit)

Up until the 1994, there existed, just north of Kowloon Bay, a bizarre city in Hong Kong named Kowloon Walled City. Over time the veritable lawless (and unclaimed by any government) Kowloon Walled City became a curious stack of cheaply constructed boxes through which ran a maze of dark alleys and exposed pipe and wiring and housed drug dealers and addicts, pimps and prostitutes, organized gangs, gambling dens, criminal headquarters, and private citizens all living together in a tangled mess of humanity. Only 6 1/2 acres in size, it contained over 30,000 people giving it a population density of over 1 million people per square mile, all living on top of each other in cheaply constructed dwellings with no plumbing or water supply, in an enclosed and isolated city that even the federal police were afraid to enter.