The shitty, shitty winter North America got this year? One reason might be Chinese smog. Thanks, China.
The Great Lakes are still over half frozen, much of the northeast got snow today, in the middle of April, and the last few months of winter were particularly bad this year, especially through the upper midwest and northeast US. All this in the middle of being told that the planet is getting warmer and warmer. Apparently, a good deal of our awful winter can be blamed on the insane amounts of pollution in east and south Asia. Thanks, guys.
China’s brand new lunar rover, named Jade Rabbit was supposed to easily last three months, if not more, but it’s only been a month and it looks like the Rabbit is dead after encountering catastrophic problems.
The Moon exploration vehicle ran into problems due to the moon’s “complicated lunar surface environment”, Xinhua news agency said, citing science officials. The rover landed in December as part of China’s Chang’e-3 mission - the first “soft” landing on the Moon since 1976. It was expected to operate for around three months.
After 13 years, the Chinese government has decided to experiment with the idea of lifting its ban on foreign video game consoles. The initial thinking was that game consoles were no different than the opium that flooded China’s shores a couple hundred years ago— popular with the masses, but a great detriment to Chinese society. Using the new special trade zone in Shanghai as a test, the Chinese government will be slowly lifting the foreign video game console ban, meaning a huge new and eager market for the likes of Nintendo, Sony and Microsoft. No longer will Chinese gamers have only PCs or homegrown ripoff consoles like the Polystation and the Wii-Wii to feed their addiction.
According to Chinese media, Li Meng graduated from university six years ago, but unlike most of his peers, who went on to look for jobs, make a name for themselves and start a family, he opted for a life in the fantasy world of online gaming. Ever since he finished school, Li has spent most of his time in one of the many internet cafes in China’s Northeast city of Changchun. The owner of the place says he’s been there for such a long time that he’s basically part of the furniture, and doesn’t even notice his presence anymore. He spends every day and night tucked away in a corner, with an open bag of food by his side, staring at the monitor and mashing the keyboard and mouse buttons, leaving for brief periods of time to catch a bite to eat and take a bath. Reporters who visited the young Chinese gamer at his “workplace” described him as a pale “bespectacled youth that clearly hadn’t been to a hairdresser for a long time”.
According to Chinese news site Jinyang, he constructed this three-story-tall model of Optimus Prime over the course of 10 months to impress his girlfriend enough that she’d say yes. The superheroic machine took 400 drawings, 40,000 rivets and nearly $10,000 worth of stainless steel and iron.
After five hours of shopping, a man in China kills himself after his girlfriend insisted they stay and shop even longer. After insisting she just wanted to look at some shoes, the boyfriend hurled himself from the upper level of the mall to his death, because women be shoppin.