Friday, August 31, 2007

Random Articles from a Chinese Newspaper

I miss it sometimes, so today I decided to hit up the 'ol China Daily for some good time news and here are a few of the articles.

Taxi drivers not allowed to yawn

(China Daily)
Updated: 2007-08-30 13:58

Taxi drivers in Shanghai are complaining about a new rule that says drivers should not yawn while driving.

One driver, Gong, who has been driving for more than 10 years, called it "ridiculous and unreasonable". Gong said although he always avoided yawning in front of passengers, he still believed it was a natural way to get rid of exhaustion.

Shao Xueqing, general manager of a local taxi company, said the rule was aimed at keeping drivers from driving when tired. But he conceded that it was not possible to punish a driver just because he yawned.

However, some passengers said they would worry about safety if a driver kept yawning while driving.

Man collapses in mahjong ecstasy

(China Daily)
Updated: 2007-08-23 17:39

A court in Jiangning District of Nanjing, Jiangsu Province, has backed appeals for compensation of 400 yuan each from friends, by the family of a man who became paralyzed after a sudden collapse during a mahjong game.

On April 22, Zhang sat down for a game with three friends in a neighbor's home. He reportedly burst into sudden laughter after he drew a tile he desperately wanted. The 76-year-old then fell to the ground and lay still. Although Zhang was treated, he became paralyzed.

Pepper oil joke leads to assault

(China Daily)
Updated: 2007-08-16 14:58

A young man has pleaded guilty to a charge of assault for forcing his girlfriend to drink hot pepper oil when a joke backfired.

The 22-year-old, surnamed Lau, lives with his girlfriend, Li, in Tin Shui Wai, Hong Kong. When eating at home on July 26, Lau put some hot pepper oil in a pancake to play a trick on Li. But Li didn't find it funny.

A fight broke out and Lau forced Li to drink half a bottle of hot pepper oil.

Fish in basement don't solve problem

(China Daily)
Updated: 2007-08-02 15:19

Ingenious residents in Yantai, Shandong Province, tried their best over the years to deal with water seeping into the building basement every summer.

One clever resident surnamed Han raised fish in the basement water to feed on mosquito larvae. Other residents tried unsuccessfully to pump out the water. They finally teamed up to call the property management company, and the manager surnamed Gao gave them a satisfying answer.

The company will send workers to repair the road next to the building and the building drainage system.

You curse on bus, you walk

(China Daily)
Updated: 2007-07-30 14:32

A foul-mouthed young woman from Tianjin Municipality was removed from a local bus on Monday after other passengers could no longer tolerate her cursing.

Soon after getting aboard, she received a call on her mobile phone and launched into a long conversation filled with curse words.

When passengers tried to persuade her not to curse, she refused. Passengers along with the bus driver then banded together to force her off the bus at the next stop.

Man denied beer writes bomb threat

(China Daily)
Updated: 2007-07-30 14:32

A man was taken into police custody on Tuesday after threatening to blow up an airplane flying from Yinchuan to Beijing.

No explosives were found when the plane was searched after landing in Beijing.

Later, police were told that the man had kept asking for beer during the flight. After being refused by a flight attendant, he wrote the bomb threat.

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