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Fire Station Fire

A fire station in Lanzhou, Gansu province, China, was gutted by a fire recently, causing chagrin for the local fire department. It was first announced as a “training exercise,” but later fire officials had to admit that a welding spark ignited a nearby can of gasoline, and the resulting blaze spread out of control. The [...]

Man Sued Wife for Ugly Baby

I’m a firm believer that no babies are ugly, but a man named Jian Feng from China apparently believed that there are such a thing, and that his own baby is one. Because his wife [...]

And Now, My Beloved Disciples. The Moment of Truth… Meet Lo Pan!

When we ask, "You ready, Neatoramanauts?" – ready to see some neat photo galleries of cosplayers from the New York Comic Con 2012, like the sorcerer Lo Pan from Big Trouble in Little China, [...]

Drawn to Facts No. 008: In ancient China people committed suicide by eating a pound of salt

Illustration by: Tucker Cullinan Fact: In ancient China people committed suicide by eating a pound of salt. Check out all of our illustrated facts here.

Oldest Arthropod Brain is Surprisingly Complex

Photo: Xiaoya Ma My, what large fossilized brain you’ve got! Nicholas Strausfeld of the University of Arizona and colleagues were studying fossils from China’s Yunnan province when they encountered a 520-million-year-old brain ever found [...]

The Missing Links: Internet-Use Disorder

Tim Burton GIFs Galore Jack Skellington, Batman, Beetlejuice, Edward Scissorhands, Willy Wonka, Pee-wee, Ichabod Crane and a slew of other characters from Burton’s iconic catalog, captured in moving pictures. * Thinking Back On That Place Where Everybody Knew Your Name The creators of Cheers participated in this fantastic oral history of the show. * Is Steve Jobs Still Alive? [...]

9 of the World’s Weirdest Museums

While museums dedicated to Spam and barbed wire are strange in their specificity, some museums are just plain bizarre in their subject matter. Here are some of the weirdest museums ever curated. 1. Leila’s Hair Museum Flickr These days, the idea of hair jewelry seems like something that should be left to stalkers and serial killers, but [...]

Fresh Air in a Can

When authorities don’t seem to be taking air pollution seriously, China’s billionaire Chen Guangbiao tried to raise awareness in a very unusual way: he’s selling canned of fresh air collected from remote regions of [...]

Chinese Families with All of Their Worldly Possessions

Think you’ve got a lot of stuff? Well, you do – in comparison to these families in China as photographed by Huang Qingjun, who has spent the last decade travelling to remote parts of the country to persuade people [...]

Why Is it so Hard for Pandas to Get Pregnant?

Getty Images In the wild, giant panda mating occurs just as nature specials would have you believe. There’s intense competition for each female, and the dominant male will mate with her several times to ensure success. And that strategy works: Wild female pandas generally give birth every two years. But that low birth rate means that [...]