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Why Tens of Thousands of People Are Shutting Down the Streets of Hong Kong in Protest

Though it may seem a bit strange, Hong Kong has only been part of China for the past 17 years. Before that, it spent 156 years as a British colony, from 1839 all the way up until 1997 (other than a 4-year Japanese occupation during WWII). Because of this western connection, Hong Kong has long been the primary source of foreign investment in China, and its financial sector is one of the largest and most lucrative in the world. So it’s

Find Out How To Grow Your Own Buddha-Shaped Fruit And More (Video)

The Fruit Mould Company prides themselves on, “…creating one of a kind, high quality fruit and vegetable molds to transform regular fruits into wacky and weird shapes that you’ve never seen before. Imagine square watermelons, heart shaped cucumbers and Buddha shaped pears.” The secret is in the fiberglass-reinforced moulds- anyone can make their own uniquely shaped fruits and vegetables with the right mould and a bit of patience. Depending on which mould and which fruit or vegetable you are using,

Why Do the Majority of Chinese Citizens Think A War With Japan Is Imminent?

Recently, Genron, a Japanese non-governmental organization, teamed up with the state-run Chinese newspaper China Daily to conduct a survey about how people living in Japan and China felt about the two countries’ relations with one another. The results of the poll were a bit shocking. 53.4% of Chinese citizens believe that a conflict between China and Japan will happen in the near future, with a significant portion saying they believed it would happen within the next five years. In Japan, only 29% of people believed that

Bricks Over Barbies: Lego Surpasses Mattel As World’s Largest Toymaker

Earlier this week, Lego published its earnings report for the first half of 2014. It was good news for the company’s investors: Lego’s revenues for the first half of 2014 were 11% higher than they were for the same period a year ago. The company reported sales of 11.5 billion Danish krone (a little more than $2 billion) for the first half of 2014, surpassing Mattel’s total first half sales and making Lego the world’s largest toy manufacturer. They also said in

The Most Dangerous Journeys to School From Around the World (Pictures)

This morning, I woke up around 7:30, threw some clothes on and headed towards the University of Texas campus. On my way to class I had to battle an insane swarm of cars, pedestrians and bikers, as well as a ten-minute walk through the Texas heat from my car to class. I was feeling sorry myself, lamenting about my terrible commute, when I stumbled upon something that immediately put the luxury of my educational experiences into perspective… You see, here in the U.S. we

This Man Lost Both Arms at Age 10. Now, He’s A World-Famous Pianist (Video)

Liu Wei was born and raised in Beijing, China. When he was 10 years old, Liu had an electrical accident while playing a game of hide and seek with his friends. After 45 days under intensive care, Liu found out that he would be losing both of his arms as a result of the accident. The boy was crushed. But Liu’s mother refused to let him wallow in self-pity. “You are nothing different,” she told him, urging him to learn to

The Coolest Places On Earth: Reed Flute Caves- Guangxi, China (Photos)

Guilin is a city of about 5 million people located in the Guangxi region of southeast China. The city, which was officially established around 111 BC, is rich with Chinese history and culture. But Guilin also has another claim to fame: the Reed Flute Cave. This natural limestone cave is 180 million years old, and has been one of Guilin’s main tourist attractions for over 1200 years. The cave was named for the reeds which grow outside of its entrance. These reeds

Chinese Boy Receives First 3-D Printed Vertebra Implant (Video)

Doctors at Beijing’s Peking University have made a truly monumental step in the field of orthopedic surgery: implanting the first ever 3-D printed vertebra into a 12-year old boy. After he suffered a neck injury while playing soccer, it was discovered that the boy had a malignant tumor on his spinal chord. Following an examination of the tumor, the boy’s doctors decided that their only choice was to remove his entire second vertebra. But rather than replacing it with a traditional orthopedic implant, the

Beijing’s Simple Yet Effective Idea to Get People to Recycle (Video)

China has become notorious in recent years for its high levels of air pollution. This, however, is only one of many issues facing China as the country’s middle class continues to grow. Beijing, China’s capital city, is home to around 20 million people. As a result, the city produces a lot of trash. On a number of occasions, academics have attempted to estimate just how much trash Beijing produces. They have all failed, due in large part to the fact that the massive

Celebrating World Elephant Day Through Pictures

Today we celebrate the third annual World Elephant Day. The holiday was created in 2012 by Canadian filmmaker and elephant advocate Patricia Sims, along with the Elephant Reintroduction Foundation in Thailand. The holiday was started to draw awareness to the plight of elephants around the world. Asian elephants are an endangered species, with only about 40,000 left in the wild. In their traditional home of Thailand, only about 4,000 Asian elephants remain today, down from over 100,000 at the beginning of the 1900s.

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