“The fire is warm and the wool blanket is soft/ I stay indoors with my cat,” wrote poet Lu You. Already back in the Song dynasty, 800 years ago, cats were cool. Today, they even have their own Bitcoin-like currency, CryptoKitties, not to mention the unalloyed love of millions of Chinese.
As loyal TWOC readers will know by now, this so-called “Singles Day” is no ancient festival of the celibate, nor does it mark any solar term of the traditional Chinese calendar. Instead, it was started by lonely college students sometime in the 1990s, and turned it into “China’s Black Friday” by shopping sites.
Fashionistas visiting the Today Art Museum this summer had the opportunity to fork out 50 RMB for the privilege of viewing “When Elegance Meets Art,” an exhibition featuring over 400 pieces by the French jewelry company Van Cleef & Arpels.
Ms. Wu started every morning of her two-day vacation in Prague with 4 a.m. wake-up calls. Before noon, Wu and her husband had held hands on the Charles Bridge, sat with swans by the Vltava River, and kissed on the Prague Castle grounds.
Today marks the anniversary of the death of Lu Xun, arguably the greatest Chinese writer of the 20th century. Considered the founding father of modern Chinese literature, Lu Xun had a huge influence not only on his own country’s literary movement but also its overall development.
Lily (pseudonym) did not think twice about when a family friend’s colleague offered to drive her home after dinner. He was sober, her place was on the way, and, besides, her friend was a powerful guy. No one would want to upset him.
Of all the places to advertise on a living human being, the armpits are probably at the bottom of the list for most people, but one Japanese company believes they are prime real-estate and is currently recruiting young female models willing to walk around with ads on their armpits.
Microsoft founder Bill Gates is pouring $4 million into a project to create killer mosquitoes that destroy each other through sex.
After a heated World Cup match, the stands are usually left with food waste, cups and wrappers scattered in the heat of the moment.
It’s a simple fact of life that older people reminisce about the glory days. You might believe you’ll stay young and free-spirited forever, but one day you’ll find yourself grumbling about not understanding the latest slang words and asking a young person what a meme is.