We had no idea what duckweed was either, don’t feel bad.
- A 13-year-old girl was abducted by a couple who planned on raising her and marrying her to their 22-year-old son. In stereotypically creepy fashion, they claim they “did not know the girl was only 13.” Someone call Chris Hanson.
- A salon owner skipped town with almost one million RMB after enticing some of his regular customers (and some staff) to deposit up to 50,000RMB onto their membership cards in anticipation of “promotional offers.” For those who are wondering, given 100RMB for a haircut, 50,000RMB will buy you four haircuts a year for 125 years. We can’t even imagine what kind of
happy endingspromotional offers that place was selling.
- The Shanghai government has its hands full trying to deal with 55,000 tons of rotting duckweed plants that were dredged from the Huangpu River. The plants originated from Zhejiang Province; perhaps we should send them back?
- The first direct Hawaii-Shanghai flights began today. “Passengers were greeted with flower lei, Hawaiian music and hula.”
- Staff members are being turned in for smoking on the Beijing-Shanghai high speed trains. Depressing sentence of the week award goes to : “The policeman explained that one staff member’s relatives had just passed away and they were smoking to ease his sadness.”
- Over 80 percent of Shanghai university graduates were able to secure a job, make 4,000RMB a month, lose weight, and find the love of their life this summer, the Statistics Bureau