Yao Ming quit basketball, the CCP turned 90, salt cured everything, Gary Locke became more famous than he’ll ever be in America, Red Cross and Groupon botched just about everything, goldfish abuse ran rampant, and authorities renewed their devotion to harmony and street cleaning. It’s been a wild year.
Here’s a list of our most popular posts of in 2011.The results are slightly skewed to the second half of year, when our social media shot up over 13,000 Twitter followers and 12,000 Facebook fans. So hats off, thanks for reading, and here’s hoping 2012 holds as many obama-fried calisthenic wardrobe malfunctions as did 2011!
10. Wenzhou LED billboard plays porn
Clueless office worker gets bored, decides to spend some time “appreciating the arts”, and unintentionally (or so he claims) airs pornography on a giant LED screen in Wenzhou’s busiest intersection for 10 minutes. Maybe this one just made the top ten because it had “porn” in the title?
9. Hermain Cain unaware China has nukes
We know he’s already been brushed by a baker’s dozen of extramarital affairs into the overstuffed annuls of embarrassing Republican ex-candidates, but boy oh boy was Herman Cain’s campaign fun while it lasted. Waiting for those priceless daffy gems to pour from his lips, watching debate moderators pretend to take him seriously. Anyway, coming in at number nine is his strongly-held conviction that we MUST NOT ALLOW CHINA TO ACQUIRE NUCLEAR WEAPONS.
8. Ai Weiwei online nude photo campaign
Ai Weiwei himself was all over the news this year, but eighth on our list goes out to his supporters and other online activists. In one of a series of great online campaigns this year, netizens came out of their clothes in droves to protest police allegations that Ai Weiwei’s assistant was guilty of “spreading pornography online”.
7. Amy Chua, tiger mothers, and Chinese daughters
Before it became quite clear that the Wall Street Journal had (probably deliberately) taken Amy Chua’s “superior Chinese mothers” parenting credo out of context, her book caused a firestorm of controversy online. Our very own Elaine Chow threw her two cents into the global debate, with some anecdotes that make it clear this kind of parenting can be, in her words, “really fucking dangerous.”
6. Penis sizes worldwide
It’s a map of penis size by country. In China’s defense, the data was taken from the 1950s…
5. The Shanghai metro train crash
On the afternoon of September 27, almost exactly two months after the high-speed crash in Wenzhou, two trains on Shanghai metro line 10 collided, injuring hundreds and flooding Weibo with images and stories of terrified passengers. Glitches have plagued Shanghai’s metro system all year, but in this case it was ultimately human error that led to the crash.
4. Girls gettin’ naked or forgetting how their clothes work
If we didn’t squish a few posts into one number here, there’d really be room for little else on our list. Simple fact of the internet. Taiwanese girls playing video games in their underwear, Liu Yuxin’s “areola gate”, Sun Fei Fei’s red carpet wardrobe malfunction, and other nearly naked girls here and here.
3. The North Korea Global Happiness Index
North Korea declares China the happiest place on Earth. North Korea itself comes in a close second.
2. The World of Warcraft amusement park opens
Traffic from every nerd blog on the planet flooded the photos of our trip out to World Joyland, the video game-themed park that blatantly knocks off Warcraft and Starcraft. If you’re interested in going (yes, it was fun, and yes, they sell beer in the cafeteria) we’ve got all the necessary travel tips here.
1. Little Yue Yue
Our number one story of 2011 was by far the saddest and most shocking of the year. When two-year-old toddler Yue Yue was run over by not one, but two trucks, more than a dozen passersby walked by without stopping to help. She died one week later. The event sparked an enormous outpouring of sympathy across China and the world – we were flooded with emails from abroad asking where one could send money or notes of condolence to the parents. In the wake of the tragedy, China has been forced to do a lot of soul searching. One positive outcome may be the implementation of Good Samaritan laws across China so that in the future, those walking by know they can help without being held legally responsible. Read more about Yue Yue here.