As we prepare to say goodbye to 2012 (and finally forget about the damn Mayans), lets look back at the most popular posts on Shanghaiist in the last year. Looking forward to 2013, here’s our guide on how to ring in the new year in style.
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72-year-old grandfather models women’s clothes, becomes internet sensation
A 72-year-old grandfather, Liu Xianping, has become something of an internet sensation after he began modelling for his granddaughter’s online clothing store.
Liu’s granddaughter runs Yuekou, a partnership between herself and four other recent college graduates. While Liu was helping the girls unpack, “he picked up one piece and tried to give some advice on how to mix and match. We thought it was fun so we started shooting.”
“Mystery mushroom” which leaves Xi’an villagers befuddled turns out to be artificial vajayjay
“I’ve done my own research on the internet,” says the afore-mentioned villager. “It’s a type of lingzhi mushroom, called the taisui.” [Editor’s note: Taisui refers to 60 celestial generals named in the Chinese zodiac.]
Without skipping a beat, reporter Ye chimes in with her own research, saying this type of lingzhi is generally found in the Shaanxi region deep underground and is hence rarely seen. “When the Emperor Qin Shi Huang was on the hunt for the secret to longevity,” she elucidates, “it is said he discovered this lingzhi was the answer.”
Eagle-eyed viewers who saw the report on Sunday immediately identified the mystery mushroom as a double-headed masturbation toy with an artificial vagina on one side and an artificial anus on the other. Yes, you read that right, it was a jack-off aid that some guy used to spank his monkey when he wasn’t getting it from his wife.
Images of forced late-term abortion in Shaanxi shock China [Warning: Graphic!]
Images circulating on microblog platforms of a forced abortion inflicted upon a woman seven months into her pregnancy in Ankang, Shaanxi province have left netizens outraged at the methods employed by local family planning officials.
In Canada: Chinese student chopped up and eaten by porn star, body parts sent to political parties
An incredible, grisly tale from across the pond today. A 33-year-old man from Wuhan has been chopped to death in Montreal, Canada and his dismembered body parts sent to at least two political parties in Ottawa. A 10 minute video clip of the cold-blooded murder of Lin Jun, who arrived in Montreal in July 2011 to study at Concordia University, later surfaced on the internet, showing the victim being stabbed multiple times with an ice-pick, dismembered, sexually abused, and his flesh eaten with a fork and knife.
If you look hard enough, you’ll see *shock*horror* a naked woman!
Nude Russian women suntanning on their own balcony cause a commotion
Residents in the community said they usually went to work during the evening and had taken to sunning themselves on their apartment’s balcony during the day. Some were naked, others wore G-strings and they could be seen clearly from the apartments opposite, residents told a local newspaper.
Brit tourist sexually assaults Chinese woman in Beijing, anti-laowai cyber hysteria ensues
Footage of a British tourist sexually assaulting a Chinese woman in a Beijing public scene hit the Web in May, igniting a firestorm of anti-Laowai hysteria in the Weibo-sphere and beyond.
College application form lists ‘Chinese’ as sexual orientation
An American college entry form has been leaving many applicants feeling confused about their sexuality after including the option ‘Chinese’ as a sexual orientation option.
Gan Lulu’s boobs biggest draw at the Beijing Auto Show
Jaguar, Mercedes, Aston Martin and Lamborghini may all have brought their latest car designs to the stage at the ongoing Beijing International Auto Show, but the biggest stars at the fair were no doubt the model Gan Lulu (干露露) and her boobs. One of China’s hottest internet icons last year, Gan shot to notoriety when her psycho mom uploaded a video of her naked in the shower to help her find a husband. The crazy antics of both mother and daughter were on full display in a subsequent catfight on the set of the talk show Lady Guagua. According to local media reports, Gan’s eye-popping outfit almost touched off a small-scale unrest at the show.
Photos: “Spread ’em girls” dorm-room splits become latest Chinese meme
Is it the new planking? Sina reports on a new meme going around the Chinese internet: dorm-room splits. The craze started after a girl in ballet shoes posted a photo of her doing a perfect front-split between two sets of bunk-beds, this was quickly picked up on Weibo as others girls attempted to outdo her.
In Photos: China’s anti-Japan fury
Protestors in Changsha, Hunan province, plundered the Japanese department store Heiwado before setting it on fire, sending a huge plume of smoke into the skies that was visible miles away.