Today I learned of the Chinese submarine Changcheng 361. After disappearing while submerged, she was later found when fishermen spotted a periscope above the surface. An engine failure had suffocated the entire crew; the ghost submarine had spent ten days drifting aimlessly below the waves. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chiโ€ฆ
Many Chinese medical tourists who go to South Korea for inexpensive and high quality plastic surgery have difficulty re-entering China due to their passports photos not matching their new face post op. kotaku.com/how-south-koreโ€ฆ
Samuel L. Jackson heard someone repeating his Ezekiel 25:17 speech to him, he turned to discover it was Marlon Brando who gave him his number. When Jackson called, it was a Chinese restaurant. But when he asked for Brando, he picked up. It was Brando's way of screening calls. hollywoodreporter.com/newโ€ฆ
For the 2015 Chinese film "Wolf Totem", 35 Mongolian wolves were trained in China for over 4 years by a Scottish trainer, who trained them to sit, snarl, and fight on cue. After filming, the wolves were ultimately relocated to Canada, since they only understood commands in English en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wolโ€ฆ
Argentina has the most pets per capita, with 80% of the population having a pet. Argentineans have the most dogs (66% of pet-owners), Russians have the most cats (57% of pet-owners), Turks have the most birds (20% of the population), and Chinese have the most fish (17% of the population) myanimals.com/animals/argโ€ฆ
In 1991, a man broke into the Florida State Capitol & blockaded himself inside. His demands included pizza, beer, cigarettes, chinese food, weed, 666 donuts (for the cops) and phone calls w/ Ice Cube, Timothy Leary, & Lemmy from Motรถrhead. No demand was met, but the standoff ended peacefully en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marโ€ฆ
In 1991, the Chinese government made developing e-bikes an official technology goal. Electric bike sales went from 150,000 in 1999 to 21 million in 2007, a growth in sales that is unmatched by any other mode of transportation in China large.stanford.edu/courseโ€ฆ
When David Attenborough's series "Blue Planet II" aired in 2017, so many Chinese fans downloaded the programme on the countryโ€™s online Tencent Video channel that the internet in China temporarily slowed down standard.co.uk/culture/tvโ€ฆ
The Crab Nebula was the first astronomical object identified that corresponds with a historical supernova explosion, as it was recorded as a bright supernova in 1054 by Chinese astronomers. astronomy.com/news/2007/0โ€ฆ
Due to Chinese espionage and infiltration in Nazi Germany in WWII, the Chinese under Chiang Kai-shek's government were able to warn Stalin that Germany was planning to attack the Soviet Union in the spring of 1941, several months before the commencement of Operation Barbarossa on June 22, 1941. defenceindepth.co/2016/06โ€ฆ
In 2001 a Chinese steel firm purchased an entire shuttered steel mill from Germany for its scrap price, disassembled it, shipped it back to China, and reassembled it. Production was resumed in less than two years. news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-โ€ฆ
NBC executives hated the script for the Seinfeld episode, 'The Chinese Restaurant', and only agreed to allow it to be filmed after co-creator Larry David threatened to quit. It is now considered a ground-breaking episode of TV, and the best example of Seinfeld's 'show about nothing' premise en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Theโ€ฆ
Tu Youyou, a Chinese Nobel Laureate, discovered a treatment for malaria by reading an ancient Daoist text from 340 CE describing an herbal remedy for "intermittent fevers" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tu_โ€ฆ
Chinese 20 something superstar vlogger described as a โ€œcute goddessโ€ by Chinaโ€™s Global Times and is โ€œworshippedโ€ on the Douyu platform by her 100,000 followers, is not the glamorous young woman in the videos but actually a 58yr old using filters. bbc.co.uk/news/blogs-trenโ€ฆ
Printing was first conceived and developed in China and Korea. The oldest printed book using woodblock printing, a Korean Buddhist scripture, dates to 751 AD. The oldest surviving book printed using block printing, the Chinese Diamond Sutra, dates to 868. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wooโ€ฆ
Chinese science fiction writer Chen Qiufan published a short story using paragraphs automatically generated by AI, based on his own writing. That story won him a literary prize in a contest moderated by an AI judge, over Nobel laureate Mo Yan en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cheโ€ฆ
Actor Jim Carrey wrote a fictitious autobiography that includes Chinese conspiracies, faking versions of celebrities, hallucinogenic dialogues, battling aliens with Gwyneth Paltrow and dressing up before going to bed as heโ€™s afraid of selfies taken at the morgue if he dies in his sleep. menshealth.com/entertainmโ€ฆ
When emperor Hui of Jin ( 259-307) was informed that his people were starving from a rice famine, he replied with the famous chinese version of let them eat cake: "why don't they eat meat porridge?" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Letโ€ฆ
In the 1960s the CIA paid climbers to put nuclear powered spy devices in the Himalayas to monitor Chinese nuclear weapons tests. Some of the devices were left unattended and were subsequently lost. bbc.co.uk/news/world-asiaโ€ฆ
In the 2012 remake of Red Dawn, the invading army was originally written as being China. In post-production, all references to China were changed to North Korea, as the studio wanted access to the Chinese market. The film was still never released in China. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Redโ€ฆ
No matter the language, we all exchange information at 39 bits/second, suggesting a biological limit. Languages that are lower information density are spoken fast (Spanish & Japanese) while denser languages are spoken more slowly (Thai, Vietnamese, Chinese). advances.sciencemag.org/cโ€ฆ
The Vietnamese word for honey, "mแบญt รดng," is widely accepted by linguists to be related to the English word "mead," as the Vietnamese word came from Chinese, which in turn, got it from the now-extinct Indo-European Tocharian language once spoken in present-day NW China. jstor.org/stable/pdf/10.1โ€ฆ
The oldest still-operating Chinese restaurant in the USA is not in New York or San Francisco, but in Butte, Montana, where the Pekin Noodle Parlor has been business since 1911 mentalfloss.com/article/8โ€ฆ
Someone in New York state bought an old bowl at a tag sale in 2007 for $3. When the buyer had it appraised several years later, they learned it was a 1,000-year-old Chinese bowl initially valued at $200,000 to $300,000. It later sold at auction for $2.2 million. edition.cnn.com/2013/03/2โ€ฆ
Today I learned of Wu Huawen, a Chinese military commander who defected three separate times in the 1940's: first from the Chinese Kuomintang to the Japanese puppet government in China, then back to the Kuomintang, and finally to the Chinese People's Liberation Army. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wu_โ€ฆ
In 1924, a Chinese-American named Ben Fee was refused service at a San Francisco restaurant. He returned the next day with 10 white friends who each ordered the most expensive dish. Fee was again refused service. He then โ€œconfrontedโ€ his friends. They walked out, leaving the food unpaid for. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Benโ€ฆ
The Chinese Army has been training 10,000 pigeons to provide support to the military's communications in the event that war renders its modern technology unusable. The pigeons, flying at speeds of up to 75 miles (120 km) per hour, are being trained to carry loads of up to 3.5 oz (100 g) content.time.com/time/worโ€ฆ
In several Chinese cities, there is a service called "jam-busting". Drivers in traffic jams who need to get somewhere urgently call for a couple of people to show up on a motorbike. One stays with your car, and the other puts you on the back of the bike, and blasts off through and around the jam theglobeandmail.com/globeโ€ฆ
Harry Houdini wanted to prevent people from copying his "Chinese water torture cell" trick, but didn't want to patent it, as that would require explaining how it works. So he gave a performance of the trick as a one-act play before an audience of one, and then filed for a copyright on the play smithsonianmag.com/smithsโ€ฆ
The game Chinese checkers was created in Germany en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chiโ€ฆ
Alchemists considered Mercury as a magical substance that a Chinese emperor Qin Shi Huang took it as the elixir of immorality which resulted in him dying at the age of 49 and even he was buried in an underground mausoleum full of mercury thinking it's going to help him rule in the afterlife thestar.com/news/insight/โ€ฆ
Today I learned about a French diplomat, Bernard Boursicot, who worked at the French embassy as an accountant in Beijing in 1964 who had a 20-year affair with a Chinese actress, who turned out to be both a spy and a man in drag. The diplomat claims not to have known that his lover was actually a man. content.time.com/time/speโ€ฆ
Today I learned of Wei Jie. A frail youth who lived in 3rd Century AD China, he was considered to be so beautiful that hordes of admirers mobbed him/his home all day, which caused him to die of stress. "Wei Jie died of stares" is now a Chinese idiom describing celebrities who have very obsessive fandoms. ecns.cn/learning-Chinese/โ€ฆ
Today I learned of Bodhidharma, an Indian Buddhist monk who transmitted Chan Buddhism to China. According to Chinese legend, he also began the physical training of the monks of Shaolin Monastery that led to the creation of Shaolin Kung Fu. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bodโ€ฆ
Confucius' family tree is the longest recorded extant pedigree in the world. There are 2 million registered modern descendants, with major branches in Korea (where his family was invited by the Goryeo dynasty in 1351) and Taiwan (where family members fled during the Chinese civil war) taiwannews.com.tw/en/newsโ€ฆ
Herbalife paid $123 million in a bribery scheme to evade Chinese regulators. reuters.com/article/us-usโ€ฆ
A Filipino singer made a song with Chinese-sounding gibberish. Some of the Chinese community at the Filipino province of Cebu wanted it removed from jukeboxes. According to the singer, a plan to bring it to court failed because no one could find a single Chinese lyric in the song. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Butโ€ฆ
The Chinese city of Fancheng held out for nearly 6 years against the Mongols - until Kublai Khan's nephew sent him Muslim engineers from Iran that built counterweight trebuchets, with a range of 1,600 ft. and launching projectiles weighing 660 lbs. The city fell within a few days. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Batโ€ฆ
Mozilla Firefox Mascot animal is actually a red panda, A mistake when translating red panda from Chinese to English is how we got Firefox. freelogodesign.org/blog/2โ€ฆ
Original story of Aladdin took place in China and all of its characters were Chinese nationalgeographic.com/cuโ€ฆ
I learned about Hazel Ying Lee, the first Chinese-American pilot supporting the US Army during WW2. One time, her aircraft made an emergency landing on a farm. The farmer saw her, grabbed a pitchfork, and chased her around the plane, shouting to neighbors that the Japanese had invaded Kansas. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hazโ€ฆ
Today I learned of Gan Ying, a Chinese envoy who in 97 AD was sent on a diplomatic mission to Rome. He would turn around in Mesopotamia, discouraged by sailors who gave him a lengthy estimate on a sea voyage. Unknown to him Parthia shared a land border with Rome, which was only a months travel away from him. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ganโ€ฆ
Gunpowder was discovered by the Chinese monks trying to make an elixir of life. Gunpowder: Origins in the East brown.edu/Departments/Jouโ€ฆ
In 2017, there were 102 cities in China with a population of more than a million people; and by 2025, there will be 221 Chinese cities with a population of more than a million people theguardian.com/cities/20โ€ฆ
Today I learned about the Chinese massacre of 1871 when a mob of around 500 White and Hispanic persons entered Old Chinatown in Los Angels and attacked, bullied, robbed, and murdered Chinese residents in cold blood. wikipedia.org/wiki/Chinesโ€ฆ
A Chinese man lost his ability to speak after faking muteness for 12 years. newsweek.com/china-vocal-โ€ฆ
Today I learned of Tibor Rubin, a Hungarian Jew who was captured by the Nazis and sent to Mauthausen Concentration Camp in 1944. He vowed to join the US Army upon liberation; he did, and went on to received the Medal of Honor in Korea, being imprisoned again in a Chinese POW camp. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tibโ€ฆ
Chen Si, a Chinese man, has spent every weekend of the past 13 years patrolling the most notorious suicide spot in China, helping prevent suicides. He has saved well over 300 people. news.com.au/lifestyle/reaโ€ฆ
Today I learned of the Sook Ching, a systematic purge of Chinese Singaporeans during the Second World War carried out by the Imperial Japanese Kenpeitai. Between 5000-25000 people are estimated to have been killed. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sooโ€ฆ
After a Chinese Actress Finished Filming a Series, she got into legal trouble and they swapped her face with another actress for the entire series chinai.substack.com/p/chiโ€ฆ

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