It is very popular now for couples getting married to have formal wedding
pictures taken dressed in not only traditional wedding outfits, but
virgin white western gowns as well as other kinds of costumes. To make
these pictures more 'internationalí and modern, English words are often
printed on the laminated frames. These wedding pictures are expensive,
starting in the thousands of renminbi and often running up to the tens
When one couple, a Mr. & Mrs. Yu, got married they had their photos
taken at the Dragon Photo Shop in Hangzhou. They chose to have their
pictures laminated in a fancy crystal frame. The frame had the word
"seduction" written under the photo of the lovely couple standing together
On the wedding day, one of the close friends of the couple who understood
English explained that the world "seduction" on their photo was not
very appropriate. The couple were furious and immediately after the
wedding filed a lawsuit against the Dragon Photo Shop. The lawsuit continues
as the court debates whether the word "seduction" has a positive or
- Beijing Daily
In Baoji City in Shanxi Province a retired army officer and his wife
went to a local restaurant for lunch. A table was arranged for the couple.
At the table across from them was a mother, her daughter, and a small
dog sitting on the seat with them at the table.
As the food was being served to the older couple, they watched the mother
and daughter across from them feeding the dog at the table with wonton
dumplings. The older couple was furious and complained to the manager
of the restaurant who explained, "There is nothing I can do about this.
They are customers. They pay for their meal. So in fact the dog is a
customer too because he is eating the meal they pay for."
The old couple started screaming, "Look, they feed the dog using the
spoon and chopsticks of the restaurant. Those are the same utensils
which the people must use after the dog eats off of them."
"Oh, thatís no problem," explained the manager. "we clean the utensils
very well here."
Furious, the couple paid and walked out. The old wife could no longer
eat her favorite dumplings because whenever she saw dumplings she would
think of the dog eating off of her spoon and want to vomit. So she complained
to the local consumer protection office, and has since launched a lawsuit
against the restaurant claiming compensation for loss of appetite.
- Beijing Evening News
Having My Baby
With Chinaís nouveau-riche increasingly maintaining concubines and not
using contraceptives, DNA testing is becoming a big money-making business.
Many ‘second wivesí are now claiming that they have the legal children
of some 'dakuaní or 'sugar daddies.í
How to prove whether or not the child in the concubineís arms belongs
to the father or not? DNA testing is of course in line with the 'scientificí
policies being promoted these days throughout China. A few interesting
DNA test results follow as reported in the Chinese press:
In Guangzhou one 80 year-old man showed up with a young girl and her
three year-old child claiming that it was his. Nobody at the DNA testing
center believed this, and thought that the young girl was trying to
play a fast one on the old man to steal his money. To everybodyís surprise,
sure enough, the DNA test proved the child to be his.
One ‘big bossí who thought he was having his deep pockets dug, took
a young girl who claimed she had two twins by the boss to the DNA testing
center. The boss did not recognize these twins. After the DNA test,
it was found out that one of these so-called twins was the child of
the big boss but the other one was not. The DNA testing center staff
are still trying to figure this one out.
A girl in Shenzhen had two boyfriends before she got married. Later
she dumped one, married the other and then had his child. But after
one year of growth, she felt that this child did not look like her current
husband. She went to have a DNA test only to find out that the child
was the son of the earlier boyfriend.
- Beijing Youth Daily
A woman from outside of Shanghai was in a Shanghai market purchasing
a live turtle. She was amazed at how low the price of the turtle was
and called this a tiaolou jia or 'jump off the building price.í The
lady was very excited because the price was cheap and the turtle very
big. She held the turtle in her hands and felt its weight and thickness
- such a good deal!
Immediately one of the market inspectors rushed over to stop the lady
from falling into the trap. "Donít buy that turtle," he explained to
the poor lady who did not know the tricky ways of the Shanghai food
markets. "That turtle is fat not with meat, but because this seller
has injected him with water!"
"Hey, what are you saying?" the seller screamed at the inspector. "That
turtle just came out of a stream. The water is natural."
"Then why the unnaturally big belly on the turtle?" snapped back the
"The turtle has a beer belly!" replied the vendor.
"Sorry," argued back the inspector. "I have never heard of turtles drinking
- Xinmin Evening News
At a supermarket in Shanghaiís Minhang District, a young man wearing
short pants and a big hat was conspicuously wandering around the supermarket
in a very busy and nervous manner. When he went to leave the supermarket,
he stopped before the cashier to pay for two packets of instant noodles.
Given that he had spent so much time wandering around the supermarket,
the security guard was suspicious. Seeing the young manís bulging hat,
the security guard demanded that he take off the hat.
Sure enough, the young man had all kinds of other goods under his hat,
including batteries, gum, medicine, and toothpicks. Upon discovering
this cache of goods that the young man was trying to smuggle out on
the back of only paying for two packets of instant noodles, both the
security guard and the cashier were furious.
The man was very calm and cool. When the security guard demanded to
know why he had so many goods hidden in his hat, the man casually explained,
"Oh I am a magician. You see my father before me was a magician, and
I am just practicing the family art of magic."
"Come over here!" demanded the security guard. "You have been playing
too much magic in our store. You need to pay for these things that you
are trying to take out."
"No problem," replied the thief. "If you want to have the cashier charge
me, then go right ahead and do it. It is only small money. We magicians
are artists, so we donít worry about such small matters."
- Xinmin Evening News
There was a notorious motorcycle thief in Shanghai named Wang Zhongwei.
Following one of his raids, he took two motorcycles stolen from Shanghai
and brought them to a village to sell. As one buyer after another offered
more money, Wang got a new idea and set up a formal auction business.
Wang thereafter would bring his stolen wares to the village, set up
a podium with chairs in front and then run an auction with the final
sale of the stolen goods going to the highest bidder. He even used an
auctioneerís hammer, slamming it on the podium when he declared a winner.
Journalists described these motorcycle auctions as "Having a very hot
and excited atmosphere with all of the local people in the district
coming en masse to attend the auction." Soon Wang was selling dozens
of motorcycles this way. Eventually he was arrested - not for running
the auction but while caught in the act of stealing motorcycles. After
his arrest he confessed everything. So the police went to the homes
of all the people who had bought motorcycles through the auction and
- Shanghai Family News
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