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Tower of Nests: The Smelly Apartment of the Future

If you’ve ever wanted to step out on the balcony of your ¥3300-a-month high-rise apartment in downtown Shanghai and inhale deeply the smell of bird poop right next to your face and maybe get a wasp caught in your hair,

In Search of the World’s Oldest Beer (Again)

Being a renowned professional taster would have its perks, especially anytime a shipwreck with old beer is discovered. Four such lucky ducks recently had the chance to try what is thought to be the world’s oldest drinkable beer after an

People dress as pandas at a Chinese bear habitat

They are, without doubt, very cute bears, but pandas are also exceedingly gullible. Such a case is presented by a recent article from UK’s Daily Mail about employees at the Hetaoping Research and Conservation Center in China, who have taken

Podcast Goodness: Only Children in the Cannonball Run

He crept up to the laptop, baseball bat at his side, with a steely reluctance, unsure if his reticence was deserved or if the blog was in fact… innocent of its crime. With no time to explore the nature of

Shot in the Gut? Pretending You’re Rich Will Ease the Pain

All you wanted was a gallon of milk, but noooo, you had to end up an innocent victim in an armed robbery. The door swings to and fro on its hinges in a lessening pendulum after your assailant has made

China’s Ghost Brides: Dyin’ for a Man

I don’t know if it’s because my heart’s been all swoll, but I find the traditional Chinese practice of ghost brides particularly charming. Back in the mid-20th century, Chairman Mao’s Cultural Revolution did everything it could to rid China of

Tanks for the Memories, China: Today’s the 20th Anniversary of Tiananmen Square Massacre

Chuck and I found out recently from a SYSK listener in China that our blog is banned there. It’s a weird honor, even if it is just because some Chinese bot picked up a series of words we strung together

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