Xi’an Up Close 《西安零距离》, an investigative journalism programme which airs on Xi’an TV, has become an international laughing stock after airing a report on June 17 on a “mystery mushroom” which was discovered by villagers in a rural part of the city.

Residents of the Liucunbu village on the outskirts of the capital of the Shaanxi province came across a strange fungi-like object while drilling a new well. They then contacted the local TV station for help and reporter Ye Yunfeng was despatched to the village to follow up.

The news report on the mysterious "mushroom"

One villager who was there during the fateful discovery of the unidentified object tells the reporter, “When we dug down to about 80m deep, we fished out this long, fleshy object. It’s got a nose and an eye, but we have no idea what it is!”

“Even our 80-year-old neighbour here says he has never seen anything like this before,” he adds.

Reporter Ye then begins to describe the curious object as the camera pans in on it. “As we can all see, this looks like a type of fungus, on both ends of which you’ll find mushroom heads.”

“On this side, you can see what looks like a pair of lips,” she adds. “And on that side, there is a tiny hole which extends all the way back to this side. The object looks very shiny, and it feels really fleshy and meaty too.”

“I’ve done my own research on the internet,” says the afore-mentioned villager. “It’s a type of lingzhi mushroom, called the taisui.”

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.”

Viewers who saw the report on Sunday immediately identified the mystery mushroom as a double-headed masturbation toy with an artificial vajayjay (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 one-eye monster  when he wasn’t getting it from his wife.

Overnight, the video of the news report went viral on the Internet, chalking up a few million views across multiple video-sharing sites.

The next day, the embarrassed TV show issued the following apology on its Sina Weibo profile:

An open letter to all netizens and viewers: Hi everyone, one of our news reports which aired last night has made everyone laugh. This incident has been widely followed, shared and commented on. As our reporter was still very young and unwise to the ways of the world, this report has brought great inconvenience to everyone. We’d like to take this opportunity to thank everyone from the bottom of our hearts for your criticism and correction. Please forgive our oversight!

致广大网友及观众的公开信:各位亲!昨晚我们的一条新闻让大家见笑了。这件事引发了大家的广泛关注、转发和评论。由于我们的记者还很年轻,不谙世事,在这条新闻中给大家带来了不适和误导!在此,我们衷心的感谢各位网友对我们节目的批评和指正。亲们,请原谅我们的一次疏忽吧。

The villagers of Liucunbu, in the meanwhile, heaved a sigh of relief that they had put a hold on their  temptation to stir-fry the “mushroom” to taste its “yumminess.”

In a wacky sense, maybe there is a little bit of truth to the reporter’s  assessment that the “mushroom” is a lingzhi treasured for promoting longevity. It may promote the longevity of some men’s sex lives, hahaha!

You must view the video of the news report…..it is hilarious!

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Supermodel Ai Shang Zhen (艾尚真) is China’s most “mathematically flawless” beauty, being deemed perfect in every respect.

Ai Sheng Zhen

Ai Shang Zhen

Ai Shang Zhen

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She is dubbed “the most beautiful boss” in Changshu City in eastern Jiangsu Province because of her beauty. And she used her charms to borrow about 500 million yuan from private lenders and 100 million from banks and companies by promising high returns at an annual interest rate of around 40 percent.

Her real name is Gu Chunfang. And now this most beautiful boss has gone missing, leaving her creditors in the lurch.

Gu Chunfang - the most beautiful boss

Claims are circulating that her debts could amount to around a billion yuan.

“Gu had told victims she would use the money to register companies, invest in projects and make loans,” a private lender calling himself “Y” said on the city’s online bulletin board.

Gu’s Suzhou Kaiwailong Trading Limited Co was involved in businesses including cement, metals, lubricants, chemical fibers, daily commodities, fabrics and hardware. She also operated a clothing shop and a high-end manicure store that closed following her disappearance.

Gu, 40, was born in Changshu and is a divorcee. She failed to graduate from junior high school, but she became popular in business circles and with officialdom because of her beauty.

Before she embarked on her business, she was a cosmetic saleswoman and a model for a clothing company and lead actress for a firm that made publicity films for the city.

A friend of Gu and director of a local company, who asked to remain anonymous, told China Daily that the mining business Gu had invested in required a lot of money.

“She borrowed money from friends in the city, first at an interest rate of 10 to 20 percent and later at a higher rate, because she had to borrow more to pay the excessive interest,” he said.

He said the local head of a real estate company who loaned Gu 180 million yuan had committed suicide.

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It was George Graham Vest who, in 1870, said, “The one absolutely unselfish friend that a man can have in this selfish world, the one that never deserts him and the one that never proves ungrateful or treacherous is his dog.”

Dogs have been touted to be mans best friend. And a dog in China has shown that he is indeed his masters best friend.

His owner Lao Pan, who died aged 68 earlier this month, lived alone in a little house in the village of Panjiatun with just the dog for company.

In a tear-jerking display of loyalty, this faithful yellow dog cannot bear to be parted from his master, refusing to leave his late master’s graveside even after going seven days without food.

The little yellow dog refuses to leave the graveside of his late master Lao Pan.

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Jutting out from a sheer rock face 4,700 ft high, the glass skywalk in Zhangjiajie National Forest Park makes knees go weak and is definitely not for the faint-hearted and those who suffer from vertigo.

The skywalk

The walkway, made of tempered glass about 2.5 in thick, spans 200 ft of a two-km loop encircling the vertical cliffs of Tianmen Mountain in China’s Hunan province, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Tianmen mountain, literally translated as Heavenly Gate Mountain is so called because of a huge natural cave that occurs halfway up to the summit.

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Greyson Chance shot to fame singing Lady Gagas Paparazzi. Maria Aragon too catapulted into the limelight singing Lady Gagas Born This Way. Will Lao Lai Qiao Gaga be the next act to achieve stardom after singing their translated version of Lady Gagas Bad Romance?

As part of the mid-autumn festival celebrations, China’s Hunan TV aired an unique Lady Gaga cover: A choir performance by Lao Lai Qiao GAGA, translated as “Old Folks Going GAGA.”

The performance opened with young girls playing traditional Chinese instruments made of glass, who then made way for the plain-clothes gang of old folks singing jovially to the tune of Lady Gaga’s “Bad Romance.” Providing their own lyrics in Mandarin Chinese, the old folks have moving sets and gently choreographed dance moves to make for an odd, but adorable performance.

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Despite the smiling seniors, their translated lyrics suggest a life of loneliness as opposed to Lady Gaga’s raunchy lyrics about obsessive romance gone wrong. The choir sings about trying to stay amused in old age and failing to get the attention of their hard-working grown children:

Your working days are too many, you hardly ever come home

At the other end of the phone, you’re always busy with no end in sight

Busy with no end

Busy, busy, busy without end.

Your old folks pass their days learning and finding ways to amuse themselves

Cut back on the little details, but HOLD on to those grand occasions

Have to HOLD on,

Hold, hold, hold, have to HOLD on.

Beloved son, watch the singing on TV

Your father and mother didn’t make any mistakes, did they?

Tonight, HOLD on as you see Mum & Dad within a second GO GAGA!

If you’re satisfied, please stand up and applaud

Don’t make us too nervous

If you’re happy, sing along with us

Give us our moment on stage

Lao Lai Qiao Gaga - Old Folks Going Gaga

With Hunan TV being China’s most popular satellite channel, the performance was seen by millions of Chinese people worldwide. And the video has gone viral. May the force of Lady Gaga be with you!

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Meet 7-year-old Huang Doudou, a girl from Urumqi, Mongolia.

Doudous tragic life recently stirred up much controversy in Chinese media after her shocking story became viral.

At the tender age of just seven she has to perform three times a night, four nights a week as a restaurant dancer for 800 yuan (about $130) a month to help pay for her dancing tuition and support her disabled parents.

Huang Doudou strutting her dance routine at the restaurant

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Today is truly a sad day. The flame of life was extinguished for two young girls – one in China and the other in Singapore.

Wang Yue, the Chinese girl left bleeding on the road after being run over by two different vehicles and then ignored by 18 passersby, has finally died.

Yue Yue has succumbed to the horrific brain injuries sustained in the accident

The case of two-year-old Wang , also known as Yue Yue, triggered a furore worldewide. It is truly appalling that such callousness could occur and many incensed netizens blasted China, condemning it for becoming an ‘immoral modern society’. Her story was featured by all the major news media worldwide. The video footage sparked a global outcry about the state of morality in China’s fast-changing society.

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In Singapore, six-year-old Charmaine Lim lost her battle against neuroblastoma, a rare type of cancer. Over the past two and half years, Charmaine fought a courageous battle against the cancer. Singaporeans rallied to help raise funds for her to go to the US for treatment. Despite her sufferings, she took things in her stride, earning her the nickname Feisty Princess Charmaine.

Charmaine Lim - The Feisty Princess

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A new makeover TV show in China has generated a lot of buzz online after a microblog post provokes a lot of controversy about the show on Weibo, China’s Twitter equivalent. The post has been reposted more than 60,000 times since it appeared two days ago. The post has over 13,000 comments and is one of the top trending topics on the microblogging service Sina Weibo.

Beauty Makeover

The English translation of the microblog post read: Sweet, charming, and lovely, Beauty Class will allow you to reinvent yourself, from an ugly duckling to the white swan. Afraid to wear low-cut tops? Afraid to wear miniskirts? No problem, let us teach you how to change into an S-figure, to cultivate you into a charming collection, transform you into an perfect woman. This is not a legend, all of the magic is at ? http://t.cn/a36Rmb http://t.cn/a3ExkL.

The post is a promotion for an upcoming TV program which aims to make over female contestants. However, netizens have been quick to point out that the show is merely a parade of scantily-dressed women for TV viewers to ogle.

Reactions from netizens have been mixed. Many men said they would be keen to watch such a show, while others felt the women are demeaning themselves for the sake of being in the spotlight. Judge for yourself from the photos below:

China's new makeover show

China's new makeover show

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Liu Bolin, a fine arts graduate and an artist best-known as the real-life invisible man, is at it again, painting himself for his photograph collection Hiding in the City this time against a supermarket shelf.

Liu Bolin in supermarket

Chinese-born Liu has mastered the art of camouflaging himself against a variety of backdrops and taking photos of the impressive results. The talented 38-year-old has travelled far and wide disguising himself across many surroundings, including a London phone box, a pile of bricks, the Beijing Olympic stadium, a Venetian canal and a graffiti-covered wall.

Liu appears to blend naturally into the colourful stocked-up shelf of soda bottles and Pepsi cans. Can you see him in the photo below?

Can you see Liu Bolin?

The artwork entitled Plasticizer was created to express his speechlessness at use of plasticizer in food additives.

According to the Liu, each photograph can take months of planning and the actual paint job can take up to ten hours.

The actual paint job for each photo can take up to ten hours.

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