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  1. Guy Reserved Every Other Seat in a Movie Theater So Couples Couldn’t Sit Together on Valentine’s Day

    Couples respond by probably just going to a different movie.

    What's one to do in the face of a post-breakup Valentine's Day? Forgoing the popular "play video games alone and drink" approach, a man in Shanghai decided to reserve every other seat at a screening of Beijing Love Story so that snuggling couples wouldn't rub romance in his face... at a movie called Beijing Love Story.

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  2. Movie Theater Uses Photoshop Instead of Real Thor 2 Poster Because the World Is a Magical Place

    What we wouldn't give for a copy of that poster.

    Imagine it: you are going to see Thor 2: The Dark World at the Shanghai Bona Insun International Cineplex. No doubt you're probably excited to watch all your favorite Norse gods battle it out a second time. And then you turn the corner and see -- this. Could it get any better? No, it can't.

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  3. 33-Ton Mall Aquarium Explodes, Sends Glass Shrapnel and Sharks Everywhere

    Fifteen people were injured last week when a 33-ton aquarium exploded in the middle of a Shanghai shopping center. The injuries sustained are reported mainly as cuts from the shattered glass, and not from, as one would suspect, sharks. The aquarium was installed two years ago, and had been a popular attraction at the mall until it exploded, spilling fish, turtles, and sharks into the shopping center. That tends to drive down foot traffic.

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  4. This is a Train Going Fast

    As in: really fast. As in: 260 mph fast. This is the $1.3 billion Shanghai Transrapid train, which cruising speed around 268mph. Though oddly short for a train so fast (19 miles, according to Wikipedia) it is nonetheless a marvel of engineering. Coming from Michigan, mass transit to me means "lots of cars, lots of highway." So perhaps you can understand why I am in complete awe of trains that not only take you places, but do so at impossibly fast speeds. Perhaps someday I'll be able to ride a maglev in this country. Until then, I'll keep watching Chinese YouTube videos.

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  5. Leaf Concept Car at Beijing Auto Show 2010 Takes ‘Green’ Very Literally

    The two big storylines emerging from this year's Beijing Auto Show seem to be 1. the debut of Chinese-made cars competing on a global scale and 2. the power that (mostly foreign) luxury cars will likely hold over the new China.

    At any auto show nowadays, green tech is something to keep an eye out for: Chevy's concept for the electric Volt MPV5 and the Chinese-made BYD e6 have both gotten some attention and reasonably good press in Beijing. But how do you compete with a sci-fi-looking car with a giant, glowing leaf for a roof that touts better-than-zero emissions and can absorb carbon dioxide from the air and convert it into energy?

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