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The Viral Week That Was: Ep 29

Pooping, streaming, shooting (maybe?), exploding, and more


*The Viral Week That Was is our weekly round-up of the previous week’s trending memes, humor, rumor, gossip, and everything else Chinese netizens are chatting about. Think of this as a nicotine patch to help ease yourself into the working week after suckling on the smokey teat of the weekend.

Welcome back to this week’s Viral Week, and to engineering friends in Colombia—happy Engineer’s Day! Coming up on today’s episode we bring you toilet behavior on planes, shooting off from the phone, streaming to the extreme, and an abusive stepmother. But first…


Last week’s disaster in Tianjin has left the nation in a state of mourning. But, similar to the Wenchuan earthquake of 2008, in the aftermath, one structure has been left preserved which serves as an unlikely reminder of the tragedy that befell the municipality.

The clock on top of this tower was frozen by the explosions and the time of 11.40 is still visible on the clock hands, forever acting as a symbol of the catastrophe that affected Tianjin—at least until they take it down.



The toilet facilities inside airplanes are less than ideal. Most would much prefer to defecate in the comfort of their own restroom. But when in the air, there is no other option other than to use the facilities at hand.

Or so we are led to believe.


“Third time this week…” [随手拍解救空姐

On a flight from Nanjing to Guangzhou, while the air stewards were busy counting the passengers as part of their preflight ritual, they found three individuals squatting in the back. As they approached the squatters, they found that two adults were busy aiding a child in the process of excretion.

When questioned, the adults replied that the toilet facilities were not adequately spaced for all three of them to occupy.

And in case the youngster suddenly lost his nerve and was unable to perform, his mother reassuringly said “Take your time, the plane is not taking off yet.”



A man in Taiwan was stopped and arrested by police when they spotted a gun protruding out of the gentleman’s back pocket. Upon further inspection, they found that the weapon in question was actually fairly harmless.

[China Daily]

Typing was a challenge [China Daily]

These phone cases are sold online, but have been criticized for the potential to mislead both the police and nearby citizens. They have also caused quite a stir in the US where police have called them a “terrible” idea that could get people killed.



There are plenty of ways that Chinese people like to show off wealth. From buying Apple Watches for pets to holding lavish weddings, the Tuhao of today seem to constantly find new methods to tell the world how much money they have.

One friend online recently released screenshots to display their novel way of recklessly discarding money.


“That must be at least 600 RMB down the drain” [课代表东东酱]

On the surface, it seems that the user was simply watching a movie on his phone. However, when enlarged, it is possible to see that the poster was streaming a two hour film at 720P quality using 4G connection.


It’s 4G with pitiful connection [课代表东东酱]

With the average file size of that kind of film ranging anywhere from one to five gigabytes, and the lack of unlimited data plans available, means that you should expect to see more people posting screenshots of videos they have watched in the future.



In an act that is both cruel and inhumane, a stepmother inflicted a series of cuts—to put it mildly—on her stepchild.


Click the link on the right if you have the stomach for it [Happy张江]

Netizens were visibly shocked by this treatment, with many saying that the perpetrator should be killed and others asking for avenues to donate to support the child’s treatment.


Catch up on last week’s Viral Week here.

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