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The Viral Week That Was: Ep 48

Star Wars in China, famous artwork reimagined, pigs on the loose, 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 the second Viral Week of 2016. We hope you stayed warm, chowed down on delicious grub, and generally had a good weekend. Today we bring you children reenacting famous scenes, hogs making a break for it, and using a dummy driver. But first…



Chinese audiences are latecomers to the phenomenon that is the Star Wars universe. The original trilogy was not shown in theaters here until last year (as part of a limited screening at the Shanghai film festival).

That doesn’t mean that audiences here are less enthused about the newest installment.


Especially if they invade the Great Wall [Sina]

According to reports, Star Wars took 53 million USD in its opening weekend, making it the highest movie opening in China this year. Oh yeah, and ever.

But maybe this news isn’t as surprising as it seems. While they did not have access to the original movies for a long time, they were big enough fans to make a Chinese Star Wars comic.



A primary school in Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province, held a competition to increase children’s interest and participation when learning about art. The school encouraged students to reenact or remake scenes from famous paintings.

Over 400 entries were received and 70 prizes were handed out.

Which ones do you like best?



The Scream by Edvard Munch [China Daily]


Girl with a Pearl Earring by Johannes Vermeer [China Daily]


Portrait of a Young Scholar by Peter Paul Rubens [China Daily]


The Walking Old Man by Jin Shangyi [China Daily]



Remember when it was 1995 and a certain fictional pig caught our eyes and our hearts. Ever since then, pigs have remained firmly planted in the top 10 cutest animals ever list.

And with all objects of cuteness, we wish them well when their lives are impacted.

Case in point, a truck carrying 66 pigs rolled over in Guangzhou last week, releasing our hoggish brethren.


[People’s Daily]

Some began to scatter, causing traffic pile-up elsewhere, while others were too injured to move.


[People’s Daily]

In the end, the police arrived to corral the pigs. Four of the victims, unfortunately, did not survive the ordeal—from the report it is unclear whether this was due to injuries or human intervention. On the other hand, three individuals managed to escape and are currently on the run—hopefully not in somebody’s belly.


[People’s Daily]



A truck driver was pulled over in Zhejiang Province recently due to a shady character sitting in the passenger seat.

Upon closer investigation, the passenger was revealed to be a blow up doll.


The lipstick seems to be a nice touch [China Daily]

According to the culprit, the blow up doll was used due to the presence of thieves on the road looking to loot from trucks such as his. With a doll, the driver can make it seem like an extra person is guarding the truck, thereby deterring potential bandits. In an attempt at further realism, the driver even dressed up the doll to make her seem as lifelike as possible.

Unfortunately the police did not question the driver as to where the doll was purchased, what other uses it had, and what her name is. Hopefully the investigation will continue and we can find out the answers to these important questions.


Catch up on last week’s Viral Week here.

Cover image is the reenactment of Lady with an Ermine by Leonardo da Vinci from China Daily

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