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The Viral Week That Was: In Memoriam

Words of encouragement, numbers of intelligence, acts of kindness, and gestures of remembrance


The Viral Week That Was: In Memoriam

Words of encouragement, numbers of intelligence, acts of kindness, and gestures of remembrance


*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.

Coming in up on this weeks Viral Week: We take a look at a maths question that got netizens boasting about their IQ, a social experiment focusing on the sleep during subway journeys, and special remembrance of the those that were lost in the tragic Yangtze river ship capsizing. But first…



Today is slap bang in the middle of the infamously challenging and over-prioritized gaokao exams. With everyone in China understanding how stressful and taxing this period can be, people online were active in their encouragement of high school graduates. Using the hashtag #onesentencetoblessgaokaotakers (#一句祝福高考生#), troves of people posted pictures of themselves with a message for the student body in question.

We had presenters...

We had presenters…



...those who just want to show themselves off...

…those who just want to show themselves off…

...uni students...

…uni students…

...and other random famous people

…and other random famous people

Students who saw these messages must have been kicking themselves for wasting precious hours on Weibo instead of studying.



In the most perfect segue in the history of the written word, speaking of exams, a Japanese logic problem was posted that carried the statement “Do you know the answer? Only those with an ID of 150 or above can get the right answer.” So what was this problem?


Maths, the bane of my existence

We here at TWOC are not going to tell you the answer—who am I kidding, no one in the office would help me—but here are some of the reactions from the netizens that attempted this futile problem.

“Is there anyone who doesn’t know the answer?”

“I can tell that the poster has a low IQ.”

“Post the answer, everyone has already sort of worked out how the logic works.”

“It can’t be (answer deleted), how can there be so many people with an IQ of 150.”

What do you guys think the correct solution is? Is it really that hard?



The time-honored tradition of sleeping on public transport can be traced back to Roman times, when Julius Caesar took a quick snooze on a public carriage on his way to Attila the Hun’s birthday party. Sometimes it’s nice to have something to rest your head on when the Sandman pays a visit, and often the only option is to borrow the skull-shelf of the passenger sitting beside you.

Nowadays, it may seem that people are less willing to lend a drowsy man their shoulder, but a group decided to test this out on subways lines in Changsha, Hunan Province. Based of an experiment by Americans, the Chinese version uses the exact same wording in the titles cards—albeit with spelling mistakes—but decides to use a clean shaven young fella, instead of a potential homeless man as seen in American version.

The Chinese version:

The American version:


Last week, a tragic accident took place in the Yangtze river. A passenger ship carrying 456 people was caught in a tornado and capsized. There have been 432 confirmed deaths, 14 confirmed alive, and 10 still accounted for. The Middle Kingdom have taken time to remember and commemorate those lost in this accident, with TV stations refraining from showing jovial reality shows over the weekend. Many news outlets and netizens have shared photos of remembrance in order to honor and remember those who lost their lives.

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If you missed out on last week’s edition, you can read it here.

Images courtesy of Weibo