*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.
The Mid-Autumn Festival has come and gone, which means that for most people, it’s back to work. Luckily, this week’s Viral Week will help tide you over till the National Day holiday starts. Coming up, we have a modern day love story, China’s potential Oscar nominee, company pillow fight, and Xi Dada. But first…
Scam artists are always trying to get money and personal details. In fact, it would be no surprise if you have—at one time or another—received messages informing you of a failed payment or potential refund. Fortunately, they offer to rectify this error and the only thing they need are your bank details.
This happened to one individual recently. A 17 year old girl named Xiao Song was contacted by a man who told her that a recent transaction she made had encountered problems. The man informed her that he needed her bank details in order to provide her with a refund.
Shortly after the details were given, Song found that her bank account was 5,000 RMB short.
The next day, as Song was furiously trying to figure out if she had been sleep-shopping again, the con man contacted her again. Apparently he had pangs of guilt—as well as feelings below the belt—and was making the very generous, well, kind of generous offer of returning half her money in exchange for photos of Song.
A classic case of reverse-Stockholm syndrome, the man continue to message Song, including inquiring about her relationship status. No doubt, we would love to be invited to the wedding when it happens seven months from now.
Nurse-slash-bride-to-be Guo Yuanyuan was taking wedding photos with her fiancee on a beach in Dalian, Liaoning Province, when she noticed a commotion nearby. A man in swimming trunks was lying on the sand, unmoving, and a group people had gathered round, some attempting to find help, others helpfully snapping pictures for later use.
Guo’s professional instincts took over and she immediately sprinted over to the scene, veil be damned. The man had been swimming when he suddenly had a heart attack and was no longer breathing.
Guo spent 20 minutes trying to resuscitate the man, but unfortunately there was no happy ending.
It has been 12 years since China last had a film named as an official nominee for an Academy Award (it was Hero), but that hasn’t stopped them from campaigning every year. This time, Wolf Totem may be the film being pushed for Oscar consideration.
Is it me or does he look like he is holding a fishing rod? [China Daily]
A Franco-Sino production, Wolf Totem tells the tale of a one man’s obsession with wolves, set in the grasslands of Inner Mongolia.
Employees at the Song Dynasty City scenic spot in Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province, were given a rare opportunity to let loose and unleash a feathery hailstorm onto their co-workers last week.
In an attempt to promote stress-free working and living, employees were armed with pillows and allowed to pummel each other as form of stress relief.
Organiers were shrewd enough to instigate a mask-wearing rule which meant that the anonymity of the employees was kept intact, allowing increased bombardment of the bosses.
While President Xi has been in the US working on China’s relations with America, the government’s official mouthpiece, the People’s Daily, have been working hard in order to make the President seem friendlier… with mixed results.
A video, titled Who is Xi Dada?, was posted on the paper’s official Youtube account. In the video, groups of foreign students studying in China are interviewed and asked to give their (gushing) opinion on President Xi or “Uncle Xi”.
Questions ranged from “Who is Xi” to “If you meet Xi Dada” to “What do you want to say”, all set to soothing acoustic guitar that transitions to a upbeat version of Take Me Home, Country Roads (tragically West Virginia does not seem to be on Xi’s itinerary).
And the answers? Take a look for yourself.
Catch up on last week’s Viral Week here.
Cover image a screenshot from the video above, giving you a taste of the type of opinions given.