Starbucks cup brawl, out-of-shape burglar, vicious debt cycle, and WeChat’s celebrity prejudice—it’s Viral Week
Viral Week is our weekly round-up of the weekend’s trending memes, humor, rumor, gossip, and everything else Chinese netizens are chatting about.
This week, a shocking cycle of debt, an out-of-shape burglar, brawls in Starbucks, and a WeChat translation fail—but first an historic discovery…
“Elixir of Life” found
The “immortality elixir,” containing ingredients for an ancient Daoist cure for death, was excavated from a Western Han tomb—suggesting the product was defective, to say the least
A Hebei man’s decision to borrow 1,500 RMB in November has highlighted the iniquities of the lending industry. After using other apps to pay down the debt, he now owes an astonishing 550,000 RMB in fees
A burglar who blamed his lack of fitness for getting caught in 2016 may need to think again. After allegedly spending six months exercising, he was recently caught again committing another burglary in the same area
In Weibo’s “Front Teeth Challenge,” people post photos of themselves smiling…and, yeah, that’s about it