While Sunday blogger Fran takes this week off, we're hijacking the spot to give you a collection of interesting stories around China. Some are blogs; most are not, but they're all worth a look.
How many foreign reporters managed to sneak their way into Yushu to do firsthand reporting? Only a couple, as far as we could tell, but an American who has been living in the Tibetan regions of China for the past eight years was with his family in Jiegu when the quake hit and has written about the shock of the shake and the ensuing trauma and devastation all around.
And you thought your headache was bad. A British woman had a migraine so severe she called for an ambulance to take her to the hospital. Likely the result of a rare condition doctors have termed "Foreign Accent Syndrome," she been speaking with a Chinese accent" ever since. Shanghaiist carries the story.
One of contemporary China's most controversial figures Ai Weiwei (you know, the artist and activist who has been compiling a list of names of schoolchildren killed in the Sichuan earthquake) sits down for Lunch with the FT, that's Financial Times for those of you not in the know).
What's in your food? Hormones, apparently, which doctors are saying might be leading to abnormally high early-puberty rates in China's big cities. Experts estimate that over 1 percent of the population over the past 30 years has shown signs of early-onset puberty, sometimes in girls as young as 4 years old.
Finally, for your bit of junk reading before your work week begins (don't worry: It involves only one highly uninformative sentence and a bunch of photographs), take a look at this unconfirmed "report" on the hairiest man in China. And then try to refrain from clicking on 20 more of the rather intriguing "stories" posted on that site.