To make their manner more "airline stewardess-like," the General Hospital of the Chengdu Military Region has decided to force its nurses (who are all female, apparently) to undergo a three-day "Stewardess Devil Training" to make them more graceful and...devilish? The training includes posture and poise exercises, graceful arm movements, and balancing things on their heads.
Zhou Yongdong and Wang Jieyun recently became the first people in Chengdu to be arrested for organizing a group of disabled beggars.
A tractor-trailer full of watermelons collided with another tractor-trailer and turned over in Deyang last Tuesday, spilling watermelons everywhere. The driver of the watermelon truck was trapped inside, and rescue workers used Jaws of Life™ to cut him out.
A cement truck ran over a cab early in the morning last Thursday, completely flattening it. Miraculously, the cab driver crawled out of the wreckage with only a few broken ribs.
Guang'An in northeastern Sichuan has been going through its worst flooding in 160 years. At one school currently running summer classes, 683 secondary school students and 75 teachers were trapped for 30 hours earlier this week.
Another victim of the floods: A bridge under construction in Dazhou, which was started in 2008 and was to be completed next year, utterly collapsed on Tuesday.
A "swarm" of 45 distinct earthquakes shocked Leshan's Qianwei within a period of 24 hours last Friday. Fortunately, the swarm was impotent—no deaths or injuries were reported.
Society & Culture
The "Umbrellas of Love" program officially launched amid last Thursday's pouring rain. Passengers borrowed 28 umbrellas in total, three of which were returned later in the day. The rest were presumably borrowed by umbrella-hoarding opportunists who will sell them on the umbrella black market.
Lao Wang's noodles are in high demand. His four-table noodle joint on Sishengci South Street (四圣祠南街) serves only 150 bowls of noodles a day, and diners are expected to clean their tables after dining on the "legendary" noodles.
Emei Film Studio is planning to build a museum of movie props in Chengdu, according to Chengdu Commercial Daily.
Following the recent launch of Dujiangyan's Public Bicycle Project, the city's bicycle shops have been hit hard, with sales falling 50%. Another short-term bike rental program was started in Sansheng Xiang last month.
Compiled by Marvin Tan