China releases grim cancer statistics
Today on the net, online reactions to China’s current cancer epidemic; "Quidditching" becomes the latest Internet craze; and photos of unsuspecting public transport passengers fast asleep…
China releases grim cancer statistics
According to a recent nationwide study published by local media, every minute, 6 people are diagnosed with cancer in China, that’s around 8500 new cancer patients every day: chilling figures that have spared widespread reaction on social networks.
Indeed, Chinese web users, like this micro-blogger on China’s Twitter equivalent Sina Weibo, have been commenting on what they describe as a dramatic situation. He thinks the cancer epidemic is the result of 30 years of unbridled development in China, which he feels has been carried out with no regard for the environment or the health of inhabitants.
Online testimonials have been flooding in, confirming the contents of the report recently made public. This web user says that in his home town, dozens of people aged between 30 and 50 years old, have suffered from some form of cancer in recent years. An alarming increase of cases which for the moment remains unexplained, something he thinks should prompt the Chinese authorities to launch a full investigation
Although some web users in China have come to realize the extent of the crisis through the publication of these figures, others have been aware of the problem for some time now. This web user refers to the numerous health scandals to have hit China in recent years. He suggests it’s not surprising to see such grim statistics, particularly when his fellow citizens regularly and unwittingly eat toxic products, or breathe the highly polluted air in big cities.
"Quidditching" is the latest Internet craze
Photos staging scenes or paying tribute to film or comic book characters are currently all the rage on the web. Yes, following on from “kamehameha-ing” which saw web users imitating the signature move of the hero from the Dragon Ball Z series, or “Vadering” which had social networkers using “the force” to perform the famous Darth Vader move of choking enemies into submission without evening touching them, there is now a new fad taking the web by storm … it’s called "quidditching"…
The craze began in Japan, and was inspired by quidditch, the fictitious sport from the Harry Potter series which as the site Kotaku explains sees two opposing teams flying around on broomsticks. As we can see here the new trend consists of recreating similar scenes, inspired by the film adaptations of the JK Rowling’s books about the famous schoolboy wizard.
The trend started on social networks in Japan, but soon spread to the rest of the web, as this Facebook page illustrates. A page devoted entirely to “quidditching” it hosts dozens of photos that have been sent in by “quidditchers” from all over the world.
And the photos could soon make way for "quidditching" videos; some like this web user, have managed to film this astonishing sport in action, and have posted clips Twitter’s video sharing service, Vine.
Now trending on social networks
They could simply be in need of a good night’s sleep, maybe they have a stressful job, or perhaps they’ve had a little too much to drink …it’s not uncommon to see passengers having a little snooze on the subway, bus or train. Unbeknownst to them the creator of the @SleepyCommuters Twitter has been snapping away and publishing these pics online. It’s pretty funny and other micro bloggers are also welcome to get on board by sending in their shots of sleepy commuters.
What Stormtroopers do on their day off
What do Darth Vader’s soldiers, the storm troopers, do when they have a day off? They make the most of a bit of family time. Well, this is what photographer Leah Minium has imagined. Her blog features pics of the Galactic Empire troops relaxing with their loved ones, giving you a glimpse of what they get up to when they’re not fighting Jedi’s.
Video of the day
Can you cry in space ? And if so how do tears work? Canadian astronaut and keen social networker Chris Hadfield responds to both of these interesting questions in this video filmed aboard the International Space Station. An astonishing experiment which shows that because of the zero gravity tears don’t fall, they form a liquid ball.