Obama girl in red coat

BEIJING — While President Barack Obama talked about Internet rights during his visit to China, the Internet here talked about a mystery woman in black.

Clad in a black dress and red coat, college student Wang Zifei was snapped by photographers sitting behind Obama during his townhall forum last week in Shanghai and her photos have ricocheted online, turning her into a minor Internet sensation.

She has become China's version of the "Obama Girl," as online forums gushed over her beauty and poise. Photos of her taking off her coat in slow motion have been uploaded and spread widely.

Even a week after Obama left China, the buzz about Wang is still going strong. The official newspaper China Daily reported Thursday that Google searches for "Obama girl in red coat" in China turned up nearly 7 million results.

Most of the comments posted online have been positive, but a number of Internet users have been less flattering, with some speculating that she had actively courted the attention.

In the United States, an aspiring model and actress rose to fame as "Obama Girl" after being featured in a music video ("I Got A Crush On Obama) supporting him when he was still a candidate. The sexy video featuring Amber Lee Ettinger became a hit on YouTube.

But this Obama girl has been a reluctant celebrity. After Wang's identity was unearthed by persistent Internet admirers, she broke her silence this week on her personal blog, saying angrily that she did not welcome the public interest.

In a piece titled "What has President Obama brought to me?," Wang urged netizens to stop delving into her personal life.

"I don't want to be popular in this way," she said on her blog. "After noticing some comments online, I thought it would soon be quiet if I kept mum about it. I even told my friends not tell anyone else my personal information. However, it turns out that my silence brings more suspicion."

Wang, a student at Shanghai Jiaotong University, said she is studying business management. Though she has performed violin, acted in plays, and even hosted shows, she has no interest in entertainment as a career, she said. "I never wanted to go into the entertainment circle, therefore I rejected many TV stations' offers and contracts."

This brief bout of celebrity has "totally disturbed my study and life," she wrote. She did not respond to an AP request for an interview.

"I'm hoping to quickly restore it to normal," she said in her blog. "I hope that after all this I can continue to be my simple self."



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Chinese woman posts online ad for bachelor who can look after 14 dogs!

Dogs never complain. Dogs are ALWAYS happy to see you, even if you've left them with friends while you go on vacation. Dogs never try to solve your problems. Dogs are always ready to go wherever and whenever you want.

Dogs are always happy. Dogs don't want to watch football and drink beer with the boys instead of spending time with you, even on Super Bowl Sunday. Dogs want to play whenever you do.

Dogs give kisses whenever you need them. Dogs know how to snuggle and you don't have to beg. Dogs never get mad at you. Dogs love unconditionally!

A Chinese woman has placed an online advert looking for a 'qualified male who can look after 14 dogs, including a mastiff and two other large canines'.
The woman, from Dalian, Liaoning province wants the candidate to a 'middle-aged bachelor without family commitments', since she will not give him more than one day off a month.
The worker will get 800 yuan (nearly 117dollars) as monthly wages, reports the China Daily.
He will also be provided with free lodging and meals.
The advert was posted last week and the woman is still waiting for a response.



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Eat Your Veggies!

Now,something serious - do you think that genetic modified vegetables can look like this or similar ?
I'm not too sure my mom was so right when she used to say to me to "Eat your veggies!"

Annemarie, unearthed these interestingly shaped radishes from her vegetable plot recently.



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Smart Ads for unhappy marriage

"If you're unhappy, that life is too short to continue in an unhappy marriage, those ads provide hope,
The ads isn't for everyone, but instead targets couples looking for a way out of a bad marital situation.
"It certainly gets everyone's attention,"



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Company promotes paid leave for unlucky lovers

A company in Shanghai has promoted a special welfare program that gives employees paid leave if they're unlucky in love, the local portal xinmin.cn reports.

A supervisor surnamed Zhao at the company's human resources department told xinmin.cn that the company will approve the paid leave without proof if any staff member tells the company he or she has failed in love, and every employee can enjoy the two-day leave once every two years.

"With the paid leave, employees will have enough time to accept being unlucky in love, and we hope that the paid leave will make the employees feel at home in the company. Furthermore, an employee in our company also can enjoy three day's paid leave for divorce." Zhao said.

A company employee surnamed Jiao said that he was surprised to hear about the paid leave at first.

"The paid leave creates a warm working environment. Compared to a high salary, a comfortable working environment is more attractive for us." Jiao added.

The report also noted that none of the employees have applied for the paid leave since it was implemented one year ago.

Gu Jun, professor of sociology at Shanghai University, told xinmin.cn that such a move helps build a harmonious company culture.

"More companies should be encouraged to promote such welfare benefits. Since the company grants this benefit, please enjoy it boldly," Gu said.



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New Concept shoe for Men

I have a feeling that the world has gone crazy.



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Easy to Go, Hard to Live!

Red-faced Latvian tourist chiefs have scrapped a campaign to promote the capital to English travellers when they realised their slogan had been mistranslated into: "Riga city - easy to go, hard to live."

The 500,000 GBP campaign showing off the city's cultural highlights was supposed to turn around Riga's current image as a destination for wild stag parties.

"It is very embarrassing. It was of course meant to say 'hard to leave'.

"But apparently nobody checked it properly before the leaflets and posters went to the printers," said one official.



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Funny Law around the world

Chewing gum was banned in Singapore in 1992 when chewed gum pieces resulted in malfunctions of the sliding doors of the city's metro trains.

One can easily hunt a polar bear in Alaska, but it is forbidden to wake the predator up for a photo

Women living in Arkansas need to struggle for their rights. Husbands are legally allowed to beat their wives there, albeit only once a month

Visiting a churce in Main requires taking a gun along. Local residents can attack you any minute

Cutting a cactus in Arizona entails an imprisonment for 25 years

In Iowa, a kiss must not last longer than five minutes

Ohio women are not allowed to wear lacquered shoes - the shoes may reflect women's underwear

Taking a shower naked is considered unlawful in Florida

Flushing toilet in Switzerland is forbidden after 10 p.m. not to trouble neighbors.



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Jokes of the day

Economic Teacher ask
"Give an example of complete business failure due to carelessness "
Student replies
"A pregnant prostitute"

Wife "Doctor after your treatment, my husband lost interest in me. Did you gave
some wrong medicines ?"
Dr "Madam I just corrected his eye sight."

Maharishi Vatsyayan say in his magnum opus "Kamsutra" that S.E.X is -
"Duty" if done with your wife
"Art" if done with your lover
"Education" if done with a virgin
"Tution" if done with your teacher
"Job" if done with your secretary
"Science" if done with a fertile lady
"Business Transaction" if done with a prostitute
"Social Work" if done with your neighbour
"Charity" if done with a widow
"Sacrifice" if done with your own hand



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Transvestite Parade in Africa

Transvestite Parade in Africa



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South Korean woman passes driving test at 950th attempt

A South Korean woman is celebrating after passing the written exam for a driving licence - on her 950th attempt.

After four years of trying, 68-year-old Cha Sa-soon finally managed to secure the 60 out of 100 points needed to pass the test.

The grandmother has spent more than 5m won ($4,200, £2,600) on application fees for the test.

Now Mrs Cha, who lives in Jeonju, 130 miles (210km) south of Seoul, must pass the practical test to get on the road.

'Don't give up'

According to the Korean Driver's Licence Agency, the 50-minute written test consists of 50 multiple-choice questions on road regulations and car maintenance.

Mrs Cha had been trying to pass it since 13 April 2005, the Korea Times reported.

She wanted a licence so that she could use a vehicle to sell vegetables and other goods, the newspaper said.

And her determination to pass the test has made her well-known at the Jeonju centre.

"She is really famous here. Not only agency employees but even some test-takers know her. Her challenging spirit is really amazing," one official was quoted as saying.

Speaking in February - after her 775th failure - Mrs Cha had appeared undaunted.

"I believe you can achieve your goal if you persistently pursue it," she told Reuters news agency.

"So don't give up your dream, like me. Be strong and do your best."



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Secrets of women's handbags

What do you usually put in your handbag? Cosmetics, money, keys and what else?
Any woman can easily fit in a tiny bag of almost the whole wardrobe.
Handbag is still women affairs! If only you knew what I had in the glove compartment of the car!
A guy once asked, 'What is it in women's handbags? They are always carrying handbags.'



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