Chinese college student earns praise from the internet for her invention

Chinese college student earns praise from the internet for her invention

Necessity is the mother of invention, and for university students there is no greater necessity than staying awake for late night cramming when exams come about. Some students do whatever it takes to stay up and get that last bit of info committed to memory before the big day, even to the detriment of their own health. However, one girl known by her surname of Huang has found a cheap and effective way to keep her head up and has gone viral in China’s social media for it.

Her invention, titled “Test Studying Sleep Preventative” is a revolutionary… It’s just a clothespin hanger really. But such an item is easily found in homes and dorms all over China allowing for instant implementation once you figure out what to hang it from.

Although Huang seems to show a knack for engineering, she’s actually a second year student at Fujian Agriculture and Forestry University. Still, by simply putting clumps of her hair into the various clothes pins and letting the hanger keep her head up and alert she can learn all about aquifers without the risk of dozing off.

Chinese college student earns praise from the internet for her invention

A photo of the “Test Studying Sleep Preventative” spread like a sleep preventative wildfire across the net in China with many celebrating her discovery saying, “I’m totally going to try this right now!” Of course with such popularity there’s bound to be some naysayers who felt Huang had studied herself right out of her mind.

This reporter tried the “Test Studying Sleep Preventative” with my clothespin hanger and a goal to memorize the Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow soliloquy from Macbeth. However, my hair was too short to fit in the pins. Guess it’s back to good old methamphetamine for my book-learnin.

Source: Yahoo! Japan News via Toychan (Japanese)

Chinese college student earns praise from the internet for her invention

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Chinese college student earns praise from the internet for her invention

Top 10 Gorgeous Concept Cars That Need to Get Made as Soon as Possible

Concept cars are just the way for carmakers to dream big.

For those cars, you haven’t to worry about mass production. Yet every so often a concept becomes reality . These dream cars hit the auto show circuit this year, and we’re hoping they hit the road.

10. Lincoln Continental Concept

Top 10 Gorgeous Concept Cars That Need to Get Made as Soon as Possible

The Lincoln Continental concept is a stunner that stole the show at the recent New York International Auto Show.

9. BMW Vision Future Luxury

Top 10 Gorgeous Concept Cars That Need to Get Made as Soon as Possible

Introduced at the Beijing Auto Show in April, this mega-sedan has a head-up display for the that shows buildings, hazards, traffic signs, speed limits, and other information on the windshield.

8. Kia Trailster Concept

Top 10 Gorgeous Concept Cars That Need to Get Made as Soon as Possible

Kia has a good track record turning concepts into reality. Now, here’s a more rugged mini car that also could make its way to a showroom.

7. Nissan Sport Sedan Concept

Top 10 Gorgeous Concept Cars That Need to Get Made as Soon as Possible

Nissan also tends to turn its auto show dreams into reality. At this year’s North American International Auto Show in Detroit, the brand unveiled a sleek Sport Sedan concept with a new “floating” roof that angles down to the rear.

6. Lexus LF-C2

Top 10 Gorgeous Concept Cars That Need to Get Made as Soon as Possible

There’s not much we can say right now about the Lexus LF-C2 concept, other than that it looks like a convertible version of the muscular LFA and that we want to drive one and drive one right now.

5. Buick Avenir

Top 10 Gorgeous Concept Cars That Need to Get Made as Soon as Possible

By now you’ve probably seen the “that’s not a Buick!” ads that the iconic GM brand is running to advertise its rebirth. This beautiful, spacious sedan concept is certainly a fresh start.

4. Audi Prologue

Top 10 Gorgeous Concept Cars That Need to Get Made as Soon as Possible

It’s unlikely that the Prologue will come to fruition in the form you see here. But the Prologue’s sleeker styling probably will make its way into the next versions of Audi’s A6, A7, and A8.

3. Ford Lightweight Concept

Top 10 Gorgeous Concept Cars That Need to Get Made as Soon as Possible

Announced last summer in Detroit, this concept car is the spiritual successor to the Ford Atlas. This car, made from a mix of aluminum, ultra-high-strength steels, magnesium, and carbon fiber parts, weighs about 25 percent less than the current Fusion.

2. Infiniti QX30 Concept

Top 10 Gorgeous Concept Cars That Need to Get Made as Soon as Possible

This crossover concept, which debuted at the Geneva Motor Show, has a “dual wave” design where the top and lower portion of the vehicle seem to flow in a wave.

1. Subaru STI Performance Concept

Top 10 Gorgeous Concept Cars That Need to Get Made as Soon as Possible

Debuting at the New York Auto Show, this primo racer borrows the engine and suspension from the Subaru BRZ Super GT. It’s also a stunner.

So which one is your favourite?

Top 10 Gorgeous Concept Cars That Need to Get Made as Soon as Possible

What some Japanese people think of China is as stereotypical as you can get

What some Japanese people think of China is as stereotypical as you can get

China and Japan have always had a tenuous relationship and in recent years you could classify it as somewhere between “sworn enemies” and “best buds”. Their close proximity to each other should allow each of the two countries to learn a lot about the other, yet even with informational tools like the Internet, what exactly the Japanese know about their “neighbors” is cringe-worthy.

When asked “What is your image of Chinese people?” the responses were exactly what you would expect. Fasten your seatbelts, it’s about to get really stereotypical in here.

We all suffer from a bit of image stereotyping when faced with making broad generalizations about countries. Most of us know that China has some beautiful scenery and grand-scale cities, but we also know the country also has some very poor areas. For some Japanese people, the image that comes to mind when they think about Chinese people might be stuck in the 1980s.

When asked, images of thousands of people on bikes, civil rights protests and hilariously strange robots were what came to mind.

No freedom, no technology and no cool robots, you know, China

What some Japanese people think of China is as stereotypical as you can getImage: Imgur ( 1 , 2 , 3 ) edited by RocketNews24

Not the most cultured responses, but the question was posed to Japanese Internet users so the answers were bound to be stereotypical. When shown pictures of what China was really like, some people did a double-take because they looked a lot like their home country, Japan.

This looks suspiciously familiar…

What some Japanese people think of China is as stereotypical as you can getImage: Imgur ( 1 , 2 , 3 ) edited by RocketNews24

Of course, there were other obvious stereotypes that came to light; many cited “Chinese” characters from various media as their image of Chinese people. These ranged from manga, anime and video game characters, to television and movie characters. Characters like Chun Li and Gen from Street Fighter, Retsukaiou from Baki the Grappler, and Master Pai Mei from Kill Bill were people who came to mind.

What some Japanese people think of China is as stereotypical as you can getImage: Flickr ( Dave Mathis )

Other Chinese things that were mentioned that we should all shake our heads at were Chinese dresses, tai chi, pollution and giant gongs.

We should all feel a little ashamed…

What some Japanese people think of China is as stereotypical as you can getImage: Flickr ( The Magic Tuba Pixie )

It’s pretty easy to make the cheap joke and rattle off any number of funny stereotypes, but all it takes is a quick look around yourself to know that everyone is pretty much the same, no matter where they are from. One commenter tried to joke that directly behind the picturesque metropolis of Beijing are the slums, but a more enlightened person remarked, “Japan is the same.” We could all do with a little bit more acknowledgement of our collective sameness and take some time to get to know each other a little bit better.

Source: Nyusoku Quality
Top Image: Future Atlas edited by RocketNews24

What some Japanese people think of China is as stereotypical as you can get

【Thursday Throwback】Read the short story that captured the hearts of Japan

【Thursday Throwback】Read the short story that captured the hearts of Japan

The following is a translation of a short story originally taken from a 2008 book by Haruhiro Kinoshita and posted on a blog called One Minute Impressions . The story struck a chord with tens of thousands of people across Japan as it spread through social networks. The following is a translation of the story as it appeared on this website .

There Was This Cashier

She moved from the countryside to go to a university in Tokyo. She joined many extra-curricular activities but always lost interest quickly. One after another, she jumped from club to club looking for something better.

When it came time for her to find work, she got a job with a manufacturing company, but she couldn’t continue working there. Three months after starting she felt she couldn’t see eye to eye with her boss. It didn’t take long for her to quit.

The next job she got was for a distribution company. She worked there for six months but came to realize the job was different from she had hoped it to be. Shortly after, she quit.

From there she joined up with a company that manages medical statistics and information, but this too didn’t do it for her.

This job just isn’t for me.

*Thursday Throwback is your peek into the archives of RocketNews24, featuring articles from back when we were just getting started. We’d hate for you to miss any of the quality quirky news from Asia and Japan just because you recently stumbled upon our site. And if you’re a devout RN24 reader, thanks for sticking around! Enjoy this blast from the past!
(Originally posted on February 3, 2012 )*

As this pattern went on and on her resume became an ever-growing list of companies that failed to live up to what she expected from a job. The longer her resume got the more difficult it became for her to get a job, until finally it was impossible to find an employer willing to take a chance on someone unwilling to commit to any job. However, if she couldn’t work then she couldn’t live.

Her parents suggested she move back in with them, but she couldn’t slink back home like a dog with its tail between its legs.

She signed up with a temp agency, but she couldn’t even get through temporary work. Wherever she went, she would quit if she had the slightest problem. Her record of former employers grew faster with each temporary job she dropped.

One day, she received a new job offer through the temp agency. It was sent to all of the agency’s workers who were a flight-risk like her. The offer was working the checkout at a supermarket.

In these days supermarkets didn’t use bar codes. The cashiers had to type in the prices for all the items by hand. It took a bit of training, but after a week she had already gotten tired of typing into the register.

This is way too easy. I can’t keep doing this.

This time though, when she got that feeling she realized that she had already changed work a lot in her life. She had grown to dislike herself for not having the patience to hold a steady job. She had to continue working here.

Hang in there. This is your last chance.

However, as much as she tried, she couldn’t continue. She made up her mind to resign. Soon after, she received a phone call.

“It’s time for you to come home,” her mother said.

Hearing the warmth in her mother’s invitation through the receiver, she made her choice. She began to pack her belongings to return home. After that she would tell the supermarket she quit.

She had accumulated a lot of things in her long time in Tokyo. While putting her stuff into a cardboard box she found a notebook in the drawer of her desk. It was her diary from when she was a young. She used to always write in it. She remembered looking for it a while ago but thought it was gone for good.

Flipping through the pages she saw written: “I want to become a pianist.” It was her high school dream.

Back then I used to practice every day to become a pianist.

For some reason practicing piano was the one thing she could continue doing. Still, somehow, without her noticing, she had given it up. She compared those days of chasing her dream to her life now, and she became disgusted with herself.

What happened to the me that used to have hopes and dreams?

Her adult diary had become nothing but a long list of discarded employers. Rather than recording her dreams she was carrying a record of her half-hearted attempts and failures. She knew things weren’t going well but she didn’t realize how low she had sunk until then.

Look at me now, I’m running away from a stupid cashier job.

So she closed her diary and went to call her mother. “I’m going to stay here a little longer,” she said choking back the tears. She put aside her resignation and decided to go to work the next day forcing herself to be happy punching boring numbers into that boring register.

Just a few more days will be good enough to know for sure if I want to continue.

Doubt and excuses would sometimes slip into her thoughts.

When I studied piano, I would make mistakes again and again, but I kept at it until my fingers memorized the keys. After enough time, I could play the piano without looking at my hands.

Remembering those days she set a goal for herself.

Alright, I’m going to master that register like I did the piano.

She studied the button combinations to hit for every item the supermarket sells. She committed the arrangement of the keys on the register to memory. Then she practiced.

After a few days she could type fast. Then she didn’t have to look at the register any more. Her attention began shifting to the customers.

Oh, that customer came yesterday too…

Her hand typed in the price of a dozen eggs by itself.

…only this time she brought her kids.

She could see a lot from her post now. It became her secret pleasure. Her fingers would dance across the register like a professional pianist’s would. As her eyes studied the people, she began to notice more and more details about them.

Here’s Ms. Only-Buys-Things-On-Sale.

Well, if it isn’t Mr. Comes-Just-Before-Closing-Time.

Here comes The Honorable Lady That Buys Expensive Stuff.

One day, ol’ Mrs. Buys-Things-Just-Before-Their-Expiration-Date came to her register, only this time carrying a fresh and expensive fish.

“What’s the special occasion?” she blurted out to the old lady in surprise.

Mrs. Buys-Things replied, “My grandson won an award for his swimming, we’re going to celebrate. It’s a nice fish isn’t it?”

“Yes, congratulations,” she said, unaware she was smiling slightly at Mrs. Buys-Things. This is when she found the pleasure of communicating with her customers.

After a while she had memorized all the customers’ faces and picked up some of their names. She started to help them with their shopping.

“Hi Mrs. Tanaka, you’re sure you want to buy this chocolate? We have some cheaper stuff over in aisle three today,” she said. “Also, you’d be better off buying chicken rather than fish today.”

And all the customers in her line appreciated it, thanking her as they went to rethink their choices. The more she interacted with the customers the more she enjoyed going to work at the supermarket.

One day, she had a feeling that it was busier than usual, but she kept to her work and enjoyed talking with all the customers who came through.

The manager came over the intercom: “We apologize for the crowds. Could customers please move over to the empty registers?”

A little later the speaker repeated, “Again, we ask you to please move to the empty registers.”

After a third announcement she looked up. As her hand typed in the price of three tomatoes she could see five other cashiers waiting by empty registers but all of the customers had formed a long line to hers only.

The manager rushed onto the floor and said to the customers, “Please, if you would just go to another register, you won’t have to wait.”

“Oh go away,” said Mrs. Ito who only buys milk in glass bottles, “the only reason I come to this supermarket is to chat with this young lady. I don’t want another cashier.”

Upon hearing that, the girl burst into tears.

Mrs. Ito continued, “The other supermarket up the street is cheaper than here, but I come to talk, so if you’d be so kind, I’ll just wait here.”

At this point, she was crying so hard she couldn’t work the register. For the first time, she saw how terrific a job could make her feel.

It wasn’t long before she got promoted to checkout manager.

Now she continues to teach new cashiers the joys that are returned to you by putting care and enjoyment into your work and customers.

Source: One Minute Impressions (Japanese), Amazon.jp (Japanese)

【Thursday Throwback】Read the short story that captured the hearts of Japan