Did a major cyberattack force the shutdown of the New York Stock Exchange on July 8, 2015?

The mysterious system outages on July 8, 2015 “Where there’s smoke, there’s fire”. Words to live by in our modern-day world where media faces make up the news and world leaders speak from behind a smokescreen. Case in point – there may be more to last week’s one-in-a-million coincidence where three separate software glitches brought down the Wall Street Journal, United Airlines flight systems, and the New York Stock Exchange – all at the same time. After wiping the sleep from their eyes, many are now wondering if there were more to these cyber incidents than meets the eye. The NYSE outage At 11:32 AM on July 8, 2015, the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) computers went down, causing a four-hour suspension of trading and a loss of about $400 million

Hong Kong smuggler caught with 94 iPhones taped to his body

On January 11, an wily immigrant from Hong Kong drew officials’ suspicion after they noticed the man walking funny, as if he had joint stiffness or sore muscles. They noted that the man, who was attempting to enter China’s border city of Shenzhen from the Futian Port, looked like he was weighed down even though he was only holding two plastic bags in his hands. They directed the man through the airport-style metal detector and to nobody’s surprise, the alarms sounded. The man was searched and it was discovered that underneath his clothes, his body was covered with tape and plastic bags. Pulling back the plastic wrapping on the man’s chest, stomach, back, legs, and groin, officials found 94 iPhones taped to his body. The stash

Odd orb-like UFO captured in Google Maps satellite image over Zhumadian, China

Taken on April 11, 2013, this satellite photo, available on Google Maps, shows an odd white orb UFO flying over coordinates 32°24’8.53″N 114°33’22.93″E - over Zhumadian, China (Henan province). All of the aircraft in the photo are heading north and two are easily identifiable as military aircraft. The third craft however, a white orb-like object in the upper left-hand side of the frame, is difficult to explain. It appears as if the military aircraft are escorting the unidentified object.  There is a major Chinese military base (in the Jinan military region) located north of where the object was photographed (and of course, Beijing is located even further north).

Beyond eerie – photographer accidentally captures couples’ suicide leap from bridge

The Wahuan Yangtze bridge, located in the Hubei province in central China, has been dubbed a “lovers’ leap” after the number of people who commit suicide there each year. In 2013, a photographer standing on a viewing platform was snapping pictures of the bridge, which was shrouded in an eerie fog, when he inadvertently captured these memorable photos of a couple’s suicide leap. As he said after the incident, he never even realized the tragedy he had captured on film. “I didn’t even see the first person jump because I was concentrating so much on the camera settings and I didn’t realize at first that I had snapped the man jumping to his death. It was only then after snapping the photograph that I heard someone

WTF? Huge car-vending machine in China – customer inserts coins and out pops a car

Can’t say we blame them. With some of the worst pollution and only 10% of the population owning cars, a vending machine that dispenses cheap electric rental cars seems like a no-brainer to us.  Wait a minute – a *vending machine* that dispense cars?!?!  In Hangzhou, China, citizens walk up to the multi-story Kandi Car garage, insert their credit card, push a few buttons, and viola, a fully-charged electric vehicle is retrieved via robotic arms, tracks, and elevators and deposited at their feet. Kandi currently has two EV vending machines in Hangzhou (a city of 10 million people located just outside of Shanghai).  Kandi plans to add 10 more this year in cities such as Beijing and Shanghai.  Each vending machine holds between 30 and 300

Coffin Apartments – underprivileged residents of China forced to live in tiny-sized stacked boxes

Called “coffin apartments” (Geki-sema) or capsule hotels, they’re Japan's and China’s solution to cheap housing for the poor and underprivileged citizens. Designed to fit a single bed and not even tall enough to stand up in, these tiny apartments can measure as small as a mere 6 foot long by 3 foot wide with ceilings only 3-4 feet high giving the resident a meager 16 square foot home that are stacked atop each other to maximize space - and profits.  Hidden amid the multi-million dollar high-rise apartments in Tokyo and gleaming skyscrapers in Hong Kong, they are not for the claustrophobic.  One resident told CNN: "No one wants to live here, but we need to survive. It's a step up from being on the streets.” Residents share

At least 42 dead and hundreds injured during wave of giant hornet attacks in China

Forty-two people have died and thousands have been injured in a wave of giant hornet attacks in central China. Victims of the bizarre attacks, which began about three months ago, described being chased for hundreds of yards by the creatures and stung as many as 200 times. The giant hornets can grow up to three inches in length and as thick as a human thumb. Their stingers can reach nearly ½ inch in length.  In the city of Ankang alone, 18 people have died from the stings which, like America’s “Killer Bees”, are highly toxic and can lead to anaphylactic shock and renal failure (as if you wouldn’t die from sheer terror alone). Most of the attacks have occurred in the wooded areas of southern Shaanxi

Forgotten migrant workers live cheaply in bizarre Chinese “shipping container city”

Soaring property values in China have some Chinese living like hamsters in tall stacks of shipping containers. For less than $80 a month, rural migrants can rent out a stark steel metal container on the outskirts of Shanghai. In 2001, officials tore down a similar container village in Pudong, consisting of over 100 “homes”, because it was “too dangerous”.  The teetering stack of containers in Shanghai has been housing Chinese migrant workers for over a decade. The origin of the unusual city comes down to a single 70-year-old man (known to the renters simply as “Old Man”) who bought the empty containers from a local customs official. Originally planning to use them for storage, he paid to have the containers stacked on the side of a

Chinese plane grounded after collision with UFO results in extensive damage to nose-cone

According to admittedly sketchy and incomplete reports, on the morning of June 4, 2013, a Air China Boeing 757 on route from Chengdu to Guangzhou was flying at an altitude of 26,000 feet when suddenly it was struck by an unknown flying object.  The collision occurred 20 minutes after takeoff, soon after the aircraft reached cruising altitude.  There were no injuries aboard the aircraft but the Boeing 757 suffered major damage to the nose cone of the aircraft.  Pilots chose to turn back to the airport in Chengdu where they made an emergency landing, stepped outside, and were stunned to see the extensive damage caused to the plane by the collision. Some speculated that the collision was a bird strike while others argued that the altitude

Chinese man carries his home around on his back like a human-snail

Looking like someone out of the Flintstones, 38-year-old Liu Lingchao is the human equivalent of a real-life human snail, carrying his 132 pound (60 kilogram) house, made of bamboo poles and plastic sheets, on his back as he travels throughout China.  A veritable travelling salesmen, he earns money for food and supplies by collecting plastic bottles and metal cans along his route that he sells when he passes through a new Chinese city along his way. Lingchao has thus far gone through three such portable shelters.  The one he carries around now measures 5-feet wide (1.5 meters) and stands 7.2 feet (2.2 meters) high.  Inside the shelter, he has a padded horizontal bar that rests upon his shoulders while carrying the home on his back.  As

These kids in China have to scale a dangerous 195-foot cliff each day in order to get to school

What are these crazy kids up to now?  They are going to school!  In China, the youth of Zhangjiawan village in Long Tianping County have  195-foot (60 meter) cliff they have to climb in order to get to school.  There is a safer route but it takes three hours to get to school via the roundabout path so parents have their kids climb these custom-built ladders each day.  The ladders are built by the parents that live in the area and are replaced every few years for, ahem, safety reasons.

Buddhist monk prays so many times each day – leaves footprints embedded in wooden floor

70-year-old Hua Chi, from Tongren, China, seems disappointed that his aging body only allows him to pray 1,0000 times each day (only 500 if the weather is cold).  In his younger days, his strict daily ritual consisted of 2,000 – 3,000 prayers each day.  In fact, Chi has prayed in his Tongren monastery for nearly 20 years, in the same spot, each day.  His prayer routine is so consistent, he has left 1 1/2 inch deep footprints ingrained in the monastery's floor.  Check out the photo montage below.

China’s Kowloon Walled City – the bizarre city of boxes, mazes, and dark alleys

Kowloon Walled City Up until 1994, there existed, just north of Kowloon Bay, a bizarre city in Hong Kong named Kowloon Walled City. Over time the veritable lawless (and unclaimed by any government) Kowloon Walled City, became a curious stack of cheaply constructed boxes through which ran a maze of dark alleys and exposed pipe and wiring and housed drug dealers and addicts, pimps and prostitutes, organized gangs, gambling dens, criminal headquarters, and private citizens all living together in a tangled mess of humanity. Only 6 ½ acres in size, it contained over 30,000 people giving it a population density of over 1 million people per square mile, all living on top of each other in cheaply constructed dwellings with no electrical or water supply, in