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Two California professors have installed
seesaws across the US-Mexico border
in a blunt rebuke to President Donald
Trump over his plans to build a wall
along the 3,219-kilometer boundary
between the two countries.
The three pink seesaws were unveiled
Monday at a border fence separating
Sunland Park, in New Mexico, the US,
and Ciudad Juarez, in Mexico, allowing
people on either side to play together.
Ronald Rael, a professor of archi-
tecture at the University of California
Berkeley who came up with the project
with Virginia San Fratello, a professor
of design at San Jose University, said the
idea for “Teetertotter Wall” had been in
the making for a decade.
He said seeing the project come to life
was “one of the most incredible experi-
ences” for him and Fratello, describing
the event at the border as “filled with joy,
excitement, and togetherness.”
“The actions on one side have a direct
consequence on the other,” he added.
Seesaws across US-Mexico border
Cockroaches in sick child’s hospital
bed, other patients also find crawlies
A mother in Guangzhou, South China’s
Guangdong Province was horrified to find her
sick child was sharing a hospital sickbed with a
bunch of cockroaches, a video by Knews report-
The child’s mother, surnamed Liu, brought
her child to the hospital with a high fever Mon-
day night and was put on an intravenous drip.
Knews reported that the child complained of
being bitten by bugs and when the mother lifted
the mattress, several large crawly bugs skittered
away. The Knews also shot video of bugs it said
were hiding under the mattress of a hospital
“I thought they were ants but found they were
actually cockroaches!” Liu said, who stamped on
one or two but was overwhelmed by more than
ten others on the bed.
Other patients told Liu that they had also
found cockroaches in the bed, according to Liu.
The mother was doubly concerned as her
child had a bacterial infection, which she said
could have been aggravated by the bugs in the
The hospital showed Knews an inspection
sheet that staff initialed after they disinfect and
rid the area of cockroaches, which is done twice
a week. The hospital said it would take further
action to improve sanitary conditions.
The incident outraged netizens with some
calling for staff at the hospital to be punished.
Real floral pattern
Tourists from all over the country are
flocking to Northwest China’s Xinji-
ang Autonomous Region to half bury
themselves in 80 C sand, an ancient
curative therapy taken even during
the dog days of summer.
“We love it. The therapy makes
me comfortable and helps me stay
healthy,” claimed a tourist.
People bury their lower body in
the sands of the Taklimakan Desert,
while enjoying the spectacular view
of the desert, shows a video posted
Tuesday by Pear Video.
“I’m from South China’s Guang-
dong Province, and it’s my first time
to experience sand therapy. It is very
novel, and I feel energized after-
ward,” a woman surnamed Li said.
Sand therapy is a traditional treat-
ment, which is said to be able to treat
rheumatoid arthritis, hypertension,
and other diseases.
People are told not to spend more
than 30 minutes half buried in the
sand. The elderly, children and preg-
nant women should not take sand
therapy, experts say.
Smoky tea baked in clay:
Tandoori chai heats up
It’s a cuppa like no other. Every
evening in Islamabad a crowd
arrives at Sanaullah’s street
stall to taste his “tandoori chai”
- milk tea served in terracotta
mugs, still hot from his tradi-
The old-fashioned cups
are placed directly inside the
tandoor, where they are baked
at high temperatures.
The tea, prepared separately,
is then poured into the cups,
where it starts to boil on hitting
the hot clay.
The tandoor is most com-
monly used to bake bread.
The country is one of the
top tea consumers globally
according to research firm
while a recent study by Gallup
found 73 percent of Pakistani
tea drinkers have at least two
or more cups a day.
Poetry reciting bus
driver wins applause
A ride on Liu Kuanyun’s bus in
North China’s Shanxi Province
not only gets you from point
A to B, an off-the-cuff recital
of ancient Chinese poetry is
part of the service he enjoys
Liu is a “five-star” driver
who has shuttled passengers
around the city of Taiyuan for
Driving route No. 839,
Liu uses the bus intercom to
announce upcoming stops
and recite a few lines of poetry
and tales of folk culture while
stopped at a red light.
While waiting for a green
light at an intersection, Liu
lyrically recites from memory a
Tang Dynasty(618-970) poem
about autumn weather: “After
the rain in the empty valley, it
becomes cold as it is fall. The
clear and bright moon casts
its light on the pine forest,
while the creek ripples over the
A video posted Tuesday by
Btime shows passengers giving
their bus driver wide smiles
and a round of applause.
Liu then announces the
next stop and reminds passen-
gers to prepare to disembark,
The passengers had many
compliments for their driver.
His poetry “not only enriches
our knowledge, but also makes
the bus trip very interesting,” a
‘Energizing’ 80 C sand therapy attracts tourists in Xinjiang desert
A drawing with the
center cut out is placed
in front of a garden
of chrysanthemum in
Binzhou, East China’s
Shandong Province. It
looks like the woman in the
black and white drawing
is wearing a colorful floral
dress. Photo: IC
A competitor gulps
down a bottle of beer
on Tuesday during
the 29th Qingdao
Festival in Qingdao,
advanced to the finals.
The fastest drinker
finished a beer in four
seconds. Photo: IC