China's top 10 odd stories 2009

09:21, December 23, 2009      

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The world is never short of the amusing, the out-of-place and the downright wacky, which serve to enliven our conversations. According to China Daily, China's top ten odd stories in 2009 are as follows:


Chen Fuchao who threatened to kill himself is pushed off Haizhu Bridge by 66-year-old Lai Jiansheng in Guangzhou, south China's Guangdong province, May 22, 2009. (CFP Photo)


1. Suicide-seeker gets a 'helping' pushing hand

A would-be suicide jumper was given a push on Haizhu Bridge in Guangzhou by a man frustrated with the fact that the potential jumper had held up traffic for over five hours.
On May 21, 66-year-old Lai Jiansheng snuck through the police cordon surrounding Chen Fuchao, who was contemplating taking his own life because he owed two million yuan (US$283,200) after a failed construction project. Lai then climbed up to where Chen sat on the bridge, greeted him with a handshake, and pushed him off.

Chen fell eight meters onto a partially-inflated emergency air cushion and sustained spine and elbow injuries. Lai was taken away by police after the incident.

Twelve people have previously tried to jump off the bridge before.
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