While browsing the news it seemed to us like there was an abnormal amount of random news, and we wanted to share some of these bits and bobs with you. Just in case, you know, you were bored or something.

Firstly, starting off on a bit of an ‘awww’ note, a Xinjiang swan found its beak frozen shut over the weekend, the New York Post reports. It seems as confused about this as we are, since nothing else in its direct surroundings looks to be frozen.

Thankfully the city of Korla, as undoubtedly every other Chinese city, has a Swan Guard on standby at all times. This Swan Guard, whose job it is to feed the swans migrating along the river, put the swan in a warm room and waited for the ice to melt. Once her beak was able to open, the swan got a special fish treat. Awww, physics!

Secondly, also in Xinjiang province, an ethnic Kazakh herder got very lucky as he discovered a huge gold nugget weighing 7.85kg worth about USD 250,000. In fact, Sinosphere reports that he basically tripped over it because it was just laying on the ground. Rather oddly, the nugget seems to be shaped a bit like China. Unfortunately for the herder, there are reports that he has to hand the nugget over to the government. They sure do like to ruin everything.

Next up, Sichuanese PLA soldiers are getting ready for some serious pigging out in Liangshan, People.cn reports. And we mean that literally, as 66 fat pigs are being prepared for them as part of their New Year celebration. The pigs are all wearing flowery hats, although nobody is sure why.

And lastly, an unconfirmed and slightly awkward rumor is going around that a Beijing-based company is allegedly giving away a night with a Japanese porn star as the top Spring Festival bonus for their employees. Qihoo360, a technology company producing anti-spyware software, was listed as offering a night with the famous Julia Kyoka (see above).

Well, we hope that provided you with your giggle or snort for the day.

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