Five people in southern China have been charged with intentional injury in the case of a teenager who sold a kidney so he could buy an iPhone and an iPad.
The five included a surgeon, who removed a kidney from the 17-year-old boy in April last year.
The boy, identified only by his surname Wang, now suffers from renal deficiency, the government-run Xinhua News Agency quoted prosecutors in Chenzhou city, Hunan province as saying.
According to Xinhua, one of the defendants received about 220,000 yuan ($34,00) to arrange the transplant.
He paid Wang 22,000 yuan and split the rest with the surgeon, the three other defendants and other medical staff.
The report did not say who received and paid for the kidney.
The teen was from Anhui, one of China’s poorest provinces, where inhabitants frequently leave to find work and a better life elsewhere. He bought an iPhone and iPad, and when asked by his mother where he got the money, admitted selling a kidney.
Apple products are hugely popular in China, but are priced beyond the reach of many Chinese.
Wang’s renal deficiency is deteriorating, Xinhua quoted prosecutors as saying.
Only a fraction of the people who need organ transplants in China are able to get them, leading to “transplant tourism” where patients travel overseas for such operations, and to a black market for human organs.
China banned the trading of human organs in 2007, Xinhua said. Several other suspects involved in the case are still being investigated.
This is insane. At least wait for the iPhone 5.
Stumbled upon a clip from the film The Plague Dogs.
Not only is this horrifying because the clip lulls you into a false sense of security, making you feel all warm and fuzzy before it haunts your dreams forever, but the cute cartoon style makes it so much worse.
Jan Terri’s Losing You, more commonly known as ‘dude, what the hell did I just watch?’
Whoever created Dazzler
Yeah, so, Dazzler (a.k.a. Alison Blaire) is a woman who turned down her promising law career to focus on her singing, because she’s a mutant with the power of creating light, which conveniently helps with her disco routines. That’s really all you need to know.
Apart from giving the finger to feminism, why do you exist?
So… Who else is never swimming again?
They may resemble pandas, buffalos and camels - but these animals are actually poodles, all competing for the title of top dog at ‘creative grooming’ shows across the U.S.
Something of a canine fancy dress contest, it takes just two hours for owners to transform their pets, which are sheared and coloured to achieve each look.
The incredible transformations were captured by photographer Ren Netherland, who travels thousands of miles each year to attend each competition.
Some of the most imaginative ideas have included a snail, an American football player and even Pirates of the Caribbean character Jack Sparrow.
Mr Netherland, 48, said: ‘When these dogs come into the arena for a show or a competition you have absolutely no idea what they are going to be turned into.’
The groomers do colour them before they arrive but basically all you see at first is an extremely fluffy poodle that has weird coloured patterns on it.
But it is not just the owners who enjoy the grooming shows.
‘The dogs seem to love the whole experience,’ added Mr Netherland. ‘One of the reasons I love my job is because I love animals so much. I much prefer working with them than people. By the time the dogs get to me after they have been through the tournament they are bounding around and very happy. I think all the attention that gets bestowed upon them through the whole process must be nice for them.’
This is just weird.
(Source: Daily Mail)
A small child singing My Humps by The Black Eyed Peas, presumably being filmed by one of their parents who then uploaded it to YouTube. Because, you know… There’s nothing wrong with that.