Doctors found a seven cm leech growing in Xiabo Chien's throat. Source: CEN

Doctors in China have made a disturbing discovery while treating a schoolboy for a sore throat.

Xiabo Chien’s mother took her son to see a doctor in Sichuan Provence after he complained of feeling dizzy.

When the 11-year-old was examined, a seven centimeter leech was found lodged in his respiratory tract.

Xiabo had unknowingly swallowed the parasite while drinking from a bucket of water on the side of the road several weeks earlier.

His mother Xiang Tung said she was shocked when she found out why he was sick.

 “At first we thought he had flu as he said he was felling dizzy and had a sore throat,’ she told CEN.

“He hadn’t told us about the water-drinking so it never occurred to us that he may have picked up something.”

The leech was successful removed by doctors and Xiabo has since made a full recovery.

“I won’t be drinking water from a bucket again!” he said.


Although he never got his hair officially measured and acknowledged by the Guinness Book of Records, Vietnamese herbalist Tran Van Hay was known as the man with the longest hair in the world.

According to his wife, Tran hadn’t gotten a haircut in over 50 years, after getting seriously sick after cutting his hair, when he was 25 years old. And, in half a century, he only washed it a few times, the last time being 11 years ago.

Tran Van Hay died of natural causes, at the age of 79, at his home in Kien Giang province, after dedicating his life to curing people, for free. His wife, Nguyen Thi Hoa, says Tran’s personality changed completely after he stopped cutting his hair – he became inspired by the local Buddhist monks, and lived a content life, as a herbalist.

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A 116-year-old Arkansas woman who became the world’s oldest living person known to record keepers last week died Tuesday, five days after claiming her title.

Gertrude Weaver, 116, became the world’s oldest person following the death of 117-year-old Misao Okawa in Japan last Wednesday, according to Guinness World Records. Weaver died on Monday in Camden, Arkansas, of complications related to pneumonia, The Los Angeles Times reports. She was 116 years and 276 days old.

Staff at Weaver’s nursing home were preparing to celebrate Weaver’s 117th birthday in July. The centenarian had told staff she wanted President Barack Obama to attend as she had voted for him twice, the Associated Press reports.

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In 2013, Okawa, from Osaka, Japan, was declared the world’s oldest living person by the Guinness Book of World Records. Last month, the world’s press covered Okawa’s 117th birthday, during which she said her long life had “seemed rather short.” She died of heart failure.

Weaver, the daughter of sharecroppers, was born on July 4, 1898 in Texarkana, Arkansas. She married in 1915 and had four children with her husband before he died in 1969. Her only surviving son, Joe, is 94 years old. Weaver’s secrets to longevity were using a lot of moisturizer, treating people kindly, loving her neighbors and eating home cooking, not fast food, according to Camden Mayor Marie Trisollini.

When she was named the world’s oldest woman by Guinness on April 1, Weaver celebrated by getting a pink manicure and taking questions from reporters in her nursing home.

Guinness issued a statement on Tuesday saying they were saddened to hear of Weaver’s passing and are “currently investigating and verifying a potential successors for the oldest woman living title and will announce the new title holder in due course.”

The Los Angeles Times reported that the oldest person in the world is now believed to be 115-year-old Jeralean Talley, who lives in the Detroit suburb of Inkster, Michigan.


Some 10,000 workers have been toiling away at impressive sculptures made out of ice and snow for the 30th Harbin Ice and Snow Festival in China. The remarkable structures, which are incredibly detailed with windows, turrets and domes, need about 330,000 cubic metres of snow and ice to build. The annual festival in north-eastern China is due to open to tourists on January 4.


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What this amazing father decided to build for his daughter will put a huge smile on your face. He build her her very own castle bed, complete with a bunch of neat features like a slide, a computer desk area fitted with its own desk lamp, bookshelves and of course, a layer of pink paint (which she picked for herself).

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A Chinese man divorced and then sued his ex-wife for giving birth to what he called an extremely ugly baby girl, the Irish Times reported.

Initially, Jian Feng accused his wife of infidelity, so sure that he could never father an unattractive child.

When a DNA test proved that the baby was his, Feng’s wife came clean on a little secret — before they met, she had undergone about $100,000 worth of cosmetic surgery in South Korea.

Feng sued his ex-wife on the grounds of false pretenses, for not telling him about the plastic surgery and duping him into thinking she was beautiful, The Huffington Post reported.

The kicker? He won. A judge agreed with Feng’s argument and ordered his ex-wife to fork over $120,000.

“I married my wife out of love, but as soon as we had our first daughter, we began having marital issues,” he told the Irish Times. “Our daughter was incredibly ugly, to the point where it horrified me.”


At the table, silence is golden, especially in noisy New York. That’s the gamble a young restaurant owner is taking with patrons, who are prohibited from talking during four-course meals.

The project, launched a month ago at Eat in Brooklyn’s fashionable Greenpoint neighborhood, has created a buzz in a city where restaurants are often so noisy that they trigger routine complaints.

Customers have to reserve days in advance for the privilege of eating without speaking or hearing a word on Friday or Saturday night in the small room that seats 25.

“I want to provide the opportunity for people to experience the food with a kind of intention and attention to the experience that isn’t usually afforded by a loud meal, especially in New York City,” manager Nicholas Nauman told AFP.

Customers who dare break the golden rule during the $40 prix fixe meal are forced to finish their plate on a bench outside.

Sitting at long, wooden tables adorned with stoneware, the clients play along while tasting a menu based on local organic ingredients.

For an entire hour, they savor the food, watch one another and don’t say a word, as though cut off from the hustle and bustle of the outside world.

Cell phones must also be turned off. Some struggle to keep serious in the face of an experience that is the polar opposite of the constant frenzy prevalent in New York, the city that never sleeps.

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“We’re bringing our own intentionality to it as well,” explained the restaurant’s chef Elsa Schmitt, using a philosophical term for the mind’s power to stand in for things or concepts.

“We know what is about to take place so we’re bringing our own energies to it.”

As the dinner ends, after dessert, the silence ends.

Nauman, 28, breaks the silence first with a “thank you guys,” and is greeted by applause from his customers.

“It was very enjoyable,” said chemist Kevin Stokely.

Morgan Yakus, who like most clients was in her 30s, spoke of the almost transcendental experience as an “internal dialogue of your mind, saying all kids of things.”

“I wanted to laugh. You’re going through stages but by the end, you’re in a really zen, relaxed stage,” she said.

Alison Wise came with her boyfriend, and the couple was won over as well, though for different reasons.

“It was a really nice way to spend time together without any of the pressure of coming up with anything to say,” she said.

At first, Nauman had hoped to organize one silent meal per month. But his haven of silence in a hub of sound was so popular that it quickly became a weekly affair.



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