Excitement over a free condom delivery service appears to have been premature. A website was set up in Kunming to deliver free condoms to those too embarrassed to purchase them from a store. The website promised a two day delivery time, but ultimately failed to perform, taking up to ten days to deliver the goods. In total, 31,270 of the laggardly condoms have been shipped over the past six months. It’s not clear how many couples are now expecting babies instead of contraceptives.
A man in Guangdong married four women, and none of them knew about the others for years. The polygamist was found out when one of his wives suspected him of having an affair, but it turned out he was just keeping to his multiple marriage vows. The man’s secret escaped legal interference because the older marriages were not entered into China’s records system. In 1992, he married his first wife. In 1994, he married two wives in one year. That was enough for him until 2007, when he decided to guard against loneliness in old age by marrying a fourth wife.
Tooth tattoos have become increasingly popular in the United States and Shanghai. More and more Shanghai residents have been visiting cosmetic surgeons in order to get toothy tattoos. There is a choice between temporary tattoos, which are drawn or stuck onto the teeth, and permanent designs drilled into the teeth. Recently warnings about the tattoos have been in the news; drilling can damage teeth and stickers can cause allergies. ‘We don’t encourage young people to have tooth tattoos,’ said one doctor.
Sexist parking spaces have caused ongoing dispute across China. A mall in Dalian has ten spaces marked in pink; these spaces are an extra thirty centimeters wide. ‘We just wanted to make things easier for our customers,’ claimed female manager Yang Hongjun. Last year Beijing police said on their microblog that female drivers lack a sense of direction. The pink parking spaces have sparked nationwide discussion about gender equality.