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Being a Bridesmaid in China Is So Dangerous That Brides Are Hiring Professionals

It has to do with their traditional wedding practices.

Weddings are meant to be fun, festive, and filled with love. But in China, these ceremonies could be dangerous for bridesmaids. It has to do with traditional wedding practices that get pushed way too far.

In China, bridesmaids are vulnerable to harassment and different forms of abuse. In September, for example, a bridesmaid in Wenchang, Hainan province reportedly died after she was pressured to consume an excessive amount of alcohol on behalf of the bride. There were also reports and video footage of Liu Yan, a famous Chinese actress, being dumped into a swimming pool by the groomsmen at her friend’s wedding.

Bridesmaid traditions in China have a long history.

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Centuries ago, during the feudal era, bridesmaids were crucial in protecting brides that were susceptible to kidnappings. Bridesmaids were made to dress up like the bride and become her decoy. As times changed, the role of the bridesmaid has taken a more symbolic turn.

Today, bridesmaids still play a crucial role in contemporary Chinese weddings.

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They are tasked to greet and entertain guests at the wedding, pose for photos, drink alcohol on behalf of the bride, and guard the boudoir. They are also often objectified and made part of the lavish wedding display. The beauty and number of bridesmaids are seen as a sign of power for the families involved in the marriage.

Bridesmaids still play a protective role in contemporary weddings, which often places them in troublesome situations.

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It is a tradition that the newlyweds toast bottoms up to every wedding guest. And this leads to bridesmaids over-consuming alcohol when drinking on behalf of the bride. Some bridesmaids suffer from alcohol poisoning or even die.

Also, the bridesmaids act as the last symbolic “hurdle” before the groom can enter the bridal room. During this time, the groom and groomsmen pull off stunts that are filled with sexual innuendos. In many cases, the stunts go too far and result in sexual harassment and abuse. Bridesmaids are sometimes stripped of their clothes and molested. Some are even attacked. These are fairly common in rural China.

Because of this, brides are hiring professionals to play the part of the bridesmaid.

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Professional bridesmaids have become a staple in wedding packages in China. Wedding planning firms offer packages that include professional bridesmaids. A professional bridesmaid is tasked to be the make-up artist, to drink alcohol, and to ward off rude guests on behalf of the bride, among other tasks. They fake smiles and take part in the traditional stunts that can be too vulgar for some.

Depending on the difficulty the tasks they have to perform, a professional bridesmaid is paid between 200 yuan (around US$30) and 800 yuan (around US$120) per wedding. Many of the professional bridesmaids work on weekends, in addition to their day jobs, to gain extra money.

What do you think of this profession? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section.

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‘Coldest Village’ on Earth Breaks Town Thermometer and Freezes Eyelashes

And yet people and students still go to work and school, respectively.

Oymyakon is unlike any village in the world. It is where students are still expected to attend class despite temperatures reaching -52 degrees Celsius. The remote Siberian village is deemed as the coldest – yet permanently habited – settlement in the planet.

Recently, its temperature has just reached -62 degrees Celsius. The cold is much stronger than ever. Not only is it gripping legs, it is also turning people’s eyelashes into icicles. According to the official weather station, the “pole of cold” has recorded -59 degrees Celsius, though the thermometer claimed a reading of -62 degrees Celsius.

The device even stopped working as soon as it reached its painful mark, though some locals claim a temperature as low as -68 degrees Celsius. Back in the 1920s and 1930s, the village was known to be a stopover for herders of reindeers. They used the place to water their flocks from the thermal spring.

The Soviet government wanted its nomadic population to put down roots. This resulted to making Oymyakon a permanent settlement.

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Dad Creates Epic Artwork on Lunch Bags to Help Son Make Friends

The best dad ever!

When we were still kids, parents would make sure that we had everything needed before going to school. And one of these was our home lunch. Dominick, a dad hailing from California, is among those parents who take pride in preparing lunch for their kids. But mind you, he does it in a very different way.

For over 4 years, Dominick has been drawing on his son’s brown paper lunch bags. And mind you, his drawings are a work of art. According to him, he has managed to decorate more or less 550 bags. It is really amazing how passionate and determined he is.

Although his son is already in middle school, Dominick still continues to prepare and decorate lunch bags. There was even a time when he decorated all lunch bags for his son’s soccer games when it was their turn to prepare snacks. For other people, breakfast might be the most important meal of a day. But for Dominick, it is without a doubt lunch.

Check out his lunch bag drawings below and be inspired by his creativity!

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Secrets Revealed Behind Striking Tattoos of Captured Yakuza Boss

Unfortunately, if you’re a Yakuza hiding from the law, your ink can get you into trouble.

Tattoos are forever, unless you will have your ink lasered out. For members of the Yakuza, in particular, tattoos are indeed for life. Unfortunately, if you're a Yakuza hiding from the law, your ink can get you into trouble.

Yakuza boss Shigeharu Shirai learned this the hard way when he got arrested after pictures of his tattoos spread on social media. Shirai, who has been hiding for 14 years in Thailand, is a suspect for the shooting of Kashihiko Otobe, the deputy leader of a rival gang.

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