Chinese Tourist Defaces Ancient Egyptian Temple

Chinese Tourist Defaces Ancient Egyptian TempleParents of a 15-year-old Chinese tourist have apologized after the teenager defaced a stone sculpture in an ancient Egyptian temple with graffiti. The act drew ire in both Egypt and China — generating a massive online backlash amongst China’s unforgiving netizens.


The vandal carved ‘Ding Jinhao was here’ in Chinese in the 3,500 year old Luxor Temple. This was photographed by an embarrassed Chinese traveler and shared on weibo, China’s micro-blogging site on May 24.

“The saddest moment in Egypt. I’m so embarrassed that I want to hide myself. I said to the Egyptian tour guide,’I’m really sorry,'” that traveler wrote on the original weibo post. “We want to wipe off the marking with a towel. But we can’t use water since it is a 3,500 relic.”

‘Learned his lesson’

It didn’t take long — actually, just a day — before outraged netizens tracked down Ding in Nanjing. Slammed online and exposed further in the mainstream, Ding’s parents quickly contacted media outlets.

“We want to apologize to the Egyptian people and to people who have paid attention to this case across China,” Ding’s mother said in a China Daily report.

Ding’s parents said they shouldered the responsibility of what their son did, adding he had learned his lesson.

The original weibo post was re-tweeted almost 90,000 times, received over 18,000 comments and was widely distributed across local media. In a state-run Xinhua media report, one of the agency’s photographers said local Egyptian staff had worked to try and clean the sculpture. While there was some improvement, the graffiti could not be totally removed.

Should Ding himself be punished for vandalizing the ancient Egyptian temple? Feel free to share your opinion regarding this issue.

Source: Hiufu Wong, CNN

Image: China Daily

Ray Edwards ‘Knocks Out’ Boxing Opponent

Ray Edwards 'Knocks Out' Boxing OpponentDuring the 2011 lockout, then-free agent defensive end Ray Edwards passed his time by pursuing a boxing career. Released last November by the Atlanta Falcons, the current street free agent has returned to the ring.

‘Clearly outmatched’

His latest match came against an unknown and clearly outmatched opponent at a recent Winter Fest boxing event in West Fargo, North Dakota. Edwards had a major size and reach advantage over his opponent, who appears to have reached the conclusion that it is better to be embarrassed than pummeled.

After the lockout, Edwards signed a five-year, $27.5 million contract with the Falcons that included $11 million in guaranteed money and paid out $12 million before the Falcons abruptly released an underachieving Edwards last November after just 25 games with the team. If only opposing offensive tackles flopped as quickly as his opponent in North Dakota.

‘Held without a sack’

In 25 games with the Falcons, Edwards had 42 tackles and just 3.5 sacks, all in 2011 as he was held without a sack in a 2012 season that quickly saw his playing-time diminish. Edwards did have a workout with the Seattle Seahawks, who did not offer him a contract even after losing pass-rushing defensive end Chris Clemons to a torn ACL in the playoffs, opting instead to sign Patrick Chukwurah (out of football since 2007) as a spare defensive end for a divisional playoff game against Edwards’ former team.

Which sport do you think suits Ray Edwards better — football or boxing? Was his boxing opponent’s apparent “knockout” was a good thing?

Source: Brian McIntyre, Yahoo Sports

Image: Fan Sided