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A History of France’s Love Affair With the Bicycle

As Tour de France bikers furiously pedal their way to the Camps-Elysées for their July 26 finish, this American in Paris contemplates the culture of the bicycle in France.

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Pixar’s Chinese Food Box

Appearances in Pixar films

  • A Bug’s Life - In the circus, as Manny’s “Chinese Cabinet of Metamorphosis.”
  • Toy Story 2 - In the Pizza Planet Truck.
  • Monsters, Inc. - Some Chinese food boxes are found in Harryhausen’s. However, while they retain a similar shape, they have a completely different pagoda design.
  • Ratatouille - In Linguini’s apartment. The markings are black instead of red and the “Thank You” on the top is missing, but the boxes are otherwise identical.
  • Inside Out - Used by Riley’s family for dinner.
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Kidnapped boy escapes using tricks learned from crime films

A 13-year-old boy from China’s Sichuan successfully saved himself after being kidnapped, thanks to the crime movies he had watched.

Xiaoyi was kidnapped on his way to school on September 24, and was then kept hostage at an abandoned house in a remote village, Sichuan Online reported on Friday. The kidnapper covered Xiaoyi’s eyes and mouth with tapes, and then left to call his father for ransom.

Realizing that the kidnapper had left the house, Xiaoyi managed to free himself from the rope, and made his first attempt to escape. However, he ran into the man right outside the house, who was texting at the time.

The kidnapper dragged him inside, tied him up tighter and left again. In his second attempt, the calm boy shouted twice before making sure that the kidnapper was actually gone, and then snuck his way out of the house.

Exhausted from the escape and with both hands tied up and face taped in a plastic bag, Xiaoyi couldn’t but sit on a driveway nearby waiting for rescue. Luckily, a local driving along saw him, called the police and brought more villagers to save him.

The kidnapper, who had demanded 130,000 yuan (20,462 US dollars) from Xiaoyi’s parents, was arrested at a local cyber café later that evening.

Xiaoyi told reporters from Sichuan Online that he had learned his escape tricks from crime movies, of which he’s a big fan. “The movies taught me to cooperate with the kidnapper to buy more time, and wait calmly until there’s a chance to escape,” said the smart boy.