Boy Drinks Petrol and Doesn't Become a Transformer

Posted by Charlie @ Discovering Mandarin Tuesday, 21 July 2009
A Chinese boy from Xingwen in eastern China aged 9 has been admitted to hospital after drinking petrol in order to become a Transformer robot.

Xiao Fang, sipped petrol as he ate food in the belief that it could help him emulate the powers of robotic superheroes such as the Transformers. However, he has been left critically ill and has suffered serious nerve damage.

The Doctor treating Xio Fang says he is surprised the boy managed to keep the petrol down, and Xiao Fang's father said "I did wonder about the smell of petrol in our house."

This news comes as Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen has made a huge breakthrough at the Chinese Box office. Transformers have taken record haul of 400m Yuan (£35m) in its first four weeks of release.

The success of Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen is partly due to the increasing number of cinemas in China, which employs a quota system for foreign movies. Each year, only 20 or so films made outside China are allowed into the country, though Hollywood movies are distributed everywhere, via illegal DVDs.

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