If the entire population of China jumped as high as they could and landed at the same time, the resulting thump would not, as some have suggested, be enough to knock the Earth from its orbit, or set off a tidal wave lethal to the world, but it would be equivalent to about half a megaton of TNT.
In 2001, Beijing announced a decision to raise the quality of its public lavatories to enhance the chances of a successful bid for the 2008 Olympic Games.
Toilets would be awarded one to four stars, with four-star toilets having granite floors, good lighting, lively music, facilities to wash hands, tissues, automatic flush, hand dryers and bathrooms specially designed for disabled and old people.
According to a Beijing newspaper announcing this decision, the Chinese capital still lagged far behind other cities in terms of its public toilets.
In preparation for the Beijing Olympics, China also reported that figures showed that its drive for better etiquette had led to less spitting, better queueing and cleaner streets.
The 2007 results showed that 2.5% of people spat in public, down from 4.9 percent in 2006; instances of queue jumping dropped to 1.5% from 6%; and littering fell to 2.9% from 5.3%.
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