In “Sure, Why Not?” news, it seems everyone in Beijing is apparently walking around with small plastic sprouts emerging directly from the top of their heads. I LOVE IT.
According to the Beijinger, the plastic sprouts are attached to small clips, which can be hidden in the hair. The most popular types seem to be the classic “bean sprout” and “pea shoot” although most vendors seem have a vast array of colorful plants and flowers available.
A Sohu article points out that the growing trend – HA! SEE WHAT I DID THERE? – isn’t a political comment on Beijing’s stance towards pollution, as was originally reported, but rather that it originated from an unspecified cosplay convention, after which time they became the latest hot way to maimeng (卖萌), or act cute. The article goes on to say that the sprouts don’t necessarily have a particular meaning, although grass is supposed to denote intelligence while a four-leaf clover, you guessed it, signifies luck. (via The DW)