These Awesome Kaiju Photos Make Us Feel a Little Better About Beijing's Smog Crisis

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Beijing experienced an otherworldly level of smog last week. The Chinese capital was forced to shut down because many citizens could barely see a few feet in front of them, making driving almost impossible. So what's a Chinese person to do when their city is overrun by horrific smog reminiscent of Stephen King's The Mist and they're forced to sit in their apartments all day? Why, turn to Photoshop, of course!  

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1. A Smog Hits the City

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On the 6th of December, 2015, Beijing experienced levels of smog ten times the level deemed "safe" by the World Health Organization. 

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2. Stay Positive, Beijing

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Above is an English-translated image released by China's state-run CCTV network, which broadcasts daily news and information deemed appropriate by the government. At least one Chinese citizen took the note to heart, and turned very foggy lemons into very scary lemonade. 

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3. Look Up

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The Nanfang, a trendy Chinese culture site, found these awesome Photoshopped images clearly inspired by movies like Cloverfield, The Mist, and Godzilla. 

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4. Kaiju

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For those of you not infatuated with giant monster movies, Kaiju is a Japanese word that refers to otherworldly behemoths. The word became genre when the original Godzilla premiered back in 1954. 

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5. These Giant Scary Monsters Help Us Deal

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And as you can see, Kaiju has become so much a part of the world's cultural lexicon, it's helping them cope with some very nasty environmental issues. 

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6. Cultural Coping Mechanisms

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After all, many believe Godzilla was a metaphor for the atomic bombs that dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945. More recent Kaiju movies, like J.J. Abrams' Cloverfield in 2008, are said to represent 9/11 and the world's dealing with it. 

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7. What's Next For China's Environment?

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Cultural healing aside, China is dealing with an environmental crisis that shows no signs of slowing down. Their many factories have been forced to temporarily shut down, putting millions out of work until the smog clears. But who knows when that will be? 

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