Only days before the Chinese Government imposes strict new penalties on people who vandalise the Great Wall of China (scheduled for December 1) some panicky, local, dirt-crazy peasants decided to quickly try and steal a load of dirt from the base of it. Dirt from the Great Wall is apparently much better dirt for landfill than the dirt they would be able to find say underfoot anywhere, so they decided to go for one last satisfying haul.
Matt Phillp is an Australian writer who lives in the eye of the hurricane in Brooklyn, New York. He writes about people and the arbitrary nature of culture. Because the world is a complicated place. It's weird.