In their ongoing effort to cleanse the city of filth prior to the 2008 Olympics, Beijing has taken it upon itself to rid the city of a whole lot of cheaply made souvenirs. The souvenirs were not made according to industry standards and may have contained toxic material.
You have to hand it to Beijing. It really is focusing on creating a standard of excellence. Imagine, the Chinese government actually destroying cheaply made souvenir crap. They've really had to grow beyond themselves.
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.