Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Today in Extraordinarily Odd

Because of all the rape, incest, general sex and staggeringly offensive violence in it, a flood of complaints have been made in Hong Kong against the Bible. Well well well. My how the tables of culture and morality are turning this week. Paris Hilton gets to experience the flip side, Jerry Falwell is probably burning in hell and now this. Best part of this is the quote from the local minister: "If there is rape mentioned in the Bible, it doesn't mean it encourages those activities," said Reverend Wu Chi-wai. "It's just common sense ...” but how do we know that for sure? The safest bet – for the children – is all out banning. Do we really want to take the risk that the reverend is wrong? [source]

The Shenzhen Intermediate Court in Guangdong province is under fire for corruption in general but interestingly enough, one of the charges is that the court hired a Feng Shui master to rid the court of bad luck. Considering they are currently under investigation, wouldn’t it be a safe bet that either the court didn’t hire the guy or he was a fake. Gosh, you’d hate to be that Feng Shui master right about now…let’s hope he’s convalescing in Majorca right now. For the air quality. [source]

Indian Train passengers were asked to get out and push when the train they were riding simply stopped. They had to push the train 4 meters so it would again touch the wired above that carried electricity. It’s interesting what constitutes the solution to a problem in India as opposed to New York City. It’s a safe bet that the Indian passengers did and the brushed themselves off, climbed back on the train and went home that night with a charming anecdote that they could dine out on for years. New Yorkers would have been caught up in the moment, all pitched in, high fived each other and then the minute they’d eventually arrived at work phoned a doctor for a medical examination, their lawyer to ascertain the potential for a lawsuit and the newspaper to make sure they could sound off about it. [source]

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