The Faithful Hound

Wednesday, January 17, 2007

The fascinating Orient

These two posts were taken from this week's News of the Weird

Scamming the Horny Panda: One trick that zookeepers have used to get male pandas interested in mating with dowdier females (according to a December dispatch from Sichuan, China, in Australia's The Age) is to let an attractive female roam around a pen, leaving her scent, and then, in darkness, with the male in the pen and frisky at the scent, to introduce the less attractive female into the pen, back-end first, so that the pre-excited male will quickly begin copulating. Said zookeeper Zhang Hemin, "When the males find out (that they've just mated with unintended partners), they get very angry and start fighting the female. We have had to use firecrackers and a water hose to separate them." [The Age (Melbourne), 12-17-06]

Recurring Themes: News of the Weird has previously mentioned how difficult some Japanese and Singaporean people find it to smile, even when their jobs depend on it, and Chinese people preparing for the 2008 Olympics are having similar problems turning Beijing into a "city of smiles," as the campaign is called. Said one man attending a class on smiling: "At first, I thought (it might be) difficult to smile after you became tired. But later I realized if you don't treat smiling as ... work ... you may find it very easy to smile all the time." (In popular literature in China, people who smile frequently or for no particular reason are often regarded as either silly or devious.) [China Daily, 11-24-06]


  • At 10:24 AM, Blogger km said…

    people who smile frequently or for no particular reason are often regarded as either silly or devious.

    Isn't that a belief in India as well?

  • At 4:39 PM, Blogger Revealed said…

    'Isn't that a belief in India as well? '

    A lot of things are beginning to make sense :)

  • At 6:46 PM, Blogger MockTurtle said…

    @km, revealed: That's true. Must be an Asian thing. Wonder what category people assign me? But then I constantly leer, not smile.

  • At 9:02 PM, Blogger Tabula Rasa said…

    it's true. the chinese emoticon for smiling is :-(

    and the chinese metaphor for "person who is uninterested in sex" is "panda". (chinese, not oriya.)

  • At 12:59 PM, Blogger MockTurtle said…

    @tr: You mean "person who is discriminatory about sex"

  • At 11:07 PM, Blogger Tabula Rasa said…

    nono, uninterested. i kid you not (hah!)


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