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Incredible Low-Tech Laotian Merry-Go-Round

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When I was living in Kathmadu 20 years ago (yow!) this summer, I found this awesomely makeshift ferris wheel in a nearby theme park.  A teenager would stand in the middle, and walk from one bar to the next, giving passengers a slow, staggered ride. Much more recently in southern Laos, down on the island Don Khon, ...

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Amazing Skull Haircut on a Four-Year-Old

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From the front, our 4-year-old neighbor appears to be sporting just another Mandinka warrior buzz.... But from the back.... I really hope this 8-bit-skull-shaved-into-the-back-of-the-head catches on. Reminds me of my old Troma pal Noah Scalin's Skull-A-Day project.

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Insanely Creepy Cambodian Scarecrows

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It's so easy to be seduced by the beauty and simple peace of Cambodia... Oh, the temples, the jungles, the country roads. Although behind such breathtaking beauty sometimes there hides a wretched darkness. "Wha? What was that?" The first one we passed, we thought it was a man hiding in a bush. Waving a ...

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“Watch Out!” 13 Unique Ways to Say Be Careful

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Vodka Bottles Taxidermied Into Mice

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Now that we have our Chinese taxidermy certificates, Woo and I needed to get stuffing.A woman in Qingdao, after hours of discussions, agreed to send a friend to Beijing with a box of frozen rats.  He took the all-night bus, and showed up with a dripping styrofoam box.  "I got confused, and lost, and they ...

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Cute Subway Sign

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I thought this was so endearing...."Please take care oldster and child" on the Beijing subway escalators.

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Another Abandoned Beijing Amusement Park

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What is it with these half-built, then abandoned, Beijing amusement parks? We're old fans of The Romance Park of the Heart, which is filled with Swiss chalets, Siamese pagodas, and packs of wild dogs looking to tear your legs off. But we kept hearing about another one, in the opposite direction... Wonderland! Just ...

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16 Awesome Menu Items

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A sampling from the menus we've seen in the last year....And, for Woo...

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Happy Easter!

Here's another lamb-alicious clip from the 1975 cultural revolution ballet, "Sons & Daughters of the Grassland." Remember, while watching, that that lamb is a metaphor for something or other.  Oh, I'm probably imagining that.  Happy Easter, and enjoy!

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Easter at a Chinese Taxidermy School

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Celebrating Easter in China…

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When you're in a country that doesn't officially celebrate Easter, like China, sometimes you get nervous.  Will the Easter Bunny get his visa yanked at the last-minute?  Are you sure those chocolate eggs are melamine-free?   Is the holiday even legal here?Well, we had those same concerns too, but finally decided China's gonna love Easter!Good ...

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AquaWeird in Qingdao

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Yesterday I posted about the strange fish you'll find in Qingdao's Huilan Pavilion (as seen on every Qingdao and Tsingtao bottle of beer) -- but that's not all you'll find inside. For your four kuai (about $0.60) admission, you'll enter a strange world of aquatic wonders. Like this bizarre lizard-fish...Actually, as a couple friends ...

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Lucky Fruit (and Ain’t So Lucky Fish)

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Yesterday, these little nectarines showed up at the market. Dyed (branded? scalded? waxed? greased up with dirty stinking chemicals?) with Chinese characters, they read tall (高), shining (照), a thing (事) and happiness (喜). "No, no, no," said Echo, a good friend. "You've bought the wrong ones, and got them in the wrong ...

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Happy 99th Birthday, Kim Il-sung!

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Okay, I know he's been dead for a long time -- 17 years -- but since he's still the official (eternal!) president of North Korea. And he'd be 100 99 today!  So here are a handful of cute dear great pictures of the "Great Leader" (수령) from our last trip to the DPRK.

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Film 101, with Guest Professor Kim Jong Il

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(Happy Kim Il Sung's eternal birthday!)Sergei Eisenstein wrote extensively on film theory.  As did Lloyd Kaufman.  So, knowing what a film buff Kim Jong Il is, I was proud to see he'd already hopped on that bandwagon.  I recently picked up his fascinating 1987 treatise on filmmaking techniques, "The Cinema and Directing." It's short at ...

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Tongzhou’s "Kids with Measles" Ride

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I don't know if I'd feel too comfortable getting close to these kids.... let alone allow my children to ride their backs...

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The Chinese Taxidermy Diaries: The Last Few Days

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The taxidermy school days ended as they began: just plain weird. Intro: Setting the Scene Day One: Stuffing the Big Dog Day Two: But These Aren't Squirrels Day Three: When The Booze Comes Out Days Four to Six: When We Eat the Dog Day Seven: My First Stuffed Dog The Last Few Days: The Final Exams On day seven, Teacher Liu defrosted four ...

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Fake Graveyards outside Beijing

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The Beijing suburbs are expanding like mad.We spent the last ten days living in a small Tongzhou village, an hour east of Beijing, and construction was non-stop.  Every day we were there, a ramshackle house was torn down and replaced by a building site.  New walls would go up in hours.  Bricks and dust were ...

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AsiaObscura.com presents A Trip to Beijing World Park – May 7th!

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Saturday, May 7th at 1pmWhy go all the way to Badaling when the Great Wall is right here in Beijing?  Join AsiaObscura.com, as we spend a day exploring the eccentricities of Beijing World Park (北京世界公园), the city's quirkiest amusement park.  Experience the skyscrapers of Manhattan, the pyramids of Cairo, and even the Taj Mahal of ...

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The Chinese Taxidermy Diaries: Day Seven

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I finished my first animal!!! "Mommy, why can't I go outside and play?" Intro: Setting the Scene Day One: Stuffing the Big Dog Day Two: But These Aren't Squirrels Day Three: When The Booze Comes Out Days Four to Six: When We Eat the Dog Day Seven: My First Stuffed Dog The Last Few Days: The Final Exams

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