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Uncannily good prediction from The Onion archives, dated January, 2001.


Some Chinese people are really going to great lengths to aid their career.

A French documentary (by Hikari Productions) presented the surgical procedure of leg-lengthening in detail. The clients were young women trying to measure up to the specs of the boosting economy. Unbelievably, job ads occasionally have length requirements in China.

The Independent article covers the issue. It says that the procedure has been banned, but – contradicting itself – states:

“From now on, leg extensions may be carried out by hospitals that conduct at least 400 orthopaedic operations a year and offer post-surgery care and rehabilitation, and only on strictly medical grounds, the ministry said. “

It is unbelievable that the doctors in China are using their expertise and time on this painful, cosmetic and unnecessary operation. It is unbelievable that the girls are doing this.

China, China, where are you going to? 

As an experiment I decided to open a dedicated blog for gathering feedback and comments for “On How The Brain Functions” article. So, take a deep breath and jump to here.

I wish You a Marvellous New Year 2007!

It is interesting to see for how long North Korea is able to hold its current political system. I’ll bet that in ten years time, its borders will open. And Kim Jong-il will have a blog of his own.

The photo below is from Korean Friendship Association’s website. It was taken in Kaesong, in 2004.

The little girls in the photo look uncannily similar. I think there’s some kind of a selection process for them along the lines of: “See this picture here. Now look at your child. As you can see they look the same. Be very happy. With her beautiful smile, she will become a worthy representative of this great country.”

Heck, I do not know really. I’m just speculating. Maybe they look like that in reality. It is in the water or something. Anybody visited North Korea lately? Please correct me on this one… 😉

[17.11.2006] What’s your opinion: do they look uncannily similar or should I clean my laptop screen?

Korean Friendship Association, Children in Kaesong

[Image copyrighted (c) by the Korean Friendship Association]