Hair removal is big here.
My only health problem, according to the report I received from the clinic where I had the most bizarre medical exam of my life: a shockingly efficient but nonetheless disconcerting assembly line-style series of tests — ultrasound, x-ray, blood test, eye exam (including color-blindness), etc. — required for my work visa.
You might think, based on the name, that the International Professionals in Natural Breast Care would be health-care providers of some sort. Oncologists, maybe…
…but you’d be wrong.
Caption from a picture in this amazing photoset, which I linked to earlier today.
When I was a kid, my dad was one of those fathers who really did tell me to finish my dinner, because “there are people starving in China, you know.” (And yes, I’m aware how much that ages me.) As The Atlantic points out, it’s difficult to imagine fathers using that same line today and getting away with it. (“There are people starving in Bangladesh, you know” just doesn’t have the same ring to it…)
So far, my China experience has rarely extended beyond the borders of Shanghai proper, but if this city is any indication of the country’s eating habits — and it sounds like it is — the figures above don’t surprise me at all. Fast food chains abound, convenience stores are ubiquitous (as are the snacks therein, which many people seem to consider meals), and, while I haven’t seen any morbidly obese locals, I’ve been shocked by the prevalence of chubby toddlers and roundish adults. Flat-out fatness can’t be that far down the line.
Give ‘em credit for truth in advertising, at least.
Had a stubborn cough a few weeks ago. The Chinese ladies at my office prescribed the above — purportedly an age-old Chinese curative.
I have no idea what any of that says, either on the bottle or on the instructions, but it basically tasted like plain old American cough syrup with some honey stirred in. If Chinese medicinal logic prevails — i.e., correlation = causation — then it worked, because my cough eventually went away. But I — and I know this will shock my readers — am still dubious.
Stole this one from the webz, but couldn’t not post.