in other april fools news, the taipei times published this article today on how the "pandas" that china gave taiwan (which stirred up a lot of controversy. this isn't their native habitat so they're going to die eventually, and we're going to be blamed for not taking good enough care of them. taiwan wanted to send them back.) were actually bears dyed to look like pandas.
there were some hilarious quotes.
The Taipei Zoo’s head of ursidae ex-procyonidae care, Connie Liu (劉長春), said she became suspicious when the pandas, Tuan Tuan (團團) and Yuan Yuan (圓圓), began to spend almost all of their waking hours having sex. Pandas are notorious for their low libidos, which make them difficult to breed in captivity.a couple of guys in the dorm were pretty insistent that newspapers don't take part in April Fools and that it had to be real.
“Let’s just say Tuan Tuan and Yuan Yuan would tuan yuan at every chance,” said Liu, referring to the combination of the panda’s names, which means “to reunite” in Mandarin. “They would do it doggy-style and every armchair zoologist knows that pandas favor the missionary position — when they do it at all. Their behavior caused chaos. Children screamed and parents became irate.”
“Whenever the moaning from the panda enclosure gets too loud we gotta go in there and hose ’em down with cold water,” he said. “After a while, parts of the animals’ black-and-white patches started to turn brown.”
Local media reported yesterday that, in December, traces of melamine were found in Chinese bamboo that had been shipped to Taipei to feed Yuan Yuan and Tuan Tuan when the pair were rejecting Taiwanese bamboo and had each lost 3kg.
nothing interesting to report today except that i went to a new japanese place for lunch with bobo and it was really yummy. and i went to pizza hut tonight to pick up a tiny pizza for dinner and i started speaking chinese and using crazy hand gestures and the guy just looked at me and said 'i speak english.' whoops. ..i told him it's ok, i need the practice.
oh! i almost forgot. new girl! her name is kristen, she's from florida, never been to asia/taught before. she was in the military for 10 years. blonde. she seems cool.