The Japan Times reports that a restaurant in Kunming, China was fined 2,000 yuan for advertising that they would have sushi served from naked women's bodies. The fine was based on two violations: (1) the naked women did not have health certificates required for restaurant employees, and (2) the women were improperly dressed. For a country so seemingly unconcerned with the niceties of rule of law, these are crazy things to fine the restaurant for. I mean, they can go get the health certificates, and they were NOT improperly dressed, insofar as they were NOT dressed at all. By the way, all of the jokes here are too easy and the headline is the only one I'm going to make. Insert your own naked-woman-sushi joke.
By the way, there is a word (I don't know) in Japanese for eating sushi off of naked women. Unusual culture.
The Minneapolis Star-Tribune picked up an AP story about a survey IKEA commissioned regarding the use to which the bedroom is put in 27 countries. Now, we get the typical stats like 43% Malaysians say they have sex in their bedrooms every night, and 20% of North Americans (whoever they are) have sex outside of the bedroom. That's not only old news, but since most of us have sex with no more than two or three people at once (maximum), also irrelevant. Whether Malaysians screw like bunnies, if you get the frigid one, that 43% is useless to you. No. The interesting data was: people who change their sheets often have more sex in their bedrooms. Excuse me for playing Master of the Obvious, but I think that's backwards. People who have sex in their beds often change their sheets, so that your sex rate drives your sheet rate, not vice versa.
Silly Swedes. Lots of people could have told them that without a whole survey.
DO YOU HAVE HER NUMBER?
I heard a guy describe a woman as "a passive-aggressive, manic depressive with OCD." I was pretty impressed by this, since I'm betting that he came up with that off the top of his head. Still, can you imagine?
I just finished An Army at Dawn. I felt like Butthead sometimes with the size of that book ("Words, words, words . . .). Anyway, Patton is finally starting to be a main actor, and it reminded me of one the (many) brilliant, clear-headed quotes to come from Patton, who was apparently actually a lunatic.
"No bastard ever won a war by dying for his country. He won it by making the other poor dumb bastard die for his country." By the way, this is also sometimes rendered as, "The object of war is not to die for your country but to make the other bastard die for his."
I really, really enjoyed An Army at Dawn. It reads very very will, tells a story we don't know, and has good pictures. We tend to think that the invasion of North Africa was easy and that there is a historical inevitability to sweeping through Tunisia, into Sicily, thence Italy. There was no such inevitability, and it may be that North Africa was the result of German imperial overstretch (haven't heard that term since the 1990s), causing them to rely on French and Italian troops when their own troops likely would have stopped the invasion cold. Very good book. Worth a read.