Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Asses to Asses 

Courtesy of Zemblan patriot M.B.: Emergent superpower of the 21st century? Feh! Shame on China for the repressive tactics it has brought to bear against our friends in the perhaps unfortunately named county of Donghai, who have stumbled across a whole new stage of grief that Dr. Kubler-Ross somehow overlooked. To 1) Denial, 2) Anger, 3) Bargaining, 4) Depression, and 5) Acceptance, you may now add 6) Shake Your Groove Thang:
Striptease send-offs at funerals may become a thing of the past in east China after five people were arrested for organizing the intimate farewells, state media reported on Wednesday.

Police swooped last week after two groups of strippers gave "obscene performances" at a farmer's funeral in Donghai County, Jiangsu province, Xinhua news agency said.

The disrobing served a higher purpose, the report noted.

"Striptease used to be a common practice at funerals in Donghai's rural areas to allure viewers," it said. "Local villagers believe that the more people who attend the funeral, the more the dead person is honored."
Now you understand the old Zemblan custom under which the King fakes his own death every couple of years. Any excuse for a party!

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