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Many foreign businessmen and commentators have observed that the word for crisis in Chinese consists of the characters for danger (危) as well as opportunity (机). Their point is that, unlike pessimistic Westerners, the Chinese sees crises as opportunities for improvement. However, the etymology of 危机 does not support this popular wisdom. In most context,… Read More »

When will a fact sound vaguely vulgar?

When it involves the following statements: Oedipus was a motherfucker. A zebra is a hell of a lot bigger than an A bra. Bisexuals masturbate with either hand. Castration takes balls. Even a rat likes to go into a different hole every now and then. Related stuff: One man’s vulgarity is another’s lyric