Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Today's Special: Chicken Without Sexual Life

At Slate.com, Brian Palmer writes:
In preparation for this summer's Olympic Games, the Chinese government has recommended new English translations for more than 2,000 traditional Chinese
dishes to appeal to Western tourists.

The menu items in question include "bean curd made by a pockmarked woman," "ants climbing a tree," and "chicken without sexual life."
So where did these bizarre names come from? Palmer explores that question in the rest of his post.

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