Well, in an effort to introduce something lighthearted as far as China is concerned, I would like to start the first of a (hopefully) long list of humorous/amusing items. Andy Borowitz had just written a funny piece titled “China Buys Naming Rights to U.S.“, which I am pretty certain is completely made up. (H/T to China Hearsay)
In a landmark deal that could provide much-needed cash to America’s anemic economy, China agreed today to acquire the naming rights to the U.S. for a reported $1.4 trillion.
“We get 1.4 trillion dollars, and all we have to do is change our name to ‘Panda Garden,'” Mr. Bush told reporters at the White House.
In addition to the $1.4 trillion, the Chinese government said that it would provide $10 million to commission a new national anthem that would somehow incorporate the words “Panda Garden” in the lyrics, and to redesign the nation’s flag, which will henceforth be known as “the stars, stripes, and adorable bear.”
I gotta give Andy credit for knowing that a panda is also a bear. I just realized that it was not something commonly known (even in China, apparently) recently via a post by Matthew Yglesias. Just check out the comments there.