Posted by: Sam Olsen | March 10, 2012

Strange Chinese custom of the week 23

Well done GP, for yes indeed the cheap tat we saw last week was indeed made of mammoth tusk. Well, apparently. Considering how many carvings there are (generally of small Chinese men wielding hoes) there must be an awfully large stash of these elephantine appendages. Considering China’s love of (endangered) animals, me thinks it much more likely that these figurines are made from Asian or African nellies and just conveniently labeled. But I could be wrong I suppose.

This week we revert back to different customs. Why on earth has this branch of Flight Centre festooned with so many flowers? Answers below as always.

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