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11 December 2008

Max Planck Institute accidentally publishes ad for Chinese brothel

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From the Independent:

A respected research institute wanted Chinese classical texts to adorn its journal, something beautiful and elegant, to illustrate a special report on China. Instead, it got a racy flyer extolling the lusty details of stripping housewives in a brothel.

Chinese characters look dramatic and beautiful, and have a powerful visual impact, but make sure you get the meaning of the characters straight before jumping right in.

There were red faces on the editorial board of one of Germany's top scientific institutions, the Max Planck Institute, after it ran the text of a handbill for a Macau strip club on the front page of its latest journal. Editors had hoped to find an elegant Chinese poem to grace the cover of a special issue, focusing on China, of the MaxPlanckForschung journal, but instead of poetry they ran a text effectively proclaiming "Hot Housewives in action!" on the front of the third-quarter edition. Their "enchanting and coquettish performance" was highly recommended.

The use of traditional Chinese characters and references to "the northern mainland" seem to indicate the text comes from Hong Kong or Macau, and it promises burlesque acts by pretty-as-jade housewives with hot bodies for the daytime visitor.
(cross posted at appletree)

3 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great minds ................ in the gutter.

1:00 am  
Anonymous bootlean said...

Like a lot of people I know.
More brains than common sense. Know what I mean?

10:24 pm  
Anonymous R J Adams said...

This tale nicely encapsulates western understanding of all things oriental.

4:26 am  

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