February 19, 2007

Pretty weird, coming from NPR

Notable quotations, from memory, on ATC yesterday:

Around the world, millions of people are celebrating the New Year.

The population of the PRC is about 1.31 billion. `Chinese', as a cultural group, would also include the population of Taiwan, and people of Chinese descent in Europe and the Americas. Counting this population in millions is technically accurate, but off by a factor of 1,000. It would be like opening a story on the Fourth of July with the line `Across the United States, over a hundred thousand people will watch fireworks tonight.'

Observers say those born in the year of the pig will be lucky.

Evidently Chinese people can't be relied on to communicate their own traditional beliefs. We white people need to go send some observers over to figure out what's up with these strange beings.

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