Tuesday, August 12, 2008


Recently eaten: chopped salad
Recent annoyance: the gooey white-out booger on the end of the brush before you get to the usable stuff

The Brits have gone to great lengths to discredit the Beijing Olympics. They've got a lot to live up to, but the latest expose from China really has the Brits fuming. Long a tolerant nation of crooked teeth, yellow enamel, and generally horrifying orthodontia, the British take personal offense to the story revealed below. This is clearly a toothist country.

Olympic: Child singer revealed as fake (Guardian)
When nine-year-old Lin Miaoke launched into Ode to the Motherland at the Olympic opening ceremony, she became an instant star.

"Tiny singer wins heart of nation," China Daily sighed; "Little girl sings, impresses the world," gushed another headline, perhaps in reference to Lin's appearance on the front of the New York Times. Countless articles lauded the girl in the red dress who "lent her voice" to the occasion.

But now it emerges that Lin lent someone else's voice, following high-level discussions - which included a member of the Politburo - on the relative photogenicity of small children.

The recording to which Lin mouthed along on Friday was by the even younger Yang Peiyi. It seems that Yang's uneven teeth, while unremarkable in a seven-year-old, were considered potentially damaging to China's international image.

Somebody get the girl a retainer!

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