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Ananova – Wedding boom in China

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A quirk of the lunar calendar has prompted a massive jump in the number of people getting married in China.

This lunar year will last a longer-than-usual 385 days and contain two lunar springs – a doubly lucky time to start a family. And the years on either side of 2006 are considered exceptionally unlucky since they have no lunar spring at all.

And, on top of that, this is the year of the dog in China, which is viewed as good for marriage.

During the first three months of this lunar year, 44,000 couples registered their unions in Shanghai alone – twice as many as last year.

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June 20, 2006 Posted by | People, Uncategorized | Comments Off on Ananova – Wedding boom in China

Einbahn Strasse

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Two English football fans ("soccer", Yank) in Cologne lost their car after mistakenly thinking they had parked it on a road called 'One Way Street'. The pair wrote down 'Einbahn Strasse' – which means one-way street in German – so they didn't forget where they'd left the hire car.

But when they came to find it again they found that every second street in the inner city was called 'Einbahn Strasse'. It was only when they found a policeman that they were told the sign was to inform drivers that they were on a one-way street.

They finally managed to find their vehicle hours later with the help of the German police.

June 20, 2006 Posted by | People, Uncategorized | Comments Off on Einbahn Strasse