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Chinese Burn

Funny story: I found out today from a Chinese coworker that apparently in China it’s bad news for a man to be wearing a green hat, or to be given a green hat as a gift – a green hat is a sign that your wife has been unfaithful, or is possibly a woman of negotiable virtue. So when he emigrated to Canada, he tells me, his first week here was a weird, confusing, hilarious week.

He arrived just before St. Patrick’s Day.

Put yourself in that man’s shoes, and tell me that you don’t just laugh and laugh. “They’re having a parade!?

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  1. kev

    It’s amazing how important colour is. When I was working on a project in China for an ISP, there was a gateway interface we put together. It was all cooler (as in temp, not style) blues and greens, and we thought it was all pretty slick. Our client freaked out and, after coming down from the ceiling, finally recovered enough to explain that those colours were verboten for signifying a lack of prosperity, bad luck, etc. So, we did a quick redesign, and came up with a myspace-like upchuck of pinks, oranges, and reds that they _loved_.