Wednesday, 13 June 2007

93 Million Wangs and Two Fighting Chungs

by Charles Pooter

“There are nine million bicycles in Beijing
That's a fact
It's a thing we can't deny
Like the fact that I will love you 'til I die”
- Nine Million Bicycles by easy-listening warbler Katie Melua
Ms. Melua's song would have been much better if she'd known this bit of trivia:
“Current Chinese law states that children are only allowed take the surname from either their mother or father, but the lack of variety means there are now 93 million people in China with the family name ‘Wang’.

Under a new draft regulation released by the ministry of public security, parents will be able to combine their surnames for their children, a move that could open up 1.28 million new possibilities, the China Daily reported.”
Meanwhile, in Washington DC, a family with the comparably uncommon Chinese surname “Chung” are defending themselves in court against a man with the wrong trousers:
“A judge had to leave the courtroom with tears running down his face Tuesday after recalling the lost pair of trousers that led to his $54 million lawsuit against a dry cleaner.

[Administrative law judge Roy L. Pearson] alleges that Jin Chung, Soo Chung and Ki Chung, owners of the mom-and-pop business, committed fraud and misled consumers with signs that claimed 'Satisfaction Guaranteed' and 'Same Day Service.'

Pearson also called himself as a witness, saying his problems began in May 2005 when he brought in several suits for alterations. A pair of pants from a blue and maroon suit was missing when he requested it two days later. He said Soo Chung tried to give him a pair of charcoal gray pants.

As Pearson explained that those weren't the pants for the suit, he choked up and left the courtroom crying…”
Roy Pearson: What a wang you are!

1 comment:

Bwca said...

re the Drycleaner Saga:
Maybe your Commentor/Link 'Shades Of Grey' would have been the same if the pants of his 'beautiful moleskin suit' were also lost ?

re The Plaintiff: definitely in touch with his Inner Child, that 4 year-old one, who throws a tantrum when denied the wearing of it's favourite (worn out)garment.
His Action is so ridiculous that I wonder if it will later be found that he has some awful brain disease (as with poor dear genius Dudley Moore).