Ever see those old ads from the 1920s, where some housewife whiles away her life doing menial tasks, with an apron on her hips and a smile on her face? That’s exactly what I thought of when I saw this iron in the backroom of the tailor shop across from my grandmother’s house. Except instead of a cheerful housewife, I found a middle-aged Chinese woman in a room only slighter bigger...
"Have you been with pig recently?"
[I kid you not, that was a question on the entry form to get past Chinese customs.] Ah, swine flu paranoia. Even though thousands around the world die from things like measles, malaria, and poor water sanitation, the Chinese government decided that swine flu was Enemy No. 1. As a result, every passenger flying into the country from overseas had to undergo these radar-y temperature checks by silly...