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Waterfree – you can actually buy it

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I remained curious as to why "Waterfree" was printed on the label above the urinal in the male toilets at the Beijing International airport, and did a search (invoking Windows Live of course) using it as the keyword. Interestingly, a list of companies supplying the "waterfree" urinal products were displayed. So it is a brand name, and not a translation error. I should have done the search before I wrote that blog entry. Anyway, a few friends who read it found it interesting and didn’t think that it was a brand name as well. The fact that the word does not looks like a brand logo, and is printed just below the Chinese phrase stating that flushing is not required, makes it appeared that it is a translation of the Chinese phrase. There goes the fun.
At the same time, I was reading Alan Greenspan’s "The Age of Turbulence", his semi-biography and insightful view and thoughts of the turbulent world from an economist’s perspective, revealed that the idea of the "Thinking Room" is not just a lay person’s practice, but also those of great contributors like himself. In a number of instances in the book, Greenspan highlighted the importance of the bathroom as a thinking room. Here’s one of those:
The concept of irrational exuberance came to me in the bathtub one morning as I was writing a speech. To this day, the bathtub is where I get many of my best ideas. My assistants have gotten used to typing from drafts scrawled on damp yellow pads–a chore that got much easier once we found a kind of pen whose ink doesn’t run. Immersed in my bath, I’m as happy as Archimedes as I contemplate the world. [p. 176, "The Age of Turbulence: Adventures in a New World", Alan Greenspan]
A moment of solitary each day is a good thing to practice, and might just helps things to flow better.

Written by mengchow

January 19, 2008 at 7:26 am

Posted in Awareness

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