ancient chinese secret huh

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May 24, 2001

"On many occasions Liu Ling, under the influence of wine, would be completely free and uninhibited, sometimes taking off his clothes and sitting naked in his room. Once when some scholars saw him and chided him for it, Liu retorted, 'I take heaven and earth for my pillars and roof, and the rooms of my house for my pants and coat... What are you gentlemen doing in my pants?'"
--"Wen xin diao long" (The Literary Mind and the Carving of Dragons), from Kate Lingley via 15 Megabytes of Fame

Political Quiz
Which headlines did not appear in an American newspaper?
(a) "E.P.A. TO KILL NEW ARSENIC LIMITS FOR WATER"
(b) "U.S. PROPOSES TO END TESTING FOR SALMONELLA IN BEEF"
(c) "BUSHES REVERSES CLINTON POLICY ON FEDERAL AID FOR ABORTION COUNSELLING OVERSEAS"
(d) "BUSH, IN REVERSAL, WON'T SEEK CUT IN EMISSIONS OF CARBON DIOXIDE"
(e) "BUSH TO CLOSES OFFICES ON AIDS, RACE"
(f) "BUSH HALTS PROTECTION ORDER FOR HABITAT OF ENDAGERED SHEEP"
(g) "WHITE HOUSE ENDS BAR ASSOCIATION'S ROLE IN SCREENING FEDERAL JUDGES"
(h) "BUSH'S BUDGET WOULD CUT THREE PROGRAMS TO AID CHILDREN"
(i) "MORATORIUM ASKED ON SUITS THAT SEEK TO PROTECT SPECIES"
(j) "BUSH BUDGET ON HEALTH CARE WOULD CUT AID TO THE UNINSURED"
(k) "BUSH TEAM URGES REPEAL OF MINING RULE"
(l) "ADMINISTRATIONS PROMISES BUSINESS-FRIENDLY WORKPLACE SAFETY REGULATIONS"
(m) "NADER SAYS THERE MAY BE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN BUSH AND GORE AFTER ALL"
--Paul Slansky, "The First Hundred Days: The Quiz" from The New Yorker (Answer:m)