Saturday, August 23, 2008

Crazy Students + The Origins of Durian

Everyone has a blog these days. My Intensive Class students happened to have their own blogs. Most of them are pretty interesting too. Do check them out:
I'm glad to get my students interested enough in history to actually check out on Cheng Ho at Wikipedia. But I bet Wiki doesn't have the most interesting folk-tale about Cheng Ho. Not even Gavin Menzies know this. Cheng Ho was the guy who invented the king of fruits - the durian. It was said that this bloke used to bag his faeces and hang them from trees. Then he fooled his enemies that those bags were durians. His stupid enemies believed him and ate them. In time, they cultivated those "fruits" and they became durians!!! Unbelievable? Believe it! [Told you "History" was fun if you knew just WHAT to pay attention to... hahahahahaha!]

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