My guest today is Lisa Gay. She has lived in China and Japan for a number of years. We talked about her upcoming trip around China, swapped our worst Greyhound bus stories, and talked a bit about traveling in Japan.
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- I said that pandas were once legendary creatures. This was only partly true. Pandas were known, though not famous, in ancient China. They were indeed thought to be a myth in the West until 1869, when a French missionary sent a panda pelt to Europe.
- Speaking of myths, this BBC article sheds some light on panda mating habits in captivity vs. in the wild.
- Fun fact: The first Westerners to shoot a panda were none other than Kermit and Theodore Roosevelt Jr., sons of President Theodore Roosevelt.
- In 2008, Vince Li killed and ate his fellow Greyhound bus passenger in Canada. I was shocked to learn that he was released earlier this year, after spending nine years in a Mental Health Center.
- The International Olympic Committee has 95 members. The USA has four of those members. Lichtenstein, Monaco, Luxembourg and North Korea each have a single member, so when voting, the USA has as much power as those countries.