Posted On: Tuesday - January 1st 2019 9:06PM MST
In Topics:   Humor  Treehuggers  China
Peak Stupidity's number one
With only 200 million people on this same 3 million square miles, as the 350-odd million now, America wasn't litter-free 50 years ago, about the time littering became "a thing", but it wasn't China either:
Yeah, the Chinese are hard-working, smart, and numerous, but they are not particularly orderly. The littering story here is from some time I spent deep into the heart of China.
In the house where we stayed, the Dad was on the porch (such as it was) and yelled something in Chinese (of course) to a kid who had just thrown a bottle down in the road. OK, it was a 5 ft. wide alley, but it was a road to them! I am no expert in Mandarin, but something tells me what he said was “pick up your garbage!” The kid, being a somewhat obedient sort, picked it up and put it on top of a big pile of trash about 50 ft away. It was a pile meant to be collected, but as un-orderly as China is, it was just a big damn mess itself. “What’s the difference?” I said, in English.