Monday, December 15, 2008

Strippers and Strange Devices

A prominent scientific journal accidentally got a little kinky.

There were red faces on the editorial board of one of Germany's top scientific institutions, the Max Planck Institute, after it ran the text of a handbill for a Macau strip club on the front page of its latest journal.

As usual, it offended some people, but not too many.

.....publication of the journal caused some anger among touchier internet users in China who felt the institute had done it on purpose to insult China, or that it was disrespectful to use Chinese as a decoration. But generally, the faux-pas sparked much amusement among Chinese readers.

The replacement cover seems somehow related.

The journal has since been updated online and its cover now carries the title of a book by the Swiss Jesuit, Johannes Schreck (1576–1630). The Jesuit text in question was "Illustrated Explanations of Strange Devices".

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