It is well documented in the West that the toothbrush was
invented by Chinese during the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644).
But it is false. Why? Because the toothbrush handle exhibited
at Chengdu Chinese
Medicine Museum (成都中药博物馆) was proven to be made by people
of the Song
Cleaning teeth with toothbrush became popular among Chinese
since a thousand years ago. Classic romance novels depicting
daily affairs of Song and Ming people often made some reference
to this oral hygiene activity as a necessary warm up exercise
before a close physical contact. Chinese
Buddhist monks of Song era were also seen by amazed alien
travelers to brush their teeth with horse-tail hair brush
(Shobogenzo by Gogen Kigen, 1223).
If a toothbrush is an invention too small to
talk about, then the structure shown in the picture above
should definitely deserve a mention, particularly when you
consider it was made
with bamboos and bamboos only, and was made for the transportation
of salt water produced using natural gas.
The photo was taken in 1915 in Zigong (自贡),
If you dismiss the Chinese tech genius as past
events, you are not really fair to today's
people in China. Evidently Chinese were only dull and
silly and looked
ugly (with pigtail hairdo and tube shaped dress) during
a short time span of 267 years (comparing to China's 5,000
years long civilization) when they were suppressed under
We're not here talking about a new space program
China is going to launch or a new aircraft carrier that just
returned to the port from the South China Sea. We just tell
a tale of a humble noodle store in Shijiazhuang (石家庄),
the capital of Hebei Province, that sells noodles with fried
sauce in a high tech fashion.
As you can see in the picture the eatery is
only big enough to accommodate three staff members working
there: a waitress/cashier and her husband who cooks the noodle
and a big headed alien who makes the noodle at a speed of
one bowl per 20 seconds. The business is booming.
The secret to the noodle couple's success?
Being inclusive of the alien and its technology but do not
allow it to hijack the business and rule their lives.
(Photo: 丁立新 - xinhuanet.com)
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