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The Gecko 18 April, 2000

The Gecko 18 April, 2000

Eleven-year-old Taylor Zorski from Lincroft, New Jersey visited Cambodia for the

first time last week. After sampling a variety of culinary delights ranging from

Chinese, Khmer, French and Japanese, he said the meal he had enjoyed the most was

a hamburger and fries. When asked which burger was better-the one at Lucky Burger

or the one at Le Grand Hotel d'Angkor in Siem Reap-he thought pensively for a minute

and then declared the one at Le Grand the winner.

** There is a rumor going around that since the PM clarified that he wasn't

quitting smoking cigarettes entirely, but rather giving up 555s and switching to

ARAs, a clever guy at the ARA factory is now secretly filling ARA packages with 555s

for special deliveries to you know where.

** There's no end of good works that NGOs could direct their resources to

in the small communities along the road linking Sisophon and Battambang.

Health projects, skills training, education-you name it.

Travellers on that same road last Saturday night got an opportunity to see how one

Christian NGO is disbursing funds to help develop the Kingdom. Four large movie screens

were erected at half-kilometer spacing, all playing a high volume Khmer-dubbed version

of The Life of Jesus.

Reaction of the overwhelmingly Buddhist audience to the strange antics of bearded

Western actors filmed on some Hollywood back lot in the 60s can only be guessed at.

** Product labels are important, as consumers could get confused without them,

especially if one did not note the following:

On Sears hairdryer: Do not use while sleeping.

On a bar of Dial soap: Directions: use like regular soap.

On packaging for a Rowenta iron: Do not iron clothes on body.

On Marks & Spencer Bread Pudding: Product will be hot after heating.

On Nytol sleep aid: Warning: may cause drowsiness.

On Tesco's Tiramisu dessert: Do not turn upside down. (Printed on bottom of the box)

On a Japanese food processor: Not to be used for the other use.

On a string of Chinese-made Christmas lights: For indoor or outdoor use only.

On some Swann frozen dinners: Serving suggestion: Defrost.

On Sainsbury's peanuts: Warning: contains nuts.

On an American Airlines packet of nuts: Instructions: open packet, eat nuts.

On a child's superman costume: Wearing of this garment does not enable you to fly.

On a Swedish chainsaw: Do not attempt to stop chain with your hands or genitals.

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