After finding out last month that I hail from the great commonwealth of Kentucky, the Hot Pot column editor at the China Daily asked if I could write a piece about "what I think" about the popularity of KFC in China. Anyone who knows me knows this is a ridiculous request; I have no opinions on anything. But I agreed and eventually cranked out a story (perhaps a misleading term; the only story here is that Kentucky is a funny place to be from in China), a story which they just published today.
Also note that their cartoonist has drawn me with a large-caliber bullet hole through my heart. Should I be concerned about that?
By the way, one of my favorite jokes from The Simpsons is from the episode "Lisa the Tree Hugger", which culminates in a giant log rolling down a hill and plowing into several environmentally objectionable buildings, including a Kentucky Fried Panda franchise. Homer is devastated and exclaims:
Noooo! It was finger Ling-Ling good!
For a while I was trying to work that joke in to the China Daily piece, before I remembered it's not my joke.