I went to the general store and told the cashier: “I need condoms for making wine. I will use them to cover the mouth of the bottle so i need un-lubricated condoms. Please tell me which ones are un-lubricated because I don’t know the Chinese characters.”

The cashier was taken completely off-guard. Sex is a taboo subject, and condoms are somehow even more taboo. He composed himself then gave the shelf of condoms a critical stare. “I don’t understand what you need condoms for. What do you need to wrap?” (the word for cover, fill and wrap is the same in Chinese)

Now it was my turn to get caught off guard. I gave him the only reasonable response that came to mind: “I’m trying to buy condoms. Do you REALLY want to ask me what i’m trying to wrap?”

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