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A Tale Told By An Idiot

A vegan in Mongolia:

"There wasn't a thing on the table that I could eat" said a frustrated Love. "They kept putting food in front of me, but I kept trying to tell them that I was a vegan. I pointed to the food and said it really loudly and slowly 'vegan, veee-gaaan' but they didn't seem to understand. They just kept encouraging me to eat."

Love's lack of Mongolian language skills coupled with the families lack of English language skills provided the perfect environment for a cultural misunderstanding to take place. And before long the Mongolian family had come to understand that "vegan" meant "sick" and quickly began to set out to find a remedy for their guest's illness.

Oyon left the table for a moment and returned with what appeared to be two recently severed chicken's feet. She then dipped the feet into some of the congealed pig's fat and took Love to a back room where she proceeded to try to spread the substance on her ears in an effort to remedy her sickness.

Posted by Rand Simberg at December 17, 2007 11:07 AM
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Link's broken, but this reads like something I'd have paid to watch.

Posted by Jay Manifold at December 17, 2007 11:14 AM


Posted by Steve at December 17, 2007 11:19 AM

If, as the idiom states "you are what you eat", can you be a vegan? "Soylent Green is people" comes to mind.

Posted by Tom MacMillan at December 17, 2007 11:28 AM

Link now works and the item appears to be satire, albeit only a slight exaggeration of some people's worldview.

Posted by Jay Manifold at December 17, 2007 12:16 PM

"And before long the Mongolian family had come to understand that "vegan" meant "sick" and quickly began to set out to find a remedy for their guest's illness."

Pretty perceptive, those Mongols.

Posted by Mark R. Whittington at December 17, 2007 01:18 PM

the kind of illness she suffers is probably not curable.

Posted by Steve at December 17, 2007 01:44 PM

"I'm not going back to Mongolia, I can tell you that for sure, but I'm seriously looking at some remote parts of Africa for next summer."

Where, of course, no one eats any meat, and they all understand every single word and expression of the English language...

As I recall, on my very first exposure to 'Vegan,' I thought it was something pertaining to the star Vega.

Posted by Frank Glover at December 17, 2007 02:11 PM

I sometimes pass a sign marked "Vegan Road".

I always wonder if the context is more 60's era trek or the non-meat consuming variety.

Posted by Mike Puckett at December 17, 2007 02:13 PM

Yes, good satire.

Posted by Jonathan at December 17, 2007 03:10 PM

I wonder if she ingests any protein from a human source.

Posted by Josh Reiter at December 17, 2007 06:56 PM


That was TOO funny. Ah, to be young and stupid again.


Posted by Dave G at December 18, 2007 12:05 PM

"These people are barbaric. They don't eat any tofu or soy or anything."

Who's calling whom barbaric? She's a spoiled, selfish, self-centered little idiot, and deserved what happened to her. In spades.

That poor family deserved much better.

Posted by Barbara Skolaut at December 18, 2007 01:16 PM

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