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Monday, May 12, 2008

88 Days Til Big O

The Beijing Summer Olympic Games begin in exactly 88 days.

Why am I reminding you on such an "off" number day? I mean, why not 100 days? 75 days? Why did I choose the number eighty-eight? I want to share a little tidbit about Chinese culture!

Did you pick up on the fact that the Beijing Olympic Games will begin a couple of weeks earlier than usual? That's because the Chinese specifically requested that the Beijing Olympics begin on August 8, 2008.

The Chinese consider the number eight quite lucky, y'all. It's deemed even more fortuitous when it appears in threes - as in 8/8/08.

Olympic Craze continues to sweep across China. The Beijing Organizing Committee of the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games (BOCBOG) said in April that they received 1.126 million Olympic volunteer applications since last August (when the application period opened), even though they only need 100,000 volunteers for both the Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Perhaps all of those would-be volunteers feel they need the luck that most Chinese associate with the Beijing Summer Games.