Fun Fact: The Funny Thing About The Chinese Word For Contradiction

The Chinese word for “contradiction” is 矛盾 (Máodùn), but the two characters individually mean “spear” and “shield”. This is because of a Chinese proverb of a peddler who sold weapons. He claimed to have a spear that could pierce any object, and a shield that could not be broken. An obvious contradiction.

Fun Fact: Japanese Taiwan

After losing the First Sino-Japanese War, China gave Japan control over the island of Taiwan. While Japan’s control met quite the opposition in Taiwan, they did give a two year period for the people of Taiwan to move to mainland China. Japan lost control of Taiwan after World War II, and Taiwan later became theContinue reading “Fun Fact: Japanese Taiwan”