Saturday, 18 November 2017

Let's just call the whole thing a Caprinae and move on

By Nick Wood, Total Telecom
Friday 20 February 15

There might be a muddle about Chinese New Year, but there is no confusion over the zodiacal light given off by China Mobile

Happy lunar new year and may good fortune wend its way to you in this, the year of the sheep! No, ram. Or is it a goat? Perhaps there is some way to combine all three – people these days love a mash-up – so how about the year of the 'Shramoatp'? Considering that all three of these woolly, four-legged mammals are members of the same subfamily, Caprinae, you would think it does not matter which is the more accurate representation of the Chinese zodiac. That is certainly the case in China, where the Mandarin character Yáng simply depicts a horned animal and does not draw a distinction between a sheep or a goat…

Happy lunar new year and may good fortune wend its way to you in this, the year of the sheep! No, ram. Or is it a goat? Perhaps there is some way to combine all three – people these days love a mash-up – so how about the year of the 'Shramoatp'? Considering that all three of these woolly, four-legged mammals are members of the same subfamily, Caprinae, you would think it does not matter which is the more accurate representation of the Chinese zodiac. That is certainly the case in China, where the Mandarin character Yáng simply depicts a horned animal and does not draw a distinction between a sheep or a goat…

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