“Mommy, I’m being Brainwashed at School!”
Here in Xinjiang we have some foreign teacher friends whose son attends a local Chinese school. A week ago we overheard one of the most hilarious conversations between this 3rd grade boy and his mother that I have to share. It went something like this:
Mom: Are you ok, Michael? You look a little pale.
Son: I’m scared, mom. I think they are brainwashing me at school!
(this, of course, alarms his mom)
Mom: What!? What are they doing to you?
Son: They’re using some sort of machine at school to brainwash all us kids and they forced me against my will to participate. I didn’t have a choice, mom!
(by this point the mom is getting quite nervous)
Mom: Can you explain exactly what they did to you?
Son: Yea. They held up this laser-brainwasher to my forehead and I heard it beep.
(After a moment of thought the mom finally solves the riddle)
Mom: Ha! Don’t worry, Michael. It’s a thermometer. They’re checking your temperature, not melting your brainmass.