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Is it a communist naval mine? A communist robot? A communist giant ashtray? A communist trashcan? What? In the name of Mao Zedong I ask you: What are you, you weird ironclad device you?


It's an anti-explosive container, placed in a subway station in Beijing. As China prepares for its 60th Anniversary—proclaimed on October 1 1949—authorities are tightening security against terrorist attacks even more. Because we all know that terrorists leave packages marked as "bomb" ready to be put into a bomb trashcan. [Boston]


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