Friday, August 29, 2008


So, it turns out that God takes the Ninth (Eighth if you're Catholic or Lutheran) Commandment pretty seriously:
The man, who was identified as Xu, had borrowed 500 yuan (US$73.21) from a close friend surnamed Huang three years ago. Xu, who lived in Fuqing City, Fujian Province, later forgot all about it, according to a news Web portal in Fujian.

But Huang remembered and complained before other friends that Xu had taken money from him.

On Tuesday, Huang took a wooden rod and rushed to Xu's home asking him to return the money. Xu too confronted Huang with an iron bar and stood his ground.

Huang then told Xu that he should swear before god that he was not in his debt. Xu lifted the iron bar over his head and said if he owed Huang money, the god would punish him. Just then he was struck by lightning.
Of course, their notion of God may differ from the Judeo-Christian God, but still, I don't think it's a good idea in any culture to hold a metal rod over your head and tempt God to strike you down while telling a fib. At least not on a cloudy day, anyway.

(Via Fark, which notes that "God hates a Fuqing liar.")

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