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Impetuous Man’s identity is revealed!

Saturday, February 3rd, 2007

When my brother Jack and I were in northwest China about 18 months ago, doing research for Women of the Gobi, one of us took a photo of a poster outside a shop in Dunhuang. We thought it must be advertising some kind of Chinese Vlagra. I posted the pic here a couple of months ago, and it’s in my Flickr photostream.

Impetuous man

At the time, someone pointed out that the man looked like Penn Jillette from the magic/comedy duo Penn and Teller. ‘Meh,’ I said.

But this morning I was alerted to the fact that Penn was sent a link to my Flickr pic, and he talked about it in his February 1 podcast. As he quite rightly pointed out, it looks as if he’s strangling a woman while having sex with her. Later I looked at my Flickr account and saw that the photo had been viewed nearly 600 times, which is up just a bit from the usual two or three friends checking out the latest pictures of my puppy…

So hello to anyone who followed the links and got here! Have a look at my other China photos, and check out my book – it’s about my 2005 trip to China in the footsteps of three English women who crossed the Gobi desert on a donkey cart in the 1920s. It’s got monkey kings and Celine Dione songs and living Buddhas and yak hotpot – you’ll love it. (Oh, and ordering direct from Pluto Press is cheaper than Amazon.)