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September 8, 2010

CHINA/

Quick quiz: The troops in this photograph, clearly nervous and struggling, are…

shells vertical 220a) …playing a variation on Russian Roulette and wondering what theyhave to do to win.

b) …coping with budget cuts by looking for something pointed to set off their artillery shells.

c) …bartending students, practicing proper cocktail shaker technique.

d) …an elite “Hokey Pokey” unit. You should excuse yourself before they “shake it all about.”

I guess it could be any of the above, but the caption tells us that in fact they are carrying out “an arm strength competition.”

Is that right? Because I can see where this is going. After about 20 minutes of stumbling around using every ounce of strength to hold up these heavy rounds, the next command these guys are going to hear from some officer is, “HAND SALUTE!”

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Soldiers of the People’s Liberation Army carry out an arm strength competition during a training session at a military base in Suining, Sichuan province September 2, 2010. REUTERS/Stringer

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Is “hand salute” an innuendo?

It’s two-on-two gloves vs. skins!

Posted by iflydaplanes | Report as abusive
 

It’s clearly a limbo contest, You can imagine what happens if they don’t make it under the bar …

Posted by slick9 | Report as abusive
 

You could be right, Slick. Meanwhile, I would have bet anything your comment would have been on the shoe item today… How can you pass up liege, siege and oblige?

Posted by rcbasler | Report as abusive
 

Guess there is a shortage of sandbags or concrete blocks in China, but they have plenty of ammo to go around.

Posted by Dave_not_dave | Report as abusive
 

Ammo? Hmmmmm. I guess you could be right, Dave. I had them pegged as suppositories.

Posted by rcbasler | Report as abusive
 

All i can think of is that they are very vulnerable…

Posted by Shra | Report as abusive
 

The People’s Liberation Army ran out of funds to get Eugene a matching pair of camo pants.

Posted by iflydaplanes | Report as abusive
 

I think they’re practising for Oktoberfest by sitting at imaginary barstools and holding a substitute beer stein in each hand to build up arm strength. In time they hope to take on the Australians at two-fisted beer drinking.
Yeah I know, good luck with that.

Posted by Nosmo_King | Report as abusive
 

I like the nice squats they have going so their thighs will be screaming in pain about the time their arms give out. If they had one of those spiked heels, they wouldn’t have to look around for a detonator.

The guy in the mismatched camo is the poor dude that has to stand on the hill and look for anyone coming up. Top half to look like the sky and the bottom to look like the hill. Unless he has one of those electrician jobs in India where they hold him upside down…

Posted by Onedoor | Report as abusive
 

The second guy looks smug… Is there a lady trainer around, he wants to impress? Or maybe a female colleague doing some equally “vulnerable-looking” exercise?

Posted by Shra | Report as abusive
 

Shra, I think the second guy may have just launched a surprise gas attack on his colleagues.

Posted by Nosmo_King | Report as abusive
 

Or put in some more lead in that last guy’s ammunition? :D

Posted by Shra | Report as abusive
 

Nosmo, silent but deadly warfare!

Posted by iflydaplanes | Report as abusive
 

So, these are Chinese make-shift dumbbells, what do they use in Gym?

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