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Hang on, this isn’t Yangon?


Blog Guy, I read that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is visiting Myanmar. That’s amazing! Have you been there?

Not to Myanmar, but I was there when they called it Burma.

Oh. Were you in Yangon?

Yes, but they called it Rangoon then.

But it’s the same city, right, the capital?

Rangoon was the capital when I was there, but now the capital is Naypyitaw.

I’m totally confused. Rangoon became Yangon which became Naypyitaw?

No, Yangon is still Yangon, it’s just not the capital any longer.

This is too bizarre. Can you at least confirm that Clinton made it out of the airport safely?

Of course. Otherwise that dog wouldn’t be walking behind her motorcade.

What kind of dog is that?

Probably a Burmese.

Wait. I thought a Burmese was a cat.

Sure, dogs used to be called cats back when it was Burma…

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Top: U.S. secretary of state Hillary Clinton smiles inside her car after landing in Myanmar’s capital Naypyitaw November 30, 2011. Hillary Clinton became the first U.S. secretary of state to visit Myanmar in more than 50 years on Wednesday, launching a historic mission to press the reclusive country’s new leaders to sever illicit contacts with North Korea and deliver on reforms. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj

Right: A dog crosses the road after U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s motorcade passes upon her arrival in Naypyidaw, Myanmar November 30, 2011. REUTERS/Saul Loeb/Pool