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Urinating Mystery Man

From time to time, you will find the strangest things on public display in Changzhou. The Jiu Zhou New World shopping mall has one such oddity. Technically, it’s not in the mall, at all, but in the sunken fashion plaza beneath Lanling Road . You can, however, walk from the mall’s basement level to the fashion plaza easily. It’s a wall mural the features the Incredible Hulk standing at a urinal. His hand is on the wall, and he is straining. The wall is crumbling under the might of his grip.  And his pants are falling down, revealing the crack of his buttocks.

Spiderman is standing next to him, and he is looking down. You can easily assume what Spiderman is looking at. Lighting bolts of surprise emphasize his shock. Now, I am not going to speculate what Spiderman is thinking or contemplating. You can look at the picture and figure that out for yourself. The empty space next to Hulk is what I am curious about. There are also concern lightning bolts, but there is nobody standing at that urinal.

So, this leaves me to wonder. What Marvel characters have the power of invisibility? I didn’t know, so I Googled it. As it turns out, the ability to vanish is not a common ability i the Marvel universe. Most of the characters I found were minor and mostly apocryphal. The biggest of all the names seems to be Dr. Stephen Strange — who is currently being played by Benedict Cumberbatch. Or, as Chinese women love to call him, Horse Face. So, my guess is that it’s him, and he’s mystified.

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Jiu Zhou Antique Market

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I am always on the hunt for old photos, and I am especially looking for old pictures of Changzhou and other cities. This means I spend a lot of time looking for antique markets and junk stores. So, far, there five places I know of. Wujin has a place near where Changwu and Renmin intersect. There are two near Hongmei Park, and one stands behind the Christian church at Wenhuagang 文化宫. That one is perhaps the largest. Recently, I found another near the Jiu Zhou New World shopping center near the city center..

It’s across the street and in a very weathered, very dirty looking building. It’s on the second floor of that building, and once you climb the stairs into the place, you notice it is as grimy on the inside as it is on the exterior. The wares are much of the same: ceramics, postage stamps, jewelry, old red Mao quotation books, and few other things. I did see some nice furniture there, too. However, I saw none of the stuff I like to collect. So, no photos, no old postcards, and very few old printed things. There was also a lot of empty space, too. The likelihood I will return to this place is minimal.

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