Worldwide Onelers: China’s Taiko–Nots. August 3, 2009Posted by Onely in As If!, Look What Google Barfed Up, Secret Lives of the Happily Single, solo travel.
Tags: china's space program, halitosis relationship, spouse forbids something, taikonauts
According to this BBC news article, Chinese taikonauts have to meet a series of criteria in order to go into space, including:
No Bad Breath!
No Body Odor!
No Scars That May Burst Open!
I understand the close confines of the spacecraft and fully support these criteria, having dated a guy with halitosis (though not, thank god, with exploding scars). But wait, there’s another requirement for taikonauts:
Your Spouse Must Approve!
Yes. According to the article,
If a would-be astronaut’s spouse does not like the idea of them going into space they must remain on earth.
Unfortunately, this pithy retort will not work if you are not Chinese. Also, it may not work if you are a woman. The article says,
. . . aspiring ‘taikonauts’ will get nowhere without marital approval. Wives get the final say under the new rules.
Looks as if only the husbands are going into space. But at least they will enjoy each others’ breath.
Copious Readers, if you were a taikonaut and your spouse (read: wife) did not allow you to go into space, would that sound the death knell for the marriage? Have you ever been in a CREAPY (committed romantic ever-after partnery) relationship where your significant other forbid you to do something? How did you handle it?