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China bans the letter "N"
It's kind of hard to spell China without the letter "N" (at least in English), but the Chinese had to make do without the letter for a while because it was banned.
Yes, that's right: The Chinese government banned a letter.
China banned "N" as part of a widespread censorship clampdown.
(Which means words like no, never may stop existing). In addition to banning use of the letter "N" online, words such as "immortality" and "ascend the throne" were also deemed inappropriate to use on the internet.
Winnie the Pooh, too had been banned
But it wasn't just the alphabet that took a beating from Chinese censors. A beloved, fictional children's book character was banned online, too. For years memes derisively comparing Xi to the honey-loving bear Winnie the Pooh have circulated on the internet, soPooh is periodically censored, like the character was Sunday after the term limits announcement, China Digital Times reported.
The rest of the world first heard about this ban in 2013
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Two years ago my teacher sent the entire class on an assignment as part of our Principles of Marketing subject in which we had to visit different retail outlets and check which company manufactured them. I remember going to one such place with 3 other class mates, with Note Pad open in our phones and discreetly clicking pictures of all HUL products. It sort of felt weird at first because we had never done the picture clicking part before, but slowly got used to it as soon as we realized that the line of HUL products was just never ending. We submitted the assignment the next day and that was the end of the story.
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