Wed Sep 20, 2:35 AM ET
People wearing pyjamas in public, still a common sight in Shanghai, is one of the most irritating aspects of life in China's biggest city, according to an opinion poll of residents.
The survey found that pyjama-wearing on the streets and in public places such as shops, banks and parks is among the most uncivilised things in the city, along with aggressive pets, unhelpful neighbours and disregard for the natural environment,
Over 16 percent of respondents said they or family members often donned pyjamas in public, and 25 percent reported they sometimes did, Yang Xiong, a professor who helped conduct the poll, said on Wednesday.
The survey was sponsored by the Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences and the Shanghai Women's Federation.
Theories differ over why the practice of wearing pyjamas -- baggy cotton outfits which are often printed with flowers or small animals -- is so widespread in China's richest and most cosmopolitan city.
Some believe residents are showing off their social status by underlining how close to the city centre they live, while others say it is a holdover from life many decades ago in small, self-contained communities.
I almost am afraid to mention another even more terrible scourge on society: animals in pajamas. Dogs, cats, even squirrels are cropping up in pajamas terrorizing innocent people and making a mess of the environment in the process. Their contempt for anything decent is a thumbing of the nose (or at least a pawing of it) at all which is good, right, and just.
There is another scourge, almost as horrible, terrifying the people of China: Killer Toilets:
Two women felt faint for a moment late last week after going to a public toilet in a residential area of
's Haidian District due to an unknown odour inside. Beijing
Seeing the women fall to the ground outside the toilet, police were called in.
Although cops said they might have been poisoned by marsh gas, a worker who went there minutes earlier without detecting the strange odour suspected that someone may have poured unknown chemicals into the toilet
A monkey in a nightgown was spotted at the scene, but not enough evidence was available to yet make an arrest. Two dogs are under surveillance.