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Tuesday, March 20th, 2001 - 9:04 pm PST

In order not to offend his gracious hosts and to save face, Rev. Smith today ate a a meal which he is fairly sure contained dried rat. “I don’t speak much Mandarin,” said Smith, “so I kind of pointed at the food and asked hopefully ‘chicken?’, and my host just smiled and nodded. I don’t know. It didn’t taste all that bad. I just hope I don’t get the shits again.”