Have you ever read Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs or seen the classic Disney movie? The fairy tale, featuring a wicked, wicked witch, a tribe of gnomes and Jiminny, the Singing Cricket, tells the story of Ms White who had "skin white as snow, lips red as blood, and hair black as ebony".
The princess was apparently so stunning that the jealous queen never lost an opportunity to get rid of her. The wicked witch, who also doubled as the queen, went into a frenzy every time she thought of the snow-white beauty.
But despite Snow White and similar skin colour preferences of East Asian women from Viet Nam to China, Korea and Japan, females young and old in several small villages in northern mountain Tuyen Quang Province's Chiem Hoa District decline to share them.
A recent online article reported that nobody, especially, young men, wanted to go near beautiful young ladies with pearly white skin and red lips. This is because of a long-standing concept by villagers that such attributes indicate a vampire. They feel that beautiful young women with red lips and white skin are only good for sucking blood from people.
So, local beauties with red lips and white skin are likely to remain unmarried for a long time because of their eerie beauty.
Ghost clears whole village
Local authorities did not know what to do when 16 of the 19 families in central Quang Nam Province's Song Kon Commune suddenly destroyed their houses and left the commune to live elsewhere.
Some pitched tents as temporary shelters; others moved in with their relatives. The situation began when two men in the commune committed suicide for unknown reasons early this month.
Their deaths struck fear into the local residents, so they asked a fortune teller what was happening. When the astrologer replied that there was a ghost in the commune and three more people might die, 16 households backed up their belongings and shifted out to avoid becoming victims.
It pays to stay young
Forget the anti-wrinkle creams or plastic surgery, the Viet Nam News has proof that women can shed a couple of years in just one night. A local newspaper yesterday reported that a 51- year-old female officer recently became 49 overnight.
She was given a document from an authorised agency confirming her new age just before she was appointed deputy director of a branch of the Social Insurance Agency in central Quang Tri Province.
The new document states that the woman was born in 1965, not 1963 as documented in old legal documents.
The new official ruling could well work in her favour because females begin their retirement when just 55 years old. So, she is likely to enjoy two more years in her new position! — VNS