After a 1949 visit to Moscow, where Mao had felt snubbed by Stalin, Mao decided to get back at the USSR.
He finally got his chance in 1958. Khrushchev was in Beijing for talks, and Mao insisted that they cool off and continue their discussions in Mao’s pool.
Khrushchev couldn’t swim. He stood awkwardly at the shallow end of the pool, until Mao asked him to come to the deep end. Aides suddenly produced a set of water wings for the Soviet leader.
Mao continued the discussions, swimming up and down the pool comfortably, while Khrushchev flailed around with his water wings.
(via Smithsonian Magazine)
a potential client is visiting tomorrow and genuinely the last clause of the ‘about us’ blurb on their website is ‘keep the party bro-ing’ and i hate them already.
one has to be very careful when using the w word around here.