A Happy New Year!
2006 is a year of the Dog in the Chinese astrologic calendar. The Oriental zodiac signs are Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Sheep, Monkey, Rooster, Dog, and Boar. Every Japanese knows which animal's year they are born in. I was born in 1960, year of the Rat. But I don't know about other years. I mean, I don't know which animal's year, say, 1980 is. This is cleverly used by the police. When they find a teenager smoking or drinking, they will ask him how old he is. He will, of course, say he is 20 years old, which is apparently a lie. He knows he should say he was born in 1985 when the police ask him which year he was born in. But the police will not ask him in that way, but instead they will ask which animal's year he was born in. He knows his own animal symbol, but he doesn't know which animal the year 1985 is. It takes him some time to calculate it, so he cannot answer it soon. This will reveal he is telling a lie about his real age. He will surely curse the Chinese astrology!