[[quoteright:348:[[WesternAnimation/EdEddNEddy http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/digging_to_china_4677.jpg]]]]
[[caption-width-right:348:Um, Plank? [[Film/TheWizardOfOz I don't think we're in Peach Creek anymore]].[[note]]By the way, the image is upside down in the original cartoon. He went all the way through the core just to get there.[[/note]]]]


Since the Earth is round, characters who dig a hole right through Earth end up in another country. Traditionally, they end up in UsefulNotes/{{China}}. [[note]]During a significant part of history, China was the hardest place to reach for Western cultures, making it an easy choice for an exotic endpoint.[[/note]]

Expect it to be rock all the way through rather than magma, and for the feat to be accomplished in a comically short time, perhaps accompanied by a pneumatic drill sound effect.

UK writers are more likely to end up in UsefulNotes/{{Australia}} and vice versa. Other destinations are possible, as long as the target is far enough way. The tunnel is usually dead straight and under the RuleOfCool goes anywhere the plot desires. Wherever they end up, it will usually be ''conspicuously'' foreign with as many stereotyped visual cues on display as possible.

(Curious about where a tunnel would lead in real life? Please see our [[UsefulNotes/DiggingToChina Useful Note]].)

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!!Examples:

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[[folder:Anime]]
* ''Anime/ExcelSaga'': Lord Il Palazzo sent Excel and Hyatt through the Earth from Japan to America, during which they actually did pass through the center of the Earth.
* ''Manga/HayateTheCombatButler'', Isumi believes that the subway runs underground from Japan to Rio de Janeiro.
* In ''LookingForYoghurt'' some kids dig from Japan to Brazil.
* In one episode of ''Anime/PaniPoniDash'', the characters did travel through the Earth under mysterious circumstances, and wound up in Brazil (during, you guessed it, [[ItsAlwaysMardiGrasInNewOrleans Carnivale]]).
* In ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'', the dub version, Jessie of Team Rocket instructs the others to dig to China.
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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* In ''ComicBook/TheDandy'' comic, ''Blinky'' once managed to dig all the way to Australia.
* Franchise/{{Superman}}, [[http://superdickery.com/index.php?view=article&catid=29%3Aconfounding-comic-covers-index&id=1079%3Asuperman-digs-a-hole-to-china&option=com_content&Itemid=24#content evidently.]]
* In ''Comicbook/{{Legion Of Super-Heroes}}'', Mon-El, recently freed from [[FateWorseThanDeath the Phantom Zone]], goes through the earth to get from East Coast North America to Japan. Supergirl questions this and Mon-el explained that this was the first time in 1,000 years he had a physical form, and actually wanted to feel the rock he was plowing through.
* One episode of ''ComicBook/MortadeloYFilemon'' contains a RunningGag where the two titular characters repeatedly drop onto a traffic light from great height, driving it deeper and deeper into the ground with each landing. The final iteration shows the traffic light's base sticking out of the ground in China.
* ''ComicBook/{{Superlopez}}'': In ''El seņor de los chupetes''.
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[[folder:Comic Strips]]
* Parodied in ''ComicStrip/PearlsBeforeSwine'' where Pig dug a hole to "Kukistan". Unfortunately the natives wanted to eat Pig for dinner. In the first strip characters comment to each other that Kukistan doesn't exist, but the editors felt that digging to China would offend their Asian readers, so the strip was digitally altered. Fortunately, they note, this will surely make the originals valuable rarities for anyone who might happen to buy them.
* In one storyline from ''ComicStrip/{{Pogo}}'', Howland Owl tries to start a business selling "a device for going to China." Said device is, of course, a shovel.
* ComicStrip/{{Calvin|AndHobbes}} tries to do this sometimes.
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[[folder:Commercials]]
* There was an Eggo commercial in which a boy found out it was currently breakfast time in China, and promptly dug through the earth to [[CerealViceReward steal a Chinese kid's waffle.]]
* There is a commercial from the 1990s about either a vacuum cleaner or a carpet shampooer that made use of this trope. To demonstrate how deep the machine was able to clean, they showed a cross-section shot of the earth as the machine cleaned deeper and deeper. It ended with a shot of a Chinese family as they watched in wonder as their carpet seemingly cleaned itself from underneath (complete with the caption "Somewhere in China").
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[[folder:Film]]
* ''Film/TheAdventuresOfBaronMunchausen'': Our heroes are thrown into a whirlpool in Mount Etna and fall through the center of the Earth, emerging upside-down in the south seas. Of course, only a complete skeptic would disbelieve such a thing.
* The movie ''Magic In The Water'' has a frustrated teenager do this, until a Chinese boy pops out and joins him and his younger sister on their sea-monster related adventure.
* ''Film/TheChinaSyndrome''... is about corruption in the management of a nuclear power station. However the title refers to a notion mentioned in the film that a nuclear incident in California could send molten reactor core products through the barriers below them and flow downwards through the floor of the containment building perhaps all the way to China. If one looks at China and California on a map, or if you just know ''how gravity works'', [[YouFailNuclearPhysicsForever one gets an idea of the level of scientific veracity in the notion]]. Not that it's meant to be taken literally.
* Honorable mention to ''Star Wars Episode One: Film/ThePhantomMenace''. A hollow planet full of water? Sure, that works. The geologist player in ''Webcomic/DarthsAndDroids'' has a few theories on how it might work.
* In a bizarre example, in ''Recap/MysteryScienceTheater3000TheMovie'', Crow plans to escape the Satellite of Love by digging through the satellite's hull and tunneling to Earth ''through space.''
-->'''Crow:''' Well, look at that! 'Breach hull, all die'! Even had it underlined!
* ''Battle Beneath the Earth'', the Chinese tunnel to America to plant nuclear bombs. It's not ''intentionally'' funny.
* In the Creator/BusterKeaton short film ''Film/HardLuck,'' Buster goes off of a diving board at the end of the film and misses the pool, leaving a hole with no discernible bottom. An indeterminate amount of time later, he emerges in Chinese garb with a Chinese wife and their two small children.
* The 1980 comedy ''Film/SuperFuzz'' about a Miami police officer who gets superpowers ends with his making a DivingSave on his partner (Ernest Borgnine) who's falling from a balloon twenty feet up -- the two end up plunging into the Earth. As his {{Love Interest|s}} is mourning their demise, she suddenly receives a phone call from China, whereupon our two heroes are seen making the call surrounded by a horde of curious Chinese villagers.
* The 1988 New Zealand film ''The Navigator: A Medieval Odyssey'' is about a team of copper miners in medieval England who dig through the earth and travel through a tunnel, surfacing in modern Auckland, New Zealand.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheCareBearsAdventureInWonderland'', no one digs a hole, but a brief scene shows that Australia is upside-down.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* ''Literature/ThursdayNext'': It's also the primary form of speedy transportation in the books, the two Gravitubes which go through the Earth to link London with Sydney and Tokyo with Washington DC. Smaller "Overmantle" trains run beneath the crust to more destinations. Note that this world does not have passenger airliners and indeed Thursday considers them impossible when the idea is raised.
* In ''[[Literature/AliceInWonderland Alice's Adventures in Wonderland]]'', when Alice falls down the rabbit hole, she speculates that it will go all the way to the antipodes: Australia, perhaps, or possibly New Zealand. The AnimatedAdaptation by Disney even has this; in which she thinks that she'd come out the other side where people walk upside down.
* In ''Literature/GoodOmens'' the Them come to believe that the Ancient Masters of Tibet have a set of tunnels all over the world. It's also suggested that, because the Earth is hollow, it would make more sense to just dig to the centre and then dig up to wherever they wanted. They then try to replicate this, and find that it takes much longer to reach the centre of the Earth than they thought. But Adam, with his reality-warping powers, believes in these tunnels through the Earth, and therefore they suddenly exist, complete with (very confused) Tibetans. And even more confused gardeners.
* In ''Beyond the Barrier'' by Creator/DamonKnight, the protagonist (Professor Gordon Naismith) has to build a machine, which when switched on renders itself (and him, inside it) intangible to its surroundings, so he falls through the Earth and out of the other side (there may have been non-gravitic acceleration involved). Luckily he's picked up by someone before he can start falling back.
* While there are no stories about PaulBunyan himself digging all the way to China, a number of Bunyan yarns make mention of "The Year the Rain Came Up from China."
* In ''Literature/FiveChildrenAndIt'' by Creator/ENesbit, the kids find the Psammead when they are trying to dig a hole to Australia.
* The ''Magazine/WeeklyWorldNews'' once ran an article about China digging a hole to America to invade it. Similarly, The Sun ran a report saying that a group of Chinese miners dug their way to Nevada by accident and apologized, and the government kept the incident under wraps.
* From ''Literature/GreatExpectations'': "Without remarking that man-traps were not among the amenities of life, I said I supposed he was very skilful? 'Deep,' said Wemmick, 'as Australia.' Pointing with his pen at the office floor, to express that Australia was understood, for the purposes of the figure, to be symmetrically on the opposite spot of the globe."
* ''Literature/WhatAMess'', in one story, tries to dig a hole to Australia, because it's a very hot summer day and since the Cat-Next-Door has just told him that it's winter in Australia, he thinks a trip to Australia is just what he needs to cool down. Of course, What-a-Mess is a dog, [[DogsAreDumb and not a particularly bright one at that.]]
* One of the [[TheWizardOfOz Oz books]] has a tube going through the Earth, which leads from a land near Oz to another (fictional and fantastic) land on the other side of the world. With a ruler named Tititi-Hoochoo and a friendly dragon, it seems to be playing on a few Chinese stereotypes of the time.
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[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* In ''Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus'', Ron Obvious tries to be the first man to dig a tunnel from Godalming to Java. He doesn't progress very far. Well, what do you expect? He wasn't given a spade!
* In the ''Series/SesameStreet'' special ''Big Bird in China'', Oscar and Telly try to reach China by digging, and succeed. Big Bird, however, takes the plane.
* [[http://snltranscripts.jt.org/99/99tcenter.phtml This]] ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' sketch, featuring Creator/JackieChan as [[InvertedTrope a Chinese man trying to dig to America]]. He meets an American who tried to dig to China at the center of the Earth... as well as a Frenchman and an Ecuadorian who did the same.
* ''Series/PushingDaisies'': As a child, Olive tried to dig through the earth to get to Arabia when her parents told her she couldn't have an Arabian stallion. Instead, she dug up a fossilized Triceratops, and a Saudi oil sheik traded her a horse for the skeleton.
* An opening sketch for ''Series/AllThat'' featured several cast members digging a hole to China (in the Green room no less). The rest of the cast is stunned when a Chinese boy climbs out, who claims to have seen the other end of the hole in China and climbed through to investigate. When Kevin the Manager protests the boy's presence, he is pushed down the hole himself while busy examining it ("Hey look! Chinese stuff!")
* On ''Series/TheAmandaShow'', Penelope digs a hole to China as a trap for the security guard so she can get close to Amanda. It works...sort of: the security guard (and later Penelope herself) fall through the hole and end up in the house of a very confused Chinese family. But for some reason, they end the fall by crashing through the ''ceiling'' rather than the floor.
* When the game "Push Over" was first played on ''Series/ThePriceIsRight'', Bob Barker told the contestant that the number blocks that they had to push into a box would go to China.
* On one episode of ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'' Robin commented that, if a member of the Vancouver Canucks hockey team walked into the bar, "my panties would drop so fast there would be a hole in the floor halfway to China."
* Stephanie from ''Series/FullHouse'' tells Michelle to do this as a joke when she asks her how to get to Japan. Michelle, being young and naive, actually tries to do it.
* Chauncey does this in an episode of ''Series/WonderShowzen''.
* In ''Series/TorchwoodMiracleDay'', [[spoiler: The Blessing runs through the centre of the Earth connecting Shanghai, China and Buenos Aires, Argentina.]]
* At one point, Michael Scott references this trope in ''Series/TheOfficeUS'', appropriately enough, in the episode "China".
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[[folder:Music]]
* "No Myth" by Michael Penn contains these lyrics:
-->We said goodbye before hello\\
My secrets she will never know\\
And if I dig a hole to China\\
I'll catch the first junk to [=SoHo=]...
--->''(next verse)''
-->Sometime from now you'll bow to pressure\\
Some things in life you cannot measure by degrees\\
I'm between the poles and the equator\\
Don't send no private investigator to find me please\\
'Less he speaks Chinese...
* Mentioned in Music/TomWaits' "Get Behind The Mule" from ''Music/MuleVariations''.
-->I'm diggin' all the way to China\\
With a silver spoon\\
While the hangman fumbles with the noose, boys\\
The hangman fumbles with the noose\\
[[EarWorm She gotta get behind the mule]]\\
In the mornin' and plow\\
** Bonus points for doing it with a spoon, easily multiplying his work time by tenfold. Tom Waits is that badass.
* Knorkator - Weg Nach Unten deals with someone trying to get away from it all by digging a hole and staying there. He ends up in Australia and mentions he has dug to far.
* Alluded to in Music/TheyMightBeGiants' "Ana Ng". The lyrics describe making a hole perpendicular to the singer's town in a globe that will lead to a foreign nation where [[GirlOfMyDreams Ana Ng]] lives, the idea being that the singer's [[StarCrossedLovers true love]] lives on the exact opposite side of the world.
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[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* ''TabletopGame/{{Paranoia}}'': In sample adventure "Into the Great Outdoors", if the PC's got too close to an interesting looking mound on the edge of the map, they faced a HopelessBossFight against a Chinese communist ZergRush.
* In the ''TabletopGame/{{Mystara}}'' setting, an Alphatian government expedition managed, by immense effort and expenditure of advanced Magitek engineering, to dig its way straight down to an exotic locale. Justified because it's the Hollow World, a relatively short distance below the surface, and Alphatian elemental-themed magic allowed them to bypass lava and other subterranean obstructions.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* Happens in ''[[VideoGame/{{Dizzy}} Fantasy World Dizzy]]'' -- while the location isn't explicitly stated, you fall through a hole and end up in an [[InterfaceScrew upside-down screen]] featuring a stereotypical Australian.
* During one part in ''VideoGame/EliteBeatAgents'', a broke Oil Baron trying to regain his fortune digs through the earth... and ''sells his hole'' to make into a ''transplanetary railway''.
* In ''VideoGame/GuildWars Factions'', you meet a Dredge who tells you that the Dredge came to Cantha from Tyria "by digging a tunnel to the other side of the world." For added fun, Tyria is a MedievalEuropeanFantasy setting and Cantha the FarEast equivalent.
* While not on Earth, this is pretty much the entire reason Mario gets a drill as an item in ''VideoGame/SuperMarioGalaxy2'', to go straight down through the top of planets and out the other side.
* ''VideoGame/PlantsVsZombies'' has an EasterEgg on the achievement page involving Chinese zombies. It's deceptively simple to find.
* ''VideoGame/MrDriller'' is all about digging your way through different parts of the world. Yes, that includes China.
* ''VideoGame/InjusticeGodsAmongUs'': Doomsday's supermove has him ''repeatedly punch his opponent through the ground'' to the other side of the world... [[ShownTheirWork ending up in the middle of the ocean]] and not China. Then he does it back to the other side.
* [[http://www.kongregate.com/games/octopodo/dig-to-china Dig to China]], a Flash game where you do just that.
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[[folder:Webcomics]]
* In ''Webcomic/QuestionableContent'', Faye once threatened to drink Steve so far under the table he'd wind up in an AA meeting in China. And again, where Faye alludes to Marten [[DiggingYourselfDeeper digging himself so deep]] that people in China would get to observe his foot-in-mouth stammering.
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[[folder:Web Animation]]
* ''WebAnimation/HomestarRunner'': The Strong Bad Email "alternate universe" had Strong Bad entering a "Dig to China With Your [[InvisibleAnatomy Ears]]" contest against an alternate version of himself. They don't actually make it to China, as the alternate "Tiny-Handed Strong Bad" puts the contest on hold when he unearths a giant mug of root beer. No, seriously.
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[[folder:Web Original]]
* [[FiveSecondFilms I'm Digging]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DoNbv4sIDiY To Chi-]]
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''[[WesternAnimation/{{Rupert}} Rupert Bear]]'': Rupert's Chinese friend Pong Ping had a lift that took the occupants straight down to China. It turned over halfway so they wouldn't arrive standing on their heads.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Arthur}}'': Arthur's friends' summer project was to dig all the way to the center of the Earth. They never succeeded because summer ended.
* In ''WesternAnimation/BabyBlues'', Wanda is talking to Melinda while Rodney and Megan are digging. When she asks what they're doing, they say, what else, "We're digging to China!" Except they hit a gas pipe and when they went inside, Melinda threw a cigarette into the hole. HilarityEnsues.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheNewScoobyDooMovies'' episode that crossed over with the animated version of ''Series/TheAddamsFamily'' saw Pugsley digging to China through his sandbox. When Morticia chides him for being ridiculous, Pugsley tells the Chinese boy just under the surface that he'll have to go back home.
* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/TwoStupidDogs'' had the little dog constantly falling down a hole and ending up alternately in America and China. Predictably, there was a cat just outside each hole.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/DextersLaboratory'' episode "D & DD", Dexter's [[BlandNameProduct Monsters and Mazes]] character ("Hodo, the [[{{Hobbits}} Furry-Footed Burrower]]") digs a tunnel to escape a dragon, winds up in China... and is nearly eaten by an ''Asian-style'' dragon. [[note]]This might be a GeniusBonus joke for ''D&D'' nerds, since in the then-current edition, Asian dragons were much deadlier opponents than Western ones.[[/note]]
* ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'', though the hole is generally created by the character falling, the character getting smashed into the ground so hard he ends up on the other side.
** In "War and Pieces," Wile E. Coyote's rocket does a u-turn on a cliff face, smashes into the ground, tunneling through the Earth to China, where he meets a Chinese Road Runner (identical to the American one, but wearing a [[OnceAcceptableTargets stereotypical]] [[AllAsiansWearConicalStrawHats Chinese hat]]).
** Sylvester the Cat was knocked clear through to China after getting sat on by a giant during a "Jack and the Beanstalk" parody, and met up with a Chinese Tweety.
** Lampshaded in one where Bugs tricks Yosemite Sam into digging through a narrow portion off an outcrop of rock. Naturally, he starts falling, at which point he remarks "Well, I'll be...I musta dug straight through to Chy-nee..."
* This was the climax of the classic WesternAnimation/DonaldDuck/WesternAnimation/ChipAndDale short "Donald Applecore," offscreen. But you can tell it's China at the other end because of the offensive fake accent. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=woxP8Ak-nbc Watch.]]
* This happened on ''WesternAnimation/DarkwingDuck'' once to give him an opportunity to do some chop sockey. However, it also has the additional gag of the gang having to make a painful detour around the planet's molten core to get to their destination.
* Showed up as a gag in the ''WesternAnimation/EdEddNEddy'' episode "For Your Ed Only". Jonny falls out of Ed's bubblegum balloon, and hits the ground so hard he ends up going through the Earth and ending up in China. This is immediately {{lampshade|Hanging}}d: "Wow, China! Just like in [[YouWatchTooMuchX the cartoons]]!" [[StatusQuoIsGod He's back in America at the end of the episode]] because Plank was "afraid of getting turned into chopsticks".
* There was a ''ComicStrip/{{Popeye}}'' cartoon based on the Red Shoes where Olive mentions that, if she doesn't stop dancing, she's going to dig herself to China, which she does in the next scene we see her in.
* In one episode of ''WesternAnimation/CourageTheCowardlyDog'', Courage dig a hole to China in order to avoid a monster. Of course, there's a Chinese dragon waiting on the other side and it chases him back.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'':
** Referenced in when Homer accidentally drops a jug full of pennies into the ground:
-->'''Homer:''' Hello? China? ... Little help?
** In another episode, Bart's digging a deep hole in the back yard for no apparent reason is actually being monitored by Chinese spy satellites. This turns out to be [[spoiler: a ShaggyDogStory being told by Homer about how "eventually, I became King of the Morlocks."]]
-->'''Official:''' Hmm, what are those inscrutable Americans up to?\\
'''Soldier:''' I will find out. I am strong! I am the Great Humungous!\\
'''Official:''' Yes, yes, we all know you're the Great Humungous.\\
'''Soldier:''' Well, I'm just saying-\\
'''Official:''' Oh you're ''always'' "just saying"!
** In TheMovie, when the Simpsons house collapses, Chief Wiggum says its China's problem now.
* In one episode of ''WesternAnimation/IAmWeasel'', Baboon managed to dig all the way to the other side of the world by overuse of a ridiculous "musical instrument" obviously inspired by theremins, but much worse sounding. Apparently the wavelengths of said thing triggered St. Andreas' Fault, causing him to fall all the way to China.
* The Diggers in ''WesternAnimation/{{Recess}}'' never get anywhere, but the sign next to their hole says "China or Bust!" They got to China once, the one time they didn't try. They were promptly attacked by Chinese kindergarteners.
* ''WesternAnimation/SparkleFriends'', a cartoon from New Zealand, had them dig to Japan, funnily enough. You'd think they would choose somewhere that wasn't in the same hemisphere... (Does this even ''count'' as "western" animation?)
* ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb''
** This was one of [[MadScientist Doofenshmirtz's]] plots. He... kinda forgot about that whole magma thing; fortunately for him, Agent P was there to SaveTheVillain.
** In another episode, Agent P uses a secret entrance that, instead of taking him to his lair, takes him all the way through the earth to Shanghai where he receives his instructions from Major Monogram.
* ''WesternAnimation/TimonAndPumbaa'': The Hyenas end up digging to China.
* Not ''digging'', but the same basic idea: One episode of the ''ComicStrip/BeetleBailey'' AnimatedAdaptation featured a submarine diving (strictly vertically) deeper and deeper and deeper and deeper... until encountering a Chinese submarine coming from the opposite direction.
* An interesting example occurs in the ''WesternAnimation/ChipNDaleRescueRangers'' episode "An Elephant Never Suspects": The panda siblings Ming-Ting and Ting-A-Ling have built a dragon-shaped, peanut-powered digging machine built for the purpose of achieving exactly this. [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] as they're homesick Chinese pandas at an American zoo.
* In one "Minerva Mink" segment on ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}'', a hunting dog quickly becomes smitten with Minerva. When he finds out she likes Chinese food, he digs all the way to China for it.
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[[folder:Real Life]]
* There is a well known Russian joke about a teacher who asks a student "Where will we get if we start digging a tunnel from here through the center of the Earth". The boy's answer? "Into a madhouse".
* Kids occasionally get covered in mud and wreck garden lawns in a spirited effort to get to the traditional destination. It's extra amusing when the kids live in Australia or New Zealand. Unless they are reasonably observant Chinese kids.
* It's said among climbers of Mount Everest that if you fall into a crevasse, you'll fall all the way to America.
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