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Episode 067: Macau, Mahjong, Abercrombie & Fitch

We discuss Portugal's former colony in China, its history, culture, and unique aspects. We also talk about our personal experiences traveling to Thailand and the logistical challenges we faced.

Our nostalgia segment delves into the game of Mahjong, its variations, and its connection to Abercrombie & Fitch. We share our memories of playing Mahjong on the computer and the confusion we felt when encountering the traditional version. We also touch on the marketing tactics of Abercrombie & Fitch and their controversial hiring practices, which excluded minorities. We discuss the Netflix documentary White Hot: The Rise and Fall of Abercrombie & Fitch that exposed Abercrombie's discriminatory actions and their subsequent settlement of a class action lawsuit.

We wrap up the episode by mentioning Mike Sorrentino's lawsuit against Abercrombie & Fitch and their decision to pay him not to wear their clothes.

Key Moments:

0:00:07 Introduction to the "Fituation" and Macau's Portuguese history

0:03:20 Macau's location and Portuguese influence in the city

0:04:55 Macau: A Fusion of Cultures and Languages

0:08:24 Logistics Nightmare: Changing Airports Mid-Flight

0:12:15 Macau: A Unique Blend of Las Vegas and Portugal

0:15:21 Macau: Fusion of Portuguese and Asian Cultures

0:22:07 Macau colonized

0:26:28 Life expectancies in Portugal, USA, and Macau compared

0:30:16 Mahjong: a legal loophole for gambling in China

0:33:48 Discovering Computer Games - Taipei and Mahjong Solitaire

0:43:13 The Rise and Fall of a Retail Legacy

0:50:34 Abercrombie's Discriminatory Hiring Practices

0:54:07 Abercrombie's Loophole: Hiring "Models" to Justify Discrimination

0:57:23 Frustration with Job Dress Code Policy

0:59:41 Online World vs. Physical Malls: Society's Shift

1:00:37 Controversial Quote from Former CEO, Mike Jeffries

1:01:45 The Impact of Abercrombie and Fitch on Kids' Self-esteem

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