The latest fad among visiting mainland businessmen that is sure to become this season's sought-after fashion item is smugglers pants. Executives travelling to Hong Kong are allowed to take out only 6,000 yuan (about HK$5,610) which for many, considering the excitement to be had visiting the grubby Pandas in Ocean Park, is simply not enough. There have recently been many cases of individuals detained for a couple of days at customs for breaking the rules and having any money over the limit confiscated. The solution? One mainland businessman told Lai See that his mother had been sewing pockets into his underwear in which he could smuggle extra cash. Said the businessman: 'Now I'm really mixing sex, power and money.' Here is a simple test to see if you too, can become a senior executive. One plus one? If you said two, that's a good start. Which is the larger, five or seven? If you said seven then sorry, wrong answer and you stand no chance of getting a job with mainland business information provider China Infobank. Executive vice-president Peter Kwan, was boasting about the Hong Kong-based Internet company's impressive increase in subscriber numbers. He said the number of its institutional clients had increased to 500 from less than 1,000 at the end of 1998. Huh? Seeing the confusion on reporters' faces, Mr Kwan explained that the number of clients back in 1998 was actually 200 to 300. 'It was a diplomatic way of saying things,' he said, while trying to reassure that there was actually a growth in the customer base. Anyway, Mr Kwan went on to predict that the number of registered individual users of the on-line database would mushroom to more than a million by the end of the year, from the present 3,000. Lai See thinks that Mr Kwan should stick to business . . his diplomatic skills just don't add up. Lai See has spent the weekend blocking up the windows in his flat and knocking a couple of holes through to the next apartment. He's hung a mirror in the toilet and put his bed outside the front door. Now all he has to do is sit in his armchair, which is now in the bath, and wait for the good luck to come rolling in. Fung shui. A load of old cobblers? A British couple found themselves moving into a GBP97,000 (about HK$1.19 million) cottage that had been damned by the fung shui masters, said The Daily Telegraph. However, within a week the couple won GBP100 on the national lottery, both found better paying jobs, and the house appreciated by GBP20,000. It was the report itself that brought the good luck. The original buyers who had commissioned the fung shui survey pulled out of the sale at the last minute on discovering the cottage was on a 'line of geopathic stress' and suffered from 'negative predecessor chi'. There was also a power line that caused 'bad fung shui which could particularly affect your eldest daughter'. Lai See is sure the alterations he made to his flat will bring him good luck. And once the landlord drops all the charges, he will see it too. Another from our only in the US file. Random shootings, poverty and flooding in Mozambique, it must be difficult for authorities to decide how resources are to be allocated. Luckily, New York Attorney-General Eliot Spitzer was on hand to select which lucky disaster victims qualified for a US$75,000 hand-out. Blister sufferers. According to the BBC, those nice people at Nintendo in America are giving away protective gaming gloves after an investigation by Mr Spitzer, revealed the Mario Party Game for the Nintendo 64 console can cause hand injury. To win, players are encouraged to rapidly rotate a joystick with a grooved tip, which in turn causes injuries such as blistering, burns, lacerations, punctures and cuts. Nintendo has stumped up $80 million for the gloves as well as the money for the cost of the investigation. Lai See hears the next worthy investigation is into the potential fatalities from the misuse of nail clippers.