What do professors do when they go to a conference?

For all of those who are wondering, here is a little game. Following are three statements regarding what I did while I was in Egypt to attend ICIP 2009. Two of these statements are true; one is a lie. Can you guess which one?

  1. I danced an Egyptian dance, wearing 3 inches heels and drinking orance juice, during a party in the desert next to the Giza pyramids. This event was captured (with surprizingly good results, considering the lack of light) by an engineer working for the Hasselblad camera company, whom I met for the first time at the conference.
  2. I watched a belly dancing show, sitting criss-cross applesauce on a carpet, under a tent in the Egyptian desert. Two engineers from NEC Corporation took part in the belly dance, proving that Japanese men can also move their hips gracefully.
  3. I collected various objects with Arabic writings on them, including 4 sugar packets, 2 salt packets, 2 pepper packets, 1 moist napkin packets, and 2 Egyptian newspapers, to be used as part of my research on automatic translation of foreign languages on mobile devices.

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