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After Paul, stamps are the mark of success

THE DEVNET Pavilion is now offering 26 different stamps after it successfully attracted thousands of people by issuing a stamp of Paul, the octopus that correctly predicted the outcomes of Germany's soccer games, and the final, at the World Cup.

The DEVNET (International Development Information Network Association) Pavilion has now issued three new stamps - Italian traveler Marco Polo, Mona Lisa, and Wall Street's Raging Bull.

The other 23 stamps include images of items on display at the pavilion along with famous celebrities such as the late Michael Jackson.

Visitors can now get five stamps at the pavilion's entrance - the Paul stamp, the original pavilion stamp and the three new ones. People will also be offered a special DEVNET passport with all 26 stamps if they purchase a pavilion pin for 30 yuan (US$4.39).

A Coca-Cola seller at the entrance said attendance had more than doubled since the pavilion started to issue new stamps on July 12, and the queue was even longer yesterday once word got out about the three new stamps.

"The pavilion clearly knows what I want," said a visitor from Anhui Province, surnamed Wang. He held seven passports and waited eagerly in the queue for the three new stamps.

Pavilion employees said it's not easy giving out the extra stamps. The workers form a production line at the entrance to ensure the line keeps moving at a reasonable pace.


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