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Earn money from dead flies, the Chinese know how to do it.

In 2007, amazing story, capitalism, China, Communism, crazy, Crazy news, Economy, entertainment, natural world, Odd News, World News on July 10, 2007 at 6:59 pm

You really have to admire the crazy lengths the Chinese will go to tackle a problem.

Media reports that a Chinese city is paying people to hand in dead flies in a bid  “to push residents to do more for their living environment”.

Xigong, a district of Luoyang in the central province of Henan, paid out more than 1,000 yuan (US$125) for about 2,000 dead flies on July 1, the day it launched the scheme with the aim of encouraging cleanliness in residential areas.

The payment scheme is the first of its kind in Luoyang, a city of 1.55 million people which is striving to earn the title of “state-level hygienic city”.3

China has a history of using unorthodox means to eradicate pests. When Mao Zedong launched the “Four Pests” campaign during the Great Leap Forward in the 1950s, citizens were ordered to kill flies, mosquitoes, rats and sparrows.

Pest control efforts included banging pots and pans to scare sparrows into flight and have them eventually drop to earth dead from exhaustion.

Meanwhile a Chinese business entrepenour and kung-fu master, Hu Shulin, has turned a life-long battle against flies and the diseases they carry into a multi-million dollar business.

Fly Man     Kung foo master Shulin (AKA Flyman)

After spending years honing his fly hand catching skills with his lightning fast reflexes, Master Shulin has invented a machine that efficently attracts flies and then deposits them into a clear plastic tank.

It’s like a nightclub for flies,” said Mr Hu. “They just party themselves to death.”

Mr Hu’s factory makes 100,000 ‘Highly Effective Fly Slaying Machines’ a year, that are exported to South Korea.

Mr Hu keeps his victims corpses — all 30 million of them— in a large bag in his office.

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