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Yuck! Live rats a culinary delight after plague in China.

In 2007, 21st century, amazing story, animals, asia, capitalism, China, Communism, Crazy news, food, health, Humans, Life, Odd News, Society, World News on July 16, 2007 at 4:06 pm

 

Yummy rat!

A few days back I wrote about the estimated 2 billion rats that have been plaguing a rural are of China after flooding of the giant Dongting Lake (includes Reuters video).

The unbelievable scene of rats pilled on top of each other and havoc local farmers had many crops ruined.

Well, now it turns out, in the true spirit of China’s new found capitalism that some people have been cashing in on the misfortune.

Live rats are being captured by locals, and trucked into the counties south, where fresh rat seems to be a culinary delight for thousands of wealthy restaurant goers.

Yes, with the new found wealth of many Chinese, it is customary to eat “exotic things” as a way of showing off your riches. And the consumption of rat is the latest in an extravagant eating trend, which also sees the consumption of other interesting creatures such as snakes and owls.

News Reports:

“Recently there have been a lot of rats … Guangzhou people are rich and like to eat exotic things, so business is very good,” the China News Service quoted a vendor as saying.

Some vendors had asked people from a village in Hunan province, near Dongting Lake, to sell them live rats, the Beijing News said today.

“The buyers offered 6 yuan (9c) for a kilo, but as to where they will sell the rats, they would not say,” the newspaper quoted a local resident as saying, adding that villagers had to catch the rats live.

“If we want to do that, there is no problem. We could catch 150 kilos of rats in one night .. .but we will not do this against our conscience,” the villager was quoted as saying.

Some Guangdong restaurants were promoting “rat banquets”, charging 136 yuan ($20.70) for one kg of rat meat, the newspaper said.

Chinese media reported last week that some internet users from Guangdong had offered rat recipes as a way to deal with the problem.

Scientists have also blamed China’s massive Three Gorges Dam project and climate change for the Hunan rodents’ flight to dry land.

So, just for a laugh I thought I would organise some info on the sorts of nasty things rats are known to carry.

Eat up!

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.

China to blast rockets for rain free games.

In 2008, amazing story, asia, Beijing 2008 Olympics, China, Communism, crazy, Crazy news, Odd News, olympics, People, science, Society, space, sport, stunt, World News on July 7, 2007 at 2:42 am

 

They really are going all out to impress to world. A little too far perhaps.

Authorities in China have reavealed plans to fire rockets into the atmosphere to seed clouds and create a rain free 2008 Beijing Olympic Games.

Local scientists have come up with an ambitious plan to force the heavens to open by firing dozens of chemical-infused rockets at threatening storm clouds, forcing them to let the water pour before the set-piece spectacle gets underway.

“We will use catalytic agents to force the rain clouds over the National Stadium to fall down prior to the opening ceremony,” Zhang Qiang told the state-run China Daily.

However, the plan depends on accurate weather forecasts or spectators in the spectacular – but uncovered – National Stadium may get wet on August 8 next year after all.

“We are still in the experimental stage,” Zhang said.

“The lack of rain so far this summer is making it difficult to conduct more experiments and collect enough data. We need more rain.”

Wang Yubin, a Beijing meteorologist, said the weather bureau would use “catalytic agents to force rain clouds to burst, should there be any, hours before the (opening) ceremony”, to ensure good weather.

But he added: “The forecast will have to be fairly accurate or we will not be able to fulfil our mission … Cloud dispersal is more difficult than seeding, and we are working on it,” the paper quoted Wang as saying.

A more pressing problem facing the authorities is the poor air quality in Beijing and the smog which often blankets the rapidly-growing city.

Beijing has plans to shut down its factories and prohibit traffic during the Olympics in a bid to keep the air clean.

Looking foward to it.

Dinosaur fossil eaten.

In amazing story, ancient, animals, China, civilisation, Communism, crazy, Crazy news, evolution, wild animals on July 4, 2007 at 11:48 pm

 

Villagers in central China dug up a ton of dinosaur bones and boiled them in soup or ground them into powder for traditional medicine, believing they were from flying dragons and had healing powers.

The calcium-rich bones were sometimes boiled with other ingredients and fed to children as a treatment for dizziness and leg cramps. Other times they were ground up and made into a paste that was applied directly to fractures and other injuries, he said.

The practice had been going on for at least two decades.

Until last year, the fossils were being sold in Henan province as “dragon bones” at about 4 yuan (US 50 cents) per kilogram.

“They had believed that the ‘dragon bones’ were from the dragons flying in the sky,” said Chinese scientist Dong Zhimin.

Dong was among a team of scientists who recently excavated a 60-foot-long plant-eating dinosaur, which lived 85 million to 100 million years ago.

The Henan area is also rich in fossilized dinosaur eggs.