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It’s War, Trade War That Is! As China arrests reporter for ‘fake’ cardboard food story

In 2007, amazing story, Beijing, capitalism, China, Crazy news, Economy, International, law and order, Odd News, Society, stunt, Uncategorized, USA, war, washington, World News on July 20, 2007 at 2:07 am

 

It was a story that made for very interesting headlines around the world (The Crazy News didn’t report it, it sounded a little suss at the time).

A Chinese TV current affairs program ran a story last week that claimed an unlicensed food vendor in Beijing had been selling stuffed dumplings, using not fresh pork like usual but old cardboard with pork flavouring, and selling the food to unsuspecting locals.

But today authorities in the Chinese capitol have detained the China Central TV reporter behind the story, claiming that the journalist story was a fabrication aimed at securing “higher audience ratings”.

The detention of the reporter comes as China experiences a small trading war with countries like the United States, Canada, Japan, Singapore, Panama and Australia.

 A series of tainted food and drug scandals that included poison dog food, toothpaste and drugs that resulted in dead pets and humans in the case of Panama.

China even took the shocking step of executing the former head of the countries food and drug regulator after “taking bribes to approve untested medicine”, a very sick stunt by the Chinese government to say the least.

Then again, you can get executed for pretty much anything in China, undertaking more court-ordered executions than the rest of the world combined.

The detention of the reporter really makes you wonder if the fake story about cardboard in food was actually real, or if the detention was just another stunt to assure us that the slogan ‘made in China’ means quality, yeah right.

In any case we’ll probably never know.

Swedish design chain Ikea wants you to sleep in-store over night!

In 2007, capitalism, comedy, Crazy news, Economy, England, EU, europe, fetish, Finland, Humour, Ikea, International, Life, Norway, Odd News, sex, Sleep, sleepsex, Society, stunt, Sweden, World News on July 16, 2007 at 12:35 pm

Consumerism gone crazy?

Haven’t yet finished the shopping you wanted at Ikea, and the store looks like it’s about to close. Oh no! Guess you better head for the exits…Or do you?

No need to worry folks, you can stay in the store overnight, not a problem.

The Guardian reports:

“It will be like an alternative hostel,” said Frode Ullebust, a company spokesman. “There will be the regular dormitory with lots of beds stacked up together. We will also have a bridal suite, with a round bed and a hanging chandelier, and the luxury suite, where customers can enjoy breakfast in bed.”.

Every night the 30 customers permitted to sleep over will be able to stock up on meatballs, Norwegian salmon and cranberry mousse as Ikea is offering free dinner and breakfast. “The shop opens at 10am so if they are lazy, people might get woken up by shoppers testing out their mattresses,” Ullebust said.

Customers will also be able to take their bedsheets home. “It’s a nice souvenir,” he added. “We will also give them bathrobes with the Ikea Hostel logo on, and some slippers, so they won’t get cold at night.”

Now that’s just plain awesome. How much for the luxury suite I should wonder? Sounds like one hell of an idea for a honeymoon.

The crazy new idea will be tested in two Oslo, Norway warehouses. No word yet on the concept catching on in other parts of the world.

Sure hope it does!

It all begs the question, where did this sleep over Ikea idea come from?

Well, I’ve got a sneaking suspicion it must have been from this recent Aussie comedy sketch…

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.

Video: Sex & orgasms turns EU politics wild.

In adult, adult film, adult industry, amazing story, Art, celebrity, crazy, Crazy news, croatia, Economy, entertainment, EU, europe, fetish, film, Germany, Holland, hottie, International, Italy, Life, love, model, naked, nudists, Odd News, People, Places, political sex scandal, politics, porn, Porn stars, Russia, sex, sex industry, sex scandal, Society, stunt, World News, X rated on July 6, 2007 at 2:04 am

 

Sex controversy has exploded at the European commision after a video designed to promote the European cinema industry drew criticism from the media.

The EU executive’s usually boring news conference sprung to life with questions over whether a 44-second clip of 18 couples achieving ecstasy in a mulitple positions and venues was the best way to show uses of taxpayers’ money.

“Let us for once also have a good sense of humor and let us not start the old wars of the fifties about what is sex, what is pornography and what is simply normal to watch on television,” spokesman Martin Selmayr appealed.

The raunchy clip is made up of snippets from various general release films that have been funded by the EU, including “Amelie” and “Good Bye Lenin!.”

Some reporters also took a swipe at the title of the sequence, asking whether “Let’s Come Together” was acceptable innuendo — and if it was, whether the pun worked in the 27-member Union’s other official languages.

See what all the fuss is about.

There really is something for everyone!