Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Today in Extraordinarily Odd

A cook who works at the prestigious Great China Buffet in Rockland County, New York was busy chopping up garlic the most efficient way – by stomping on it with boots on in the parking lot out back. Well, he was doing it until he was stopped by a do-gooder, culinary puritan who goes around spoiling people’s fun. The man who discovered him was quoted as saying, "There he was just jumping up and down on it, smashing it up, having a good time.". And yet, the question really remains: if you’re so hell-bent on not getting ill, because presumably he’s pissed off about the fact that there were boots involved in the food preparation – then why eat at a place called the Great China Buffet in Rockland County. There’s no way in hell that if you are a regular there that you haven’t eaten rat at least once. New York rat. [source]

It’s unclear whether this particular gesture of cultural preservation is a result of the Olympics or not - it certainly has the assertiveness but it lacks the Chinese government’s usual flair for absurd inane rules and instructions - but China is coming down hard on tobacco manufacturers right now. Packs of cigarettes will soon bear images of rotting lungs and skulls, meant as a deterrent to smokers. I miss the old Chinese government. Where are the insistent, serious demands for compliance on things like haircuts and language? It’s been weeks since they banned duck from public toilets – why not ban rat from chicken? Come on…stopping the public from smoking just makes sense. There’s nothing in that. [source]

A group of drug dealer prankster were caught and punished for making what was meant to look like heroin out of vinegar and catfish bait in Lebanon, Ohio. They were reprimanded and plead guilty to a charge of trafficking in counterfeit controlled substances. Why is there a city called Lebanon in Ohio? I mean, well, why not really but Lebanon? There’s nothing wrong with Lebanon but I really do think that they could have come up with a better name. I mean, any country name as a city is a bit lame. France, Texas would be crap. Yeah, there’s really no exception. Oh, Hi – I come from Zimbabwe, Idaho ! Yeah, see, that’s cute but it’s also kind of stupid. [source]

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