Sunday, November 21, 2010

IT WAS THE EGG, NOT THE CHICKEN



In the ongoing transition of power from developed to developing, hardly a day goes by where there's not  some mention in the press about what the crazy ol' PRC is up to.  When we heard that fake, man-made eggs were being sold in Chinese markets in an effort to save a yuan and cheat the consumer, that upped the ante to a whole new level.

That said, it's not entirely clear that this story is real.  According to Hoax Slayer, the story has been around in some shape or form for the past few years but really took off when a website called Consumerist reported it in May 2007, citing reports from the Internet Journal of Toxicology, which has since disowned the story.  When one throws in the economics of the affair - it's likely more expensive to make an artificial egg than to simply stick with the real ones, which aren't expensive to produce - and the time involved, the whole story becomes less and less likely.  (To counter, Chengdu Living claims that the profit off fake eggs is purportedly still high enough to provide an incentive - but without providing the approximate profit that real eggs would've brought in - and there are apparently still ads posted offering classes in manufacturing the unholy eggs, though there's nothing saying those ads are real.)

Not that we weren't curious about how a fake omelette would taste....

Joe.
the clutterer Web Developer

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