Stories of the Strange
Posted by M. Cherise Perez on Dec 11, 2005 - 9:50:00 PM
Giant Jellies Slime Sushi Sales
JAPAN – Tipping the scale at 440 pounds, the giant, poisonous jellyfish storming Japanese waters are not quite as cuddly as sumo wrestlers, not quite as popular as sushi – but fascinating nonetheless.
Here are the vital statistics about this ocean menace:
Suspected Causes – global warming (promiscuous jellyfish proliferate), China’s weather (rains, rivers, and jellyfish overflow), and overfishing (surplus plankton as jellyfish prey).
Signs and Symptoms – broken nets; crushed, slimy, poisoned fish; falling fisher incomes; and 7-foot jellyfish swarming Korean, Chinese, and Japanese waters.
Attempted Cures – a trilateral strategy summit, a Japanese jellyfish countermeasures committee, and upgraded fishnets to block and shred.
The Japanese speakers say “echizen kurage” and the English speakers say Nomura’s jellyfish, but the universal language of food makes the hungry say “mmmmmmmmm.” The locals are trying to make the best of their misfortune by eating their way out of this sticky situation. Jellyfish is a delicacy in China and Japan – dried, salted, even tofu’d. After you munch, save the scraps – the collagen is supposed to be good for the skin.
Bugs In The Plateware Stop The Presses
WESTON-SUPER-MARE, SOMERSET, UK – Brothers Cam and Kiem Mu were alleged to have bought out most of the 1,400 copies of the Evening Post, a local paper that carried a story about health standard violations at their Chinese diner, Sea Palace.
The dynamic duo received fines in excess of £20,000 (~$35000) for food hygiene offenses, the most heinous being the live cockroaches discovered in customer meals, in the dining room, and in the toilets.
Although the Mus accepted the verdict from Flax Bourton Magistrates' Court, their newspaper-buying spree revealed that they were not quite ready to accept notoriety. The brothers claim that the restaurant is now the cleanest around town, and they issued a public apology for the recent embarrassing events.
However, they continue to deny eyewitness accounts that place them at the scene of the (news) stands, snatching up all spare editions of the paper before anyone else could buy. The restaurant has been around for 18 years.
PetCell Phones for Poochie
ARIZONA, UNITED STATES – PetsMobility (www.petsmobility.com) will be releasing the PetCell in May for adventurous pups that stray too far from home. The GPS-enabled mobile phone is shaped like a bone, hangs from the doggy’s collar, and has a built-in two way speaker for coaching the canine home.
The phone auto-answers when its number is dialed, in case Bowser is on the road and the paws are too full to answer. There is also a button on the phone to call home, for helpful citizens to contact the owner of a found lost dog.
Other fun and useful features for the phone are the GeoFence option, to track when the dog ventures beyond a safe zone, temperature sensors, and a mini-wifi cam.
The PetCells will be priced at $350-$400, about the same price as some of the high-end mobile phones available on the market. Not bad, compared to the estimated $35.9 billion nationwide spent for pets this year, according to the American Pet Products Manufacturers Association.
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