China – part 4 (of 20)

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If you compare population density to life expectancy, can one deduce that loneliness kills you off faster??

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With so many mouths to feed, one cannot blame the Chinese for having some ingenuity when it comes to available protein and the presentation thereof.

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This could also be considered as being innovative. Why would one want to eat a scorpion or a spider? This is however only weird to us. In some Chinese regions, they are considered a snack or street food. Hamburgers – perfectly normal ‘food’ to Westerners – has only been around in China for the last couple of decades. McDonalds opened its first store as recent as 1990. At least when you eat a crunchy fried creature on a stick, you know what you are consuming – the same cannot be said for many items on the Golden Arches’ menu.

The consumption of food depends on personal taste and cultural upbringing. Haggis – a Scottish dish consisting of a sheep or calf’s offal mixed with suet, oatmeal, and seasoning and boiled in a bag, traditionally one made from the animal’s stomach – is a delicacy and dear to many. Personally, I find it as off-putting as lobster or crayfish (apart from size, the former lives in saltwater and the later in freshwater), but that does not make it weird. As a matter of fact, referring to food as ‘weird’ refers more to the speaker’s own prejudice and intolerance, than to the customs and habits of other people, or cultures. It is often the stark differences between us, that makes people interesting.

If numbers are your thing, checkout some interesting numbers from their Progress Report on Human Rights 2013.

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