China Is Aiming For An Epic Economic Comeback With Rice Cookers And Smart Toilet Seats


China is hoping sales of rice cookers and smart toilet seats will pick up its economy.

The Chinese government plans to focus on driving the economy with domestic consumption rather than trade and investment. According to South China Morning Post, cabinet documents reveal that officials are pushing to develop better products including electric rice cookers, kitchen appliances, air purifiers, smartphones, toys and luxury toilet seats.


Though China is known as the world’s primary manufacturer of consumer products, the majority of domestic brands are not of the same grade. In the past, calls for change have been made following incidents of product malfunctioning. In addition, it seems that there is a common perception among the Chinese public that Japanese firms produce better rice cookers and other electronics than China does.

The state media had previously scoffed at Japanese smart toilet seats that come complete with heaters and water jets. However, Chinese tourists have been quick to embrace the fad and Japanese merchants are more than willingly to accommodate customers by hiring Chinese speaking staff.


China’s ruling party is hoping to shift its priorities from steel and farming to concentrate on addressing its own consumer product deficiencies. In March, Chinese tech company Xiaomi unveiled its revolutionary rice cooker that can be controlled via smartphone.

It seems that China fully shifting its view of its citizens as a source of labor and more as consumers.

Written by NextShark


Airplane Food: Economy Vs. First Class Meals on 19 Airlines


Only those of us who frequently fly international have the pleasure of dining of airline food, but what even fewer people know is the often huge difference between the food they serve in economy and the meals they serve in first class.

Here’s how the food looks on 19 airlines around the world (depending on where you sit in the plane):

1. United Airlines

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2. American Airlines

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3. Delta Air Lines

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4. Emirates

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5. British Airways

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6. Air France

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7. Air Canada

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8. Lufthansa

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9. Royal Dutch Airlines (KLM)

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10. All Nippon Airways (ANA)

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11. Japan Airlines

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12. Korean Air

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13. Singapore Airlines

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14. Thai Airways

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15. Cathay Pacific

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16. Air China

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17. Turkish Airlines

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18. Aegean Airlines

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19. Kenya Airlines

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Written by Editorial Staff, NextShark


AIR FOOD ONE: Now You Can Get Airplane Food Delivered, Sadly Not via a Tiny Cart


Do you dream of murky cardboard trays and tiny bottles of Smirnoff? Well weirdo, you’re in luck. Online German grocer has partnered with Lufthansa airlines to launch Air Food One — a home delivery service specializing in, yeah, airplane food. Because Stouffer’s just can’t compare.


The good news is the food is supposedly “business-class quality,” says Mashable — meaning plates of peppered chicken breast, pumpkin gnocchi, and emperor bream with herb risotto. No peanut bags up in here. The frozen meals also match the offerings currently available on the airline each week, for hundreds, if not thousands of dollars less than what they’re paying 30,000 feet up in the air.


In-flight movies, extra leg-room, and chances to join the mile-high club sadly not included, either.


Study Shows 57% of Americans Consider Eating Out a ‘Special Occasion’ [INFOGRAPHIC]


As we all know, the current economy isn’t the perfect setting to make lux outings of any kind a regular thing. Unless you own a swimming pool of Benjamins and bathe in champagne, if so — I hatchoo. For the rest of us peeps, we’ve become more budget conscious — especially when it comes to food. About 71 percent of Amercians are saving money by whipping up a meal at home instead of dining out, while 57 percent said eating out used to be a regular thing but is now seen as a special occasion.

The following infographic by TurboTax gives an enlightening picture of our spending habits when it comes to food — breaking it down to gender, age (echo boomers to 67 years plus) and even the type of restaurants we seek. It’s a fascinating peek into something we think about every day — from a quick coffee run before work to a dinner with friends. Personally, I’d like to see how the necessity of keeping a food budget has affected the quality of food we eat, and thus, our overall health.

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Fast Food

Taco Bell Saves American Economy By Selling 375 Million Doritos Locos Tacos


When Taco Bell introduced their new Doritos Locos taco in 2012, they did more than fulfill the Doritos-flavored fantasies of millions of hungry stoners—they also singlehandedly created 15,000 jobs. The chip and taco combo was responsible for “the biggest launch in Taco Bell history,” as Taco Bell sold over 375 million Doritos Locos tacos in the U.S. alone and made plans to add over 2,000 new American stores in the next ten years to handle customer demand. The massive surge in sales meant that Taco Bell had higher growth rates than fast food giants KFC, Pizza Hut and McDonald’s, despite big industry complaints that federal regulations inhibit growth and prevent job creation.

The United States currently leads the world in both fast food consumption and total public debt, so it makes a weird kind of sense that the solution to American financial woes would come wrapped in Doritos and stuffed with cheese and sour cream. Probably won’t do much to solve the nationwide obesity epidemic (sorry Michelle Obama), but hey, tacos can’t solve every problem. Just the most urgent ones. Like munchies.

H/T + PicThnx  Daily Mail


Fresh & Easy Could Leave The United States – Can This Enterprise Be Saved?

It’s a tough world for everyone right now — and grocery store chains, no matter how much they may seem like a staple, are no exception.


Australia: Cannabis Filled Foods Are Ok!

In a recent article, The Australian stated that ‘Cannabis ice cream, cake and beer have been cleared on health grounds by the nation’s food watchdog, despite fears that the “marijuana munchies” could trigger positive drug tests.‘ They also shared a story from a Dr. Katelaris, who is appealing a case against his de-registration for supplying medical marijuana to patients, stating that seeds of industrial hemp contain more Omega 3 acids than seafood.

The Food Standards of Australian report said, ‘Hemp seed is a nutritious food containing sizeable amounts of protein, polyunsaturated fats and dietary fibre . . . (and) micronutrients such as thiamin, vitamin E, phosphorus, potassium, magnesium, calcium, iron and zinc.‘ If all of this is true it really makes me wonder why California has such a problem legalizing marijuana, especially considering the economic state we’re currently in. What do you think?


Jack in the Box to Close 40 Locations

Before the end of the current fiscal year (ending October 3, 2010), Jack in the Box announced plans to close 40 under-performing company-operated restaurants. The restaurants effected are located across 7 states, primarily in the Southeast and Texas. Jack in the Box currently operates out of 18 states with more than 2,200 locations.

The closures come as a result of a comprehensive analysis that revealed unacceptable levels of return on investment from the locations in question, and the hope is these closures will have a positive impact on the company’s future earnings and cash flow. God speed Jack, stay hungry. (Thx Yahoo!)