This Restaurant In China Was Caught Charging Customers For CLEAN AIR


It seems a restaurant in Zhangjiagang city, one of China’s most heavily polluted cities, was caught charging its diners a “air cleaning fee.” BBC reports that the patrons were charged one yuan (15 cents US) as a fee for purifying the air since the establishment.

The owners had bought an air filtration system. Unfortunately, they decided not to give customers any warning when they added the charges to their bills. When patrons did find out, they were more than happy to express their dissatisfaction with the local government.

Photo: SCMP Pictures

Because it was an illegal charge, the owners of the restaurant had to stop charging patrons for the air-cleansing fee.

Chinese social media users caught wind of the fee and expressed their delight over eating in clean air. The problem, however, wasn’t the how small the fee was. It was the restaurant’s owners decision to charge patrons without telling them.



Chinese City Blames Bacon, Yes, Bacon, for Severe Air Pollution


Sure, blame the bacon. Chinese municipality Dazhou has been experiencing some pretty severe air pollution, according to the provincial environmental monitoring center. Officials from Dazhou’s environmental protection bureau, however, believe the central cause of this air pollution to be bacon.

Yep, bacon.

They believe that the smoking of bacon by local residents has contributed to the less than spectacular condition of Dazhou’s air. We talk about how much we’d love to live in a world where bacon is constantly cooking, but after a while, we’re guessing it can be overwhelming for folks.

This whole situation kind of reminds us of the Sriracha outrage of 2013.

Zheng Jian, head of Chongquing-based social service agency Bayo NPO Development Center, stated in a report that even if smoking bacon could have a negative impact on air quality, it’s unlikely that impact would be substantial.

Smoked bacon is a much-enjoyed delicacy in Sichuan cuisine.

h/t MarketWatch


China Debuts ‘Airpocalypse’ IPA, Inspired By Beijing’s Terribad Pollution


Beijing has a pollution problem. A really bad pollution problem. As of today, the air quality index in the China capital clocked in at 180 on a 500 point scale, with 100 – 150 being considered unhealthy for sensitive people such as senior citizens or those with lung disease, and 151 to 200 considered unhealthy for everyone. Los Angeles, for reference, sat pretty this morning at a neat 85.

All those smog clouds aren’t without their silver lining, though. Nope, turns out really bad air can sometimes make for some really cheap beer.

In a shining case of dark humor, Beijing microbrewer Jing-A-Brewing recently released an unfiltered, 8.8% alcohol by volume IPA inspired by the city’s notoriously awful breathing conditions. Dubbed “Airpocalypse,” the beer has been the strongest for the brand so far, and even featured a launch party where prices were decided by the city’s current AQI. If readings hit beyond 500 (the top of the scale — as they did in January of last year at an insane 755), beer would be free.

“We wanted something strong and that had some quality that’s beyond index,” Alex Acker, creator of Airpocalypse, told the Wall Street Journal.

(Un-)luckily, conditions that day were fair enough only to garner a 5 yuan discount, though several fans have requested another party around Chinese New Year, when air quality is “almost always off the charts.” Talk about glass half full.

H/T WSJ + Picthx Jing-A


There’s Literally a River in Scotland Flowing with Whiskey


More than 6000 liters of whisky was let loose into Scotland’s River Ayr. Apparently, a road tanker carrying 27, 500 liters of the spirit was ordered via computer to pump into the wrong vat, resulting in an overspill into the roadway by the river.

Before you book a one-way flight to Scotland or assume this is the next destination for Holy Ship (!!!) — oh, we know you –environmental groups are already on deck making sure this doesn’t happen again. Glen Catrine Bonded Warehouse Limited was fined £12,000 (US $20,000) for the mishap and polluting the river. Procurator fiscal Sara Shaw chided the company, telling STV News: “The risk of pollution of the river should have been one of the considerations at the forefront of the company’s policies.”

Picthx Phil’s


Today I Learned: That Weird Gust of Air When You Enter a Restaurant Actually Has a Purpose

It’s a first world problem, for sure, but who would have guessed that weird gust of wind you feel when you walk into a store or business or restaurant actually serves a purpose other than to be loud and mildly annoy you?

(I mean, outside of restaurant owners. And the people who make the things. And, I guess, probably anyone who isn’t me.)

Yep, it turns out those huge hanging door fixtures are called “air doors” or “air curtains” and they’re meant to keep the bugs out. According to air door company Berner International, the first U.S. patent for air doors was issued in 1904 to Theophilus Van Kemmel and the invention grew in popularity in Europe throughout the late 1940’s and 1950’s – presumably after people started taking regular baths and actually caring whether or not bugs were around.

By channeling air through a powerful, directed nozzle, air doors are able to form an invisible barrier against dirt and insects without impeding regular business traffic. They’re also a cheap way to regulate a place’s internal temperature by serving as an effective shield against the incoming flow of hot air or cold air or other such unpleasantness.

So in sum: Science! And invisible force fields.

You may now return to your regularly scheduled programming.

PicThx Door Air Curtain