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kottke.org posts about fruit

The cost of soda and fruit

posted by Aaron Cohen   May 19, 2010

In an article about the lobbying effort against a proposed soda tax in the District of Columbia, this nugget:

We’re drinking more soda for several reasons. Above all, the inflation-adjusted price has fallen 34 percent since the late 1970s, largely because it can be manufactured more cheaply than in the past. Meanwhile, the average real cost of fruits and vegetables has risen more than 30 percent, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

PS: Alternate titles for this post include:
“What’s that got to do with the price of soda in DC?” (Too obscure?)
“This is why you’re fat.” (Too mean?)
“Ur doing it wrong.” (What is this, the internet?)

(via @ceberle)

A bite of baby

posted by Ainsley Drew   Sep 28, 2009

A farmer in China has grown pears in the shape of babies. Using fiberglass and plastic moulds, Hao Xianzhang has been able to cultivate fruit in the shape of newborns. The popularity likely extends beyond those who catch the literary reference: in the Chinese novel Journey to the West a mythical fruit in the shape of an infant bestows immortality to all who consume it. Xianzhang’s pears cost $7 (50 yuan) each, not too pricey for a piece of the eternal. For those who aren’t inclined to snack on athanasia, the farmer plans on growing fruit in the shape of other figures, including comedy icon Charlie Chaplin.

Update: Turns out that some sources are calling these “Buddha shaped pears,” not baby shaped. Chewing on a deity or consuming your young, either way, it’s some peculiar produce.

(thx anna)