A family in Hainan, China worried that it had a tainted bottle of water on its hands, so it gave the water to a pet chicken; the chicken died “within a minute.” We smell a new export opportunity here for Chinese manufacturers—your very own house chicken to peck out any tainted toys, toothpaste, or pet food. And maybe it can sniff the popcorn, too. Reuters already made a chicken-choking joke, so we’ll pass. [Reuters]

[Updated to reflect correct location of incident—our bad; we misread the article dateline as the location of the incident and incorrectly wrote “Beijing” the first time around.]


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  1. BobCoyote says:

    Finally, a use for all those unwanted baby girls…

  2. darkclawsofchaos says:

    wow cruel comments

  3. Nemesis_Enforcer says:

    @darkclawsofchaos: Hey we aren’t the ones throwing babies down wells and leaving them out in the cold to die. The Chinese and Indians on the other hand……

  4. humorbot says:

    A) That comment is fucking cold, and B) I do kinda wish you Consumerists would actually read the articles you link to before posting. The story is datelined Beijing, but the incident occurred on Hainan island, which couldn’t be further from Beijing. It says so, you know, in the article.

  5. Schmee says:

    “A family in Bejing worried that it had a tainted bottle of water on its hands”

    Yeah, the fact that is was green and had a slightly pulsatng glow kind of tipped them off.

  6. dbeahn says:

    @humorbot: Hey, haven’t you seen them on TV? They have their own PR photo! Don’t expect them to READ stuff anymore. Or post articles that make sense (see: Target post from today).

  7. KivaWolf says:

    @humorbot: I suppose you haven’t heard of human error and demand so much perfection. Go get your own website. Now for the article… After reading about how the family had some of their own vomit blood, it certainly gave me chills to definitely not buy bottled water.

  8. Trai_Dep says:

    Just sprinkle it on the tops of your feet, and if they later match the Wal-Mart flip-flops, you’ve got a winner!

  9. ceejeemcbeegee is not here says:

    At least we know the Chinese Poison Train makes a few stops around the homeland before heading overseas. Poison water bottles for everyone!

  10. Trai_Dep says:

    See, haterz? China doesn’t hate Americans. They hate everyone!

  11. ahwannabe says:

    or sticking needles in them and hoping they’ll die slowly…