Some diners even falsely believe that by eating a cat's spine they will gain the feline's agility.
Although no official statistics are available, eating cat meat in Vietnam is by all accounts almost as popular as eating dog meat, something of a tradition in the South-east Asian nation, despite the import of both meats being illegal.
Animal rights groups say cats and dogs are smuggled across the border from China, Thailand and Laos to feed the Vietnamese trade.
Residents of Hanoi say they see few cats and dogs roaming the streets.
- Dog vs. Cat
In this gastronomic sampling of Chinese food, I'd have to go with dog. The meat was much more tender with a pleasant flavor. Cat on the other hand was average and not something to really look forward to eating.
- "My life is rather full. I have a full time job and numerous hobbies in addition to copy editing Wikipedia."...
- Statistics: you can sensationalise anything with the right statistics. Case in point being the ad for the TV program about what really happens in Bali: "one Australian dies every 9 days in Bali". With the number of Australians visiting Bali that is probably unsurprising. So if they stayed in Australia they were more of a chance to die as one Australian dies every 3 1/2 minutes in Australia.
- A 'notorious molester' at Knox Grammar School had memorial gates erected in his honour with the inscription 'He touched us all', an inquiry has been told.
- If you use a search engine, you will discover a wealth of material and, after reading and attmepting to apply some of it to your situation, you will enjoy a sense of satisfaction and achievement that I would in no way wish to deprive you of...
- @fruit: To quote the great Homer Simpson, "Aw, you can come up with statistics to prove anything, Kent. Forty percent of all people know that.
- "It's like watching a truck jack-knife on a road," Oliver says, clearly relishing the suspense. "It's like, 'It didn't crash this time. Let's give it five minutes, then it's going into a ditch'."
Oliver, host of Last Week Tonight, the satirical take on the world's news and current affairs that is fast becoming one of the world's most popular programs of its type, describes Abbott as "a car crash of a human being", albeit terrific fodder for comedy.
"Tony Abbott is an objectively fascinating man," Oliver insists. "The fact he's the leader of a country is in itself appealing as a comic. What's nice is being able to present someone who people have not seen here [in the US] and just to give them a glimpse into other people's pain, as well as their own."
- "This paint job sends a direct message back to perpetrators that their wild urinating on this wall is not welcome," said Julia Staron of the St. Pauli's Community of Interest group to Reuters. "The paint protects the buildings and the residents and most importantly it sends a signal this behaviour is not on."
- Work on the embassy was stopped in 1985, after it was determined that the building was so riddled with listening devices implanted by Soviet workers that the structure was in effect a multistory microphone. Washington and Moscow, as well as the Administration and Congress, have been haggling over what to do with the building ever since.
- The Prime Minister has once again left onlookers shocked, and probably a little confused, but for once it wasn't what was coming out of his mouth, rather what was going into it.
While on a tour of a produce farm in Tasmania, Tony Abbott was seen to be munching on a raw onion - skin and all.
"Better than any other onions I've eaten in a long time," Mr Abbott was reported as saying.
Images of the odd onion-fest immediately began doing the rounds online, with one media outlet labelling Mr Abbott "The Minister for Onions."
Mr Abbott was touring Charlton Farm Produce near Devonport in Tasmania on Friday when all of a sudden, he picked up the onion and ate it skin-on merely commenting that it was delicious and not shedding a single tear.
The PM, who appeared to be grimacing slightly, but otherwise may as well have been eating an apple, took the onion in his hand, and casually chomped into it while watching the grading of the vegetable.
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