Many children grow up hearing the nursery rhyme: “There was an old woman who swallowed a fly. I don’t know why she swallowed a fly. Perhaps she’ll die.” Whether you can die from swallowing a fly is debatable, but in China it will help you avoid a lawsuit. The Wuhan Evening News reports that a local restaurant manager ate a dead fly to prevent an irate customer suing him. The diner, surnamed Zhang, pointed to the offending insect in his bowl of noodles, and threatened to take the restaurant to court. However, after the resourceful manager had digested the fly, the newspaper reports that Zhang’s case disintegrated: “He could do little after the manager ate up the evidence.”
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