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Inspect the insect

“Waiter, there’s a fly in my soup,” goes the opening line of an old British joke. It’s not a particularly funny gag, and for a resident of Hangzhou it’s no joke at all. He almost swallowed an insect that he says must have been floating belly-up in his yogurt. According to the Qianjiang Evening News, the man bought Bright Dairy’s packaged yogurt drink for breakfast, but soon found “something stuck in my mouth”.

The fly, as it turned out. Our aggrieved shopper spat it out and then called the company to complain. But a Bright employee told him the fly must have flown into the carton while he was drinking it, and so wasn’t the company’s responsibility. The man said for that to be the case it would have to had to have flown into the carton through the straw. But the company insisted that it would only admit responsibility if an autopsy was performed to determine the fly’s time of death. However, as a local professor of insect sciences told the newspaper, local institutions in Hangzhou lacked the proficiency to perform such a service.


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