Sunday, January 2, 2011

A Meal of Roundworm Eggs

Teo Nie Ching (left) in an immediate response to Utusan Malaysia’s “extreme” reporting said in her blog and Facebook page on Thursday: “I would not be dictated by the 'rules' set by Utusan or UMNO because I believe UMNO is not qualified to teach Islam”. Way to go, YB!

Many people are stressed when finding jobs after graduating from college. Resumes are prepped, interview clothes are purchased, smiles are practised and, if you’re young women in the Chinese city of Xiamen, they have taken to drastic measures to ensure they stand out from the pack in their job hunt, employing rather odd, and at times rather dangerous, methods of losing weight. One novel way is the consumption of roundworm eggs.

And so in today’s New Sunday Times (p 48), I read about these students eating roundworm eggs to look thin for job interviews, all because employment is so hard to come by. They hatch in the stomach, allowing those who take them to shed pounds without exercising or dieting. While this might be considered possible – I wouldn’t know for sure since I have not tried this wacky method and I certainly don’t intend to – it certainly isn’t healthy!

An interesting fact about roundworms is that they can grow up to 15 inches inside the intestines and can lay as many as 300,000 eggs in a single day. Once the larvae hatch, it only takes about 2 months before they are able to reproduce.

Forget this disgusting stuff and focus on football instead. Liverpool was lucky to snatch a 2-1 win over Bolton. In fact, Kevin Davies headed in Matt Taylor’s free-kick (43) to give Bolton a head start. Liverpool leveled when Fernando Torres volleyed home (49) from Steven Gerrard's pass. And then Joe Cole who had come off the bench on 82 minutes, turned in a Max Rodriguez center to tap in from what seemed an offside position (90+2) to grab the 3 points.

In the other EPL game, Arsenal stayed in touch with the table leaders after a decisive 3-0 win over Birmingham, keeps them two points adrift of Manchester United and Manchester City. Robin van Persie gave Arsenal the lead with a deflected free-kick (13). Then Samir Nasri swapped passes with Cesc Fabregas, and put in a well-placed goal (58). Birmingham's fate was sealed when Fabregas and Nasri again played a one-two, although it may have been a three-four they were so in tune – it ended with Nasri laying off a beautiful pass to the Spaniard and although goalie Ben Foster saved his shot, the ball rebounded off fellow player Scott Dann and then Roger Johnson and into the Birmingham net (66).

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