Thursday, July 05, 2007

What's The Co-Payment?

For the last couple of decades, villagers in central China have been digging up dinosaur bones and using them for healing. In some cases the bones were boiled to make soup (presumably in really, REALLY big pots), or grinding them up into powder. The powder was then used in the preparation of food, or else applied directly to things like broken bones and other injuries.

As it turns out, the whole thing was just a simple case of mistaken identity: The Chinese believed the bones "were from the dragons flying in the sky." Evidently flying dragons (not to be confused with the flightless ones found in parts of Europe) are indigenous to central China. If so, that may explain why pandas are on the verge of extinction

Sure, it may sound crazy, but at least those villagers had a better health care plan than a lot of Americans.

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