Identity > Facts

When narratives put forth in fake-news messages upheld values such as “Hindu power and superiority” and “preservation and revival,” then “validation of identity trumps verification of facts,” the study claimed.

—Quartz, in ‘In India, BJP supporters are more likely than others to share fake news

Save your Liver

We have mechanical ventilators to breathe for you if your lungs fail, dialysis machines if your kidneys fail, and the heart is mostly just a pump, so we have an artificial heart. But if your liver fails, there’s no machine to replace all its different functions, and the best you can hope for is a transplant.

— Anna Lok, Director of clinical hepatology at the University of Michigan, in the New York Times

South Korea – where muslims, gays and a red-light district co-exist

In addition to a tiny Muslim community, the area is home to a vibrant gay scene, a host of foreign restaurants and the remains of a shabby red-light district that used to cater to soldiers from a nearby American army base.

— The Economist, in ‘South Korea’s approach to planning is starkly unsentimental

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Chicken – size growth & taste for parts


On size of a chicken:

… comparing chickens that were selectively bred in 1957, 1978 and 2005. The authors found that at 56 days old the three birds had average weights of 0.9kg, 1.8kg and 4.2kg

— The Economist, in ‘How chicken became the rich world’s most popular meat

On parts of a chicken:

Though Westerners prefer lean, white meat; many in Asia and Africa prefer dark meat, which includes legs and thighs. These preferences are reflected in local prices: in America breasts are 88% more expensive than legs; in Indonesia they are 12% cheaper.

Differences in the price of chicken feet are even starker. The thought of eating talons is abhorrent to many Westerners, but they often feature in Cantonese recipes. China now imports 300,000 tonnes of “phoenix claws” every year.

As a typical Asian, I love chicken legs and thighs. I’d pick them over the breast every time. While I just love them for the taste of the meat there, my wife (and most asians) also love them for the bone marrow that can be sucked after eating the meat.

I don’t eat chicken feet though. My dog does. It’s a common dog treat at pet stores in the UK, and I get a few for him every time I visit one.