Amid a swirl of rumors regarding the natural and nuclear disasters in Japan, the saying “take it with a grain of salt” has taken on special meaning in China.
On Thursday, we ran out of normal cooking salt. Tian went to the store that afternoon and found to her surprise that it had been sold out. In fact, all across China residents had been stockpiling it all day because it was believed (correctly but exaggeratedly) to be helpful for preventing radiation damage. As a result, the shelves and inventory were stripped bear all around the country.
For more information, check out the China Daily.