China covers suicide bridge in "butter," safety margarinally improved
by Stephen Greenwood
) on Sep 16th 2009 at 9:30AM
Does anyone know when April Fool's Day is celebrated in China? Because if this article isn't a result of some media hoax, then I've got a lot of unanswered questions...
According to China Daily
& the UK's Metro Newspaper
, Government officials in Guangzhou have ordered a 1,000ft long steel bridge to be covered in greasy fat, to prevent people from climbing on the structure. The bridge has a history of attracting jumpers that often attempt to gain media coverage or draw attention to personal problems.
Government spokesman Shiu Liang said that they've tried employing guards at both ends of the bridge, and went as far as installing special fences with notices asking people not to commit suicide. And every new attempt, successful or not, means several hours of backed up traffic and a wave of complaints from local residents.
The butter however, has seen positive results. Bridge guard Wong Man stated, "Since we put up the butter there have been no problems with these attention seekers."
No word yet on if Nintendo intends to sue for breach of intellectual property
So, travelers, bridge climbers, and citizens of China - please be careful out there. And if anyone knows if this is actually true, please drop us a line.