Xeni Jardin at 9:09 am Tue, Aug 28, 2012
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[Video Link]. Collecting pairs of walnuts is a thing in China. The bigger and the older, the better! "Playing with these kind of nuts isn't for ordinary people," says one collector in this exquisite Reuters News video. (via Shanghaiist)
Wouldn’t it be pretty much a DE-volution of baoding balls?
My first thought. Second thought: That’s what happens when (some) people have too much money.
“Playing with these kinds of walnuts isn’t for ordinary people.”
New internet meme?
Just look at those nuts. Just look at them!
Yep, there’s your internet meme right there. And I’m obviously in the wrong business. :)
Ha! I seem to recall that 1970′s/1980′s rural PA experienced a walnut “bubble,” when people were planting walnut trees to harvest their wood, as a retirement investment. Now walnuts are growing wild there in the forests.
I like big nuts and I cannot lie.
It’s the modern Chinese equivalent of Dutch tulipomania only even weirder. It will surely end in tears.
Yep, It’s obviously a market bubble. It’s gonna pop, I think probably sooner than later. The Chinese gov’t is promoting walnuts as domestic investment into an object with little practical value, and even less historic value.
It’s all a game being played with percieved goods. The only thing that makes what you have valuable is the fact that someone else doesn’t have it and wants it.
I think some clarification is due here,
is this about collecting. . .
is this about playing with one’s nuts?
The whole thing looks so… surreal. It’s like seeing the world as if it were run by squirrels.
Does this get filed under: “Exotic nonwhite people have over 20 words for Walnuts”?
Be careful cleaning them… You don’t want to scratch your nuts.
Is that Jabba in the background?
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