Today I Learned Something Weird: Chinese Tribes Who Crush Noodles

*Note: If Filipino words are used, they are translated below

I was listening to the audio recording of The Economist when I came across an article entitled, “Ant Tribes and Mortgage Slaves”. The article talked about Chinese tribes, and of all the tribes mentioned, the most memorable one was the crush-crush tribe.

The Economist wrote, “All that rushing around can create a lot of pent-up anger, giving rise to the nie nie zu, the crush-crush tribe, so named because they go into supermarkets and take out their frustration by standing in the aisles crushing packets of instant noodles (yes, really).” I was like, Huwhat?! They crush noodles? They literally crush noodles? Wow, the weird things you learn from The Economist.

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