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Chinese Innovation- The Death of Me in China

Posted by w_thames_the_d on December 7, 2010


This thing is one of those little multi-outlet connectors. Supposedly you can plug in multiple devices into it. This is necessary because in china, most apartments have only one or 2 outlets per room, I dont know why.
Anyway, i look at this little device like a look at china. The thing looks like most of the others of its ilk, but is cheap, works when it wants to and is very unsafe. If looks like something you’d buy back home, until the pieces start to fall off and then you look at its innards. To me the thing is one step above shoving the tines of a fork straight into the wall then draping some wires from it and jamming them into my phone or pc.
its funny, I read a report where people are expecting china to be innovation leaders by 2020, and then I look at this device. Literally it spits, it crackles, it fizzes, and sparks. half of the time it does charge my devices, the other half it does nothing more than pose a fire or health risk to me-will probably kill me before the chicoms do. I would buy another, but Im in China, so have lowered my standards. Then I come back to the article on China and innovation and wonder if those who believe China will be the next leaders have ever lived here. We all know the answer to that, of course not

One Response to “Chinese Innovation- The Death of Me in China”

  1. I’m laughing so hard at this post while realizing that if I was in the U.S. in a room full of Americans who’d never been to China but were reading the same thing, they would all wonder what on earth was so funny. You got it spot on!

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