Japan Brings Food Inflation Down To 'Earth'

Tyler Durden's picture

Whether it is a reflection of the inflated price of regular edibles thanks to Abe's Yen devaluation escapades, or simply more evidence of the greater fool theory playing out among a mesmerized world, the latest gourmet eating experience in Japan highlights the human ability to follow a herd in spite of all common sense. As CBS reports in this somewhat remarkably not The Onion clip, the highest delicacy among Japanese diners is now - dirt. Of course, no-one would be expected to eat, chew, gnaw on any old garden variety, umm, garden; this is potting soil that is boiled, grilled, steamed, and pureed and then dribbled on creme brulee, rolled over mashed potatoes, and drizzled over arugula. Is it any wonder that consumer confidence in Japan is soaring, despite their currency's dismal demise and soaring prices for energy; as even the ever-calm-and-polite host of this clip is 'surprised' at the taste (hint: not in a good way). Of course, there is nothing new in this world as geophagy (eating dirt) is a traditional cultural activity in Africa for pregnant and lactating women. So perhaps, this is Japan's subliminal message to their people to start procreating a little more - as that demographic cliff is getting very close.

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american eyedol's picture

i wish i worked for goldman sachs free tickets to the olympics last year

TruthInSunshine's picture

I thought that most people knew that fractional reserve fiat central banks (and Modern Money Mechanics) were the origin of the saying:

"Eat dirt & die."

Teamtc321's picture

I raise you Tainted Euro Horse meat! I call you, Escolar causing excessive Oily Ass leakage! Let's go all in on the Geophagy (eating dirt) Dirt Eater!


This Saturday night live, ponzi poker hand, has one option left imo............ to end very badly.


"Buy Silver and Gold and Lock and Load."

icanhasbailout's picture

people need to learn to die with grace when their time is up instead of sucking the blood out of their children and grandchildren

LetThemEatRand's picture

And who exactly decides when a person's time is up?  

FEDbuster's picture

Haitian mud pies coming to a dining table near you (I would rather eat free dirt than pay for shit from Ikea).

knukles's picture

Todja!  Them North Koreans opens up their economy and the cultural exchange just takes off!
Korean Gourmet People's Banquet Buffet Dirt Dinner Diet .
And them trendy Japs just jump all over that shit.
Glacier ice cubes, anybody?

Now, if the White House can just get them crafty Chinese to sit down with their Japanese counterparts for a Dirt and Beer Dinner that Septumku Island thingamajig would all be taken care of in a jiffy.

Eatchur Peas Peasants. 

Manthong's picture

There is only one place to go from here..

Just wait till this guy figures how  to fricassee feces, crème crap, puree poop,or sauté shit.

AldousHuxley's picture

Where do you think you can find dirt in tokyo?

they have to ship that stuff in from farms.


Premium Dirt in Tokyo cost $10/lbs

malikai's picture

I think it's a great idea.

Caesium contamination tends to stay in the upper layers of topsoil, but bodies are buried 6 feet under.

It's one of those fancy "kill two birds" things they got going on there.

Joe Sixpack's picture

Dirt- it's high in minerals and other essential nutrients!

TruthInSunshine's picture

Barry Ritholtz just tweeted:

Barry Ritholtz @ritholtz

"I'd eat that dirt with an entire tub of Betty Crocker cake frosting or straight up, yo."


12/21/2009: Barry Ritholtz says Gold to Drop 20%-30% next year & dollar rally will be "terrible for oil"

"It's clear the great recession is over!," says Barry Ritholtz, chief executive of Fusion IQ and author of the Big Picture blog...

...He's betting on a rebound for the dollar. "No one is expecting a rally in the dollar," he proclaims, and that's exactly why he "wouldn't be surprised to see the dollar rally 30-40% from here."
A stronger dollar will be a headwind for stocks and "terrible for oil, terrible for gold," he says. Ritholtz predicts gold will pull back "20-30%" next year.


Good stuff, Barry "Poutine" Ritholtz.






And another greatest flip-flop by Barry Ritzcrackers:

Yes, Unemployment Is Worse Than Reported | The Big Picture


Absurdly Large BLS Revisions, part II - The Big Picture


The Unemployment Surprise | The Big Picture


DoChenRollingBearing's picture

They are moving a HUGE amount of dirt in Cajamarca (Peru), the Editor of the local newspaper told me.  A HUGE new gold mine, if/when it opens would be MUCH bigger than Yanacocha (S America´s largest), and a new copper find will likely propel Peru to take over the No. 1 slot from Chile as the world´s largest copper producer.

The Editor is a gentleman and a scholar.

"Review of Panorama Cajamarquino"


fxrxexexdxoxmx's picture

I enjoyed your article on your blog. Tried to post but Google wanted information from me and they are looking for me all the time...

Clever Name's picture

DCRB's new side biz...dirt farmer!


I eat Bentonite clay, does that mean I am 'hip'?

flacon's picture

"Who decides when a person's time's up?"

When a person runs out of that paper stuff they call "money", that's when.

It is unconsionable to saddle the next generation with the debt of the previous generation.

Let the elderly live or die according to how they themselves chose to prepare THEMSELVES for their own end of life situation.

Lost My Shorts's picture

Given the choice, most people would actually choose to enroll in a social insurance system for and old age healthcare.  Yes, we have one !!  Well, I'll be darned.

tmosley's picture

Why, you do, Rand.  Liberals are always the majority on death panels.

I wonder why.

jonjon831983's picture

Logan's Run had a pretty clear system and since we're all machines; across the board age cuts seems to work.


Party Time!!!


fxrxexexdxoxmx's picture

But the system could be changed if your life was deemed more important. Some people are always more equal than others.

No system is fair. Never will be and never can be. That is what Progressives refuse to understand.

Golden_Rule's picture

lol.  Gotta get rid of that radiated dirt somehow.

Not Too Important's picture

That dirt is loaded with plutonium and enriched uranium, plus hundreds of other enriched radioisotopes, not to mention the radioactive cyanobacteria.

Those people can't kill themselves fast enough. We are going to see a country's population die in a manner that has never been seen in history.

Manthong's picture

How about a dirt birthday cake that glows and sparkles on its own?

Bicycle Repairman's picture

You'll just end up with irradiated shit and irradiated corpses.  The tiny radioactive bits aren't going anywhere.

Unless of course you put them in the ocean.

owensdrillin's picture

If you go to the doctor and he recommends mud baths, start packing up.

The only reason they tell you that is so that you can get used to dirt.

RebelDevil's picture

At least they're alittle better than us soda-drinking americans.

MoneyThangs's picture

what does the video attached on Blankfein talking about gay rights have to do with this article - I see that weasel faced rat enough as it is

ShortTheUS's picture

This is a clip of a dirtbag, not about dirt...

vortmax's picture

mm, fortified with minerals and certified organic!

StychoKiller's picture

All the muppets swear by it! :>D

Fedaykinx's picture

sounds like they're getting down to the nitty gritty...

Mine Is Bigger's picture

Tylers, you mean the Japanese are now eating Blankfein?  What you posted above is an interview footage of the piece of xxxx on CBS.  Anyway, I don't think even "boiled, grilled, steamed, and pureed and then dribbled on creme brulee, rolled over mashed potatoes, and drizzled over arugula" would hide the rotten smell.

q99x2's picture

Looks like Osama Bin Ladin resurfaced. Put a turban on that terrorists head and lengthen the beard a little and you'll see what I mean.

That's him. Somebody call in the seals. Don't let him get away this time.

The Invisible Foot's picture

That's where my....LONG COW SHIT!

W74's picture

Hey, whatever happened to Argentina?  Wasn't that supposed to blow up a month or so ago?

TNTARG's picture

We're just fine, thanks for asking (don't believe everything they say. We're far from eating shit/dirt yet).

grunk's picture

They probably ate too many of those fish that cause prolonged, uncontrollable, oily anal leakage.

ebworthen's picture

So if Ikea can get people to eat fecal matter the Japanese appear to be behind.

Blankfein and Dimon to spearhead the delicacy in the U.S. of pureed baby fetus drizzled over ground senior citizen.

e_goldstein's picture

In Japan, that's called soyrent gleen.

newengland's picture

A word to the wise: never eat yellow snow ;-)

erg's picture

Isn't there an old saying that you have to eat a pinch of dirt before you die?

A little dose will do ya. I like a pinch between my cheek and gums.

Poo steak, dirt brulee. What's next?

The Heart's picture

"Poo steak, dirt brulee. What's next?"


newengland's picture

Oh, and by the way, ol' money bags should be chained to his desk forever...and only carried out after he makes a decent ROI for his owners.

nmewn's picture

Make sure you wash your hands first!

A Lunatic's picture

WTF does a clip on homos at GS have to do with Japanese eating dirt??

gimli's picture

Oh boy ..... let 'em eat mud pies!!

PS ...... is it me or is Lloyd lookin' a lot like Benny B these days........?