Disclaimer: The following attempt at humor should not, under any circumstances, be taken seriously.
BEIJING, China – Amid growing concerns about radiation leakage from the Fukushima Daiichi plant spreading to China, pencil sales in the nation have skyrocketed following false rumors that pencil lead could be used to protect against radiation.
In Beijing, residents rushed into stationery stores, snatching pencils and refillable lead off the shelves after receiving forwarded text messages that read, in part:
BUY PENCILS! They are your only salvation from a slow, torturous, radioactive death.
- Best wishes from the Lianbi Pencil Company Co. Ltd.