Chinese Government Covered a Bridge in Butter to Fight Suicides

Butter ... is there anything it can't do? Add this to the long list of the awesome things butter can do: in China, they use it to prevent suicides!

Government officials in south-east China have ordered workers to cover a 1,000 ft long steel bridge in butter to prevent citizens from using it to attempt suicide.

All the climbable surfaces on the structure in Guangzhou have been covered in greasy fat to put an end to the spate of people threatening to jump from it, The Sun reports.

Government spokesman Shiu Liang said: "We tried employing guards at both ends but that didn't work - and we put up special fences and notices asking people not to commit suicide here.

"None of it worked - and so now we have put butter over the bridge and it has worked very well. Nobody can get up there and nobody who tries ever falls."


It may deter people from committing suicides on the bridge, but it may increase deaths due to workers slipping and falling off the buttered bridge. This was defiantly a top tier government decision.
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Well, it's great the butter worked (for now), but that's not gonna be a long-term solution for the problem.

Why didn't they use anti-climb paint? It's made for the express purpose of preventing people climbing anything you put it on and it stays slippery and unset for years. Unlike butter, it won't wash off in the rain, won't go rancid and won't draw flies.
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Putting butter on the Bloor via duct would probably look better than that creepy fence they put up. Of course, people would be lined up to have a lick. Which makes me wonder, did they use salted or unsalted?
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They should use peanut butter. That way, potential jumpers would stick to the bridge, and they could have a weekly roundup to send them off to therapy.
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That would really suck if the jumper slipped, fell, and promptly suffocated from a peanut allergy.


They would use salted. It keeps away the evil spirits of jumpers.
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