Red Dye Number Wu

Chinese River Mysteriously Turns Bloody Red Overnight – ABC News

Inspectors from the Wenzhou Environmental Protection Bureau said they have not found the cause of the incident, although water samples seem to indicate the suspicious color was a result of illegal dumping in the river.

“We suspect that somebody dumped artificial coloring in the water because he thought the typhoon yesterday would cause heavy rain, and nobody would notice [the color],” Jianfeng Xiao, Chief of the bureau told China News.

“It turned out there wasn’t heavy rainfall yesterday, so the evidence is left behind,” Xiao said.

Xiao said there is a paper manufacturer, a food coloring company and clothing-maker a long the river. The bureau is still investigating the incident.

What a mystery.

I’m sure the food coloring company had nothing to do with it, though.

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Red Dye Number Wu — 5 Comments

  1. Clothing makers use red dye so it could be them, but my first inclination was the food coloring firm. I don’t remember if paper makers use any dyes or colorings unless they are making red colored paper, I guess. I suppose there must be a reason the article mentioned them.

  2. Always I am reminded of this song:

    Are you with me Dr. Wu
    Are you really just a shadow
    Of the man that I once knew
    She is lovely yes she’s sly
    And you’re an ordinary guy
    Has she finally got to you
    Can you hear me doctor?

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