By Sharon Kwok
American special effects experts Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman, of the Discovery Channel’s MythBusters, have called the traditional Chinese popcorn machine “god’s machine” after testing it on the show. Chinese netizens were amused by the Americans’ exaggerated reactions to, and fear of, the machine. One of the presenters went so far as to don a bomb suit when operating it, a totally unnecessary precaution if he covered the front of the machine with a hemp mat in the style of roadside merchants.
Other netizens also commented that popcorn made with the traditional machine tastes better because it carries the collective memory of many Chinese people’s childhood.