Was reading CNN and this article struck me as an instance of Hollywood indirectly nailing something in real life (sort of). Warning, open spoilers about the movie Spaceballs coming up.
In the movie Spaceballs, one of the plot points is that the planet of the evil empire side is running out of fresh air so has to steal it from another planet. They use a giant space transformer (from star ship to MEGAMAID!) to accomplish this. At any rate, during the movie, one of the scenes has the evil president opening a can of fresh air after telling the press that there would be plenty of air for the planet for decades to come.
And on CNN, we have this…people in China lining up to get bags of vacuum sealed fresh mountain air.
I went through Zhengzhou last September, and its air quality was really bad. Permanent overcast of smog, like LA from decades back when I was a kid. Or like Beijing. I work at a chemical plant, and the air here is easier to breathe.
So, not too surprised that bags of fresh air have some appeal there. However, I was also up in the mountains near Hangzhou, and there was smog there, too. So not sure how clean that mountain air would have been.