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Now I’ve Heard Everything

Is “selling/carrying coal to Newcastle” a common phrase? I’d never seen it used in my life until this morning when I spied it twice in an hour:

Once referring to KFC’s attempts to sell Chinese food in China (I didn’t seen anything particularly Chinese except egg tarts when I popped into a Beijing location).

And a second time in regards to Americans sending rice to the Philippines because it’s become so costly on the islands.

Hmm…I guess that would be like Domino’s selling “Brooklyn Style Pizza” to uh, Brooklyn?

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