Foreign News: Water Grinders

When it comes to criticizing Soviet bureaucracy, no Westerner can be so merciless as the Communists themselves. Last week Pravda took after O.K.B., the government's Experimental Design Bureau, which supplies industrial know-how not otherwise borrowed from the West. Samples:

Eggs: "How to boil an egg—that is one of the life-shaking problems which designers, draftsmen and consultants of the O.K.B. are engaged ... After years of cogitation there appears ... an egg boiler for eight eggs . . . marked approved, but not acceptable for use." Cost of developing the eight-egg boiler: 35,000 rubles.

Fruit juice: "The designers and constructors squeezed out of...

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