Chinese phrase of the day
"Drawing a snake with feet"
In the ancient state of Chu, there was once a government officer who wanted to treat his visitors with a bottle of wine. Since there were quite a few guests but only one bottle of wine, the officer asked the guests to draw a snake on the ground, and the first one to finish drawing would get the wine. There was this one person who finished drawing the snake faster than anyone else, but then he saw that others were still drawing, so he decided to add feet to his snake. This person then claimed the wine for finishing drawing the snake first…..until the officer intervened. The officer said that the painting that he had drawn was not a snake as snakes do not have feet, and hence the second fastest person was awarded the bottle of wine. Jaws dropped. Scandal! The phrase has since been used widely to describe those people who make things worse by being superfluous.