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[28 Jan 2009 | Comments Off on Satisfying Hunger with Picture Cakes | 299 views]

Storyteller: Look at the pie picture on the right. Isn’t it delicious? At the moment of looking at it, probably you start to secret saliva and your stomach starts to rumble. But stop! You remind yourself: “It’s just a picture. Don’t feed on illusions”. In english, we use this phrase “to feed on illusions” to describe unrealistic fantasy. In Chinese, there is a idiom and a story for the same idea.
Satisfying Hunger with Picture Cakes
During the period of Three Kingdoms (208-280 A.D.), there was a man named Lu, Yu in …

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[25 Jan 2009 | Comments Off on Cup Water in Firefighting | 270 views]

Storyteller: You must have heard the 700B dollar TARP money from the government.  Hope it can help the falling banks and make our economic system run right again. But some people are skeptical.  They think that comparing to trillions of bad assets and leveraged losses the banks have, 700B is nothing, is too insufficient to achieve anything.  There is a Chinese idiom to describe this kind of situation.
Cup Water in Firefighting
One day, a man named “Big Zhao” passed a tea shop, carrying a cart full load of firewood.  He stopped, …

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[23 Jan 2009 | Comments Off on Notice: No 300 ounces of silver buried here | 1,104 views]

Storyteller: In such a severe global financial crisis, preserve your hard earned money is critical for everyone.  Lots of people think paper notes as numbers on your bank statement is too vulnerable to inflation, and gold or silver might be a better alternative.  But where is the safest place to store your shiny precious heavy metal? In your bank? In a bullet-proof steel-made password-protected storage case? Somewhere underground in your backyard? An ancient Chinese had also thought about this question, and found a quite surprising solution.
“No 300 taels of silver …

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[20 Jan 2009 | 2 Comments | 1,998 views]

Storyteller: “There is no free lunch”, “Pie in the sky”.  We all know these phrases. They tell us to take efforts and work hard towards our goal; and don’t depend on luckiness or miracle.  There is a Chinese edition of story for the same idea, and IMHO, it’s more vivid and fun than the two phrases.
Waiting for more hares to dash dead against the stump

This story happened more than 2,000 years ago, in the Warring States period of China (475-221B.C.).  There was a young farmer in the state of Song.  …

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[17 Jan 2009 | Comments Off on Li Guang shot the rock tiger | 907 views]

Storyteller: Our muscle and bone made human body might not be as powerful as steel and engine powered machines. But you can never underestimate the potential of our body, either intelligent or physical. A computer can never beat human on playing Go game; and the Olympic records are refreshed again and again. And you must have heard some extraordinary stories about how powerful a human being can be in emergency situations.  Here is another that kind of story. I start with a poem, then the story details.
Li Guang shot the …