Reporter Ye Yunfeng’s amazing rediscovery of Emperor Qin Shi Huang’s secret to longevity — the taisui lingzhi mushroom — has spurred local entrepreneurship and spawned a whole new industry.
One very enterprising street cleaner who makes additional income by hawking things off the street is now passing off artificial vajayjays as the long lost magic mushroom, and selling them for as much as 18,000RMB (US$2,800)!
He even has a highly authoritative sales pitch playing off his laptop on loop — the Xi’an TV news report which has since gone viral all over the world.
When one “prospective buyer” questions the man about the veracity of the report, he answers matter-of-factly, “It’s on the news. How can it be fake?”
Pointing to the cheapest taisui available which is labelled “young mushroom” and going for a very affordable 800RMB, the buyer fails to contain his laughter as he asks the seller how old the mushroom is.
“About ten years old,” came the response.
“Why doesn’t it have an ‘eye’ then?”
“That’s because it hasn’t matured fully,” replied the seasoned salesman. “Once it’s fully grown, it’ll have the ‘eye’.”
With entrepreneurs like this, there’s great hope that China will breeze through the global economic storm and upturn any downturn that may come its way.
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