Random Jottings

Haven’t done one of these in awhile.

Goose who lays the golden eggs, meet the snake who shits the silver millet.


Yang Ziyang of Hongnong heard a sound from within the earth, and dug up a jade pig which was perhaps a foot or so long. Inside of his house, millet started to pour down. It was like this for three years, not stopping day or night. After the cascade of grain stopped, suddenly there was a green snake several feet in length residing up in the rafters of the house. Whenever its defecation dropped down, it would turn into shards of silver. Ziyang gathered the silver grains and thereafter became quite a wealthy man. He melted the silver down to make utensils, and his sales increased tenfold. Because of this, the other merchants were run out of business.