畫蛇添足

畫蛇添足

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04.06.08 In ancient times, there were several friends that were drinking beer together. There was a lot of people, but there was too little beer, there was only one pot. Then who was to get this pot of beer? Some people said, “Every one of us is to paint a snake, everyone competes, then look to see who paints the fastest. The person who paints the most fastest will drink this pot of beer, all right?” Everyone all said, “Okay.” Then they started to paint snakes. There was one young person who painted faster than the others, he saw that the other people were still painting, then immediately pointed at his own painting of a snake and said happily, “You all painted too slow! Look, I still have time now, let me give my snake several more pairs of feet.” (At) This time, the person at his side loudly said, “I already finished painting, this
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Unformatted text preview: pot of beer should be given to me to drink.” Once the young person heard, he said anxiously, “You did not paint as fast as me, I finished painting long ago. You look, on top of that, I gave the snake several more pairs of feet. This pot of beer should be mine to drink.” That person smiled and said, “People all know that snakes don’t have feet. You painted feet just now, making it not a snake, that’s why the person who finished painting first is me.” Everyone said, “What he said is correct, this pot of beer should be given to him.” A person who does unnecessary things is called/said to be “doing something superfluous and thus ruins the good work/painted snake with unnecessary feet”....
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This note was uploaded on 04/15/2008 for the course CHI 507 taught by Professor Hsieh during the Spring '08 term at University of Texas.

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