Baidu 10 Mythical Creatures
- Date Discovered: 2009
- Discovered On: Baidu Baike
If you thought Wikipedia vandals were funny, Baidu Baike (a Chinese Wikipedia clone) vandals are friggin' hilarious. They made ten legendary fictional animals, including the Grass Mud Horse, to make fun of internet censorship.
The Chinese government put in filters to block searches of profanities. A bunch of teens decided to mess around and vandalize Baidu Baike by making up a bunch of fictional animals, all using profanities in their names. The article was taken down, but then it became a meme, and the vandals had lulz at the expense of the Chinese government
The original article is taken down, but the message is still going strong.
- The animals are Grass Mud Horse, French-Croatian Squid, Small Elegant Butterfly, Chrysanthemum Silkworms, Quail Pigeon, Lucky Journey Cat, Stretch-Tailed Whale, Singing Field Goose, Intelligent Fragrant Chicken, and Hidden Fiery Crab
- Every single one uses some kind of profanity or other embarrassing words - All of them are 100% fictional!
- The Grass Mud Horse is supposedly a kind of alpaca. It's so cute and it is featured in a lot of derivative merchandise
- The French-Croatian Squid is a special species of squid discovered at the same time in Croatia and France. The squid, found throughout Europe, releases a white liquid if agitated
- Small Elegant Butterfly, discovered in the Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau on January 1, 2009, are luminescent butterflies that can change color. Legend has it that a Japanese girl turned into one of the butterflies
- Chrysanthemum Silkworms feed on chrysanthemum flowers, unlike other silkworms, which eat mulberry leaves. They produce silk more quickly than other silkworms, and are resistant to bullets, fire, and other harm, but are difficult to care for and die easily
- Quail Pigeons are currently only found in Hunan and Sichuan in China, but were formerly found in Yemen.
- Zheng He first discovered the Stretch-Tailed Whale, and sailors hunted it to make women's undergarments out of it.
- A legend has it that the Singing Field Goose, in the Kangxi era, dove into a field, and caused various area farmers to discover a strange illness
- The Intelligent Fragrant Chicken loves exercise. The male chickens impress the females by emitting a white fluid
- The Hidden Fiery Crab once obstructed the Grand Canal