A whole village in China confused a rubber vagina for a rare mushroom. The double headed sex toy was thought to be a mystical rare fungus that grows underground and has ability to give immortality. When villagers from Liucunbu, a rural community outside western Chinese city of Xi’an encountered the ‘rare mushroom’ when drilling a well shaft, they alerted a local news station which immediately sent Yunfeng Ye to cover this once in a lifetime discovery.
Ye, the reporter, interviewed different people and even a few who were considered very knowledgeable on such matters. On her final report, she also included vast amount of research she had undertaken on the ‘mushroom’ in question. The report opens with Ye proclaiming the discovery of the mysterious object, the likes of which “not even an 80-year-old local man has seen.”
“It has an eye and a nose, but we don’t know what it is,” said a man at the scene.
At the end of the report, Ye and the villagers finally proclaimed the ‘mushroom’ to be a type of lingzhi, a shelf fungus of the Ganoderma lucidum species. She added, “When the Emperor Qin Shi Huang [the First emperor of China] was on the hunt for the secret to longevity, it is said he discovered this lingzhi was the answer.”
As with any other news story, that was supposed to be the end of it, except that this was not any other news story. Some viewers immediately recognized that the ‘rare mushroom’ was infact a sex toy modeled after female genitalia. The video went viral and most comments lauded the villagers, reporter’s and entire station’s purity.
The station later issued an apology. “Our program last night made everyone laugh, Our reporter is very young and sheltered.”