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欺实马 (qī shí mǎ): horse of deception

In Chinese, “horse of deception” is a homophone for “70 KPH,” and is a reference to the 70 KPH incident in which the son of a wealthy man, known as rich second generation, ran over another man, killing him. Police maintained he had only been going 70 KPH, despite onlookers attesting that the car had been going much faster.

The horse of deception is one of a number of internet mythical creatures, including the river crab, grass-mud horse and valley dove. Talking about mythical creatures whose names are references to sensitive issues is a creative way that netizens talk about and mock sensitive issues.

According to its back story, the horse of deception once roamed freely before being trapped in the Well of Commerce (交井) (which sounds the same as “traffic police” (交警) in Chinese) and was sealed in it by centuries of grass-mud horse excrement. It was customary for the rich to cast their money into the well when faced with difficulties. Finally, in May of 2009, the horse of deception burst free once more to cause mischief.


"It's been reported that a new horse has been discovered. Everyone calls him the 'horse of deception.'" "What an amazing discovery!"