Monday, June 13, 2011

一张画儿 A Painting

Is this story a classical joke about modern arts?  I found it everywhere. It does prove that a piece of white paper is full of possibilities. I hear another version of the story is a piece of black paper with the tile "The Owl Eats the Mouse".

有一天, 张文去参加李朋的生日晚会, 看到李朋画的画儿很好, 就说: “李朋, 你可以给我画一张画儿吗?” 李朋笑着说: “可以,你下个星期六来拿吧。”
到了星期六, 张文又来到李朋家。 他进门就问: “你给我的画儿画好了吗?” 李朋说: “画好了。” 张文问: “ 在哪儿呢?” 李朋说: “在这儿。” 张文一看, 是一张白纸, 就说: “你还没画呀?”李朋说: “画了, 我画的是牛吃草。” 张文说: “ 这儿没有草啊!” 李朋说: “草都被牛吃了。” 张文问: “那牛呢?” 李朋说: “没有草了,牛还在这里做什么?”

you3yi4tian1, zhang1wen2  qu4  can1jia1  li3peng2de  sheng1ri4 wan3hui4,  kan4dao4  li3peng2  hua4de  hua4er  hen3hao3,  jiu4 shuo1: "li3peng2,  ni3  ke3yi3  gei3 wo3  hua4  yi4zhang1hua4er ma1?"  li3peng2  xiao4zhe  shuo1:" ke3yi3, ni3  xia4ge4  xing1qi1liu4  lai2 na2ba." 
dao4le   xing1qi1liu4,  zhang1wen2   you4  lai2dao4  li3peng2 jia1. ta1  jin4men2jiu4wen4:" ni3 gei3  wo3de  hua4er  hua4hao3lema? "  li3peng2shuo1:"hua4hao3le."  zhang1wen2 wen4 :"zai4  na3er ne?" li3peng2shuo1: "zai4  zhe4er."  zhang1wen2 yi2kan4,  shi4  yi4zhang1  bai2zhi3,  jiu4shuo1: "ni3 mei2 hua4 a!"  li3peng2 shuo1: "hua4le, wo3 hua4de  shi4  niu2 chi1  cao3."  zhang1wen2 shuo1: "zhe4er  mei2you3  cao3  a!"  li3peng2 shuo1: "cao3  dou1  bei4  niu2  chi1le."  zhang1wen2  wen4: "na4  niu2  ne?"   li3peng2 shuo1: "mei2you3 cao3le,  niu2  hai2zai4  zhe4li3  zuo4shen2me?"

Translation:
One day,  Zhang Wen went to Li Peng's birthday party. He saw that the paintings done by Li Peng were very good. So he said: "Li Peng, can you paint a painting for me?"  Li Peng said while smiling:"Okay, you come to pick it up next Saturday."
It was Saturday. Zhang Wen came to Li Peng's place again.  He asked once he entered the room:" Are you done with the painting for me?"  Li Peng said:" Yes, it's done." Zhang Wen asked:"where is it?"   Li Peng said:" It's here."  Zhang Wen took a look and saw a piece of white paper. So he said:" Oh, you didn't paint it yet." Li Peng said:"I did. What I painted is a cow grazing."  Zhang1wen2 said:"But here is no grass!" Li Peng said:" the grass was eaten by the cow."  Zhang Wen asked:"How about th cow then?"  Li Peng said:" With the grass gone, why would the cow still be here?"

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