Undeniable Fact: Discombobulated!

Wednesday, August 02, 2006

In the late 17th century, many parts of China were still hostile to the West due to poor communication within the mainland. European traders would be met with distrust and sometimes even violence. Most commonly, the Chinese villagers would use a technique called "Qi Gan"- green shadow. This technique involved scattering through the bamboo forests. The quickly moving horizontal lines would confuse the Europeans, who would eventually be forced to leave. The Europeans called the effect being "bamboozled", and to this day, the word is used for any confounding trick.


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