Starring the South American Alpaca and set to the tune of the Chinese Smurfs, this video about the mythical "mud grass horse" spread like wildfire across the Chinese Internet in early 2009. "But you can't put it on the site," Gail told us. "It's absolutely hilarious," she admitted, "but far too dirty." And she's right about the vulgarity: the entire point of the video is a gigantic in-joke about how efforts to build a harmonious society in China are clamping down on people's ability to swear.
We've embedded the Youtube version here as the original not-so-mysteriously disappeared from all Chinese video websites after the New York Times reported on it as a case of online dissent. There are some political references, but the song is closer to doggerel than political protest. Nonetheless, if you can't pick up on the subtext from the video alone, we encourage subscribers to check out our manually annotated transcript on the text page. We've added special commentary in the extra notes field of our popups which explain the in-jokes and homophones that Chinese natives will pick up automatically.