Reporter mistakes sex toy for magic mushroom

“By three methods we may learn wisdom: first, by reflection, which is noblest; second, by imitation, which is easiest; and third, by experience, which is the most bitter.” - Confucius

The "very young and sheltered" reporter would soon be immortal, at least for a few day on the Internet. (YouTube)

In college, I knew people who could identify every mushroom dotting the moist, fertile South Georgia landscape.

Unfortunately, when a mysterious object was unearthed while drilling a new well shaft in western China, the good people living there had no such experts.

ABC News reports the villagers in Liucunbu believed the double-headed object to be a rare mushroom.

A TV reporter, Yunfeng Ye, traveled there to to check out the “flexible, fungi-like object.”

Ye and the local villagers, after much probing and fondling, determined the bulbous thing was “a shelf fungus of the Ganoderma lucidum species, which according to legend has the ability to give immortality.”

The magic mushroom has indeed granted immortality: the reporter will forever be known as the reporter that was fooled by a sex toy.

Once the TV program aired, viewers called in to accurately identify the mystery object as a rubber vagina.

An online video (which may be considered graphic by some) has been viewed millions of times, probably by laughing people.

“Our reporter is very young and sheltered,” said the TV station afterwards.

34 comments Add your comment

Dirk Diggler

June 21st, 2012
12:55 pm

I cant stop laughing..


June 21st, 2012
12:58 pm

Calling Jennifer Brett!! We’ve finally found a funny woman!!! I’ll notify Adam Corolla.

Fred ™

June 21st, 2012
12:59 pm

An online video (which may be considered graphic by some) has been viewed millions of times, probably by people laughing.

Wow really? MILLIONS of times? Try 233,324. There is a little counter on the video meathead.

I reckon the Chinese reporter isn’t the only dumb ass “journalist.”

Longdong Silver

June 21st, 2012
1:02 pm

Dang, my computer here at work is blocking the video. Maybe i should do a help desk.

Road Scholar

June 21st, 2012
1:05 pm

President Obama was responsible for it. Whatever it is!


June 21st, 2012
1:10 pm

Can’t. Stop. Laughing… At least the old man knew how to grip it…!

George Mathis

June 21st, 2012
1:14 pm

Fred — The video was viewed millions of times on the website of the TV station, not YouTube. Thanks for your support.


June 21st, 2012
1:20 pm

Too bad it wasn’t the “Positive Reinforcement” model, which would have spoken to them… A talking mushroom?!


June 21st, 2012
1:32 pm

And people are worried about them invading us? They were all sitting around thinking how to cook this.


June 21st, 2012
1:32 pm

Fred just got owned.



June 21st, 2012
1:34 pm

Has she ever seen herself naked in the mirror? Sheltered? From her own genetalia? I don’t know….

Big C

June 21st, 2012
1:40 pm

George. Thanks for setting idiots like Fred straight. Someone always thinks they know more than someone else, and then tries to ridicule them!

Funny as hell, by the way! Poor thing…Sheltered is an understatement!


June 21st, 2012
1:53 pm

fred cant help it. he was born an a$$hole


June 21st, 2012
2:14 pm

I believe this reporter has a real future at CNN.

They live in the dark and provide plenty of “fertilizer” for mushrooms at that network.

(I hope she didn’t try to add that mushroom to her salad.)


June 21st, 2012
2:18 pm

Oh wow! I don’t know that I would have known what it was either, and I am a 40 y/o woman. That being said, it certainly did look like more of some sort of sexual toy than it did a mushroom….


June 21st, 2012
2:19 pm

If you’ve ever been to Western China (and I have), you might understand the reporter’s naivete. Not exactly a cosmopolitan bunch living out there…

Fred's Ex-GF

June 21st, 2012
2:20 pm

Fred is a tool and did get served – by the way I just checked the you tube video and actual views: 2,166,080


June 21st, 2012
2:26 pm

Fred is a total douche. I work with lots of Fred’s. Probably has lots of these types of toys at home cause he can’t get the real thing.

Funny Funny Funny

June 21st, 2012
2:34 pm

Fred, You Just Got Owned for real…


June 21st, 2012
2:41 pm

Love how the guy kept poking and poking it with his finger! Ha


June 21st, 2012
2:53 pm

This did not fool an entire village — it just fooled the poor reporter. At 1:11 in the video, one of the men clearly uses the English slang term for the item in question. What I can’t figure out is how they got through the entire interview without anyone cracking up. They deserve an Oscar for ensemble acting!!

Elvis Prez

June 21st, 2012
3:36 pm

what a crock

June 21st, 2012
5:02 pm

You gotta love how the TV station totally threw the reporter under the bus on this one. As if she had total control over whether to do the story and air it. Typical.

They even phrased it in such a way that most people will go along with their denial of responsibility. She may very well be “young and sheltered” but this isn’t on her.


June 21st, 2012
5:24 pm

It would have been even funnier if it had started vibrating while they were holding it!

John Holmes

June 21st, 2012
6:14 pm

I believe I saw a movie about this on Cinemax last night


June 21st, 2012
7:04 pm

That’s not funny. I’m more concerned about what’s being confused for ‘meat’ at my local Chinese restaurant after seeing this video.

There was a day when I could at least trust it was real ‘cat’. Now, who knows?


June 21st, 2012
7:10 pm

Does that mean they are putting ‘vagina’ on their pizza in China?

Fred ™

June 21st, 2012
8:15 pm

June 21st, 2012
1:32 pm

Fred just got owned.


Really? i doubt George has enough cash to erent me much less own me. Besides nameless one, He SAID there were “millions” of views on the TV station site, but failed to give that site or the page that will actually PROVE “millions” of views. Given his track record, I’ll remain ed skeptical, un owned, un SSSSSskkkkkorccch ed or un anything until I can see some actual PROOF.

You DO know what proof is don’t you coward who was afraid to leave a name, even a fake one?

Georgie Fred — The video was viewed millions of times on the website of the TV station: Really? Can you cite your sources or give a site where that can be verified? Your last one proved to be woefully inadequate. Thanks for YOUR support……….. but due diligence would be nicer…….

Big K

June 21st, 2012
8:27 pm

Now if someone would just drop one of those from a plane over the Kalahari desert I bet the bushmen would find a million creative uses for it!


June 21st, 2012
9:03 pm

At harts field one time someone’s luggage popped open in the baggage claim and a double of vibrators fell out

Hope and a prayer

June 21st, 2012
9:07 pm

Shrooms anyone…l

@ Big K

June 21st, 2012
9:39 pm

Hahahaha Bushmen. Funny thing, this one was shaved.

Fred did get owned. That was the best part of the comments.

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Don KeBallz

June 26th, 2012
4:22 pm

Fred got smoked…..all he is George’s little bit*h…..hahhaha