Imagine the conversation:
Husband: “You know I’ve been thinking about updating the kitchen.”
Wife: “Really! That’s great. I’ve had my eye on some new cabinets for quite some time.”
Husband: “Cabinets!? Forget that! I was thinking about sinking a 50-foot hole in the kitchen so I could fish the underground river that runs beneath our house.”
How exactly does one propose digging what basically amounts to a mineshaft in your kitchen to your wife? Even with my overly active (ok, psychotic) imagination I can’t imagine coming up with the idea of doing it, let alone trying to sell my wife on it. But that’s exactly what Li Huiyan, of Chongqing, China did.
Li, a farmer, hired 30 workers who toiled for more than six months to dig a 50 foot shaft in the center of his kitchen. Since then Li has had exclusive fishing rights (as he’s the only one that’s bothered to dig a pit in his kitchen to reach it) to the river and catches fish daily by simply
suspending a net. Li explained that he knew the river had plenty of fish as it used to flow above ground but disappeared years ago when a portion of a neighboring mountain was bombed to make a road. Figuring that the fish followed the river, Li made a gamble and won. He now sells his catch to both the wholesale and retail markets.
I wonder what I’d find 50 feet below my kitchen. Maybe I’ll hire some neighborhood kids to dig a pit and find out. With my luck I’ll reach some water but only be able to catch those endangered Texas blind salamanders.
I doubt anybody’d buy those.