A 17-year old Chinese fella called Ma Shaodong (马绍东) can
keep his eyes open for 24 hours without blinking, according
to himself. During one hour interview with Chengshi Wanbao
journalist, he indeed did not blink, not for once, according
to the journalist and two other witnesses.
But he isn’t a natural born non-blinker, according to
himself again. When he was nine, he watched TV cartoon
show Three Kingdom’s Romance, and was romantically attracted
to an archery training method developed by Zhang Fei (张飞).
In Zhang’s quest for being the best bow-man in the land,
he trained himself to stare at a given object without blinking
so as to enable him performing highly focused precision
Ma Shaodong probably did not seek to be the best archery
master, but he aspired, like most little boys and little
girls, to be able to do something unusual. It is known
that people blink about 15 times per minute, and being
able to not to blink for hours straight is certainly something
very unusual, so the little boy decided to give it a go.
After three years diligent practice, by the age of eleven,
he accomplished his goal and could withhold blinking for
the entire waking time until he sleeps.
For this, he becomes a legend and is nicknamed Zhang Fei
Reborn (张飞再世) and Fish Eye Boy (鱼眼少年). Boys and girls would
travel from near and far to his school just to see he blink-not.
His blink-not kung fu not just brings him fame, but proves
to be quite useful in his daily life, for instance, when
he needed to impress his desk mate – a lovely girl called
Xiaomei. Xiaomei shared a desk with him, and when she watched
their teacher working on the blackboard, she was fascinated
with the teacher’s flowing running hand and wished to learn
the way of doing it. But the teacher wrote so swiftly and
she was never able to follow the rapid hand movements -
in the blink of her eye a character had already been done.
And that was the time when Ma Shaodong’s fish-eye kung
fu came handy.
But not all the things come with his kung fu skill is
favourable. Computer video gaming parlors in his county,
for example, prohibit him from entering their premises.
In his never blinking eyes, no movements of the animated
action figures slip from his attention, therefore he can
not be fooled by the visual tricks. With a chip cost only
twenty cents, he would be able to occupy a machine for
half a day – imagine what a fool the gaming parlor owners
must have felt like.
Now a master of non-blinker, Ma Shaodong seems to have
forgotten how to blink all together; and if he forces himself
to do so, he would fell dizzy. While he keeps to be admired
by his peers, so much to his delight, he is continuously
shunned by gaming parlors, very much to his chagrin. Life
never means to be perfect, doesn't it?
(Original Chinese report and photo on 城市晚报by
Paper with Teeth
- Forever Young