Adding Feet to a Snake
One day, Mr. Lion holds a party. Many animals come and drink a lot of wine.
At last there is a pot of wine. Who can drink it?
They drink out an idea and decide to have a match-Draw a snake.If you finish first, you can get it.
Soon Mr.Wolf finishes drawing.
"Yeah, I've finished. I'm No.1," he says.
But he draws again and says, "Oh, let me add feet and my snake."
At the time, Mr. Gorilla also finishes.
He takes away the pot of wine and drinks, then he says, "That isn't a snake. Snakes have no feet. I get the wine.
In the Warring States Period (zhàn guó 战国,475-221BC), a man in the State of Chu (chǔ guǒ楚国) was offering a sacrifice to his ancestors.
The servants thought that there was not enough wine for all them, and decided to each draw a picture of a snake; the one who finished the picture first would get the wine. One of them drew very rapidly.Seeing that the others were still busy drawing, he added feet to the snake.
大家商量说： “我们都来画蛇，谁先画好谁就喝这壶酒。”其中有一个人先画好 了。但他看到同伴还没有画完，就又给蛇添上了脚。
At this moment another man finished, snatched the beaker and drank the wine, saying, 'A snake doesn't have feet. How can you add feet to a snake?
This idiom refers to ruining a venture by doing unnecessary and surplus things.