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The winner of an International Design Excellence award is a camera for the blind. No, really.

10 incredibly beautiful aquarium fishes. Freshwater and saltwater.

The Guo-li-Zhuang restaurant in Beijing serves water buffalo penis, yak's testicles, and deer penis juice. Quote: The meals served do not come cheap: A yak penis costs €179, while a hotpot with 10 different penis-and-testicle selections served on an attractive, four-sided plate tower with little statues of animals will set you back €89. For particularly discerning palates, the menu also offers deer and sheep fetuses (€36 and €9, respectively).

Small town mostly supports school principal for witch-hunting a lesbian student. When a high school senior told her principal that students were taunting her for being a lesbian, he told her homosexuality is wrong, outed her to her parents and ordered her to stay away from children. He suspended some of her friends who expressed their outrage by wearing gay pride T-shirts... and he asked dozens of students whether they were gay or associated with gay students.... [but] many in this conservative community still wonder what, exactly, [the principal] did wrong.



What will be the largest solar panel array in the world has been planned for Gujarat, India.
The current largest array generates 900 megawatts of electricity. This one will generate 5 gigawatts.



Intel working on perfecting wireless electricity.
Note the use of the word "perfected," because it's not ready yet, although Intel have vastly increased its efficiency to 75%. Nikola Tesla was the first to pull this off, but no one knows how he did it.
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California uses more gasoline than all of China, among some other interesting statistics.

Pet goldfish gets a lip piercing. For the record, goldfish do NOT have 30 second memory.


Orchids are literally having sex bees and wasps, apparently.


CNN reporter investigates / criticizes TSA, finds self on terror watchlist. Meanwhile Bin Laden still at large, etc. This watchlist has crossed one million names.

Teenage stoners arrested after digging up the corpse of an 11 year old boy and using its skull as a bong. Complete with bad pun headline.

Porn queen and terrifying sex maniac Belladonna says priests need sreet-level knowledge of sex and a supply porn so they won't go around f*cking little boys. FTA: She also has offered to donate some of her own time to help set up a "meaningful set of exercises for priests to help them deal with sexual tension and stress".
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And now, the latest threat to the Beijing Olympics: Seaweed.


Ayveq, the (in)famous masturbating walrus at the New York Aquarium, has died. :(

In Papua New Guinea, village women are swapping sex for unwanted canned fish. "Since the company's establishment on our land they have given little back in terms of service and as a result the women are now trading sex for fish. Before the company came we were able to make ends meet just by supplying the town with fish. This has changed."

Suicides in National Parks on the rise.

San Francisco voting to possibly "honor" President Bush by renaming a sewage treatment plant after him. Sponsors of the ballot measure say it’s a fitting tribute to a president who made a big mess. The commission, which apparently hatched the idea one night over beers, has collected 8,500 signatures — 1,300 more than the 7,168 needed to get a measure on the November ballot. If officials verify that those signatures are from registered city voters, proposition rename-the-sewage-plant is a go.

Australian kid arrested for offensive behavior for wearing a T-shirt that said "Jesus is a Cunt." The phrase is a Cradle of Filth song. A few months ago, BoingBoing reported a guy not being allowed to board a plane because his T-shirt had a drawing of a Manga robot armed with a sci-fi gun on it. A few years back, an Arab American high school student was suspended for wearing a shirt with a picture of Bush with the slogan "International Terrorist" under it. The student went to a high school whose population was about half Arab Americans and the other half various minorities. And meanwhile, a T-shirt consiting solely of the names of various soldiers killed in the Iraq War in very fine print (done with permission from the soldiers' families) had been banned in multiple states. I didn't know T-shirts were such a threat to public safety.

Woman tries to steal manure, fails, falls into dung tank, flees naked.

NASA says that Martian soil is so similar to Earth soil that asparagus could grow in it.


Ten incredibly bizarre looking, rare cloud types.


There's a very good chance that there will be no ice at the North Pole this summer.


Ironically, Finding Nemo has caused clownfish to become critically endangered.
Demand of the fish as pets from children who loved the film increased sharply after the film's release, leading to over-harvesting of the coral reefs for these tiny clownfish. Facepalm. Not only that, but clownfish are marine fish, which any aquarist will tell you requires pretty freaking advanced fishkeeping skills. It's no goldfish in a goldfish bowl that a kid can take care of.
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I bought a yellow water snail to keep Epicurus company. I'm not sure what to name it. The snail is an it, not a he or a she since snails are hermaphroditic, but at the risk of being cheesy, I'm leaning towards Shelley *drum crash*

I'd post a pic of the little guy but I don't feel like waiting for a week for Photobucket to load, so maybe later.
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I BOUGHT A FISHIE!!

My neighbor friend Atul and I went out and bought two fishbowls and two Siamese Fighting Fish or Bettas. Just because.

Mine is a young bluish one and I named him Epicurus. Atul's is slightly bluish - purple and I think he's decided to name him Henry (after Henry Rollins, coz I just downloaded nearly every spoken word album of his). They're both in their identical fishbowls side by side on my table, since Atul's gonna be out for a week or so.



L-R: Epicurus, Henry.




Henry, Atul's new Betta.




Epicurus, my new Betta.


Fake plastic plants are fake, but that's coz the shop was out of stock on nearly everything and this is all they had.

More nonsense later.  Happy Columbus Day.
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cnn:  scientists discover world's smallest fish!

" 'This is one of the strangest fish that I've seen in my whole career,' said Ralf Britz, zoologist at the Natural History Museum in London, who helped analyze the fish's skeleton.  "It's tiny, it lives in acid and it has these bizarre grasping fins. I hope we'll have time to find out more about them before their habitat disappears completely...' "

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rome bans goldfish bowls

interesting how few people know that goldfish bowls are actually bad for goldfish (and most tropical freshwater fish).  the reason they're bad is because the relatively small surface area of a filled goldfish bowl means less oxygen can dissolve into the water and the fish suffocate and die.  that is, unless you're keeping labyrinth-breathing fish that breathe through gills as well as directly from air.  the perfect fish for a goldfish bowl is a betta splendens or siamese fighting fish.  i kept a few and they make great pets, though sadly they only live two years or so.  goldfish on the other hand are probably the most boring, dull fish you could possibly keep in my opinion, and their best use is food to pet piranhas or turtles.