Apr 22 2013

Mary’s Monday Metazoan: Is she trying to tell me something?

My wife tells me I ought to feature a fish that’s actually called the Sarcastic Fringehead on the blog — it’s a natural. I wonder if she was being sarcastic, but she looked so innocent when she told me.



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  1. 1

    Well, it is quite colorful.

  2. 2

    Roll for initiative.

  3. 3
    WMDKitty -- Survivor

    Just gotta eat it before it eats me…

  4. 4

    She can’t possibly be thinking it is like you. I suspect your head lost its fringe some time ago.

  5. 5

    That’s one seriously ugly fish. If I caught that thing, it might make me want to give up fishing.

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    steve oberski

    Consider the fact that this is the last thing a lot of little fishes are going to see and then try to tell me there is no god.

  7. 7

    Survival of the hungriest.

  8. 8

    What a mouth!
    What a mouth!
    What a north and south
    blimey what a mouth he’s got

    Tommy Steele, 1960

  9. 9

    A rainbow has never been so terrifying.

  10. 10
    xerxes the magnificent

    Obligatory Sci-ence!

  11. 11
    throwaway, never proofreads, every post a gamble


    A rainbow has never been so terrifying.

    Clearly you’re not a member of the Phelps clan.

  12. 12

    Actually this is what I look loke after reading a Scott Stephens article. This one has him opening up on Dawkins because of his recent Tweet. http://www.abc.net.au/religion/articles/2013/04/23/3743221.htm
    Have at it people.

  13. 13

    It’s like the Predator at a Pride parade.

  14. 14
    Thumper: Who Presents Boxes Which Are Not Opened

    It’s got a rainbow coloured mouth! That is so fucking cool! Why can’t I have one of those? :(

  15. 15

    Yeah… *that’s* the most amazing fish ever.

  16. 16

    I prefer a world with a fair number or sarcastic fringeheads in the mix, as should everybody.

  17. 17

    Totally. Fucking. Awesome!

  18. 18
    Ogvorbis: Still failing at being human.

    Cage match between that and an angler-fish? No? Nevermind.

  19. 19

    I’m waiting for the Poopyheaded Kraken

  20. 20

    i thought we were banning all the men’s rights assholes from the site…

  21. 21

    Cross-breed with lungfish, then release in the southern swamps*. It will balance the population boom related to non-existent sex education. Also, please tell “snake handlers” they must try to juggle a fish like this at the next church meeting.

    (*Yes, I am holding a grudge against the South. .However the fish is a threat people not plastered on hooch should be able to avoid.)

    An angler-fish? Techically, angler fish are a pair, even if you only notice one of them…

  22. 22

    Nonononono. Put legs on them, train them to rush en masse and open-mouthed, and rent their services to anyone Westboro is threatening to picket.

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    David Marjanović

    Techically, angler fish are a pair, even if you only notice one of them…

    Oh, they’re not all monogamous. Polyandry is a thing, you know.

  24. 24

    here, “sarcastic” takes its original sense of ‘tearing flesh’.

  25. 25

    So by analogy, a modern usage of “sarcophagus” might be “eating people’s feelings”? We could use that as a new word for psychologists.

    And I think the relatives of that fish worked as extras in the film “Blade 2″

  26. 26

    On NPR this morning I heard Michael Pollan recommend these excellent sarcastics.

  27. 27

    That might be the most amazing thing I’ve ever seen.
    Whenever I start a sentence (which is probably too often) with “When I was listening to NPR this morning…” I think I get a grey hair. Especially when the thing I heard on NPR was 1) A song that was topping the charts where I live & 2) A piece of technology in my new phone. The phone store guy was kind of impressed though, so there is that.

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    Ron Sullivan

    Longtime household favorite, that fellow. We both sort-of ~identify~ with it.

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