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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
    Nerdette

    Well, it is quite colorful.

  2. 2
    cicely

    Roll for initiative.
    -

  3. 3
    WMDKitty -- Survivor

    Just gotta eat it before it eats me…

  4. 4
    garydargan

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

  5. 5
    shouldbeworking

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

  6. 6
    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
    Mobius

    Survival of the hungriest.

  8. 8
    bassmanpete

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

    Tommy Steele, 1960

  9. 9
    quirkeegurl

    A rainbow has never been so terrifying.

  10. 10
    xerxes the magnificent

    Obligatory Sci-ence!

  11. 11
    throwaway

    quirkeegurl

    A rainbow has never been so terrifying.

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

  12. 12
    AussieMike

    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
    voidhawk

    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
    davidnangle

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

  16. 16
    jackjesberger

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

  17. 17
    azportsider

    Totally. Fucking. Awesome!

  18. 18
    Ogvorbis: Still failing at being human.

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

  19. 19
    blf

    I’m waiting for the Poopyheaded Kraken

  20. 20
    hillaryrettig

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

  21. 21
    birgerjohansson

    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
    cicely

    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.
    -

  23. 23
    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
    ChasCPeterson

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

  25. 25
    birgerjohansson

    Chas,
    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
    ChasCPeterson

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

  27. 27
    yazikus

    That might be the most amazing thing I’ve ever seen.
    @Chas
    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.

  28. 28
    Ron Sullivan

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

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