Poor fish. Not like they had a choice really, is it? If an animal gets drunk it is usually because it has sought out an intoxicating substance.
In this case of drunken fish from South Carolina in 1931 the unsuspecting fish had two thousand barrels of bootleg whisky dumped right onto their heads.
The next day the people who went out fishing found themselves remarkably successful in their endeavours. So much so that it sounds like everything that floated was out there to drop in a line.
I wonder what is the best way to cook bootleg fish?
First up, can I say that I am amazed at the restraint from everyone who had anything to do with this article.
A fisherman hauls up a 6ft creature in his nets, it has a human-like face and torso and NOT ONCE did they use the m word.
After all the articles I have read that have dramatized anything that came from the waves with the slightest bit of humanness about it and immediately cried ‘mermaid!’ this is a refreshing change.
If you want to read about the way mermaids have been treated in other articles I have found have a look at vengeful mermaid, stuffed merpeople, or Ballinakill mermaid.
You will quickly notice that being a human-like fish is not all it is cracked up to be. Not much sitting around on rocks, combing your hair and singing to the sailors. Generally your worst enemy is an oar swung in anger.
What I want to know is where on earth they got a jar of alcohol big enough to fit a 6ft fish into!
I have the day off today, yay! It is because I am going to the dentist though, boo 😦
When the Man of the House goes to the dentist for a bit of torture I try to find an article about some dental disaster to share with you. As it is my turn this time I thought I had better find something dentisty as well, sigh…
Fortunately the first thing that caught my eye was not a story of dental horror it was a boys amusing interpretation of why his snapper dinner in 1948 had a small yellow ball in it.
His father jokingly told him it was a lump of gold. This was later proved to be correct by a jeweller and naturally the boy expected that meant the gold had come from one of the fishes fillings.
I like the way that kid thinks 🙂
I also had to include this amusing article about a bit of horse dentistry in 1901 as well. I love the way they explain that the horse was treated ‘just like a human’, with the use of cocaine to deaden the nerves in the tooth before they were filled with either gold or silver. Crikey!
I wonder how popular this drug dealing dentist was with his patients?
Yes, I know that drugs we consider to be problems these days were used in the past as legitimate medicines, it just makes me glad we do things differently today.
It also makes me wonder what medications currently used will be considered inappropriate at some time in the future!
Recently I have posted about people and fish, in both cases the person should have left the fish well alone and they would have been ok. Here is another in the same vein.
When I started writing this post it was with the title ‘don’t swim with your mouth open’. That was deleted when I read the article about the coroners inquest. The title is now ‘don’t fish with explosives’.
It turns out that Attard positioned a friend further down the river, climbed a tree, and threw some explosives into a swimming hole before jumping in the water to retrieve the fish. Apparently his usual practice was to put one in his mouth once his hands were full. Attard had no top teeth so it was quite easy for the slippery little critter to slide into his throat.
It sounds as though bystanders tried a few things to keep Attard breathing, but I am not sure how effective a riverbank tracheotomy would be unless it is performed by an actual doctor…
There are a lot of reasons why fishing with explosives is a bad idea, this is just another to add to the list.
There is so much wrong with this story I barely know where to begin. Firstly, this poor kid was just bringing water back from the well when he was stung by a vicious fish. Of course, unless the fish was walking along with him he must have been tormenting it in the bucket. If he had just left it alone it wouldn’t have stung him.
Once he poked it and it stung him, he got so mad he tried to bite it, lost his hold and it slid down his throat. Now he is ‘suffering terribly’ with a live fish in his stomach.
Hmmm. I don’t know much about fish, but I doubt that one small enough to slide down a throat would then cause terrible suffering as it swam round and round in the stomach. In fact, I suspect that there would be very little swimming going on in a stomach. I also suspect that the terrible suffering may well be caused by the sting belonging to this fish or the medicines they are feeding the boy to kill the (likely already-dead) fish. Of course the sting might be quite painful to pass so this bad-tempered brat may be in for a tender rear in the future as well.
If you have some time to kill, amuse yourself in a constructive way, don’t attempt to wreak destruction upon an innocent creature you happen to come across. That may be obvious to some of us and if he had just kept on with his seaweed picking and left the fish alone this fisherman would have been alright.
It is a very cartoonish end for this poor bloke, I wonder if the fish had its little fins wrapped around his tonsils, snarling ‘that’ll learn ya…’