Bob theBlobfish has been a regular on this blog for years. His commentary is broadly heralded by readers as being bold, beautifully brash and brilliantly blunt
“In 2013 The blobfish was voted the “World’s Ugliest Animal”, based on photographs of decompressed specimens, and adopted as the mascot of the Ugly Animal Preservation Society, in an initiative “dedicated to raising the profile of some of Mother Nature’s more aesthetically challenged children”‘
“No BUTS about it, I tell it like I see it . . . “
Behold Bob the Blobfish
I’m a blob and I know it
No need to show it
That’s why I live
3,000 feet underwater in the sea
so be a buddy and let me B!
Click here to see previous posts: “A” and “B” down, “C” to go!
Time to crank up the blog searches! Yes! It’s time for a fish post!
If you’ve not been following CreativitytotheMAX for awhile you aren’t aware that the single largest word searches on this blog is for “fish”. So periodically I delight in sharing my fish research with you to keep the fishy hits hitting.
Zuvys appeared in the word search count. ZUVYS? I was apprehensive it was X-rated, or worse. Sounded like slang for a part of the anatomy that we can’t explore in public, or a new form of bacteria that eats the flesh eating bacteria after the flesh eating bacteria eats us. Zuvys?
Turns out it’s neither X-rated nor life-threatening. It’s Lithuanian!
Lithuanian!!!!! Who knew? The Republic of Lithuania is a nation in Northern Europe. The country spans a total area of 25,174 sq miles. The population of Lithuania is over 3 million, which makes it the 133rd most populated country in the world. The per capita nominal GDP of Lithuania is $10,605. The official language is Lithuanian and the word for fish is ZUVYS.
Want to see what you’d be called if you lived in Lithuania? You can call me KĘSTUTIS
Needs and wants are perhaps even more significant a topic at this time of year. Every year I am faced with getting my husband both birthday and Christmas presents. This strains my brain to figure out what he “wants” or “needs”.
Gifts of need or want?
never knowing what to buy
A strain on my brain
Then yesterday I received this comment from a “linkedin” friend:
“You seem like a lady who has everything?
I wonder…what do you want for Christmas?”
At first, I wondered what I had said in a post or comment to give the impression that I had everything?
Then I wondered if I really take the time to think about the distinction between what I need and what I want.
Then I thought about Ida who has to weigh this question daily since she is, out of necessity, forced to survive on the bare minimum.
Susan Gammage wrote an excellent post on the topic. It’s too long to repost but here’s how it starts:
“Recently I was listening to a podcast on our relationship to money by my favorite minister, Jeremy McClung of the Muskoka Community Church, which left me asking the question: When is enough, enough? This is an important question to ask especially at this season of excess we call Christmas.”
“In his talk, Jeremy handed out index cards and asked us to write “stuff I have” on one side and to write “stuff I want” on the other. We were to make a detailed list of everything we own (land, cars, houses, clothes, electronics, appliances, toys etc)”.
“What surprised me was how much was on my “want” side! Even though I have everything I need, and more, the list of what I wanted was longer than the list of what I owned. This was profound! I urge you to take out a sheet of paper right now and do this exercise for yourself.”
“My income comes from a small disability pension, supplemented by some paid work, and I live in a small one bedroom apartment in a “geared to income” building. Some people look at my lifestyle and long for me to be better off financially, and sometimes I wonder if they’re right.
My well-wishers see the transformative path I’ve been on for the past couple of decades, and how far I’ve come in ridding myself of the anxiety and depression that robbed me of my life, and they think it’s time for me to get back into the “real world” and get paid for all the work I do.
Susan citing the following REALLY got my attention:
If you could fit the entire population of the world into a village consisting of 100 people, maintaining the proportions of all the people living on Earth, that village would consist of:
57 Asians 21 Europeans 14 Americans (North, Central and South) 8 Africans
There would be: 52 women and 48 men 30 Caucasians and 70 non-Caucasians 30 Christians and 70 non-Christians
In addition: 6 people would possess 59% of the wealth and they would all come from the USA 80 would live in poverty 70 would be illiterate 50 would suffer from hunger and malnutrition 1 would be dying 1 would be being born 1 would own a computer 1 (yes, only one) would have a university degree
If we looked at the world in this way, the need for acceptance and understanding would be obvious. But, consider again the following…
If you have never experienced the horror of war, the solitude of prison, the pain of torture, were not close to death from starvation, then you are better off than 500 million people
If you can go to your place of worship without fear that someone will assault or kill you, then you are luckier than 3 billion (that’s right) people.
If you have food in the fridge, clothes on your back, a roof over your head and a place to sleep, you are wealthier than 75% of the world’s population.
If you currently have money in the bank, in your wallet and a few coins in your purse, you are one of 8 of the privileged few amongst the 100 people in the world.
If your parents are still alive and still married, you’re a rare individual.
For those of you new to C2Max I get MORE word searches on “fish” than anything else in the WHOLE WIDE WORLD WEB.
It all started with the post Butterfly fish and the Single Scene. Don’t ask me why I wrote that post in the first place. My motivation is lost somewhere in the murky recesses of my mind.
To my knowledge the fishy people who google “fish” and land on this blog have never commented nor subscribed. They probably have posted warning signs somewhere not to come here.
However, I have now become fascinated with the denizens of the sea and I periodically share with you what I discover. (And it amuses me to get all those word search hits for “fish” – I amuse easily, ask my friends).
So with that, I introduce you to Shaggy FROGFISH!!!!!!!!
Instead of chasing their prey, frogfish have become the masters of the ambush. Most are patterned to blend with their surroundings,(I wonder what they would look like if they came ashore in Hawaii – leis around their neck and sunglasses?)
Frogfish lay quietly in waiting, enticing their prey with a “fishing pole” tipped with a piece of “bait” derived from the first dorsal fin spine.(That’s because they have no cleavage).
Without any teeth, they must use the “gape and suck” method to swallow their prey whole—dropping open their jaw to create a void of negative pressure. (At least it’s nice to know that when I lose my teeth I will be able to “gape & suck”. Now, the only way I know to create a negative void is to suck) In this manner, frogfish consume their prey faster than any other vertebrates, inhaling their food in 6 milliseconds.