My Sketchy life – dinosaurs and dames

Getting Hit On – Butterfly Fish & the Singles Scene

???????????????????????????????????????For those of you who have followed my blog for years know the story of “fish hits”.  For the rest of you:  This, my first post on butterfly fish, has gotten the most search hits of ALL topics I’ve written on.   It’s been a source of amusement to me.

I just noticed that over the last several months the “fish search hits” has fallen off.  SO!  Let’s see what happens when this post hits the search engines anew!!!!!!


Women could take a lesson from the Butterfly fish.  Instead of trying to camouflage our rear ends with baggy shirts and body shapers we need a giant flashing eye on our derriere when we have a “night on the town”.

Here’s the basis of  my theory:

Butterfly fish (both male and female) are brightly patterned with distinct coloration. (At last! Equality!) It seems that the designs displayed by the butterfly fish through colors, patterns, and the presence of eyebars and false eyespots may serve many purposes.

The butterfly fish use the false eyespots to produce an impression of a head at the wrong end!  (I think that is referred to in human terms as “Your getting ahead of yourself”  or “he has his head up his _ _ _.)“Their size is larger than real eyes. Researchers suggest that the eyespots serve to intimidate a predator into perceiving that the fish is larger or a member of a different species and discourage attacks.(Would come in handy with unwanted attention at a singles bar) The eyespot serves to misdirect predator attacks toward less vital body areas,( like our _ _ _! – perhaps NOT a singles bar) resulting in decreased predation rates or severity of injury. In some cases, the predator completely misses the intended butterfly fish by assuming a misguided plan of attack or the eyespots could serve as warning signals to predators that these fish are deep-bodied, spiny, and may not be worth the effort to attack..(Well, maybe a singles bar)

Although usually located on the posterior of the butterfly fish eyespots can appear in other areas of the body .The color characteristics may also serve as communication mechanisms (Two eyes, one on each breast?). The coloration of butterfly fish changes in different social situations and sometimes at night. (After the singles bar closes)

Another communicative role of the eyespots could occur between mates to identify each other. Most butterfly fish, occur in pairs and are thought to be monogamous for up to 10 years.(Beats the national norm of marriages)Because the butterfly fish are often involved in activity near territory borders, the eyespots may serve as important cues to help them rejoin each other after being occasionally separated. (Back to the singles bar theory)

eat FISH in the NUDE to celebrate DWALI

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog and Monkeys don’t lie.


Butterfly fish swimming in the nude.

FISH RULE!  As a matter of fact EVERY year since 2010 my top post is about FISH.  FISH! Who woulda guessed?!  It doesn’t surprise me that Christine Lagarde post got a lot of hits.  After all, I did have “nude” in the title.

Here’s an excerpt from the Monkey Report (with edits by me):

“4,329 films were submitted to the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. This blog

Christine Lagarde

Christine Lagarde fully clothed as she always is in public

had 35,000 views in 2012. If each view were a film, this blog would power 8 FISH Film Festivals.”  And if each view was a fish lover who had pet fish that’s 35,000 aquarium (not counting Koi ponds), home to an average of 10 fish per aquarium which equals 350,000 fish who are dearly loved.

Next year I’m thinking about writing a post “Christine LaGuard eats nude fish to celebrate Dwali”  and watch the views go through the roof! 

happy-diwali-greetingsClick here to see the complete report and proof of how important fish, Dwali and nudity are to the blogging community (which includes YOU, my friend)!!!

P.S. Alas, the 607 views in one day included about 500 spammers . . .

A Shaggy Frogfish Tale (parenthetically speaking)

Time to pump up the word search hits on the blog!

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.

Shaggy Frogfish photography courtesy of NGC

Hmph, She's undoubtedly genetically linked to Frogfish . . .

Do you know where your Epiglottis is tonight?

Mr. Epi Glottis

(If you missed the original Epiglotitis and FISH Face-off post between Laurie and me, you’d better read it so you can fully appreciate this post.  Here it is!)

This is the post, written by Laurie Fessler, that started it all!

Calling Epiglottitis A Bitch Is A Vast Understatement

“I have had epiglottitis twice; it is an ulcerated part of your epiglottis, below your throat, hidden in thieves. It is the worst pain I have ever had and I’ve had it two years in a row. Nobody knows what causes it, they think it’s a viral infection. As much as I have BEGGED for answers on how to prevent from getting it again, there are no answers. The doctors shake their heads kindly but have no information.”

Concession Speech

By Laurie Fessler

“Shameless promotion for the blogfish, blobfish contest!!!! Ha Ha,

I think you win!!

Besides, who wants a really horrific sore throat that makes them want to die?”

Love, Laurie F.

Here’s what YOUR epiglottis looks like and where it’s located.

No wonder it hurts when you get epiglottitis!

P.S.  And here’s the post that started it all on my blog.  (I have to confess that I have lots of “FISH” posts to drive up my blog searches.  Laurie only has a couple of Epiglottis posts.  Please don’t tell her I’ve loaded the deck ….)

Why on earth should I keep Blogging? A letter to Lydias

Lydia's REAL Furry Ferret! "KODA BEAR"

I received this comment on the blog:

“Thanks. It gave me a smile to see my poem here. And the quote from mindfulness. I’m happy I stumbled on this blog. I was in a serious car accident a couple of months ago. I got a serious concussion and am still in the process of healing. This site encouraged me to explore more creativity. I can’t read music to practice my instrument but I can play with haiku. lol. It seems the rhythm of haiku is something my mind locks into a bit. (= Every day a new one; every day healing.”     Lydia,

About the Accident

Wreck, by Lydia

Ice stealing control
Gravity pulls, spiral down
Sudden crash, blackness.

Deep indigo sky
Crickets sing fireflies flash
Bright stars dance in night

Anxiety is
Shapeless dark monster pouncing
Snacking on life unlived

Paw thumping on floor
Ferret teeth chewing at itch
Wake up! It’s playtime!

Dear Lydia,

Sometimes I get discouraged.  It can be a very lonely, solitary experience connecting with thousands of people in cyberspace.  Well, not thousands, 80 or 90 at best and many of them are looking for information on butterfly fish – butterfly fish is the single most searched item on my blog, bar none.

I digress.  

I do get discouraged.  I often wonder if I would reach more people if I were more consistent in my blog topics.  I have a “swap meet-style” (you never know what you’re going to find – treasure or trash) rather than a “shoe store-style” (you always know what you’ll find, you just don’t know if it will fit).

I dismiss that thought because I have to amuse and interest myself to continue blogging in the event that no one else is amused or interested.  

What really makes me continue blogging are all “the Lydias”.  Every once in a while I get a message from someone like you who tells me that something I’ve written, or reposted has helped them in some small way.  

That brings a smile to my face, love to my soul and sends my fingers walking up and down the swap-meet aisles.

Thank you Lydia for taking your time to comment.


P.S.  If you want to meet Lydia’s Ferrets — about the cutest things I’ve seen go to:

Something’s Fishy in Blogland

All of these posts continually get hits no matter how long ago I wrote them. Can you guess (Hint: The title) which of my posts has the MOST hits, the MOST word searches, on a DAILY basis?

And the winner is – TA DA!

YUP, Butterfly fish and the Singles Scene parenthetically-speaking-butterfly-fish-and-the-singles-scene/   I don’t even remember what prompted me to write about Butterfly fish.  I kid you not –  NOT A SINGLE DAY GOES BY without someone looking for something about butterfly fish!

 I actually did have a fish once. An old boyfriend (He wasn’t old – in his 20’s – he was a former boyfriend) gave me a black gold fish that had bug eyes. I called him Warlock.(the fish not my boyfriend)  I wonder what happened to him? (My former boyfriend, not the fish).   

Looking for a picture of a bug-eyed black fish just now I discovered Warlock was a Black Moor goldfish, not just a COMMON goldfish.  Here’s what I found:

Rather than having the long slender body of the Common Goldfish or the Shubunkins (My old boyfriend’s favorite nickname for me), The Black Moor Goldfish is one of the more rounded (yup, that describes me) or  fancy goldfish. The rounded body shape of this beautiful goldfish is enhanced by large bulbous eyes  (THAT’S enhancement?)  protruding out on the sides of its head, (I protrude out the sides but it’s a bit lower than my head) metallic scales that give it a deep velvety black color, and long flowing finnage.(Reference, undoubtedly, to my femininity). Their hardiness and ability to live in cold temperatures makes them ideal pets.They are very popular gold fish and are found in collectors tanks throughout the world.( Hey!  I wasn’t THAT loose . . .)

These eyes have given rise to some descriptive names for this fish, such as the Dragon Eye Goldfish and Black Peony Goldfish. Juveniles are a dark bronze and without the protruding eyes, but as they mature they become black and their eyes begin to telescope (that’s because I try not to squint). Most Black Moors stay black but their color can change with age (ain’t that the truth), ranging from gray to black, (or gray to grayer) or they can revert to a metallic orange when kept in warmer water (Bahama’s here I come). Though they once were available with a beautiful veil-tail, the specimens available today will have either a broad tail, ( I try not to swim backwards into the room) ribbon tail, or butterfly tail.(BUTTERFLY!  YES!! Stand back! Here come more hits on the blog)

Shubunkins are all considered good beginner goldfish.

P.S. To all of you bloggers  who want to drive people to your blog who have never heard of you and could care less about you:

Title your next post “Butterfly Fish”.

Be forewarned.  You might start calling your sweetie “Shubunkins”