The BBC explore the olfactory delights
, "trout sprinkled with salt and fermented in water for up to a year." But is it as smelly
, fermented Baltic Herring from neighboring Sweden, or as extreme
as the Icelandic Hákarl
, basking shark buried in a hole and fermented for several months and tasting "similar to very strong cheese slathered in ammonia"? [more inside]
posted by Wordshore
on Dec 2, 2012 -
"Local marine experts believed the problem could be solved only if it could be determined why the sharks were venturing so close to the beaches. This meant finding someone with the knowledge, expertise, and courage to spend an extended period of time in the water with the animals themselves, unraveling the mystery. They called Belgian Fred Buyle, the world's foremost shark tagger, a gifted free-diver able to hold his breath for seven minutes and swim to depths below 300 feet." Meet The Shark Whisperer [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns
on Jul 8, 2012 -
Over 350 US Navy ships were lost in combat during World War II. Only one
of them resulted in the captain being court martialed. [more inside]
posted by rmd1023
on Jul 5, 2012 -
"Fibrodysplasia ossificans progressiva (FOP) is an extremely rare disease of the connective tissue. A mutation of the body's repair mechanism causes fibrous tissue (including muscle, tendon, and ligament) to be ossified when damaged. In many cases, injuries can cause joints to become permanently frozen in place. Surgical removal of the extra bone growths has been shown to cause the body to "repair" the affected area with more bone."^
Detailed in an article from The Atlantic, February 1998. Part 1
. Part 2
. [more inside]
posted by vapidave
on Apr 7, 2010 -
From the greats of the silent era to the modern masterpieces of the 21st century, the medium of film has never truly achieved artistic perfection. Until today.
posted by Lord_Pall
on May 12, 2009 -
"Hello, and welcome to Mainly For Men
, part 2
). And, as the title implies, this is a programme, fellas, just for you." Yes, everything the BBC thought the red-blooded male back in the late 1960s would be interested in (ie women, cars and shark fishing). The result was so hideous it was never broadcast until a TV Hell themed night many years later. Possibly NSFW... some brief nudity ('artistic', naturally) and mild swearing. And rampant mind-blowing sexism.
posted by fearfulsymmetry
on Nov 29, 2007 -
The Save Our Seas Foundation [small Flash]
, a Swiss-based non-profit, joins the growing ranks of a world-wide movement to undo the damage caused by popular reports
and gross misrepresentation by Hollywood
of sharks as human-savoring sea monsters/killing machines. The fact of the matter is that the opposite is true: Current estimates give between 65 million to 165 million sharks being killed worldwide annually via unregulated catch - including 38 million
to 70 million [PDF]
for their fin alone, with untold numbers of butchered and bleeding-to-death sharks being cast back into the oceans to die slow and gruesome deaths. [more inside]
posted by humannaire
on Jul 31, 2007 -
The year is 1978. A group of 12 year-olds have decided to make a Super 8 film of their own based on Jaws
. Presenting... SHARK!
posted by miss lynnster
on Apr 23, 2007 -
Great White Sharks feeding on a whale carcass.
Ever wanted to see what a dead whale looks like? Find it here. How about multiple great white sharks feeding on said carcass? Find it here. How about a mad scientist who climbs on said carcass? And films said sharks with fricken' lazer beams feeding on stinking whale carcass?
posted by KokuRyu
on Feb 10, 2007 -
Giant Mako Shark Video
On Friday some fishheads
in Pensacola, FL, cruising only 300 yards off the beach came up on a 10' mako shark
that happened to be munching on what might have been (before it got munched) a world record tarpon
. The video is almost 8 min. long and there are some good shots of the shark near the boat. It is also rich in loud, NSFW language.
BTW, the mako is the only shark known to jump
posted by wsg
on Apr 24, 2005 -
Randy vs. Shark
The ongoing saga of Randy and his archnemesis Shark. The creation of demented humor, MSN messenger, and two bored co-workers.
posted by BradNelson
on Feb 23, 2005 -
Nian Nian You Yu
("nyen nyen yo yew
- translates to "Have abundance every year" or phonetically as "Year Year Got Fish." Tomorrow evening, over a billion people will be celebrating Lunar New Year's Eve with a Reunion
. This involves family members coming together and for many, the ideal menu
includes eating braised shark's fin soup. This is a perfect time to regale your friends and family with shark
and horror stories
. True you mother won't appreciate when you point out to Auntie Mei how how around 100 million sharks are caught worldwide every year
mostly just for their fins, or that actually the dish is tasteless and people
are just ordering it to show
off their wealth
. But surely it's better than one day having to say "Year Year Got No Fish."
posted by missbossy
on Feb 7, 2005 -
The Shark That Won't Be Caged:
everyone knows the Carcharodon carcharias
--usually by its popularized name The Great White Shark--but not many people have ever seen one, due to the fact that one has never survived for any significant length of time in captivity. Until recently, it was thought that the shark's sensitivity to electrical fields was the culprit, but an aquarium in Monterey Bay is out to prove that theory wrong (additional stories on attempt:1
). A previous, accidental capture of a Great White in a tuna net
off the coast of South Australia suggests that it could be possible if the stress level can be kept low enough.
posted by The God Complex
on Sep 30, 2003 -
of a Great White Shark breaching (leaving the surface of the water, like a whale or a dolphin would). Note - they apparently usually exhibit this behavior when they are killing/feeding, so those with delicate sensibilities shouldn't click.
posted by jonson
on Sep 11, 2003 -