What does an electric eel tweet about? Mostly puns.
May 5, 2015 7:14 AM   Subscribe

On Dec. 15, the Tennessee Aquarium's newly installed Amazonian electric eel, Miguel Wattson -- get it, Watts-on? -- registered an account on Twitter that automatically posts messages whenever probes in his tank detect a strong-enough electrical discharge from him.
posted by sciatrix (14 comments total) 12 users marked this as a favorite
 
Also a bunch of energy efficiency tips, and then there's this:
Run celing fans in the counter clockwise direction in the summer.
Huh? Does this have something to do with fan blade orientation?
posted by Dr Dracator at 7:20 AM on May 5, 2015


The common wisdom I always heard was that in the summer you draw the cooler air off the floor and in the winter you draw the warmer air off the ceiling.
posted by johnnydummkopf at 7:22 AM on May 5, 2015 [1 favorite]


What? No, that's not it at all. Ceiling fans naturally rotate in a certain direction depending on the hemisphere you're in (the Coriolis effect) and if you reverse the direction, you'll be "tricking" the room into thinking you're in the opposite hemisphere and the room temperature will adjust to the opposite season. However, as the room would require an input of energy to go from cold to warm, switching fan directions only works to cool rooms down in the summer, not heat them up in the winter.
posted by griphus at 7:33 AM on May 5, 2015 [53 favorites]


That sounds like something Calvin's dad would say.
posted by sio42 at 7:35 AM on May 5, 2015 [18 favorites]


"What do you get when you cross a centipede and a parrot? A walkie-talkie!"

Oh Miguel, you card!
posted by a fiendish thingy at 7:53 AM on May 5, 2015 [1 favorite]


stuff is like this is how i try to get people to sign up for twitter.

i follow a bunch of news stuff so i need things like this to break up the heavy.
posted by sio42 at 7:57 AM on May 5, 2015


Oh Tennessee Aquarium, you sure know your memes.
posted by orme at 8:16 AM on May 5, 2015 [3 favorites]


Oh Tennessee Aquarium, you sure know your memes.

But hey, that's a Moray!
posted by Twain Device at 8:21 AM on May 5, 2015 [4 favorites]


Being from Tennessee, I'm sure Wattson can do a great elvers impression.
posted by Flashman at 8:35 AM on May 5, 2015 [1 favorite]


johnny and griphus, I think you're both making this more complicated than it needs to be; you just draw a big circle on the ground, and then throw all the air - cool AND hot - upwards. And whatever god wants, he keeps!
posted by Greg Nog at 8:55 AM on May 5, 2015 [5 favorites]


Wait, an electric eel that lives in Tennessee? And his name's not Davy Shockett?

fail.
posted by Chrischris at 9:38 AM on May 5, 2015 [6 favorites]


i follow a bunch of news stuff so i need things like this to break up the heavy.


This is one of those things that I follow and then in a few months I'll completely forget the origin behind it and wonder "who is this Miguel person in my timeline saying random shit in my timeline? Is he from MetaFilter?"
posted by MCMikeNamara at 9:50 AM on May 5, 2015 [1 favorite]


"I don't get it. Why does this eel keep saying ... damn, I can't even pronounce it. Cuth-oo-loo? kə-thoo-loo? It doesn't make any sense, and my head hurts just thinking about it. Cuth-who-loo? Clooloo? Cathulu? Khlûl′-hloo? Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn. Wow, I need to sit down. Feel like I'm gonna hurl."
posted by Cool Papa Bell at 9:57 AM on May 5, 2015 [1 favorite]


This is ridiculous.

It's also awesome and I now follow him.
posted by tommasz at 10:19 AM on May 5, 2015 [2 favorites]


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