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(TreeHugger)   Some people are getting all crabby over an arcade game where you try to catch a real lobster using a giant metal claw. "To play the claw game is like running into the chicken house and terrifying the birds"   (treehugger.com) divider line 66
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2013-03-16 08:42:40 AM
They still have arcades?
 
2013-03-16 10:12:34 AM
The butter dispenser is $10 a shot.
 
ZAZ [TotalFark]
2013-03-16 10:22:14 AM
Last time I walked into a chicken house the rooster attacked me to protect his hens.
 
2013-03-16 10:23:51 AM
There are two very loud, very delicious-looking wild turkeys in my back yard right now so I'm wishing I had a really big claw to grab them with.
 
2013-03-16 10:26:08 AM
I doubt the sea bugs would even understand what is happening
 
2013-03-16 10:26:55 AM
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Approves.
 
2013-03-16 10:31:36 AM
I saw this last month at a bar in Florida. Seemed like a great way to lose $2.
 
2013-03-16 10:32:04 AM
Giant delicious sea roaches do not elicit my sympathy.

Sorry
 
2013-03-16 10:32:16 AM
Wow, people have become so separated from nature and their food that they are actually able to anthropomorphize lobsters of all things. It's sad how little contact we have with our food that something as benign as a lobster tank should cause us emotional distress.
 
2013-03-16 10:32:39 AM

ZAZ: Last time I walked into a chicken house the rooster attacked me to protect his hens.


To be fair, you were comin' onto them, weren't you?
 
2013-03-16 10:36:01 AM

real_kibo: There are two very loud, very delicious-looking wild turkeys in my back yard right now so I'm wishing I had a really big claw to grab them with.


When I was a teenager, I used to go hunting with my dad at a small cabin we owned in upstate NY.  Our neighbor up there, who lived there year round was what one might describe as a woodsman.  He used to catch turkeys by tying a small piece of fishing line to a tree and attaching a small hook baited with a piece of corn.  He would spread out some corn in the area and eventually a turkey would grab that piece and basically rip it's own throat out.

Not a pretty sight, but effective.
 
2013-03-16 10:36:03 AM
The lobster would eat us if it could. I don't think boiling them to death is right, they should be quickly decapitated first, but this game sounds more silly than cruel.
 
2013-03-16 10:37:10 AM
They should try this idea with that ball cage they stick the toddlers in....
 
2013-03-16 10:45:17 AM
An ice pick to the forehead would do. But it would make the presentation a bit messy.
 
2013-03-16 10:48:19 AM
This makes me red with anger.
 
2013-03-16 10:48:21 AM

Wise_Guy: [...] He would spread out some corn in the area and eventually a turkey would grab that piece and basically rip it's own throat out.


Cool, I'll have to try that. Except I don't have any corn. Which do you think will work better, frozen Brussels sprouts or Japanese sausages?
 
2013-03-16 10:54:24 AM
I really don't have a problem with this. I DO think it is tacky (don't play with your food, and killing is for food not sport) but I don't find this any more inhumane than regular lobster tanks. If you to Chinatown, the tanks in the seafood restaurants are so dirty and so over crowded with fish that they can't even move. This one seems clean and the lobsters look healthy.

In the ocean floor, that's the same way they'd react to any predator.

All that being said, is it at an arcade or like a restaurant?
 
2013-03-16 10:57:44 AM
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2013-03-16 10:58:21 AM
when you catch a lobster with the claw do you have to eat it? does it become your pet? is there a catch and release system?
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personal opinion: lobster is the most overrated food ever.
 
2013-03-16 10:58:41 AM
 
2013-03-16 11:03:28 AM
Ive seen worse themed claw machines

Challenger! Pull seven astronauts out of the water
 
2013-03-16 11:06:09 AM
It was a sports bar called Horse and Hounds, but it has been closed down. You could do what ever you liked with the lobster you won. I chose to name mine Pinchy and parade him around the bar.
 
2013-03-16 11:06:10 AM

mikaloyd: Ive seen worse themed claw machines

Challenger! Pull seven astronauts out of the water


i.imgur.com
 
2013-03-16 11:07:28 AM

potstiekam: It was a sports bar called Horse and Hounds, but it has been closed down. You could do what ever you liked with the lobster you won. I chose to name mine Pinchy and parade him around the bar.



Did you make him wear sunglasses inside too?
 
2013-03-16 11:07:48 AM

All_Farked_Up: I doubt the sea bugs would even understand what is happening


The cricket in your garage that keeps chirping but you can never seem to find is smarter than a lobster. I think it'll be fine.
 
2013-03-16 11:08:08 AM

mikaloyd: potstiekam: It was a sports bar called Horse and Hounds, but it has been closed down. You could do what ever you liked with the lobster you won. I chose to name mine Pinchy and parade him around the bar.


Did you make him wear sunglasses inside too?


Yes, yes I did :D
 
2013-03-16 11:12:06 AM

potstiekam: mikaloyd: potstiekam: It was a sports bar called Horse and Hounds, but it has been closed down. You could do what ever you liked with the lobster you won. I chose to name mine Pinchy and parade him around the bar.


Did you make him wear sunglasses inside too?

Yes, yes I did :D


That is almost unforgivable. Unless you made him sing and dance
 
2013-03-16 11:12:32 AM
not a damn thing wrong with eating lobstah.
Not funny to scare the life out of them first though.
Sounds like the kind of people that put 'em in the pot TAIL instead of head first.

Wanna be a man?  Then dive to their house and try to catch 'em.  Startled the wits out of me.  Suddenly the damn bugs can fly - and they aint shy either.  They're comin' to beat your ass.
Also- big hint if you manage to get one on the bottom and he's headed for his hole DON'T chase him down the hole with anything you want back.  I reached in the hole to drag his sorry ass out and found out that they have room mates sometimes. Not other lobsters either.  My finger caught fire, when I pulled it out I found an eel attached up to the second joint.
Cue Yakety Sax
 
2013-03-16 11:14:34 AM
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2013-03-16 11:19:04 AM

Marcintosh: not a damn thing wrong with eating lobstah.
Not funny to scare the life out of them first though.
Sounds like the kind of people that put 'em in the pot TAIL instead of head first.

Wanna be a man?  Then dive to their house and try to catch 'em.  Startled the wits out of me.  Suddenly the damn bugs can fly - and they aint shy either.  They're comin' to beat your ass.
Also- big hint if you manage to get one on the bottom and he's headed for his hole DON'T chase him down the hole with anything you want back.  I reached in the hole to drag his sorry ass out and found out that they have room mates sometimes. Not other lobsters either.  My finger caught fire, when I pulled it out I found an eel attached up to the second joint.
Cue Yakety Sax


It is far easier to catch them under water than it is with that claw machine. I have a non commercial diving lobster license, so I am just speaking from experience is all.
 
2013-03-16 11:23:40 AM
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Oh you think you are safe under that rock?
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2013-03-16 11:25:41 AM
"But to play the claw game is like running into the chicken house and terrifying the birds..."

So...fun?
 
2013-03-16 11:26:18 AM

anfrind: [1.bp.blogspot.com image 850x510]

Approves.


Came here for that reference, left feeling satisfied
 
2013-03-16 11:29:22 AM
How many years ago was this last news?
 
2013-03-16 11:30:08 AM
What would Zoidberg do?
 
2013-03-16 11:39:59 AM

Wise_Guy: real_kibo: There are two very loud, very delicious-looking wild turkeys in my back yard right now so I'm wishing I had a really big claw to grab them with.

When I was a teenager, I used to go hunting with my dad at a small cabin we owned in upstate NY.  Our neighbor up there, who lived there year round was what one might describe as a woodsman.  He used to catch turkeys by tying a small piece of fishing line to a tree and attaching a small hook baited with a piece of corn.  He would spread out some corn in the area and eventually a turkey would grab that piece and basically rip it's own throat out.

Not a pretty sight, but effective.


Interesting.  We have a problem with wild turkeys in parts of California (they're an invasive species on the west coast), and keeping them under control has proved rather difficult.

My biggest concern with doing something like that is that some non-invasive animal like a deer would try to eat the corn and either die or be seriously injured.
 
2013-03-16 11:40:33 AM
A buddy and I won a lobster from one of these machines at a bar in Cleveland. It cost one dollar, we got one one on the first try.

It dropped the lobster about 4 feet into a chute onto the ground, a guy from the kitchen came out and grabbed it, and they cooked it up. It was pretty good.
 
2013-03-16 11:41:17 AM
 
2013-03-16 11:41:37 AM

potstiekam: Marcintosh: not a damn thing wrong with eating lobstah.
Not funny to scare the life out of them first though.
Sounds like the kind of people that put 'em in the pot TAIL instead of head first.

Wanna be a man?  Then dive to their house and try to catch 'em.  Startled the wits out of me.  Suddenly the damn bugs can fly - and they aint shy either.  They're comin' to beat your ass.
Also- big hint if you manage to get one on the bottom and he's headed for his hole DON'T chase him down the hole with anything you want back.  I reached in the hole to drag his sorry ass out and found out that they have room mates sometimes. Not other lobsters either.  My finger caught fire, when I pulled it out I found an eel attached up to the second joint.
Cue Yakety Sax

It is far easier to catch them under water than it is with that claw machine. I have a non commercial diving lobster license, so I am just speaking from experience is all.


well then you've been catchin' the stoopid ones.  The ones around Nubble Light are nasty agressive little bastards.
Nubble Light is a whole other story.  Hoo boy one mistake after another that week end.

potstiekam: [img29.imageshack.us image 640x480]
Oh you think you are safe under that rock?
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Under a rock is cool - just don't go down a hole after 'em  sooner or later you'll be all Benny Hill at forty feet.
If you're unlucky enough to find an eel remember, you have to relax your hand and when they go to grab a bigger bite, yank your mitt out of there.
 
2013-03-16 11:42:30 AM
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2013-03-16 11:47:26 AM
I don't get it.  I wouldn't think the lobsters would particularly care.  It's a claw game.  If there's anything at all in this world that lobsters instinctively understand, it's claws.
 
2013-03-16 11:47:58 AM

Wise_Guy: real_kibo: There are two very loud, very delicious-looking wild turkeys in my back yard right now so I'm wishing I had a really big claw to grab them with.

When I was a teenager, I used to go hunting with my dad at a small cabin we owned in upstate NY.  Our neighbor up there, who lived there year round was what one might describe as a woodsman.  He used to catch turkeys by tying a small piece of fishing line to a tree and attaching a small hook baited with a piece of corn.  He would spread out some corn in the area and eventually a turkey would grab that piece and basically rip it's own throat out.

Not a pretty sight, but effective.


The difference between hobby hunting and survival hunting.
 
2013-03-16 11:50:54 AM

mrswood: personal opinion: lobster is the most overrated food ever.


Most common overrated food, maybe.  Caviar and Kobe beef come to mind.
 
2013-03-16 11:59:22 AM
Everyone knows those claws never grab anything.  I have better grip after sleeping on top of my arm all night.

/ which presents interesting opportunities of its own.
 
2013-03-16 12:04:18 PM
I've got a picture of that exact tank somewhere on my phone.  It's at a bar/restaurant on Mill ave in Tempe, right by the light rail stop.
 
2013-03-16 12:24:57 PM
My favorite bar game, and they even cook it and serve it to you after you catch it.
 
2013-03-16 12:29:50 PM

Rufus Lee King: Well. torture of any living being is never cool.

This being FARK, I'm sure there will be a lot of defense for it, though.


Sobbing while eating Pinchy, are you?
 
2013-03-16 12:30:31 PM
Step 1: rent a lobster claw game vending machine, place in establishment
Step 2: anonymously report to the local media outlets that a local establishment is endorsing a humane lobster torture device and this treachery WILL NOT STAND1!
Step 3: profit.
 
2013-03-16 12:53:10 PM
Mmmm lobster
 
2013-03-16 12:59:05 PM
This game needs to be updated to reflect today's times.  They should change the claw to a drone.  Oh yeah, and put beards and turbans on all the lobsters.
 
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