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(Gizmodo)   Thousands of frozen fish sticks in an instant. Better call Kanye   (sploid.gizmodo.com) divider line 35
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2014-01-14 12:15:43 AM
South Park joke?
 
2014-01-14 12:17:28 AM
amazing, if true
 
2014-01-14 12:17:28 AM
He just likes fish sticks
 
2014-01-14 12:20:15 AM
Global Wa ... oh, never mind ..
 
2014-01-14 12:20:57 AM
Whenever these "fluff" pieces show up in the news, it's always an attempt to district you from what's really going on in the world.  So I implore you all, please ignore the red herring.
 
2014-01-14 12:22:56 AM
If the water froze instantly, killing them, then why are they all floating on the surface?

// more likely, they died, the bodies floated, and the water froze.

// stupid article tries to make you imagine fish freezing to death mid swim.
 
2014-01-14 12:27:16 AM
Nice theft, subby
 
2014-01-14 12:28:42 AM

lordargent: If the water froze instantly, killing them, then why are they all floating on the surface?

// more likely, they died, the bodies floated, and the water froze.

// stupid article tries to make you imagine fish freezing to death mid swim.


More importantly, what the fark is that dog?

/Wait, we're supposed to assume a wind so strong it froze sea water instantly in 20 degree weather......?
 
2014-01-14 12:31:11 AM

lordargent: If the water froze instantly, killing them, then why are they all floating on the surface?

// more likely, they died, the bodies floated, and the water froze.

// stupid article tries to make you imagine fish freezing to death mid swim.


It is Gizmodo, afterall...

It might be possible, though.  I've had a bottle of drinking water that was left outside and still liquid at around 28°F.  I shook it and it suddenly turned completely into a dense slush.  It was very interesting.  I proceeded to do the same thing to the rest of the case and they all did the same thing.  Then I realized I couldn't drink them anymore.
 
2014-01-14 12:36:20 AM
Here in NJ it was between -10c and -20c for a few days this past week and with plenty of wind.  It was damn cold, colder than the article cites, but our lakes were still only slowly freezing their surfaces.  Some short period of -7.8c isn't going to do this.
 
2014-01-14 12:39:21 AM

MrHappyRotter: Whenever these "fluff" pieces show up in the news, it's always an attempt to district you from what's really going on in the world.  So I implore you all, please ignore the red herring.


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2014-01-14 12:49:55 AM

lordargent: If the water froze instantly, killing them, then why are they all floating on the surface?

// more likely, they died, the bodies floated, and the water froze.

// stupid article tries to make you imagine fish freezing to death mid swim.


Ice floats
Flash freezes happen

/fun at parties
 
2014-01-14 12:51:34 AM
That smell when it warms up
 
2014-01-14 01:04:36 AM

Reverend Monkeypants: lordargent: If the water froze instantly, killing them, then why are they all floating on the surface?

// more likely, they died, the bodies floated, and the water froze.

// stupid article tries to make you imagine fish freezing to death mid swim.

Ice floats
Flash freezes happen

/fun at parties


The fish were clearly all floating at the surface before the water froze.
 
2014-01-14 01:09:54 AM
Somebody make some custard!

Charles.
 
2014-01-14 01:16:45 AM
This article contained my made-up-word-of-the-day:

FISHPOCALYPTIC
 
2014-01-14 01:23:28 AM

sir_oswaldo: That smell when it warms up


It's northern Norway. There's no such thing as "warming up" there.
 
2014-01-14 01:26:04 AM

HotWingAgenda: Reverend Monkeypants: lordargent: If the water froze instantly, killing them, then why are they all floating on the surface?

// more likely, they died, the bodies floated, and the water froze.

// stupid article tries to make you imagine fish freezing to death mid swim.
Ice floats
Flash freezes happen

/fun at parties

The fish were clearly all floating at the surface before the water froze.


umm.. that 'surface' is possibly only 3 inches above the bottom.

/I'm not saying it was cormorants chasing the fish to the shallows to make preying on them easier (like they do), but...
//i guess it could be Obama's fault...
 
2014-01-14 03:24:02 AM

Lev_Astov: lordargent: If the water froze instantly, killing them, then why are they all floating on the surface?

// more likely, they died, the bodies floated, and the water froze.

// stupid article tries to make you imagine fish freezing to death mid swim.

It is Gizmodo, afterall...

It might be possible, though.  I've had a bottle of drinking water that was left outside and still liquid at around 28°F.  I shook it and it suddenly turned completely into a dense slush.  It was very interesting.  I proceeded to do the same thing to the rest of the case and they all did the same thing.  Then I realized I couldn't drink them anymore.


If the water is pure and left still it can remain liquid to 17 degrees or so. Any impurities (like salt in salt water) or motion (like from waves or fishes) and the flash freezing effect doesn't happen, just the normal gradual freezing.
 
2014-01-14 03:33:10 AM
cdn2.sbnation.com
 
2014-01-14 03:37:49 AM

kyleaugustus: Here in NJ it was between -10c and -20c for a few days this past week and with plenty of wind.  It was damn cold, colder than the article cites, but our lakes were still only slowly freezing their surfaces.  Some short period of -7.8c isn't going to do this.


The wind helps immensely. With strong enough wind the actual effect of -7,8c can be -20 to -25. Off the coast of Norway wind speeds of 20m/s (about 45-55 mph) is common.

uttertosh: HotWingAgenda: Reverend Monkeypants: lordargent: If the water froze instantly, killing them, then why are they all floating on the surface?
// more likely, they died, the bodies floated, and the water froze.
// stupid article tries to make you imagine fish freezing to death mid swim.
Ice floats
Flash freezes happen
/fun at parties
The fish were clearly all floating at the surface before the water froze.
umm.. that 'surface' is possibly only 3 inches above the bottom.
/I'm not saying it was cormorants chasing the fish to the shallows to make preying on them easier (like they do), but...
//i guess it could be Obama's fault...


The norwegian article covering the event says that there is a cement wall in the water further out making the waters where the fish froze stand still. The fish probably got caught in the shallow waters when the tide went out.

The water is only a few inches deep where most of the fish were caught giving the impression of them floating.
 
2014-01-14 05:04:08 AM

macross87: He just likes fish sticks


in his mouth.
 
2014-01-14 06:45:09 AM
Isn't the freezing point of salt water like -15 or -20F? I call BS. Even if it's not, no way in hell the ocean would flash freeze like that.
 
2014-01-14 09:06:05 AM

sir_oswaldo: That smell when it warms up


Like the locker room at a WNBA game.
 
2014-01-14 09:46:45 AM
Is it possible, if the fish were flash frozen, they could come alive when the water thaws? It happens with gold fish ponds...
 
2014-01-14 09:47:20 AM
I am NOT a gay fish. Why do people keep saying that?
 
2014-01-14 10:07:10 AM

ferretman: Is it possible, if the fish were flash frozen, they could come alive when the water thaws? It happens with gold fish ponds...


Goldfish cannot survive in hard-frozen water. They can survive in water which has frozen on the surface, but which is still liquid beneath, where they are. (And the way they survive is to depress their metabolism so as to reduce oxygen usage, since oxygen starvation is the biggest issue in a sealed environment beneath ice.)

From New Scientist  http://www.go2altitude.com/data/NewScientist.pdf

GOLDFISH
In its natural habitat can spend winter months sealed, with no oxygen under pond ice. It depresses its metabolism by 90 per cent, swimming slowly, like a runner, it uses glucose as an anaerobic energy source. Unlike a runner it gets rid of the toxic waste lactic acid by converting it to alcohol and peeing it away. Low oxygen tolerance made goldfish the world's first aquarium fish a thousand years ago.
 
2014-01-14 10:28:21 AM

Slypork: sir_oswaldo: That smell when it warms up

Like the locker room at a WNBA game.


i184.photobucket.com
 
2014-01-14 11:03:46 AM

abhorrent1: Isn't the freezing point of salt water like -15 or -20F? I call BS. Even if it's not, no way in hell the ocean would flash freeze like that.


...but seawater freezes at about -1.9 degrees Celsius (28.4 degrees Fahrenheit) because of the salt in it.

The air temperature was lower than that and the water was shallow.
 
2014-01-14 11:37:32 AM

ChopperCharles: Somebody make some custard!

Charles.


Came in for this.
 
2014-01-14 12:06:59 PM
wickedragon: The water is only a few inches deep where most of the fish were caught giving the impression of them floating.

I thought of that possibility, and that just brought more questions.

Like, WTF are all of those fish doing in one spot in water that shallow.

// warmest part that froze last?
 
2014-01-14 12:53:49 PM
I smell something fishy about this story.

For one thing, that looks like the same little doggie I saw in the last story about dead fish in Norway which I saw, which was picked up by The Fortean Times magazine and website*.

The last time it was dead fish washing up on the shore rather than fast-frozen in the water.

Mind you, there is such a thing as super-chilled water. Water can freeze almost instantly if it is very still and drops below zero. The least disturbance would activate the crystallization of ice. I doubt if that happened in this case. They probably were frozen more slowly in shallow water. Some fish can survive being frozen (as can frogs and other critters), so some of those fish may come out of the ice alive yet.

So I have to say that this story is unlikely but not impossible.

As a kicker, I can say that there are often Fortean stories about birds being frozen in flight. It is possible that the occasional vortex of super-chilled air touches down in the atmosphere or even on water or land. Cold air does sink. But don't worry about waking up dead on the Day After Tomorrow. This sort of thing can't happen very often or we'd all know somebody to whom it happened. Also, the movie The Day After Tomorrow is based on dubious science as heard on the Art Bell radio show. Good cinema maybe, but poor science. The Bad Astronomer website may have more details on the debunking thereof.

*Probably not. A GIS shows a different little doggie.
 
2014-01-14 01:45:01 PM
I can only think of how awesome that's going to smell when it thaws out in spring.
 
2014-01-14 01:52:10 PM

Ronin_S: I can only think of how awesome that's going to smell when it thaws out in spring.


www.rottenecards.com
 
2014-01-14 04:19:16 PM
I would think they're frozen had enough to chop down the biggest tree in the forest.

//shrubbery
 
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