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(Mainichi Daily News)   Foolish fisherman feasts on deadly Fugu fish. Death is served   ( divider line
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2003-04-06 10:55:14 AM  
Mmmmmm, Tetrodotoxin
2003-04-06 11:32:33 AM  
That was my favorite episode!! When Homer, proceeding through his list of Things-To-Do-in-the-Next-24-Hours, calls Bart, "C'mere, boy" and Bart automatically drops his pants and bends over Homer's knee with the classic, "Oh, mannnn..."
2003-04-06 12:14:25 PM  
the word 'fatal' would have been more appropriate with all the F's in the title.
2003-04-06 01:08:45 PM  
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"Poison. Poison. Ahh, tasty fish!"
2003-04-06 03:24:26 PM  

2003-04-06 03:30:54 PM  
Man eats poison and dies. It just doesn't get more ironic than that.
2003-04-06 03:41:01 PM  
I predict much wailing and gnashing of teeth over the improper use of the ironic tag.
2003-04-06 05:05:28 PM  
Death is served

But I asked for cake!
2003-04-06 05:33:12 PM  
ruh roh

wait, thats scooby doo
2003-04-06 05:37:06 PM  
It's like raeee-aiiin,on your wedding day,
but it's not ironic.
2003-04-06 05:37:07 PM  
Puffer fish don't have lungs. =P
2003-04-06 05:37:28 PM  
mmmmmmmmmmmmm Fugu.
2003-04-06 05:38:03 PM  
2003-04-06 05:38:33 PM  
Always nice to see Darwin at work.
2003-04-06 05:38:37 PM  
This fugu fish does not have an iron-y taste.
2003-04-06 05:39:00 PM  
No no no!!! It is ironic because they were expecting yummy fishiness but ended up with a gullet full of poison. That's ironic, isn't it?? :-/
2003-04-06 05:40:44 PM  

I say "poison! poison! tasty fish!" all the damn time. Because I'm a dork, mainly. Still a good episode though.
2003-04-06 05:40:52 PM  
"But... I didnt have any of the Chocolet mousse"

/Monty Python, meaning of life
2003-04-06 05:42:14 PM  
There are people that actually LIKE sushi?
2003-04-06 05:42:33 PM  
Foolish fisherman feasts on fatal Fugu fish. Funeral to follow.
2003-04-06 05:42:36 PM  
Yea, verily, thou shalt useth thine tag of DUMBASS in cases of such dumbassery.

Ironic this is not.

/Joining the crowd in browbeating the submitter
2003-04-06 05:42:50 PM  
Fugu? FugMe
2003-04-06 05:43:10 PM  
That's as dumb as baking a cake with a razor blade in it and hoping you don't get the wrong slice.
2003-04-06 05:43:14 PM  
Tastes just like chicken.
2003-04-06 05:44:06 PM  
Sushi = good.

Deadly Fugu fish = very very bad.

I fail to see the irony, however.

/Hasn't read article
2003-04-06 05:44:38 PM  
when it says...fugu fugu fugu
on the label label label
you will like it like it like it
on your tablbe table table
2003-04-06 05:44:43 PM  
Sounds like this could have used a Dumbass Tag to me.

Hey, isn't this the same fish that they use in Haiti to allegedly make zombies. I think it's like some extract from Pufferfish liver. They make a powder from it, mix it with some other things, then they blow it on you. It makes you look and appear dead, and then they keep your soul, and make you their slave.
/I think I've seen the movie The Serpent and the Rainbow a few too many times.
2003-04-06 05:44:48 PM  
I think it's ironic, because he was a FISHERMAN with many years experience fishing in the area... I don't think it's too much to expect a fisherman to be aware of the dangers of eating raw fugu kidney.

Rain on your wedding day would be ironic if you were a weather forecaster who had predicted sunshine, lolly pops, rainbows and everything else...

Red lights when you're already late would be ironic if you were the person who programmed the traffic lights program, and farked it up.

If it was just some dumb joe carving up a fish and comping down on poison, then that's just bad luck.

but fisherman = irony.
2003-04-06 05:45:37 PM  
......Um...?!! Can I have Fugu Fish for my last meal,...Warden??
2003-04-06 05:45:47 PM  
Venturi, well..I'll have the chicken.
2003-04-06 05:47:12 PM  
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Darwin says, "I win! Pay up biatch!"
2003-04-06 05:48:05 PM  

/Grandpa Simpson
2003-04-06 05:49:21 PM  
I have actually eaten fugu... and yes, it is a "tasty fish".
2003-04-06 05:49:34 PM  
Are they sure he is dead? Tetrododoixin does have the nasty habit of making you look dead, but actually you aren't. See The Serpent and the Rainbow (yes, the movie is based off of the book by a celebrated arvard ethnobotanist.)
2003-04-06 05:49:49 PM  
I've become a killer.
2003-04-06 05:49:55 PM  
According to Matt Groening (would he lie?), they sell non-poisonous fugu. Maybe the guy should've eaten that instead.
2003-04-06 05:50:09 PM  
can anybody on here email Sweater Girl or Jeff and see if I lost my keys the other night? Yeah, Portland Fark Party baby.
2003-04-06 05:50:11 PM  
Bukharin--That was the "salmon mousse." If yer gonna quote the Holiest of Holys, at least get it straight...

Fugu...not just delicious and nutritious, but potentially deadly. Think of it like the love of mushroom hunters to find rare varities of wild 'shrooms, while hoping to avoid the deadly ones. Sad thing is, folks in my area who were recently horribly poisoned by wild mushrooms, but survived, said that the things were the tastiest mushrooms they'd ever had, and went back for more. In a few hours, the mycotoxins had destroyed a good deal of their kidney and liver functions.

Sushiluscious, and tingly all at the same time.
2003-04-06 05:50:26 PM  
once again: dont belittle a little alliteration
2003-04-06 05:50:39 PM  
"Here, try this. It's from a disgusting fish, it's innermost disgusting parts, and it just might kill you. By the way, it's also going to cost a fortune. Enjoy your meal."

2003-04-06 05:50:54 PM  
2003-04-06 05:53:05 PM  

Didn't they use some kind of poison toad to make the zombie stuff?

p.s. if you really hit my mom, you are a brave brave man.
Who's my daddy?
2003-04-06 05:54:20 PM  
Err, well, I definitely lost my keys. Maybe that should read, "... have they seen my keys"

*hides head in shame*

2003-04-06 05:54:32 PM  
Hau'oli Haole=html moron
2003-04-06 05:56:13 PM  
"It's hard to deny there's something fishy in what keeps driving people to fill up on fugu. "

...I can only hope that my death can be summed up in a horrible, horrible pun.
2003-04-06 05:56:30 PM  
2003-04-06 05:56:39 PM  
"I know I left my keys in one of these threads..."
2003-04-06 05:58:07 PM  
What fish did you eat B0rg9?
2003-04-06 06:00:48 PM  
I'm not following. Does the eating of this fish give one a ten minute orgasm?

Seriouswy stwongbad, why would anyone eat that shiate?
2003-04-06 06:01:26 PM  
As my Italian friends tell me, "va fagu!"
2003-04-06 06:03:03 PM  
From the USDA Bad Bug Book

"Fish poisoning by consumption of members of the order Tetraodontiformes is one of the most violent intoxications from marine species. The gonads, liver, intestines, and skin of pufferfish can contain levels of tetrodotoxin sufficient to produce rapid and violent death. The flesh of many pufferfish may not usually be dangerously toxic. Tetrodotoxin has also been isolated from widely differing animal species, including the California newt, parrotfish, frogs of the genus Atelopus, the blue-ringed octopus, starfish, angelfish, and xanthid crabs. The metabolic source of tetrodotoxin is uncertain. No algal source has been identified, and until recently tetrodotoxin was assumed to be a metabolic product of the host. However, recent reports of the production of tetrodotoxin/anhydrotetrodotoxin by several bacterial species, including strains of the family Vibrionaceae, Pseudomonas sp., and Photobacterium phosphoreum, point toward a bacterial origin of this family of toxins. These are relatively common marine bacteria that are often associated with marine animals. If confirmed, these findings may have some significance in toxicoses that have been more directly related to these bacterial species.

Poisonings from tetrodotoxin have been almost exclusively associated with the consumption of pufferfish from waters of the Indo-Pacific ocean regions. Several reported cases of poisonings, including fatalities, involved pufferfish from the Atlantic Ocean, Gulf of Mexico, and Gulf of California. There have been no confirmed cases of poisoning from the Atlantic pufferfish, Spheroides maculatus. However, in one study, extracts from fish of this species were highly toxic in mice. The trumpet shell Charonia sauliae has been implicated in food poisonings, and evidence suggests that it contains a tetrodotoxin derivative. There have been several reported poisonings from mislabelled pufferfish and at least one report of a fatal episode when an individual swallowed a California newt.

From 1974 through 1983 there were 646 reported cases of pufferfish poisoning in Japan, with 179 fatalities. Estimates as high as 200 cases per year with mortality approaching 50% have been reported. Only a few cases have been reported in the United States, and outbreaks in countries outside the Indo-Pacific area are rare.

The first symptom of intoxication is a slight numbness of the lips and tongue, appearing between 20 minutes to three hours after eating poisonous pufferfish. The next symptom is increasing paraesthesia in the face and extremities, which may be followed by sensations of lightness or floating. Headache, epigastric pain, nausea, diarrhea, and/or vomiting may occur. Occasionally, some reeling or difficulty in walking may occur. The second stage of the intoxication is increasing paralysis. Many victims are unable to move; even sitting may be difficult. There is increasing respiratory distress. Speech is affected, and the victim usually exhibits dyspnea, cyanosis, and hypotension. Paralysis increases and convulsions, mental impairment, and cardiac arrhythmia may occur. The victim, although completely paralyzed, may be conscious and in some cases completely lucid until shortly before death. Death usually occurs within 4 to 6 hours, with a known range of about 20 minutes to 8 hours.

All humans are susceptible to tetrodotoxin poisoning. This toxicosis may be avoided by not consuming pufferfish or other animal species containing tetrodotoxin. Most other animal species known to contain tetrodotoxin are not usually consumed by humans. Poisoning from tetrodotoxin is of major public health concern primarily in Japan, where "fugu" is a traditional delicacy. It is prepared and sold in special restaurants where trained and licensed individuals carefully remove the viscera to reduce the danger of poisoning. Importation of pufferfish into the United States is not generally permitted, although special exceptions may be granted. There is potential for misidentification and/or mislabelling, particularly of prepared, frozen fish products."

NOT the same poison that was featured in "The Serpent and the Rainbow." Different entirely.
2003-04-06 06:06:23 PM  
Hmm.... the domain is available.
2003-04-06 06:09:34 PM  
I have read about this type of fish before. There is onyl a handful of chefs worldwide that are certified to prepare it due to the toxicity of it. It needs to be sliced a certain way to make sure poisons dont run onto the meat or something. Basically your trusting the chef with your life. I think its an aphrodisiac or something. Popular in Japan, making grounds in manhatten.
2003-04-06 06:11:19 PM  
The toxin that was used by voudoun is similiar, but not fugu toxin. Prepared differently, from much different sources, but chemically they are close.
2003-04-06 06:11:51 PM  
Where were the chef's skilled hands?

2003-04-06 06:19:13 PM  
Bukharin: It was the Salmon Mousse.

/Monty Python geek
2003-04-06 06:22:15 PM  
Fugu? maybe Fugme.
2003-04-06 06:25:00 PM  
After B0rg9's post, this thread should have been made "view only."
2003-04-06 06:27:14 PM  
My gosh, that first sentence went on forever. I forgot what I was reading about.
2003-04-06 06:31:28 PM  
That's pretty Fuge'd up...
2003-04-06 06:37:05 PM  
Foolish Farker fries up freaky first-letter-common headline
2003-04-06 06:37:21 PM  
Supposedly, in Japan, you have to train for several years before you can be certified to properly serve fugu.

What's more interesting is that if you, being the certified chef, serve fugu that ends up killing one of your customers, you're supposed to ritually commit suicide. Haven't heard of that happening before, but interesting nonetheless.
2003-04-06 06:44:51 PM  
For some reason my husband will not touch cooked fish but eats sushi like a seal and no he's not Asian.

..the certified chef, serve fugu that ends up killing one of your customers, you're supposed to ritually commit suicide.

They should train the folks at Taco Bell.
2003-04-06 06:50:04 PM  
Thats where they got Stimutacs on Sealab 2021. God that was a funny episode. If you got cable, watch Sealab on Cartoon Network. You will love it.
2003-04-06 07:01:12 PM  
Wow, that fisherman was an idiot. He didn't even TRY to avoid the poisonous parts and instead went straight for the most toxic organs of the fish. Definitely deserves a dumbass tag.

Or maybe he was actually trying to commit suicide, who knows with those goofy Japanese.
2003-04-06 07:05:20 PM  
Lessons in Alliteration: the title would be better expressed as 'Fugu Fish Feast For Foolish Fisherman: Fatality Forthwith'
2003-04-06 07:17:15 PM  

Foolish Fisherman Finds Fugu Fish Fatal.
2003-04-06 07:22:10 PM  
like i said earlier: man, the japanese are WIERD. i'm staying here, thanks.
2003-04-06 07:27:55 PM  
A good chef is supposed to test the product before service, to insure that the fish isn't going to kill the patron, merely give them a a tingly sensation as they consume it. This fella wasn't classically trained, but had been a fisherman for years, and had the dap to avoid killing himself for years. He got sloppy, and paid the price. Sad, but not that uncommon.

As for all the folks that wonder why folks would consume anything so lethal--how many of you smoke, drink, or injest combinations of chemicals? Matter of duration for the lethal effects, but stupid just the same. Life will kill you, 100% fatal so far. Yes, this man was foolish, and it cost him his life, but lots of folks do stupid stuff all the time--crossing against lights, swimming after eating, insulting a man's wife when he's in the room, eating at Jack N' the Box--and sometimes they survive to do it again. Nothing is really certain except that if you pull breath, you'll stop doing so one day.

My only beef would be that he prepared the stuff for his family and played roulette with their lives, of course, they didn't HAVE to eat it, so it's a toss up there. Sad that a man died, and sad that he could have avoided it, but lots of cases across this wide, wonderful, weird world--that would be the alliteration for those counting--of folks being done in by their own efforts. Now eat up. It's tasty.
2003-04-06 07:34:04 PM  
Once I was on vacation in Venezuela and I went fishing with some of the locals, I caught some ugly green fish, when the fisherman saw it they reacted like I caught an open box of anthrax, needless to say they cut my line and returned me back to the dock :(
2003-04-06 07:34:08 PM  
All IRONIC tags will hereafter contain a deadly poison. Use of such a tag will be entirely at the posters risk.
2003-04-06 07:38:48 PM  
"Quit bein' a biatch and pill me up!"
2003-04-06 07:38:49 PM  

I think the fact that he was a fisherman and should have known better made him more of a dumbass.
2003-04-06 07:39:37 PM  
2003-04-06 07:43:35 PM  
Oops. Dart in your neck.
2003-04-06 07:56:21 PM  
I wonder if he could hear it talking as he died?
2003-04-06 07:56:46 PM  
"Eat some more pills, pillhead."
2003-04-06 08:10:02 PM  
Rather than an IRONIC tag, this should be a DARWIN tag (why don't we have one of those, BTW). Family warned him, he did it anyway, he kacked.

"Some say it's best to leave a little bit of the poison when serving fugu because it makes the tongue all prickly,"

I've heard (from Tony Bourdain on "A Cook's Tour" trip to Japan) that if you get ANY tingling AT ALL, you've had too much poison and are not long for this world.
2003-04-06 08:22:38 PM  
Did anyone scroll further down the page, and notice the bit about the "Super Onanism Machine"?
2003-04-06 08:29:32 PM  
Oh, look at me! I'm Homer Simpson! I can eat poison fish and not die!

2003-04-06 08:31:20 PM  
"Well, you won't feel anything until some time tomorrow, when your heart suddenly explodes."
2003-04-06 08:31:40 PM  
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2003-04-06 08:55:57 PM  
Nothing like a lil bite of Darwin ala King.
2003-04-06 09:27:28 PM  
Shameless self-plug...

Hey, at least it's on topic! :)
2003-04-06 09:41:15 PM  
"There's a map to the hospital on the back of the menu."

-- for fans of the fugu Simpsons episode.
2003-04-06 09:48:33 PM  
Webalina--Had it. Sometimes tingles. Sometimes don't. Tasty though. Haven't noticed any appreciable effects other than being hungry an hour later. But that's almost any sushi place...
2003-04-06 10:10:24 PM  
2003-04-06 10:43:09 PM  
The man was quoted as saying (before he died): "It's like a koala crapped a rainbow in my brain!"
2003-04-06 10:50:03 PM  
The gonads, liver, intestines, and skin of pufferfish can contain levels of tetrodotoxin sufficient to produce rapid and violent death.

Holy crap. Eating the fish causes you to be beaten by midgets and mercillously raped by female spotted hyenas?
2003-04-06 11:03:08 PM  
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"The donger need FOOD!"
2003-04-06 11:31:24 PM  
Hau'oli Haole
Who's my daddy?

I'm not yo daddy, that's for sure

if you really hit my mom, you are a brave brave man.

Nahh, it's that when I was in High School (I graduated in '95) one of the things my friends and I used to do is tell each other what we did with one another's mom's last night. Just a little nod to that, nothing more, nothing less.
2003-04-07 12:04:10 AM  
The title really bothers me. It's so painfully close to a haiku...but that last line was so clever.
2003-04-07 12:29:44 AM  
Mmmmm....Fubu Fish! HeHe!!
2003-04-07 09:27:48 AM  
They eat some crazy shiat over in the Orient. Always made me nervous as hell when I was served things over there that I could not identify. You didn't know if you were eating mice testicles or rat semen or gorilla anus or some sort of sea slug. When I had meals in my Thai hosts home I just smiled and acted polite and tried to avoid anything that looked too dangerous. I consider myself to be very adventurous when it comes to things culinary but even I have limits.
2003-04-07 09:53:42 AM  
2003-04-07 10:11:05 AM  
I woulda made the title:
Foolish Fisherman Feeds Family Fugu Fish, Fatality Follows

if you're gonna use F's use em all.
2003-04-07 10:40:26 AM  
I have one word to say about the Mainichi News:


Well, technically I said seventeen things.
2003-04-07 12:06:54 PM  
I think it's ironic, because he was a FISHERMAN with many years experience fishing in the area... I don't think it's too much to expect a fisherman to be aware of the dangers of eating raw fugu kidney.

Who said that he wasn't aware of the dangers? From what I gathered from the article, it sounded like he was well aware.

2003-04-07 09:25:27 PM  

That turned me off salmon mousse forever.

You Americans, you're always saying "lemme tell you something" and "lemme say this". Well now you're dead, so SHUT UP.
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