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(Yahoo)   Piranha let loose in Berlin aquarium's petting pool   ( divider line
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19260 clicks; posted to Main » on 07 Apr 2004 at 4:44 PM (14 years ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»

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2004-04-07 09:32:04 AM  
Let me be the first to say: man, that bites.
2004-04-07 09:47:03 AM  
Finding Nemo with a twist
2004-04-07 09:48:55 AM  
Here fishy fishy.
2004-04-07 10:00:41 AM  
WTF is a 'petting pool'????
2004-04-07 10:47:58 AM  
2004-04-07 11:36:20 AM  
Does anyone have a really, really good web host and want to host a cool movie? I have a cool video of piranahs eating a rat but having all you cats connect to my server will fry it.
2004-04-07 11:39:06 AM  
neutron5o... don't think I WANT to see that.
2004-04-07 12:01:55 PM  
neutron5o: No, but if you send it to a few farkers, they can send it to a few farkers, who can send it to a few farkers, etc etc etc.

According to Orkut I'm linked to 185,067 people.
2004-04-07 02:29:34 PM  
Ok, what the hell. I am not sure where I got the video, but it has a Stileproject watermark. Please do not click on the link unless you can handle seeing fairly graphic footage of piranhas attacking a live rat. *Graphic Video Piranha.wmv About 6.4MB Opens in new window Did I mention that you shouldn't click on the link if you don't think you can handle it? I think I covered my bases with enough disclaimers. :)
2004-04-07 03:14:08 PM  
i may be a sick farktard, but i think that was awesome. thanks, neutron5o.
2004-04-07 04:12:18 PM  
Curlinggod I believe it's known as a vestibule here in the States.
2004-04-07 04:24:45 PM  
Props to the guy that found it. Your prize is a replacement finger!
2004-04-07 04:48:54 PM  
i think it was that guy they released today from germany,

Mounir el Motassadeq

but that's just me.
2004-04-07 04:49:41 PM  
All I can think of is Far Side:

Pet store, piranha for sale in a bowl, cat sitting on the floor with two wooden front legs.
2004-04-07 04:49:58 PM  
Skinny dippin anyone?
2004-04-07 04:50:48 PM  
Hold on a second... 'Petting pool'? Those crazy germans.
2004-04-07 04:52:06 PM  
I've seen petting pools at the Baltimore and Camden, NJ aquariums too. :p Manta rays feel like leather!
2004-04-07 04:53:02 PM  
One fish, two fish, red fish, NO FISH!
2004-04-07 04:53:31 PM  
Think of it this way: no temptation to pee in the pool
2004-04-07 04:53:35 PM  
Eight FARK stories ago the Germans release

this guy
, and look what happens...
2004-04-07 04:54:06 PM  
That video was awesome. Sounds like the Berlin pool is a good place for today's earlier asshat terrorist.

/can't believe I'm the first
2004-04-07 04:54:47 PM  
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soon 2 pwn u.
2004-04-07 04:55:00 PM  
/not the first
//ill shut up now
2004-04-07 04:55:42 PM  
Dang, guinnsslvr scooped my joke...
2004-04-07 04:56:15 PM  
Thanks, neutron.

Great video!
2004-04-07 04:56:30 PM  
Hmm... too bad it was found. I remember petting the sharks at Sea World.

Talk about fun!
2004-04-07 04:56:38 PM  

It's not showing up for me...

2004-04-07 04:56:46 PM  
sorry shipud. usually i am the one that's late.
2004-04-07 04:58:09 PM  
oh those silly germans
2004-04-07 04:59:05 PM  
that video rocked! now i want to see one of a cow in the amazon.
2004-04-07 04:59:51 PM  
Got me too, in case you didn't notice my sheepish repost.

/guinnsslvr got me too
2004-04-07 05:00:09 PM  
In other news, the terrorists are redefining "biological warfare"...

/got nothin
2004-04-07 05:00:22 PM  
Great video Neutron.......
2004-04-07 05:01:17 PM  
They keep arresting me on my inflatable mattress at the Coney Island petting pool. I guess it's a crime to want to be petted nowadays.
2004-04-07 05:01:24 PM  
Yeesh. Is that how people with pirahnas feed them?
2004-04-07 05:01:55 PM  
Who knew rats could swim?
2004-04-07 05:05:23 PM  
Forget piranhas, I want to find one of these...

[image from too old to be available]
2004-04-07 05:05:44 PM  
brap -

Coney Island Whitefish?
2004-04-07 05:05:51 PM  
2004-04-07 05:06:11 PM  
Only one word for the person who put the rat in the tank.

2004-04-07 05:07:51 PM  
Rats are fairly good swimmers, they can make 50 yards or so through plumbing.
2004-04-07 05:09:04 PM  
I hope you don't believe in God, foxyg....if you do, think of how many antelope, zebras, etc. "he" has put in front of lions and other such animals throughout time.

That's not to say I don't find the rat thing disturbing, as well. It's just that put in the context of what normally happens in nature, it's not actually that extreme.
2004-04-07 05:09:33 PM  
They've got a petting pool at the Boston Aquarium. Kinda neat, random fishies, turtles, starfish, and other things that are safe to touch.

Man I need to get myself to the Denver Aquarium!
2004-04-07 05:09:51 PM  
From some piranha nerd's website...

"Im frequently asked why piranhas are so feared if I go swimming with them in every river of Brazil, without the slightest hesitation. Im not that bravebut Im not stupid either. After spending so much time with Brazilian Indians, Ive learned to do what they do. They know that piranhas never attack humans in rivers or lakes in which the fish have enough food. They are dangerous only when they are starving, such as in artificial situations (new reservoir, aquaria) or in pools that are drying out and have been isolated from the main body of water (intermittent ponds). How then did this fish get such a terrible reputation? It goes back to the days of our great president Theodore Roosevelt. He is, by the way, the American president I respect so much that I wish he were around to lead us now.

Anyway, Teddy Roosevelt planned an expedition to the innermost reaches of Brazil; he hoped to find new animals, fishes and geographical landmarks. Naturally he was an honored guest in Brazil; he was the first North American notable to visit the countrys jungle and all the details of his journey were prepared by the host country. Since he wanted to find something significant, his hosts led him to a huge river which he "discovered" and which eventually bore the name Rio Theodore Roosevelt, named in his honor. It is a branch of the Rio Aripuana. Being a knowing politician, Teddy had a fairly large entourage of reporters who detailed every momentous happening for the American press.

The Brazilian hosts were always thinking up spectaculars for the trip, and the famous Brazilian ichthyologist Miranda-Ribeiro got the brilliant idea of taking a small segment of the Rio Theodore Roosevelt and isolating it from the rest of the river by hanging two huge nets across the river a few hundred yards apart. Then scores of local fishermen began catching piranhas with hook and line. Every one that was caught was thrown into the isolated area until several thousand piranhas had been accumulated in this netted-off section of the river.

It was then that Teddy Roosevelt was brought to this part of the river and told about the fierce man-eating fishes to be found there. "No one must dare go near the water," for the fish would certainly eat a man down to his skeleton!!! Of course the reportersand Teddy were a bit skeptical about this sort of thing, but their skepticism played right into Miranda-Ribeiros hands. "Can you prove this claim? How do we know these piranhas are such fierce and devastating fishes as you say?" the reporters asked.

So the Brazilian host took a sick old cow, which was in season, at the moment and whose main feature was that she had a heavy, bloody discharge, and they drove her into the water. Almost immediately the starving, crazed piranhas attacked the cow, and in short order her legs were so badly bitten she fell sideways into the water where her screams and thrashing brought more piranhas onto the scene. The river was bloodied and the piranhas were so excited that they leaped out of the water onto the cows body to grasp a mouthful of flesh. The reporters stared in disbelief, for within a few moments the cow was brutally torn apart and devoured by thousands of these starving ten-inch long fish. The newspapers were filled with tales which, though far from being exaggerated, were lacking in the particular detail which would have made the story more honest. Teddy himself was impressed, so he took a fishing rod and caught a few piranhas using a chunk of raw meat as bait. He brought the fish back, and they were scientifically described, naturally, as Serrasalmus roosevelti, in honor of their discoverer."
2004-04-07 05:09:52 PM  
Damn. Al Queda is getting more clever.
2004-04-07 05:10:22 PM  
i, for one, welcome our stump-handed screaming children overlords.
2004-04-07 05:11:23 PM  
A story about a fish


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Obligatory Ackbar "It's a trap!" reference, by now.
2004-04-07 05:14:00 PM  
Can we get one for the "gene" pool. Way too many politically correct fundies on earth.
2004-04-07 05:15:51 PM  
Too bad its not the same pool this kid swims in.
2004-04-07 05:16:31 PM  
Bad fish!

Bad fish!

Does not play well with others!
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