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   Undertoad  Friday Oct 25 01:02 PM

10/25/2002: Defiant shellfish



I was browsing the German Yahoo! Most Popular images, scouting for stuff... and this came up. The caption read:

Eine Languste überquert am Donnerstag nach schweren Regenfällen eine geflutete Straße im spanischen Castelldefels.

Babelfish translates this to "A Languste crosses a flooded road in the Spanish Castelldefels on Thursday after heavy rainfalls."

Languste? What is that? It looks like a half-crab, half-lobster.

But what struck me funny is how this guy is giving the two-finger "up yours" salute (the euro version of the middle finger) to the flood waters he just got past. With those hands, it's the only salute he can give. And it's an oversized version, too. No wonder he's so ticked off.

"Ey, stupid flood waters... thinking you can push me around... fuck you!"



blowmeetheclown  Friday Oct 25 01:17 PM

Fich dich!! Deine mutti!



dave  Friday Oct 25 02:21 PM

Fick dich! Ihre Mutter?



Nic Name  Friday Oct 25 02:34 PM

This might be photoshopped

The languste, a noble relative of the lobster, doesn't have the claws represented in the yahoo image.



Also, see this photograph in natural habitat.

http://www.aquamare.ch/fotos/languste.html



Beletseri  Friday Oct 25 03:27 PM

Looks like a crawfish to me. They are fresh water inhabitants so it would make sense to find one in a river.



blowmeetheclown  Friday Oct 25 05:24 PM

Quote:
Originally posted by dave
Fick dich! Ihre Mutter?
Yea -- you can see where 15 hours of German at the nation's largest school got me.

And yes, it does look like a crawfish. Nic just might not know what they look like <font size="-3">(he's Canadian)</font>.


Beletseri  Friday Oct 25 05:46 PM

They don't have rivers in Canada?



Nic Name  Friday Oct 25 07:06 PM

Canadian Crayfish

http://www.inspection.gc.ca/bil/fish...lobster2.shtml



ElPresidente1972  Friday Oct 25 10:16 PM

It looks like a string of bad translations

Languste sounds like a bad translation of the Spanish word "langostina" which is a european equivalent to a crawfish / crayfish. Think of a lobster with the claws of a fiddler crab, that's what the critter in question looks like. Bigger than American crawfish, IIRC.

-EP



Nic Name  Friday Oct 25 11:20 PM

Quote:
The noun langouste has 2 senses
1. spiny lobster, langouste, rock lobster, crayfish -- (warm-water lobsters without claws; those from Australia and South Africa usually marketed as frozen tails; caught also in Florida and California)
2. spiny lobster, langouste, rock lobster, crawfish, crayfish, sea crawfish -- (large edible marine crustacean having a spiny carapace but lacking the large pincers of true lobsters)
The English word is langouste and the distinguishing characteristic is no claws.

Quote:
crawfish (French: languste; German: Languste.)

Crustaceans (without claws) of the family Palinuridae, also called spiny lobster, rock lobster, sea crayfish.


But it's a funny photoshop, though. .V..


dasviper  Saturday Oct 26 01:07 AM

Oh, come on now...

Is anyone else willing to give the photographer the benefit of the doubt? It doesn't seem like someone would have taken pains to fake this one, and we're basing the claim on a german report of a spanish animal. I think it's legit. It seems more likely that an editor at a German newspaper mislabeled it.



Nic Name  Saturday Oct 26 01:13 AM

I said, "This might be photoshopped."

Has anyone got any confirming picture of a creature like this? It looks strange to me.

By the way, it takes no pains to fark a foto.

I have no problem with the image. It's really cool. I just want to know if it's real or fake.



Logan  Saturday Oct 26 07:24 AM

Quote:
Originally posted by dave
Fick dich! Ihre Mutter?
Why would you use the informal mode in one sentence and the formal mode in the next?


xoxoxoBruce  Saturday Oct 26 08:26 AM

Whatever it is it's obviously hailing a water taxi.



Urbane Guerrilla  Saturday Oct 26 08:35 AM

And the reason it looks funny is its thorax obscures its tail at this angle. The critter is facing the photographer.



blowmeetheclown  Saturday Oct 26 08:46 AM

Quote:
Originally posted by Logan
Why would you use the informal mode in one sentence and the formal mode in the next?
See the other post, spanky.


Beletseri  Saturday Oct 26 09:10 AM

The only issue I have with the photo is that it is bright red. Most of these types of critters don't turn bright red until they are cooked. Maybe it was posed just before it was consumed?



chrisinhouston  Saturday Oct 26 09:35 AM

In Texas and Louisiana they are know as "mudbugs", and I do suck the heads!



Leus  Monday Oct 28 09:45 AM

Re: It looks like a string of bad translations

Quote:
Originally posted by ElPresidente1972
Languste sounds like a bad translation of the Spanish word "langostina" which is a european equivalent to a crawfish / crayfish. Think of a lobster with the claws of a fiddler crab, that's what the critter in question looks like. Bigger than American crawfish, IIRC.
-EP
Actually, "langostina" sounds like a wrong transcription of the spanish word "langostino" (Penaeus Kerathurus). The closest that "Languste" sounds to a spanish word is "Langosta". The Langosta does have big claws. There are many "langostas", but the one pictured in the photo looks like a Bogavante (Homarus Gammarus).




Nic Name  Monday Oct 28 02:19 PM

I think that Beletseri is correct.

The red color of the creature indicates a boiled or dehydrated lobster.

Dehydration doesn't seem to be this lobster's problem!



Leus  Monday Oct 28 03:22 PM

Quote:
Originally posted by Nic Name
I think that Beletseri is correct.

The red color of the creature indicates a boiled or dehydrated lobster.

Dehydration doesn't seem to be this lobster's problem!
Nothing wrong with that. But the Cigala (Norway Lobster) is somewhat reddish, and it's quite similar to the sucker portrayed here. Not brightly red, mind you, but we can only guess about optics and the such in this photo.


This guy is a Cangrejo Real. It's not a lobster, but it is red.


This other guy is a Norway Lobster.

Here is another photo, of... other lobster. Red, not boiled.

What I mean is: you don't have to be boiled to be red, even if you are a lobster.

How amusing


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