You know you should be working or at least being more productive than just surfing the web, but you can’t help yourself sometimes. This was true the other morning for a couple of my coworkers. Worker #1 observed, probably on the Drudge Report and promptly began to grumble aloud that Wall Street is seeking $6 billion in FEMA assistance for damages from Hurricane Sandy. Next, doing his best dog imitation, “Oh look a squirrel”, he spied a link to another article about the mystery of the giant eyeball found of the coast of Florida being solved.
Spoiler alert here, the eye belonged to a swordfish. All this commotion drew in Worker #2, who googled “giant eyeball” and corroborated that it once belonged to a swordfish. There must have been a lot of squirrel activity going on in that cube, because a moment later I hear from Worker #2, “This fish looks like Ziggy.”
Worker #2 had found a Christian Science Monitor slideshow entitled, “The 20 weirdest fish in the ocean“. Ziggy is #2. Also, check out #7, a male jaw fish, a known mouth breeder, not to be confused with a mouth breather. At this point I got totally drawn into the discussion, including the recap of how my two coworkers had gotten to where they were. You can call me Worker #3, if you like.
I don’t mean to denigrate either of my coworkers. They are both hard-working guys. This very brief episode was totally the exception. Normally, we labor long hours trying to figure out whether tab A should really go into slot A or maybe it would be better to insert it into slot B. Making paper airplanes can be terribly complicated.
These purple-striped jellies ebb and flow with the currents of their aquarium tank. Summer currents carry the purple-striped jelly into the waters just off of Monterey’s shores. When it arrives, you’d better keep your distance, its sting isn’t fatal, but can be painful.