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I've never seen a Goldfish with a wand. Maybe I'm looking in the wrong ponds. [Jan. 9th, 2008|01:57 am]
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In 1920 for the first time in recorded history, the average life expectancy of human beings exceeded that of goldfish. Before that year, a newborn infant could expect to live 48.4 years. For many species of wild goldfish, the projected life span was over 50.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tx1XIm6q4r4&e

And Potter Puppet Pals. Always great. :)
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2008-01-09 08:21 am (UTC)
Nor mine, but it's been years since I had an aquariam.
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[User Picture]From: m_buggie
2008-01-09 01:59 pm (UTC)
Ha, take that goldfish!
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2008-01-09 05:43 pm (UTC)
LOL! =)
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[User Picture]From: harmonic_motion
2008-01-09 02:21 pm (UTC)
Ha! The video was cute. :-)
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2008-01-09 05:43 pm (UTC)
I like it. ;)
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2008-01-09 05:58 pm (UTC)
Isn't that rockin'? ;)
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[User Picture]From: insane_hope
2008-01-09 05:06 pm (UTC)
I actualy got shown that while in a serious state of drunkeness, good to know that video is still funny while I'm sober.
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2008-01-09 05:58 pm (UTC)
LOL. Glad to hear it. ;)
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[User Picture]From: kulczar
2008-01-09 05:21 pm (UTC)

my great failure...

"The Golden Golfish Wand" the story of a young man's journey to shrink himself and travel to the magical land of Goldies to steal the Wand of Slightly Extended Mortality from the goldfish gods.

unforntunatly my book didn't recieve the rave reviews of another book of a simillar title and won't get made into a blockbuster film.
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2008-01-09 05:59 pm (UTC)

Re: my great failure...

Awww. *huggles* ;)
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[User Picture]From: thureris
2008-01-09 08:57 pm (UTC)
A funny story about PPP: The Mysterious Ticking Noise:

A few of my friends and I are huge HP geeks, so we have that memorized. We performed it at random times at various HP release parties and such.

We thought it would give our choir director a good laugh to try out with it for our school's variety show (which is all singing, dancing, generally musical type stuff). The bad part is, he loved it, so now we have to perform it in front of about 75% of the school, most of whom have probably never seen it! We are all terribly nervous/excited/ready to get last place.
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2008-01-09 09:09 pm (UTC)
ROCK ON! That's fantastic! :) Congrats! I hope they film it. :)
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[User Picture]From: smadaf
2008-01-09 11:31 pm (UTC)
Averages are statistically useful, but can also be misleading.  What's often meant by average life expectancy, especially in talks about the past, is a mean (adding up all the numbers and then dividing by however many numbers were added up)—and these things can be far different from other aspects of reality.

Walk into a small old cemetery and observe on the tombstones the ages, in years, at which the five persons died.  Let's say that they are 1, 10, 40, 70, and 79.  And the average is ... 40.  It is kind of right to say that people back then tended not to live past 40.  But it would also be right to say that almost half the people back then lived into their seventies, and a fifth nearly reached 80.  Just as you could say that twenty percent of them didn't make it past childhood.

It's something of a myth that, until the 20th century, living into old age was, the world over, so terribly exceptional.  All we need do is walk into any graveyard that wasn't filled mainly by a war, epidemic, or other disaster, and we'll find plenty of people living into their sixties, seventies, eighties.

So, yeah:  averages are good, but we can also get carried away with them.


The goldfish statistic is interesting:  apparently, even facing the many dangers in the wild, a fish lives longer in its natural habitat than confined to usually less than a cubic foot of water for all its days.
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2008-01-09 11:39 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I know how statistics are made. :)

It's not as if they were able to track every fish as they do population in human, so it's a faulty statistic, to be sure.
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[User Picture]From: berlinstars
2008-01-10 02:01 am (UTC)
Lol, thanks!
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2008-01-10 02:14 am (UTC)
You're welcome! :)
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[User Picture]From: strangeflavor
2008-01-10 02:42 am (UTC)
My goldfish has been alive for almost ten years. :)
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2008-01-10 02:48 am (UTC)
Wow! That's awesome!! :) What's your goldfishes name?
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[User Picture]From: jenniferline
2008-01-10 03:20 am (UTC)
50 years! Wow.

When my nephew was really small, he had a goldfish named Pastor Bob (I have no idea why he named it that!), and I was always worried that it would die, because he won it at a local fair, and all of ours died after a couple of weeks. It lived for about a year, I think, and the poor little guy cried his eyes out when it died. But he sure did get a lot of laughs when he told people he'd flushed "Pastor Bob" down the toilet! He's been playing for laughs ever since.
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2008-01-10 03:23 am (UTC)
Aww! Poor Pastor Bob!! Those county fair fish never last long. A year is probably as long as any ever have.
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[User Picture]From: jehannamama
2008-01-10 05:09 am (UTC)
Oh sorry I got distracted from commenting. I was rushing over to find my goldfish-loving friend and send her the link. She loves trivia about as much as her fish!
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2008-01-10 05:11 am (UTC)
Aww! Rock on! What a happy combination for her. ;)
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