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Through a glass bowl, darkly

February 9th, 2008 · 53 comments

Cate in Columbus went out of town for a night, and sadly, her absence was enough to provoke her betta fish (Pope Shaivo the Third) to jump out of his bowl and end it all. Meanwhile,Cate says her roommates, apparently unwise to the suicidal tendencies of bettas, “thought I had placed it on my desk and just left it there!”

Cate (fish killer),  We would really appreciate it if you would get your dead fish off the desk + give it a proper burial. Your roommates!

related: Those hamsters were shivering, not dancing

FILED UNDER: Columbus · fish · roommates

53 responses so far ↓

  • #1   Jamie

    This is why our Betta tanks have /lids/, cause they do have a bit of a habit of jumping out of them. x.x

    Feb 9, 2008 at 4:33 am   rating: 5  small thumbs up

    • #1.1   cre8tivewmn bang

      Yeah. Sorry for your loss, but Bettas jump. Uncovered bowls are not good homes for them. Live and learn.

      Feb 9, 2008 at 8:42 am   rating: 5  small thumbs up

  • #2   Katy

    I want to know how much kowtowing and groveling her roommates did once they realized what ‘tards they are.

    Feb 9, 2008 at 4:38 am   rating: 7  small thumbs up

  • #3   doxgukka

    i cant see nothing

    Feb 9, 2008 at 4:45 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

  • #4   mmx

    I cant’t see this. Piece of shit yahoo or flickr or whatever is trying to make an account for me. I don’t want it! I just want to see the note!! Don’t want to invite friends to join or to have an account. This is seriously pissing me off.


    Feb 9, 2008 at 4:46 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

    • #4.1   pickle bang

      I did make an account, but it still told me I “don’t have permission” to see the picture. Oh, well!

      Feb 9, 2008 at 6:14 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

    • #4.2   ErikZ

      It isn’t Flickr or Yahoo at fault. For some reason, the picture was made private by the owner. Aim your venom there.

      Feb 9, 2008 at 8:04 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

  • #5   Khak

    Also being hassled by flickr, can’t see pic

    Feb 9, 2008 at 6:31 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

  • #6   Troy McClure bang

    Bettas can jump and Cate knew it;
    Was it the roommates who blew it?
    Ere casting my vote,
    I would look at the note,
    But Yahoo will not let me view it.

    Feb 9, 2008 at 7:46 am   rating: 37  small thumbs up

    • #6.1   Katy bang

      You win the Internet!

      Feb 9, 2008 at 8:21 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

  • #7   Starks

    Flick’r is getting “flicked off” right now by ME. This sucks.

    Feb 9, 2008 at 8:05 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

  • #8   Wade bang

    maybe the betta’s death wasn’t a suicide, and the photo is held as evidence.

    this is the previous photo in the stream.

    Feb 9, 2008 at 8:22 am   rating: 8  small thumbs up

  • #9   ALA bang

    I had a betta named FDR. So, when I was given another betta, I named it Ellie. The first time I cleaned her bowl, I set it by the sink. Then I did some laundry…came back, washed some dishes…ran the garbage disposal…then noticed Ellie wasn’t in her bowl. Turns out, the bettas we buy are all male; apparently I gave my betta a gender identity crisis & s/he committed suicide by jumping into the sink & getting ground to bits by the garbage disposal.

    Feb 9, 2008 at 8:45 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

  • #10   Wade bang

    while we wait patiently for the photo…

    here is something fun betta suicide. enjoy :D

    Feb 9, 2008 at 8:54 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

    • #10.1   etherealangel

      Haha love the link Wade, thanks for sharing. Now if the picture here would just work…

      Betta owner guilty for not covering up the bowl.
      Roommates guilty for being to stupid to rescue a pet in distress.

      Feb 9, 2008 at 10:57 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

  • #11   Canthz_B bang

    Strange roomies, these.
    I would think that the first thing a four year-old would do upon seeing a fish out of water would be to put it in the fishbowl and hope it’s not too late.

    Feb 9, 2008 at 10:51 am   rating: 3  small thumbs up

  • #12   amy d bang

    Isn’t a private PA note the ultimate in passive-aggression?! :twisted:

    Feb 9, 2008 at 10:57 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

  • #13   Funky Warm Medina

    why would you guys post a picture that says photo not available?
    :( that no make-a any sense.

    anyways, i had a friend whos beta did that and it stuck to the newspaper on her desk. she was so horrified after that, that now she basically has made a brick wall keeping the little sob inside.

    Feb 9, 2008 at 12:02 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

    • #13.1   ALA bang

      Is funky warm medina better than funky cold medina? If so, where does on find it? ;)

      Feb 9, 2008 at 1:44 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

  • #14   stuffed owl

    Cannot view! Cannot view! The low-ceilinged banality of my own existence has been revealed to me.

    Feb 9, 2008 at 12:41 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

  • #15   Jo

    I love the beta’s name. I don’t know if the poster intended “Pope Shaivo” to be funny or to be a reference to Margaret Cho’s bit about how the coverage of Terry Shaivo was at least a relief from the Pope coverage, but it made me laugh.

    Feb 9, 2008 at 12:51 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

    • #15.1   ALA bang

      My sister’s mother-in-law named her betta MasterBetta. Damn her, that name is so much better than my BettaMax!

      Feb 9, 2008 at 1:42 pm   rating: 4  small thumbs up

    • #15.2   Cate

      i bought the fish around the time when the pope and shaivo were dying.

      and actually, one of my roommates did say later that “deaths do come in threes”

      it was pretty funny.

      Feb 9, 2008 at 4:17 pm   rating: 6  small thumbs up

    • #15.3   Canthz_B bang

      Yeah, death is usually a real knee slapper alright.
      Stick to plants, Cate.

      Feb 9, 2008 at 5:38 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

    • #15.4   medscandothetrick

      this guy has always been an idiot, cate… just ignore his sorry ass… that story is pretty funny… hes just wound 2 tight

      Feb 10, 2008 at 2:16 am   rating: 6  small thumbs up

    • #15.5   Sands of Time...Twists of Fate

      Too bad the Pope didn’t have a miraculous recovery…and too bad the “comes in threes” roomie didn’t, while rushing by PS3′s earthly remains, slip on a wet spot on the floor {an ironically evanescent relic, if you like}, fall, hit their head concussively enough to send *them* into a permanent vegetative state…
      Just sayin’…since there would’a’ been room for one more…
      Maybe next time…

      Oct 25, 2009 at 10:29 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

  • #16   secondsout bang

    I had a roommate in college who had an aquarium with several fish in it. He went to Wal-Mart and bought a new angel fish, and within a few short days, that same fish was dead, floating at the top of the tank. He got mad, scooped out the fish and sad he was going to Wal-Mart to get his money back. Several days later, I found a ziploc bag in the closet that contained a severely decomposed fish corpse. It smelled lovely. Fortunately, he agreed to throw the thing away immediately, rather than try to recoup his $ at Wal-Mart.

    Feb 9, 2008 at 1:08 pm   rating: 5  small thumbs up

    • #16.1   Dead Dove - Do Not Eat

      That’s so Arrested Development, I love it.

      Feb 9, 2008 at 3:04 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

  • #17   Grimfool_Reluctant bang


    Feb 9, 2008 at 1:22 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

    • #17.1   fantasy bang

      ( ♥ ) ?

      Feb 9, 2008 at 11:30 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

  • #18   Yourmother

    Please rehost for us non-Yahoo! bitches!

    Feb 9, 2008 at 1:54 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

  • #19   Yourmother

    Ty for the rehost! FISHKILLER!

    Feb 9, 2008 at 2:43 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

  • #20   Canthz_B bang

    What part of flushing the toilet did the roommates not understand?
    It could have been such a moving service!

    Feb 9, 2008 at 2:51 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

  • #21   Canthz_B bang

    An aquarium story…swear to God this is true…My first wife’s mother cleaned my sister-in-law’s aquarium one day.
    She was quite proud of herself and in fact pointed out how the fish were swimming faster, apparently they were much happier now.
    We found out later that all of the fish had died…she had hit the temperature control in the tank and turned it up a few notches while cleaning!

    Feb 9, 2008 at 3:01 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

    • #21.1   medscandothetrick

      …so….death is only funny when YOU talk about it? what a pill you are….

      Feb 10, 2008 at 2:11 am   rating: 10  small thumbs up

  • #22   Team Cassandra bang

    Oy! I have a friend who was NOT good with his fish. They were given to him by some friends who were moving out of the country. A really beautiful tank full of a variety of fish…just lovely when he got it.

    He would neglect to feed them, neglect to check the temperature, neglect to clean the tank. He did these things but only very rarely and inconsistently. One by one they died off. There were three or four left – one of them was the now-infamous Angel(Devil) Fish.

    The Angel Fish thrived, somehow, in this environment and became quite large. One day, the Angel Fish started eating the other fish. But slowly. Not all at once, likely, because it wasn’t sure when the next meal was coming. And if you looked it, it looked back at you. That thing was ultra-creepy.

    A few weeks after the last fish had been eaten, my friend went on vacation and asked me to care for his fish. I was always happy when this happened because it meant I could CARE for them :?

    Well, I flew in ready to fight my fear of that freaky fish and I found that it had finished itself. It must have been planning the suicide for a while because there was only one corner of the tank uncovered that it could possibly fit through.

    So ends my chilling tale.

    PS. Yes, I DID tell him to take care of his fish but he’s a little wacky like that. It’s why I stick around; he worries me too much to leave him on his own. :roll:

    Feb 9, 2008 at 3:35 pm   rating: 9  small thumbs up

  • #23   Canthz_B bang

    Is the proper burial of a fish a burial at sea? That may not be a practical prospect for an Ohio resident.

    Team Flush It

    Feb 9, 2008 at 3:37 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

    • #23.1   bellabeastie

      We do have Lake Erie here. Certainly wouldn’t qualify for burial at sea. Sorry. More like burial by Lake. But in a pinch it may suffice —

      We have angel fish.. and they can so get their Freak On.

      Team Rulers Of The Tank
      (please don’t eat me or yourself)

      just asking…. please

      Feb 9, 2008 at 10:02 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

  • #24   Robin Claire

    that’s hilarious!

    Feb 9, 2008 at 7:20 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

  • #25   mamason bang

    I think it’s amazing that Cate’s last name just happens to be Fishkiller. What were the chances?

    Feb 9, 2008 at 9:47 pm   rating: 8  small thumbs up

    • #25.1   bellabeastie

      It could be Cate Salmon Running Beta -FishKiller..

      Multi-cultural American Indian-Asian Thing..

      Feb 9, 2008 at 10:45 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

    • #25.2   bellabeastie

      Everyone represents…

      But the fish is still dead.

      Sniff…. Oh well. It is what It Is.

      Feb 9, 2008 at 10:50 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

  • #26   Susanna

    Bettas, apparently, are actually quite hardy fish who can survive for a long time out of water. My brother found his “dead” betta under some furniture and covered in dust after a long time. He put it back in water, and it revived. Cate might want to try that next time…

    Feb 10, 2008 at 11:12 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

  • #27   Writerrejected bang

    Ironically Cate means “fish killer” in celtic.

    Feb 10, 2008 at 12:07 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

  • #28   GhostWriter

    Little Known Fact:

    Some fish can be resuscitated, even after several hours of lying on the table next to their bowl. They may be dry and stiff, but they are not yet dead. Hold them by the tail in some water, and try to work the water into the fish’s gills. They’ll start wiggling in a minute or two.

    I’ve personally done this with a goldfish and it lived for another four months.

    Feb 11, 2008 at 9:18 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

    • #28.1   Nat

      So, what you’re saying is…out of all the fish that have been flushed through the years, some may have actually revivied once down the drain?

      Just keep swimming!

      Feb 11, 2008 at 11:54 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

  • #29   Lu

    I guess we know why his name is pope shaivo the 3rd. I assume the two priors met a similiar fate. Maybe Cate should try some other pet since these don’t seem to work well for her.

    Feb 11, 2008 at 1:35 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

  • #30   unholyghost2003 bang

    Am I the only one who wonders if this is how Lisa’s fish ended up in some poor innocent guy’s pocket?

    Feb 11, 2008 at 3:10 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

  • #31   bobby

    you named your fish pope shaivo the third? Are you single?

    Jul 22, 2008 at 2:29 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

    • #31.1   cate

      ….well, as a publicly known fish killer, the dates are not coming like they used to..

      i’m glad you appreciate the name choice though!


      Jul 23, 2008 at 12:26 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

  • #32   next on fish with low self-esteem

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    Nov 9, 2008 at 11:01 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

  • #33   Deidra Peterson


    Nov 12, 2008 at 11:48 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

  • #34   Sara

    HAHAHA that would be so horrifying if your roommate actually DID keep a dead fish on her desk.
    But the betta probably killed itself because it was living in a bowl that was probably 1/10th the size of a proper tank and had no heater (they’re from Thailand. It’s hot there). Not to mention waste builds up pretty quickly in stagnant water. It’s like being trapped in a port-a-potty. In Minnesota. In the winter.

    Oct 24, 2009 at 11:57 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up


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