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January 31, 2009

Overafternoon Open Thread. Less Stimulus, Tuna-Licking Edition (genghis)

First, a reminder: don’t forget to set your calenders to the new standard: This is now the year 1 A.O. (Anno Obamani. Which, when translated from Latin means “In The Year of Our Heavenly Unicorn.”) Now we can finally rid ourselves of this meaningless piece of shit. Please also remember to “Leap Forward” every 4 years, on January 20th, at least once we get rid of that pesky 22nd Ammendment.

But back to our headline. From Japan comes an admonishment: ”Japan to Tourists: Please Don’t Lick the Tuna.” Story from a group of Press, who are Associated:

”TOKYO — Tourists are known for acting silly, but licking the tuna?”

“Overwhelmed by a growing number of misbehaving tourists, Tokyo fishmongers banned all visitors from one of the city's most popular tourist destinations — the pre-dawn tuna auctions at the world's largest seafood market.”

“The ban, imposed during the peak New Year buying season, was front-page news before it was lifted last week. Now, the tourists are back, but the debate goes on: Can tourists be trusted around the tuna?”

Apparently not. But there’s more, disturbingly enough:

"Tuna is a very expensive fish," Takagi said. "One tuna can easily cost more than 1 million yen ($11,000). But some tourists touch them and even try to hug them."

And that’s just during daylight hours.

But who are these Japanese fishmongers to deny tuna-lovers their lifestyle? After all, isn’t this the country that introduced tentacles as a marital aid to the rest of the world? This reeks of discrimination and tunaphobia! And what about the tuna themselves? Have they no say in this? AP did interview the spokestuna from the group “Committee to UNite Tuna in Solidarity.” Here’s what he had to say regarding his right to be licked:


”It’s grrrrreeEEEAAAT!

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