FISH ON? Cold comes back, and the myth that spring is just around the corner fades into the dusty corners of the mind as we feel the touch of winter’s hand once more. Speaking of myths we tap into the annals of the internet for some of our favorite internet hoaxes and questionable legends in today’s Three Things.
(Featured Photo: A flag pops on a tip-up. Simonson Photo)
DAILY CONDITIONS: WEATHER (Bismarck Forecast):
Today: Sun 2/18 – Two inches early – Hi 14, Lo 6, Winds N@16, G24
Tomorrow: Mon 2/19 – An inch late – Hi 6, Lo -2, Winds N@6.
SOLUNAR (Bismarck Times):
Sunrise: 7:40AM Sunset: 6:13PM
Moonrise: 9:14AM Moonset 9:20PM
Overhead: 3:12PM Underfoot: 2:49AM
Moon Phase: Waxing Crescent (8% Full)
EDGE HOUR: 2:30 – 3:30PM. Snow tapers into the afternoon and moon overhead gives the bite a bump in today’s Edge Hour.
IF YOU PLEASE. The “Siamese pike” hoax began with the infancy of internet fishing forums. The supposedly conjoined fish hit the web in about 2001, and then began circulating every year or so after that. The site of catch often changed, from Lake Nipissing in Ontario to the “Ottertail River near Wahpeton, ND.” The online verdict was that this fish was actually a smaller pike crammed under the gillplate of a slightly larger pike.
MAYBE TOO BIG? The Rompola Buck made its trip around the young internet as well, wowing those whose version of AOL could load the pictures in 1998 through 2000. Supposedly scoring 220 inches, and sporting 12 points, the deer was reported to have an amazing 30-inch inside spread and would have been the new all-time record, but suddenly faded from public view by 2001 and never was entered by the hunter into the record books.
CUE APRIL 1. Then of course, there is the notorious fur-bearing trout, a fish that lives in waters so cold it has developed a coat of thick hair to keep itself warm. Said to be a native species in Greenland and Iceland, the fish was introduced and adapted well to the streams of the northern Rockies, and has out-competed many native strains of trout in those flows. Okay, we made that last part up, but that’s what keeps great hoaxes going – making it your own.
Sort through the bull, and stay sharp!