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09 Dec 2011

Philly Tries To Net The Fish

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Posted by: Robert Weintraub on 09 Dec 2011

27 comments, Last at 12 Dec 2011, 9:50am by jebmak


by wr (not verified) :: Fri, 12/09/2011 - 3:41pm

I know this is a Sisyphean exercise, but a dolphin *is not* a fish!!!!

by dryheat :: Fri, 12/09/2011 - 4:45pm

Neither do the Giants or Jets play in New York. It's not so much Sisyphean as screaming at the wall.

by Led :: Fri, 12/09/2011 - 5:12pm

Why does nobody ever mention that Washington plays in Virginia? Not that there's anything wrong with that. It's perfectly reasonable for teams to be named for the metropolitain areas they represent rather than the exact location of the stadium.

by LionInAZ (not verified) :: Fri, 12/09/2011 - 5:33pm

That's interesting, because I was sure that FedEx field was in Maryland. Did Lee rise up from the dead to invade the North again?

by Led :: Fri, 12/09/2011 - 5:47pm

Whoops, that's right. The point is the same though.

by TimK :: Fri, 12/09/2011 - 7:04pm

Greg Easterbrook used to be pretty insistent about mentioning that Washington Redskins played in neither Washington State, nor Washington D.C. - this might by why no-one else bothers to mention it anymore...

Besides it still confuses me that Kansas City is not in Kansas, still I am from (Old) York so not brought up with US geography ;)

by Dennis :: Fri, 12/09/2011 - 7:24pm

There is a Kansas City in Kansas, but the Chiefs play in the Kansas City in Missouri.

by Levente from Hungary :: Fri, 12/09/2011 - 9:15pm

Now I am confused :-)

by Jerry :: Sat, 12/10/2011 - 12:22am

If you want to return the favor, tell us about the difference between Buda and Pest.

by RickD :: Sat, 12/10/2011 - 10:34am

The Danube?

by The Hypno-Toad :: Mon, 12/12/2011 - 3:48am

Thanks to Where in the World in Carmen Sandiego, I was able to snicker knowingly at this comment.

by Mr Shush :: Sat, 12/10/2011 - 9:28am

But presumably more familiar with the fact that Leeds Castle is not to be found a little way down the A64 but rather in Maidstone.

by RickD :: Sat, 12/10/2011 - 10:35am

Translation for Americans: Leeds Castle is nowhere near the city of Leeds.

by Andrew Potter :: Sat, 12/10/2011 - 1:06pm


Leeds has a castle?

by Mr Shush :: Sat, 12/10/2011 - 3:37pm

http://www.leeds-castle.com/land.php - The subject of a popular pub quiz question, and one of the more spectacularly awesome places one could hypothetically live. If one were an oligarch, and it wasn't owned by a charitable trust set up for the purpose of keeping it open to the public, that is.

by Chris Owen2 (not verified) :: Mon, 12/12/2011 - 12:00am

My wife and I visited Leeds Castle three years ago while some renovations were being done. There was scaffolding set up, and the netting surrounding the scaffolding had a stone masonry pattern printed on it. That way the netting would blend in and be less obtrusive than the normal tacky green netting you see set up on most buildings. I remember at the time that's the way a classy oligarch would do things. Opulence -- I has it.

by The Hypno-Toad :: Mon, 12/12/2011 - 3:50am

Way better than tacky oligarchs... With their solid gold netting to catch falling bricks (gaudy and ineffective!), and ladders cut from the world's largest emeralds.

by CathyW :: Sun, 12/11/2011 - 11:01am

FedEx Field is in Landover MD, but I believe that the Skins practice in Virginia. It doesn't matter, though, as the Eagles' season has taken on Sisyphyean elements.

by Kibbles :: Sat, 12/10/2011 - 4:09am

If we want to really put too fine a point on it, a dolphin most certainly *IS* a fish, (and a rather tasty one, to boot), even if the eponymous mascot of Miami's professional football franchise is not.

I'm curious whether your zeal for correcting common taxonomic misconceptions is limited strictly to sporting franchises, or whether it extends to all manner of marine life. If the latter, you might be interested to know that a killer whale is not actually a whale- it belongs to family Delphinidae, which makes it a dolphin (the mammal kind, not the fish kind). Also, a starfish is not a fish, a seahorse is not a horse, sea cucumbers are not even a vegetable, and the last common ancestor between manatees and land bovines existed well over 100 million years ago.

Oh, and I've yet to run across a vending machine that accepted sand dollars. :-(

by BaronFoobarstein :: Sat, 12/10/2011 - 5:04am

Are you referring to mahi-mahi (AKA common dolphinfish)? If so it's not exactly a "dolphin," it's a "dolphinfish."

The killer whale is a whale. As you point out it's a member of the family delphinidae. That makes it a dolphin. Dolphins are in the order Cetacea, the whales. Dolphins are a kind of whale, killer whales are a kind of dolphin. Transitivity applies. Therefore killer whales are whales. QED.

Interest choice with starfish and sea cucumbers. I'm guessing it's not an accident that they're both Echinodermata? By the way, sea cucumbers may not be vegetables, but I can aver that they taste just awful. As for the manatee, http://www.weebls-stuff.com/songs/dugong/.

by Whatev :: Sat, 12/10/2011 - 6:50am

How many dolphins have you eaten? Are you a cartoon villain?

by jebmak :: Mon, 12/12/2011 - 9:50am


by Athelas :: Sat, 12/10/2011 - 3:49pm

They're no longer called starfish--they're sea stars (as my children are fond of reminding me).

by Mr Shush :: Sat, 12/10/2011 - 4:57pm

That appears to be a matter of ongoing contention . . .

by Southern Philly :: Sat, 12/10/2011 - 4:40pm

Whatever. They're both delicious.

by DavidL :: Sat, 12/10/2011 - 9:25am

Is the answer "probably not"?

by TayloreatsBrady (not verified) :: Sat, 12/10/2011 - 7:29pm

Oh, and don't forget, the Dolphins and Heat do NOT play in South Beach.