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When I saw this headline, I got a haddock

This headline is from from an Associated Press online story:

Salon can challenge Ariz. rules on fish pedicure

Does this mean that fish are allowed to give pedicures, or does it mean that fish are getting pedicures? If the latter is the case, they must have such tiny, tiny feet!

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cougarfang
May. 2nd, 2011 04:32 am (UTC)
Probably the former.

I was once advised that you should make sure that they have the right species of fish in there - you want the real "doctor fish" with no teeth, or else you'll get miniscule cuts all over your feet from the itty bitty fishy teeth, which might potentially be an entrance for infection or somesuch.
patrick_vecchio
May. 2nd, 2011 10:16 pm (UTC)
I'm predicting a comeback for leeches.
cougarfang
May. 3rd, 2011 04:39 pm (UTC)
In fact...
Apparently the anticoagulants in their saliva are therapeutically awesome. Oh, and use of (clean, lab-raised) maggots for cleaning out rotting infections on humans. They eat the dead meat down till it's clean and alive, and then (in theory) stop.
patrick_vecchio
May. 3rd, 2011 08:34 pm (UTC)
The medical use of leeches and maggots probably disgusts many people, but a clinical view like yours should how sway in the long run.

Who knows how many other species of all forms of life could have health benefits for humans, if only we hadn't driven them to extinction?
cougarfang
May. 3rd, 2011 10:24 pm (UTC)
That's one of the tactics people are using to try and push conservation agendas - another being "omg zoonotic disease transmission", that sort of thing. Gotta make the issue relevant to humans, who are more likely to go out and do things they have a vested interest in rather than some abstract ideal of "the poor traumatized ecosystem!" I mean, you can't cuddle an ecosystem, so what good is it?
(Anonymous)
May. 2nd, 2011 02:03 pm (UTC)
I almost spit out my tea when I read your post's title. I love puns!

That being said, I didn't see the hed as problematic because I think that's actually what the process is called--a fish pedicure. Maybe a hyphen would have helped--"fish-pedicure"--but perhaps not.
patrick_vecchio
May. 2nd, 2011 10:20 pm (UTC)
Couldn't they use snakes to do the same thing? Just rub them against the scale grain—same effect.

tanadariel
May. 2nd, 2011 02:04 pm (UTC)
^That anonymous comment was from me. Not sure why it posted anonymously.
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