Tuesday, April 10, 2007

man among toothpick fish

With all the shit, floating around that is presupposed news worthy; there are every now and then, some special things that deserve extra attention albeit they may not receive such. I am not talking about the idiotic statements of Don Imus calling the Rutgers’s women’s basketball teams nappy headed hoes or his jigga-boo statement. Nor am I speaking about the ridiculous suggestion that Akon bought a diamond mine so that he could get the world record for having a diamond chain around his neck (I will get to that another day).

This time, it is about a Slovenian man by the name of
Martin Strel, who at age 52, swam the Amazon River (3,272 miles worth) in 66 days. This is a miraculous feat especially since the distance is about the same as from swimming from Seattle Washington to Miami, Florida. Add to that the river is home to a number of dangerous critters including Anacondas, piranhas, crocodiles and the infamous toothpick fish.

For those who do not know of the toothpick fish is a fierce and treacherous creature that is called "candirĂº” by the inhabitants of the region. The toothpick fish is a bloodsucker that prefers to swim into open body cavities to do its damage. The candirĂº is a tiny catfish that although it has limited sight, uses smell to find its victim. Its favorite place to attach itself is to the urethra. For it is attracted the traces of urea and ammonia that are given off by this part of the body. Again, saying that if a person is barely covered in the water,it will swim into an orifice (the anus or vagina, or even the penis—and deep into the urethra.

Mr. Strel is no stranger to rivers and in the past completed the Yangtze, Mississippi and Danube rivers. The Amazon is the world's largest river, as well as the second longest. During this swim, it is reported that he lost 26 pounds and was plagued with cramps, diarrhea, larvae infections, dehydration and delirium. I just want to take my hat off to this man, who swims in water where blood-sucking fish attracted the opening in the penis live. Now that is a man - a man among toothpick fish if you asked me.


Girly_Girl said...

Yes. This is most definitely amazing, however, I can not relate to any human being who would want to subject his or her body to this type of torture.

Torrance Stephens bka All-Mi-T said...

me either girly girl

Anonymous said...

Any endurance athlete will tell you there are few things in life as exhilirating as crossing that finish line, but to do it under the conditions Mr. Strel endured must have been really something! Big props to him, I bow down.


Shai said...

I agree GG.

CapCity said...

i'm with u, GG! but i love the fact that there are others willing to do it so that i can live vicariously:-). I'd love to read more about this Brother T. Did he write memoirs about his river swims?
thanx in advance...i'll do a google search, but a book would be great!

ATLcutey said...

wow, thats cool. i can't even swim from one side of the pool to the other. :-)

Anonymous said...

Absolutely insane if you ask me. I suppose I can respect the courage, but the insanity...hhmmmmmmmm?

Why is is that white folks are determined to challenge and overcome nature, often at great personal risk, with minimal or little actual reward (other than of course being able to say I survived...this time). Paul Mooney said you never hear about anyone finding the frozen body of a Black man on top of a mountain. that's because we respect nature, we tend to try to live in harmony with nature, and generally feel no need to conquer or challenge nature for supremacy.

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