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A Load Of Old Codswallop

Apparently a fish has been discovered living over 8km below the surface of the Pacific in the Mariana Trench. It is the deepest fish ever discovered.

I'm all for these voyages of discovery, especially as this particular one also discovered a number of other new fish species as well as some new species of supergiant crustaceans.

The mission was carried out by researchers at the University of Aberdeen but may not have happened at all. Apparently there were originally not many takers to man this expedition until someone mentioned the words 'deep' and 'fish' in the students union bar one night. To say the volunteers were disappointed when they discovered it wasn't an attempt to break the world record for the deepest fried fish is an understatement.

In fact it was not unlike Mutiny on the Bounty. Which, of course, they immediately deep-fried!!

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inkedwriter wrote on January 6, 2015, 4:41 PM

I moved from Scotland just before the deep fried mars bar hit the scene. A lack of chippy's here in the States in my main reason for wanting to head home again

arthurchappell wrote on January 6, 2015, 4:41 PM

I got a fried pie in Aberdeen. I thought you had to request one specially but you have to ask if you don't want your food fried - it was nice but it felt like my arties were sizing up even as I ate it

WorDazza wrote on January 6, 2015, 4:59 PM

Funnily enough, I was in Edinburgh a few years back on a stag do and we couldn't find a single chippy that would deep fry a Mars Bar or a pizza for us. They're obviously much more sophisticated in Edinburgh!

WorDazza wrote on January 6, 2015, 5:01 PM

Do they have anything resembling a British chippy in the states?

inkedwriter wrote on January 6, 2015, 5:09 PM

No. The closest I came was when I lived in Canada. Out on the east coast there were a couple that came very close.Of course, they didn't have Irn Bru to go with my fish supper.

WorDazza wrote on January 6, 2015, 5:12 PM

Maybe there's a business idea there. A proper chippy in an area with a high number of British ex-pats.

GedWrites wrote on January 6, 2015, 5:13 PM

I came accross a deep fried rat once in a Jarrow chippy .. the ownerwhen interviews by the environmental health said it was a new recipe from Thailand called Ho Chi Rodant Ming which is a delicacy on the streets of Bandcock.

WorDazza wrote on January 6, 2015, 5:29 PM

My uncle was a gas appliance engineer back in the 70s. He did a lot of work in the kitchens of the South Shields curry houses. You would not believe the number of rats he would come across on a daily basis.

GedWrites wrote on January 6, 2015, 5:44 PM

And that was only the people who worked in them

Kasman wrote on January 6, 2015, 5:52 PM

I don't think you could fry something like a Bounty - the rigging would catch fire! (I can do dumb jokes as well!) :)

Janey1966 wrote on January 6, 2015, 6:46 PM

One of my descendants emigrated to America and he used to wax lyrical to the college he was based at (to the students) that the one thing he missed over in Blighty were fish and chips. By the time I knew of his existence he'd died. Sounded like a lovely bloke.

WorDazza wrote on January 7, 2015, 1:10 PM

I don't know whether to laugh at your gag or be insulted by your use of the words 'as well' emoticon :winking:

kat123456 wrote on January 7, 2015, 3:40 PM

I have never tried a deep fried mars bar but a deep fried Bounty could be a hit...

j2401 wrote on January 9, 2015, 5:53 PM

I quite fancy a deep fried Bounty, I tried a deep fried Mars Bar and it was lovely

Ambermol wrote on January 10, 2015, 9:47 AM

You're taking a battering over this one judging by the comments...

WordChazer wrote on January 15, 2015, 12:23 AM

The one we found in Stockbridge, Edinburgh, not only would have done a Mars bar if we'd asked but also routinely served deep fried haggis, and a deep fried battered cheeseburger in its entirety; burger, cheese, salad and bun. I ate rather well that week, if not healthily, washed down by some fine single malt.

DWDavisRSL wrote on July 23, 2015, 8:09 PM

Here in the US if it's not human and it's not moving it might wind up deep fried.