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Martin Schwenk (Trickymartin)
Posted on Wednesday, June 01, 2005 - 8:17 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

In 1961, a group of men varnished a shark. Why?
Lynne (Lynne)
Posted on Wednesday, June 01, 2005 - 8:21 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Was it alive?
Was it to protect it from infection into injuries it had suffered?
Did they want to make it look like something else?
Did they want it to reflect light?
Did they use clear varnish? Coloured varnish?
Tommy Petersson (Tommyp)
Posted on Wednesday, June 01, 2005 - 10:27 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Was it a real shark?
Was it to prevent it from changing in some way? rotten?
Did they have a plan? or was it just "a spur of the moment"?
Martin Schwenk (Trickymartin)
Posted on Wednesday, June 01, 2005 - 11:00 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Hi Lynne :)

Was it alive? no
Was it to protect it from infection into injuries it had suffered? no
Did they want to make it look like something else? yes
Did they want it to reflect light? noish
Did they use clear varnish? no Coloured varnish? yes

Hi Tommy :)

Was it a real shark? yes
Was it to prevent it from changing in some way? no rotten? no
Did they have a plan? yes or was it just "a spur of the moment"? but probably a bit of this, too
Dref (Dref)
Posted on Wednesday, June 01, 2005 - 11:24 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Magic trick?
Mosquito (Mosquito)
Posted on Wednesday, June 01, 2005 - 11:28 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Was the varnishing mainly for a prank? For a more practical purpose?
Martin Schwenk (Trickymartin)
Posted on Thursday, June 02, 2005 - 9:46 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Magic trick? no

Was the varnishing mainly for a prank? no For a more practical purpose? yes
Lynne (Lynne)
Posted on Thursday, June 02, 2005 - 10:49 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Was it to try and prevent other sharks from entering the area. "Bertie - if we go there, honey, we'll end up bright pink"
John Morahan (Wunderland)
Posted on Thursday, June 02, 2005 - 7:23 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Is it a whole shark? is it all in one piece?
Did they want to make it look like another kind of fish?
Tricia Harvey (Trixie)
Posted on Thursday, June 02, 2005 - 11:54 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Did they varnish the entire shark? or just part of it?
Relevant what species of shark? Great White (how much varnish would THAT use??? :)); Nurse Shark? Reef Shark? something smaller?
Did they use cosmetic-type nail varnish? wood varnish, like you would use on furniture? some other sort of varnish?
Martin Schwenk (Trickymartin)
Posted on Friday, June 03, 2005 - 2:01 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Was it to try and prevent other sharks from entering the area. "Bertie - if we go there, honey, we'll end up bright pink" no :). And by the way, this is supposedly a true story...

Is it a whole shark? define 'whole' is it all in one piece? yes
Did they want to make it look like another kind of fish? no

Did they varnish the entire shark? the entire surface, at any rate or just part of it?
Relevant what species of shark? I don't think so, but it's probably a rather smal specimen
Did they use cosmetic-type nail varnish? no wood varnish, like you would use on furniture? no some other sort of varnish? yes. Maybe 'lacquer' or 'paint' are better words here, I'm not sure...
John Morahan (Wunderland)
Posted on Friday, June 03, 2005 - 2:10 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Does it include all the parts that a shark would normally have?
Is it a stuffed shark?
(Stuccosalt)
Posted on Friday, June 03, 2005 - 1:01 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

So it's a smallish dead shark painted to resemble something else -- another animal? If so, a real animal (as opposed to, say, Nessie)?
A corporate logo or brand? Another character of some sort?
A non-animal object?

After being varnished, was it on display somewhere? Was it kept indoors? Outdoors? On a vehicle? Thrown back to sea? Left on the beach?
Eliot (Eliot)
Posted on Friday, June 03, 2005 - 3:09 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Is it varnished a somewhat natural color?
Martin Schwenk (Trickymartin)
Posted on Friday, June 03, 2005 - 10:52 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Does it include all the parts that a shark would normally have? no
Is it a stuffed shark? yes

So it's a smallish dead shark yes painted to resemble something else yope -- another animal? no If so, a real animal (as opposed to, say, Nessie)?
A corporate logo or brand? no Another character of some sort? no
A non-animal object? yes, for svv of 'object'

After being varnished, was it on display somewhere? yes Was it kept indoors? yes Outdoors? On a vehicle? Thrown back to sea? Left on the beach?

Is it varnished a somewhat natural color? yes
Dref (Dref)
Posted on Friday, June 03, 2005 - 11:16 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Any hoaxing going on here?
Brian Pamandanan (Sciguy47)
Posted on Saturday, June 04, 2005 - 1:15 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

The year relevant?
Einar Berg (Grainbeer)
Posted on Saturday, June 04, 2005 - 3:14 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

If I have read your replies correctly, this is one part of this rather small shark, but not the whole shark. It is displayed as one single piece. Right?

If so, was this piece: the main body? The head? A smaller part of the head? The snout? A tooth or a set of teeth? gills? a fin? the tail? an eye?
Ian (Image)
Posted on Saturday, June 04, 2005 - 5:35 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Were they trying to make it look like a wooden/stone shark? So they could sneak it across the border? Donate it to a museum? Did they kill the shark? Was this a specific shark? Or could it be any old shark? Was it in a zoo? Would it have been illegal to kill a shark in this situation? Were they trying to hide the fact that they it had been killed?
Tommy Petersson (Tommyp)
Posted on Saturday, June 04, 2005 - 10:25 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Was the idea to make some money by varnishing the shark?
Benjamin Moore (Zenith)
Posted on Sunday, June 05, 2005 - 6:23 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Was it a prop in a movie?
Martin Schwenk (Trickymartin)
Posted on Sunday, June 05, 2005 - 10:55 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Any hoaxing going on here? yope. define 'hoax' :)

The year relevant? no

If I have read your replies correctly, this is one part of this rather small shark, but not the whole shark. It is displayed as one single piece. Right? it is a 'complete', stuffed shark. stuffed meaning some bowels are missing. To the naked eye it's a complete shark.

Were they trying to make it look like a wooden/stone shark? no So they could sneak it across the border? no Donate it to a museum? no Did they kill the shark? no Was this a specific shark? no Or could it be any old shark? I guess it would work with any shark that is not too big Was it in a zoo? no Would it have been illegal to kill a shark in this situation? irrelevant, as they had no intention to do so Were they trying to hide the fact that they it had been killed? no

Was the idea to make some money by varnishing the shark? no

Was it a prop in a movie? no