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LEWIS ZEITERS (Lzeiters)
Posted on Wednesday, June 08, 2005 - 1:54 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

was the owner associated/affiliated with a group, team, or other entity (something that might have a shark as a mascot)?
Barbara Johannessen Bailey (Rabrab)
Posted on Wednesday, June 08, 2005 - 4:54 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Is the profession of the owner relevant, by any chance?

Did the varnishers put the varnished shark back exactly where they got it from?
if no,
when they replaced it did they put it in a different spot in the same general location? (frex, on the east wall of the room rather than the west wall?)
a different position? (sitting on a couch instead of hanging on the wall?)
a different location all together? (in a different room from the one they took it from? a different building?)

The tangible fish-like thing: a shark? A different species of shark? a submarine? a whale?
Martin Schwenk (Trickymartin)
Posted on Thursday, June 09, 2005 - 9:55 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

was the owner associated/affiliated with a group, team, or other entity yes (something that might have a shark as a mascot)? no


Is the profession of the owner relevant, by any chance? YES

Did the varnishers put the varnished shark back exactly where they got it from? yes

The tangible fish-like thing: a shark? YES A different species of shark? a submarine? a whale?
Barbara Johannessen Bailey (Rabrab)
Posted on Thursday, June 09, 2005 - 5:24 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Is the owner of the shark a loan officer? a lawyer? a business tycoon? a dentist? a scientist?

So they took his shark and painted it to look like a shark... ooookay. Did they simply freshen up the colors that the shark already was? or did the paint have some additional quality that we haven't found out? Was it glow-in-the-dark paint?
Martin Schwenk (Trickymartin)
Posted on Friday, June 10, 2005 - 1:48 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Is the owner of the shark a loan officer? a lawyer? a business tycoon? a dentist? a scientist? no to all

So they took his shark and painted it to look like a shark... ooookay. Did they simply freshen up the colors that the shark already was? mainly this or did the paint have some additional quality that we haven't found out? but a bit of this, too Was it glow-in-the-dark paint? no
Lewis Zeiters (Lzeiters)
Posted on Friday, June 10, 2005 - 2:04 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Did they try to make it look like a) a real shark and b) some prototype man-made _______ dubbed the "Shark"?
Barbara Johannessen Bailey (Rabrab)
Posted on Friday, June 10, 2005 - 2:15 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Did they want the owner to think that it was a different shark from his old one?

The paint's additional quality:
optical/visual? (was it fluorescent? metallic? sparkly? opalescent? iridescent?)

tactile? (was it sticky? rough? oily-feeling? slick? slippery? soapy? crackled?

olfactory? (did it smell bed? good? fruit-flavored? did it give off pheromones?)

(I don't think paint can have an aural aspect --can it?)
Barbara Johannessen Bailey (Rabrab)
Posted on Friday, June 10, 2005 - 2:16 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Argh! Bad. Did it smell bad!
Lewis Zeiters (Lzeiters)
Posted on Friday, June 10, 2005 - 4:22 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Is the 1961 Corvette Mako relevant?
Barbara Johannessen Bailey (Rabrab)
Posted on Friday, June 10, 2005 - 11:19 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Spectacular lateral leap there, Lewis! I put together a model of that car when I was just a sprog. I'd completely forgotten about it.
Martin Schwenk (Trickymartin)
Posted on Friday, June 10, 2005 - 1:01 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Did they try to make it look like a) a real shark yes and b) some prototype man-made _______ dubbed the "Shark"? I don't understand this - please rephrase

Did they want the owner to think that it was a different shark from his old one? NO!
The paint's additional quality:
optical/visual? yes (was it fluorescent? metallic? sparkly? opalescent? iridescent?) but none of those
tactile? no
olfactory? no
(I don't think paint can have an aural aspect --can it?) at least this one didn't
Argh! Bad. Did it smell bad! it neither smelled bed nor bad :)

Is the 1961 Corvette Mako relevant? no, but cars are. Believe it or not, you're almost there now...

Spectacular lateral leap there, Lewis! I second that
Barbara Johannessen Bailey (Rabrab)
Posted on Friday, June 10, 2005 - 1:27 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Was the paint reflective?

Was any specific quality of the light striking the paint necessary for the additional quality to reveal itself?

Was the additional quality related to the color of the paint itself?
The color saturation?
the brightness of the color? was it one of those spectrum-shifting paints?

Was the owner of the shark a custom-car designer? Colby? Barris?
Einar Berg (Grainbeer)
Posted on Friday, June 10, 2005 - 2:58 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Are tailfins like the big American cars used to have at that time involved?
Martin Schwenk (Trickymartin)
Posted on Friday, June 10, 2005 - 3:55 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Was the paint reflective? it was ordinary car varnish

Was any specific quality of the light striking the paint necessary for the additional quality to reveal itself? no

Was the additional quality related to the color of the paint itself? yes
The color saturation? well, yes
the brightness of the color? well, yes was it one of those spectrum-shifting paints? no

Was the owner of the shark a custom-car designer? actually he wasn't; but this puzzle would work equally well if he were. So let's pretend he was. Colby? Barris? just a generic one


Are tailfins like the big American cars used to have at that time involved? no. Since that 1961 seems to work as a red herring: this probably could happen today, too.
Barbara Johannessen Bailey (Rabrab)
Posted on Friday, June 10, 2005 - 9:37 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Was it a color that is generally only available in auto paint?

Did they paint the shark to match a car?
Shawn Franchi (Doctapeppa)
Posted on Friday, June 10, 2005 - 9:42 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Did the men want to change the color of the shark?
Martin Schwenk (Trickymartin)
Posted on Saturday, June 11, 2005 - 8:46 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Was it a color that is generally only available in auto paint? yes

Did they paint the shark to match a car? YES!!! now, why?

Did the men want to change the color of the shark? yesish
Barbara Johannessen Bailey (Rabrab)
Posted on Saturday, June 11, 2005 - 3:31 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Does the owner have a car that he calls "The Shark"? "The <something> Shark"? "<Something> the Shark"?

Is the owner himself known as "The Shark"? "The <something> Shark"? "<Something> the Shark"?

Is the owner of the shark a pool shark?
Did he belong to a club called "The Sharks"?
Did he have anything to do with West Side Story?

Do the varnishers yesish want to change the color of the shark, because it was already blues and greys, and they simply used different blues and greys?
Martin Schwenk (Trickymartin)
Posted on Sunday, June 12, 2005 - 12:03 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Does the owner have a car that he calls "The Shark"? "The <something> Shark"? "<Something> the Shark"? nothing like that

Is the owner himself known as "The Shark"? "The <something> Shark"? "<Something> the Shark"? nothing like that, either

Is the owner of the shark a pool shark? no :)
Did he belong to a club called "The Sharks"? no
Did he have anything to do with West Side Story? no

Do the varnishers yesish want to change the color of the shark, because it was already blues and greys, and they simply used different blues and greys? Yes. Keep the following in mind:

Was this hoax meant to work only as seen from a distance? Or even close up? Only in darkness/twilight or even in daylight/in a lighted room? it was supposed to work even after close inspection of some parts
Lewis Zeiters (Lzeiters)
Posted on Monday, June 13, 2005 - 12:22 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Barracuda relevant?
Torgeir Apeland (Abc)
Posted on Monday, June 13, 2005 - 6:59 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Relevant where the shark is usually situated?
Is it put on some form of public display?
Is it mounted on a car?
Is it usually indoors? Outdoors? On a vehicle? In a vehicle?
Is it used for advertising purposes?
Is the word "Shark" itself relevant here?
Would it work if the English word for "Shark" had been "Tofugryni"?
Martin Schwenk (Trickymartin)
Posted on Monday, June 13, 2005 - 7:14 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Barracuda relevant? no


Relevant where the shark is usually situated? slightly
Is it put on some form of public display? no
Is it mounted on a car? no
Is it usually indoors? this Outdoors? On a vehicle? In a vehicle?
Is it used for advertising purposes?no
Is the word "Shark" itself relevant here? no
Would it work if the English word for "Shark" had been "Tofugryni"? yes