Saturday, February 18, 2006

Oscar the Fish warns of Allah's wrath

Fortunately, Westerners aren't the only one's who spread emails with badly photoshopped photos.

As you see here, people are sending photos concerning Allah's wrath on a Danish road (taught that road a lesson).

This picture should remind people of other popular photoshop emails like "Sharking jumping up to bite helicopter rescuer" or "satellite picture of the great black out in the north east" -- among many, many others.

Let's not forget the non-photoshop photos either. These are the photos of people praying to a sweat stain that looks like Jesus or a cheeseburger with the image of Mary.

Add Oscar the fish to God/Allah's (they're the same entity) minions of message bearing objects:

Locals flocked to the village's pet shop, Water Aquatic, this week after it was noticed that the markings on the scales of the two-year-old albino Oscar fish mimicked the Arabic script for Allah.

That the other side of the fish appeared to be inscribed with the word Muhammad only served to compound the spectacle. Within hours, Oscar - originally from Singapore - found hordes of locals, paparazzi and national television news reporters peering into his tank.

Mohammed Riaz-Shahid, 38, the manager of the Oasis Fast Food restaurant across the road was quickly appointed interpreter and led the chorus of claims that this was a message from above.

"There's no doubt about it," he said. "The markings are clear to see. Allah on one side, Muhammad on the other."

"Christians, Jews - they all believe in God," he explained. "So God's showing a sign to everyone, a sign that he's here."

Peter Hurst, 17, concurred. "It's a sign of something - no doubt - probably God," he said. "It's amazing, especially for this time of year."

Perhaps the most flabbergasted visitor of all was a man from "a town nearby" who asked to remain anonymous. Last night, he claimed, he had dreamed about a whale with the words Muhammad and Allah inscribed on its head.

In similar news, I had a dream a couple of nights ago of dead flamingoes frozen in a lake. The next day (this is true), I saw an article in the paper talking about Flamingoes at an aviary in France. The article was about the bird flu worries in Europe.

I haven't alerted the authorities yet, but I'll make sure the media knows once the flu strikes.

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