Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Weird Christmas-Eel Be Home for Christmas

It's been a while since I did a Weird News post but this cried out to be shared...then again, maybe it was the eels that were crying out.


TOKYO (Reuters) - Not even a blackout could put a damper on festivities at one Japanese aquarium where an electric eel is being used to light up its Christmas tree. Two aluminum panels inside the eel's tank work as electrodes to catch its power. Cables attached to the panels supply the lights on the nearby tree with electricity. (I'm thinking the outage was staged just so they could show off their eel powered tree.)


Inventor Kazuhiko Minawa said it took him more than a month to devise a system that would effectively harness eel power. "If we could gather all electric eels from all around the world, we would be able to light up an unimaginably giant Christmas tree," Minawa told Reuters Television. (Or at least light of the front of the Griswold's house in "Christmas Vacation." Sadly, or perhaps fortunately, there aren't enough eels in the world to power that house that coordinates its lights to music by the TransSiberian Orchestra.)


Eels are widely eaten in Japan, especially in the summer, when their vitamin-rich flesh is seen as a way to regain stamina sapped by the heat. The tree, which will stay illuminated until December 25, is proving a popular attraction, drawing tourists from all over the country. (On December 26 the tree will be taken down and the eels will feature in a special Boxing Day dinner. Now come on, how many of YOU can decorate your tree all month and then dine on the power source when the holiday is over? Maybe we could string the boughs with a nice calamari garland too! Stringing popcorn and cranberries is soooo passe and doesn't complement the eel at all.)


"I would love to have an eel like this at home. This is very nature-friendly," said visitor Harumi Yayoi. (Reporting by Reuters Television; editing by Miral Fahmy) (Somehow I am thinking the PETA folks may disagree. Perhaps we could use them to power next year's tree?)

12 comments:

furiousBall said...

Unagi (smoked eel) is my favorite sushi... there I said it. I love eel.

SignGurl said...

Where are the pictures?

S said...

Forget the tree. Lets harness those eels and light up some homes etc! Of course, imagine the giant tank of eels that everyone would have to keep in their backyard!

barman said...

I am bad. I have been hanging around the wrong crowd to long. I could not help but think of the "toys" that could be powered by that eel. Sorry.

Mona said...

Oh! for such an eel. That Eel could be My Christmas wish to Santa knowing the power outages we have to suffer here. I wish there was a Eel large enough to heat water in winters during such a power outage!!

lecram sinun said...

lol... yeah, I saw this report on the msnbc site the other day. Hmmm... there is a money making idea on being a power supplier. I wonder how much eels are going for these days... any lakes for sale?

Jeni said...

Talk about your strange, odd and curious - or just plain downright weird - that has to be it. But I loved your closing comments about certain others providing the power supply next year. You rock, girl!

tsduff said...

I suppose I have to say I would prefer to eat an eel (unagi is bbq'ed eel) than get electricity from it... go figure. What will those crazy humans do next?

Sarah said...

Vision of the Future:

eel farms instead of power plants.

the end

G-Man said...

You guy's....
Eel afficianado's!!
hahaha..(burp)

Seamus said...

I was fine until they decided to eat it!

TorAa said...

I have tasted eels in Norway, Denmark and Germany (west coast).

What can I say to comment in honour of Seafood?
I prefere White Fish and Oysters, before red fish (Saumon a.o).

OMG - it's late 2:31 am. ;))