While watching the BBC news on TV this morning, we held the following conversation.
“I didn’t know that lobsters could live for 140 years.”
“Course they can’t. Where did you hear that?”
“On the BBC right now. The ticker tape thingy at the bottom said that one hundred and forty year old lobster was released from a restaurant in New York.”
“Can’t be true,” says husband. “What they mean is that 140 lobsters who were one year old were released.”
“How could 140 lobsters fit into a tank in a New York restaurant? Must have been some big tank, don’t you think? Besides, why would that make it into the news amidst Gaza conflict, earthquake in Costa Rica and quarrels over halted Gas supplies from Russia through the Ukraine?”
Further discussions along the lines of what I thought I had read and husband being adamant that I had got it wrong.
“OK then, let’s wait until the ticker tape comes around again and we’ll read it together this time.”
But you know how things are in life. Just as it was the turn of the lobster story again, some commercial break interrupted the news. So my husband got out of bed and looked up the BBC news site on the internet.
“Yep,” the husband confirmed. “Apparently, a restaurant in New York had this 140 year old lobster in its tank for two weeks and some animal rights activists petitioned to liberate it.”
“Good for them,” I beamed.
I never did like any animals to be in cages. I even hate the idea of circuses and zoos and don’t get me started on pet canaries in cages and dogs and cats in the confines of apartment buildings.
“So how did they know it was 140 years old?”
“They can tell by its weight.”
Husband tried to get back to reading his newspaper. Not for long though…
” Hmmm. Must be a guesstimation. Cause it can’t be like telling how old a tree is on account of the number of rings. Couldn’t this particular lobster be obese rather than old? I wonder why human beings shrink as they get very old then? And another thing, why do ticker tape announcements disappear just when you want to read them again?”