#30: Who really needs S. McQuaid, anyhow…

The Question

Kurt and Glenn and Marc at work Says:
March 30th, 2005 at 2:44 pm

Why don’t fish get electrocuted when lightning strikes the water???

The Answer

(Please note that I have nothing to add to this answer. I am in awe of Becky and probably will be for quite some time.)


“Lightning doesn’t penetrate the surface of a deep body of water, so fish under the water are safe. The current spreads out on the top of the water, killing anything in it’s path. So if a fish were near the surface when lightning struck, it would die.

Also of interest, I recently read a short article that suggests fish who spend most of their lives in the upper fifth of the water column, can detect electrical storms before they occur. Thus, allowing them to dive to deeper waters, and avoiding certain death.”


The saga continues….

Kurt from Work Says:
June 1st, 2005 at 9:42 am


I too am a student of our aquatic friends. But apparently my degree in environmental sciences and having worked with Fish for over a year does not qualify me to answer this questions correctly, and sadly you dont either. Thanks for your concern but my co-workers are retards and only will take and answer from the one, the only Shaun McQuaid.

The problem Kurt, is not that you are unskilled or unable, but that you misapplied a word, bolded above. Also, you are missing a word (inserted in italics) and some punctuation (the word is also bolded). Finally, you imply that those who get their answers from me are retards.

Also I tend to side with females whenever possible.


mike d. has added the following:

“Being that becky used the word “ichthyologist” and Kurt used the phrase “worked with fish” I think perhaps Becky is indeed qualified enough to answer Glenn and Marc’s question. However, we will leave the decision of “how helpful is Becky’s contribution?” in the worthy hands of Shaun McQuaid.”

mike d.! You didn’t capitalize Becky’s name! For shame! In other news, as you can see above, Becky’s contribution is more than adequate.

One thought on “#30: Who really needs S. McQuaid, anyhow…

  • 8/14/2005 at 1:05 am

    Thanks Shaun! Although we’ve never met, I am in awe of you too.


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