Two guys honored their dead friends dying wish by using his ashes as fish bait and caught an enormous 180lb Carp in his memory insideedition.com/16141-f…
Koi carps bread outside of Japan live on average 15 years, while the average age of Japanese koi is 40 years and the oldest recorded lifespan is 226 years (the Koi named Hanako lived from 1751 to 1977). en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Han…
A feud between rival grammarians on methods to teach Latin to school children descended into bitter personal attacks (in Latin verse, no less), resulting in the Grammarian's War (1519-1521). One such translation: "With face so bold, and teeth so sharp, Of Viper's venome, why dost carp?" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gra…
Goldfish (the animal not the snack food) is a small member of the carp family, were first selectively bred in ancient China over 1,000 years ago, and come in a variety of colors. Various combinations of white, yellow, orange, red, brown, and black are known to exist. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gol…
The Magikarp-Gyarados evolution is inspired by the Chinese myth that a carp that swims up the Dragon Gate waterfall on the Yellow River is transformed into a dragon. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Asi…
Today I learned about Skarping, an extreme fishing sport where competitors waterski through Asian-carp-infested rivers armed with tridents, swords, and basketball hoops firstwefeast.com/eat/2015…
In some European countries they eat carp on Christmas, but the carp must swim in their household bathtub for at least a day before eating it npr.org/sections/thesalt/…
Two guys used their dead friends ashes as fishing bait and caught the worlds biggest Carp express.co.uk/news/uk/665…
During the Tang Dynasty, Chinese common folk were banned from farming and eating common carp because the Chinese word for common carp (ι―‰) sounded like the emperor's family name, Li (李). en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aqu…
Asian Carp - now one of the most problematic of invasive species - were introduced as an ecologically friendly way of controlling algae and invasive plant species fishbio.com/field-notes/t…
Magikarp evolves into gyarados because of a Chinese belief that if a carp swims up a waterfall it will turn into a dragon. bulbanews.bulbagarden.net…
There is a Japanese expression, 'manaita no ueno koi', meaning 'a carp laid on a chopping block'. It is used to describe a person who keeps their cool in the face of an imminent and definite danger, and derives from the carp's uniquely calm disposition when it is about to be cut up. english.stackexchange.com…
The world's oldest koi carp, who was named Hanako, lived to be 226 years old. theguardian.com/uk/2007/a…
When building a dam in Boone lake, the divers refused to make a second dive because of the giant carp they encountered at the bottom. hauntmastersclub.com/mons…
Today I learned of the "Daughterless Carp Project" which is a scientific project in Australia seeking to eradicate invasive carp by genetically modifying European carp to only have male offspring. The introduction of modified fish into the existing population will lead cause the species to eventually die out. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dau…
Scientists wear protective head gear when studying Asian Carp because they routinely jump out of the water, sometimes causing severe head injuries en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sil…
Today I learned about Asian jumping carp, fish that leap out of the water when frightened... and the sport of bowhunting them. Hilarity ensues. youtube.com/watch?v=nc-e8…
It is a Slovak tradition to bring home a carp and put it in the bathtub for a few days leading up to Christmas, "when it will be pulled out, thumped with a hammer on his immense boney head and then decapitated, skinned, gutted, sliced into steaks, soaked in milk, breaded, and fried" 52insk.com/2010/carp/
Australia plans to use a herpes virus to control pest populations of carp in Australian waterways csiro.au/en/Research/BF/A…
There was a famous 50 year old scaleless carp (fish) in Britain named Heather the Leather. Before her death in 2010, she weighed about 52 pounds, had been caught approximately 75 times, and was worth an estimated Β£30,000. en.m.wikipedia.org/w/inde…
It is illegal to hold live Koi Carp in Victoria, Australia. it is also illegal to return any live carp back into the water once caught nativefish.asn.au/exotics…
A fish, the Crucian Carp, has a liver that produces alcohol. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cru…
The most commercially farmed fishes in the world are carps. Every year, over 5 million tonnes of grass carp meat are harvested for food, along with millions of tonnes of other carp species. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
Numerous people have sustained serious injuries like broken bones and concussions from carp jumping into their boats en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Asi…
In the Czech Republic, it is a Christmas tradition to catch a live carp and keep it in the bath tub before killing and eating it on Christmas Eve. spiciefoodie.com/2011/12/…
Crucian Carp are able to survive under completely anoxic conditions for months, partly by way of metabolising lactate by-product of anaerobic metabolism into ethanol which can then be excreted by the gills, thus avoiding acidosis of the body duo.uio.no/bitstream/hand…
Goldfish don't exist in the wild and originally came from Chinese Carp 4information.com/trivia/g…
Alfonso Soriano originally began his career with the Hiroshima Carp of the NPB, but after interest from the Yankees he backed out of his contract to come to MLB. This was the straw that broke the camel's back and the posting system was created shortly thereafter. japantimes.co.jp/sports/2…
A shachihokoe is an animal in Japanese folklore with the head of a tiger and the body of a carp. It was believed that this animal could cause the rain to fall, and as such, temples and castles were often adorned with shachihoko roof ornaments in order to protect them from fire. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sha…
There no such thing as a true Electric Eel. It is actually a type of fish closer in relation to a carp or catfish. animals.nationalgeographi…
The crucian carp can survive for months without oxygen and without becoming dormant newscientist.com/article/…
Scientists are using a "Judas Fish" to help round up an kill invasive carp blog.epa.gov/bigbluethrea…
During the Tang dynasty (618–907 AD), aquaculture in China of the common carp was banned because the Chinese word for common carp sounded like the family name, Li (李), of the emperor

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aquaculture_in_China#Early_history

>Anything that sounded like the emperor's name could not be kept or killed. The ban had a productive outcome, because it resulted in the development of polyculture, growing multiple species in the same ponds.

Haha. I love China

>The Tang Dynasty (618 - 907), with its capital at Chang'an (present-day Xi'an), the most populous city in the world at the time, is regarded by historians as a high point in Chinese civilizationβ€”equal to or surpassing that of the earlier Han Dynastyβ€”as well as a golden age of cosmopolitan culture. The enormous Grand Canal of China, built during the previous Sui Dynasty, facilitated the rise of new urban settlements along its route as well as increased trade between mainland Chinese markets. The canal is to this day the longest in the world. In two censuses of the 7th and 8th centuries, the Tang records stated that the population (by number of registered households) was about 50 million people. However, even when the central government was breaking down and unable to compile an accurate census of the population in the 9th century, it is estimated that the population in that century had grown to the size of about 80 million people. With its large population base, the dynasty was able to raise professional and conscripted armies of hundreds of thousands of troops to contend with nomadic powers in dominating Inner Asia and the lucrative trade routes along the Silk Road. Besides political hegemony, the Tang also exerted a powerful cultural influence over neighboring states such as those in Korea and Japan.

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