1 March 2014

Holy fish

Talking about animals, and having read this about fish, I remembered last September's story about the holy Swedish salmon or Jesus fish, as it was baptized.
Holy Swedish Salmon
A fisherman in Gothenburg caught this salmon and started shouting out of religious joy. A certain Mr Ludwigson was summoned and verified the holiness of the fish: "I've been in this business for 30 years and have never seen anything like it." The salmon was initially scheduled for a holy supper. But then this was deemed a sacrilege. So a tour of it was planned. First in Malmö were it was put on display in the supermarket. Then in Gothenburg for public viewing at the Nordstan shopping center. I don't know what happened after that.

Swedes are supposed not to be too religious. But, especially in Uppsala, there are many fundametalist Christians, e.g., pentecostals, and mormons and what have you. Once in a while, they appear at the center of town and if you happen to pass by you feel like you're in a bible belt. They preach and shout and try to convert and proselytize and so on. Once in a while you also find some crazy religious acts too. The worst of those fundamentalist Christians are in par with their American peers. In fact, they are the same. This is religion imported to Sweden from the Bible belt.

What's next in the holy fish business? The Atlantic flounder is commonly known as Helgeflundra in Swedish (i.e., Holy Flounder). Despite its name, there is no known report of it appearing with a holy sign. Perhaps it'll come next. This is my prophesy.


  1. Ha! I hadn't read this when I made my latest post.

    Yikes! People are nuts.


    1. I said "holy fish", such as "holy carp" (although the posting was about "holy salmon"). I never said "holy crap". :-)

    2. It's all starting to sound like 'holy crap' to me. :)

  2. I don't know, this all sounds like a red herring to me -- after all, religion is all about God, not fish!

    BTW, is Heavy Metal fan is fanatic, is that a "fundaMETAList"?

    1. Hm... Never thought of that. Let's see what the bible says... (Which day were heavy metals created? Probably, towards the weekend...)

      How about a fundamentalist being interpreted as FUND-a-MENTAList?
      Or (think of nice suuuuhhthern accent...) FUN-amentalist?



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