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matcom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-02-05 07:08 AM
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"Bubba" (22 Pound Lobster) Could Be Older Than Warner Bros., Boy Scouts
Edited on Wed Mar-02-05 07:09 AM by matcom
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PITTSBURGH -- He could be older than Warner Bros. studio, General Motors, the Boy Scouts and the states of Arizona and New Mexico. He could have survived two world wars and Prohibition. He could have been dinner.

He's Bubba, a 22-pound leviathan of a lobster pulled from the waters off Nantucket, Mass., and shipped to a Pittsburgh fish market. The lobster has been kept in a tank near a fish counter in Wholey's Market since Thursday while owner Bob Wholey tried to figure out what to do with it.

"It is overwhelming," Wholey said. "If you see it, you will never forget it. Customers are just in awe."

On Tuesday, Wholey gave the lobster to the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium, which will send him to an aquarium at a Ripley's Believe It or Not museum.

Based on how long it typically takes a lobster to reach eating size -- about five to seven years to grow to a pound -- some estimate Bubba is 100 years old.

That would make the crustacean older than Warner Bros. (1907), the Boy Scouts (1910) and the states of Arizona and New Mexico (1912), not to mention the first commercial radio station (1920), television (1927) and computers (1943).

Bob Bayer, executive director of the University of Maine's Lobster Institute, is skeptical and estimates that Bubba is likely 50 years old, but doesn't know for sure. Warm water and plenty of food may have more to do with a lobster's size than how long it's been alive.

http://www.boston.com/news/odd/articles/2005/03/01/no_b... /
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Cooley Hurd Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-02-05 07:11 AM
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1. How do they know it's that old?
Is it sporting a handlebar moustache and mutton chops? :shrug:
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ClintonTyree Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-02-05 07:27 AM
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2. I have a pot that could accommodate "Bubba"................
if they really can't find a place for him. Granted, it a big damn pot, it takes up the entire range top, all four burners. But I'd make "Bubba" right at home there, gradually turning up the heat to make sure he stays warm. ;)

Yep, "Bubba" and I could get to be real good friends, for a while. :9
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montana_hazeleyes Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-02-05 07:27 AM
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3. I'm just happy they're not
going to eat him.
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bleedingheart Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-02-05 07:48 AM
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4. Wholey's is a really cool fish market...
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underpants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-02-05 07:50 AM
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5. Should be just right for eating about now
Pass the butter.

:evilgrin:

That is amazing.
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underpants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-02-05 08:30 AM
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6. Picture of Bubba


Bubba, left, a 23-pound lobster pulled from the waters off Nantucket, Mass., is in a tank beside your average 1.5 pound lobster at Wholey's fish market in Pittsburgh, Tuesday, March, 1, 2005. The big crustacean received a reprieve from being dinner and will be moving off to the Pittsburgh Zoo. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)
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Rabrrrrrr Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-02-05 08:34 AM
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7. Well, thank God they're keeping it from its natural habitat!
That would just be . . . crazy.

:silly: :silly: :silly: :silly: :silly:

How awful. NOw, I love lobster, and have no problem pullin' 'em apart to eat 'em, so this isn't some idiot PETA screed. But a giant like that - he could be a hell of a breeder. They should put him back in the ocean. Or if nothing else, he's old and honorable and just for that, deserves to go back to his home.

How would you like to have had the all the ocean as your terrain for 100 years, and then be put in a box with a bunch of idiot humans looking at you all day?
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bleedingheart Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-02-05 08:35 AM
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8. well if the food, salary and benefits are good...I wouldn't mind
:silly:
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Lady Freedom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-02-05 08:52 AM
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9. Look at this monster!!!
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Commie Pinko Dirtbag Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-02-05 09:36 AM
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13. Fish: "If I can just bite away that bikini I'll die happy." (nt)
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Lady Freedom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-02-05 09:38 AM
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14. heheh!!!
:evilgrin: you devil!!!
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sniffa Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-02-05 08:53 AM
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10. pinchy
remember him?
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ronnykmarshall Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-02-05 09:12 AM
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11. Cousin of Stampy?
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WindRavenX Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-02-05 09:19 AM
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12. One of my favorite episodes
NT
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