Thursday, September 30, 2010

Interesting "article" from the Weekly World News

AUSTRALIA – Darryl Hannah continues her worldwide effort to Save the Mermaids.
Actress and environmentalist Daryl Hannah, whose plastic surgeon has been doing an excellent job for the 49-year-old, appearing at Oceanographic Convention in a remote area of northern Australia. The ‘Kill Bill’ star is Down Under to spread the word about her effort to save the mermaids, which she has repeatedly stated are “our earths’ greatest gift to man.”
In an opening speech that was open to the public in Queensland, Hannah said, “Mermaids are an endangered species.  If we do not stop the cruel behavior toward them, we may never see another one again.”
Several skeptical reporters pointed out to Hannah that mermaids were “mythical creatures that don’t exist.”  A disgusted Hanna brushed off their comments with, “Have you seen Santa Claus? The Easter Bunny? Right, well, if you haven’t seen them that doesn’t mean they don’t exist.  If a tree falls in the woods, you know?”  Hannah estimates that are over two thousand mermaids living in the world’s oceans.
Reporters kept questioning Hannah, urging her to show proof there are any mermaids in the world.  “That’s the exact problem. What is killing mermaids is the fact that people don’t believe in them?  If you believe in them then you will see them, if you don’t believe in them then they will become extinct, disappear.  I don’t want that!”
Hannah became sympathetic to the plight of the mermaid when played a mermaid in the movie Splash, staring Tom Hanks, in 1984.  “There were several mermaids, hired by the producers, who served as consultants on the film. I got very close to them and want to help them any way I can.”
Tom Hanks had this to say about the Save the Mermaids campaign.  “Darryl’s nuts.  There’s a reason she hasn’t done  many films lately.  She’s completely off her rocker.  There are not now, nor have there ever been any mermaids.”  When told what Hanks said, Hannah remarked, “Tom has a small penis.  I’m just saying…”
Daryl Hannah is going to Thailand to continue her Save the Mermaids tour.  Rumors that she is sleeping with Al Gore are completely false.  “Al Gore has helped me a lot.  He believes in mermaids. He’s a mermaid lover.”
Without Darryl and Al – the world would be in big trouble.
Darryl will be updating her ECO-VIDEO BLOG with her Save the Mermaid campaign soon. 

Just remember it's a very rare occurrence when the WWNews has the "real scoop" on anything! They are the people that brought us Bat Boy after all!

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Magic Fish

The Magic Fish and the Fisherman

Long ago on the shore of the deep blue ocean, there lived an old man and his wife. They lived in a broken down hut and the man fished for his living. They were very poor and often had little to eat. One day the old man cast his net in the ocean and pulled up nothing but seaweed. When he cast his net for the third time he landed just one fish. But this fish was not the ordinary kind, it was , however, a beautiful goldfish and it spoke to him in a human voice: Put me back in the ocean old fisherman and I will pay you a royal ransom and give you whatever you wish." The old man was astonished and scared having never heard a fish talk so he untangled him and gently said, "God bless you little goldfish, thank you but I don't need your ransom. Go back to your ocean home." And the Fishman threw him back in the ocean.
When the old man got home and told his wife the story she was outraged and scolded him. At least you could have asked for a wash tub to replace this one that has a hole in it. She scolded for so long that the old man decided to go back to the seashore and summon the goldfish. He called aloud over the ocean waves and the goldfish swam up to him and asked,"What is it old man, what do you want." The old man bowed and said, "forgive me, you majesty goldfish. My old woman has scolded me for not asked you for a wash tub to replace ours that is falling apart. The goldfish said ,"don't worry old man, go home and you shall have a new wash-tub, God be with you!"
When the old man returned home this time the old woman was even more angry. "Oh you simpleton, you ninny -- you asked for only a simple tub, go back to that goldfish and ask for a new house!" Again the old man went back to the seashore and called again. Again the goldfish came. "Forgive me, your majesty Goldfish. My old moan is angrier than ever. She asked now that you give her a new house to live in." The goldfish answered," Don't worry old man now go home to your new house and may God be with you."
So back home the old man went, only this time where his old hut stood there was a beautiful new cottage with a white fence around it. And there sat his old wife madder than every and she started to scold him again: "You simple man, you ninny. To ask for just a cottage. How utterly stupid.. Go and bow low to the goldfish and tell it that I'm tired of being a peasant and that I want to be a fine lady!"The old man trudged back to the seashore, where now the ocean was troubled and the waves were churning. He called out aloud for the goldfish and when it swam up to him he bowed low and said, "forgive me, your majesty Goldfish! My old woman is madder than ever; she gives me no peace. She says that she is tired of being a poor peasant and wants to be a fine lady. "The goldfish murmured in answer, "don't worry, old fisherman. Go home, and God be with you."
When the old fisherman returned, he saw a wondrous sight. There stood tall palace with marble stairs. His old woman was wearing a rich sable coat and a large head-dress, all embroidered with gold. She had pearls on her neck and golden rings on the fingers and her feet were shod in the softest read leather. Servants bowed before her. The old man approached his wife and said, "Greetings, you ladyship, greetings, fine lady. "But she angrily bade him to be quiet and sent him to work in the stables. The old woman became prouder with the passing of time. One morning she sent for her husband and said, "Bow low to the goldfish and tell it that I am tired of being a fine lady. I want to be made a Tsaritsa." Her husband begged her to stop asking for more and more saying, "Woman, you have surely gone mad! You can't even talk like a lady! you would be made fun of by all the kingdom. But the old woman got madder and madder and slapped him and shouted, " How dare you peasant argue with me, a fine lady. Go and do as I order!'"
The old man went down to the seashore, and now the ocean was swollen and angry. He called aloud for the goldfish and when it swam up to him he bowed low and said, "forgive me, Your majesty goldfish! Now my old woman has gone completely mad. She is tired of being a fine lady and wants to be made a Tsaristsa. The goldfish murmured in answer, "Do not worry, old man. Go home and your woman will be a Tsaritsa. God be with you."
The old fisherman hurried home and his eyes could not believe what he saw. There was a magnificent palace, and in the palace at a huge table sat his old woman, a Tsaritsa, attended by nobles who were pouring wines for her and filling her table with cakes and fancy food. The old man was amazed and bowed low to her, saying, "Oh might Tsaritsa! Now I hope that your soul is contented!" But the old lady told her chamberlains to drag him away from her presence and ordered him, under penalty of death, to keep his distance from her.
Time passed, and the old woman grew prouder than ever. One morning she sent her maid to fetch her old husband from the servant's quarters. When he came before her, she said, "Go bow low to the goldfish and tell it that I'm tired of being a Tsaritsa. I Wish to be mistress of all the seas and oceans, with my home in the blue ocean waters. I wish to have the goldfish for my servant to do for me everything that I command." The old man dared not contradict her, nor even to answer. He set out at once for the seashore very sad.
Now a storm was raging over the ocean. Its waters were black and angry, billowing and boiling with fury. He called out aloud for the goldfish and when it swam up to him, he bowed low and said, "Forgive me, Your majesty Goldfish! I do not know what to do with my cursed old woman! She is tired of being a Tsaritsa. She wants to be mistress of all the seas and oceans, with her home in the blue ocean waters. She wants you to be her servant, to do all that she commands." The goldfish then said "go home old man, you will find your wife has all she deserves. "
The old man shrugged and turned his steps to the palace. Behold, instead of the palace, he saw his old hut, and on the doorstep sat his old women, with a broken down wash-tub at her side.

Monday, September 27, 2010

Minnie the Mermaid

Sung by Larry Hooper on the Lawerence Welk Show! The song Minnie the Mermaid was first recorded in 1930 by the Bernie Cummings Orchestra. There are several versions out there if you enjoy the song (the Disney band Firehouse Five Plus Two has an instrumental version on their album Goes to Sea) and most of them can be downloaded on Amazon.

I believe the same Minnie is mentioned in the song Whale of a Tale from 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. If not, it is interesting that both song writers came up with the name Minnie for their mermaids. Was Minnie a very popular name then? Obviously Walt used it for Minnie Mouse.
And speaking of Minnie (the mermaid) Mouse....

Saturday, September 25, 2010

The Isle of Iona

In the medieval times it was common for the church to put a religious spin on anything it didn't like. Pagan holidays were made into Easter and Christmas. Women were looked down on and so Mary Magdalene got turned into a hooker and mermaids lost their souls.

Mermaids of course were commonly believed in, gifts were left near lakes, fishtailed gods were prayed to and so the church, in an effort to do its job (covert the heathens and save their souls *) adapted older mermaid tales to suit their purposes and began to spread the stories of mermaids longing for souls so that they could go to heaven.

One such story is of the mermaid of Iona.
There was a monk who lived on the Isle of Iona on the monastery founded by St Columba. Every day a mermaid would visit the shore to beg the monk to give her a soul. For months she visited him, begging for a soul, crying and wailing and yet the monk always gave her the same answer; she must give up the sea forever. The mermaid cried bitterly but neither her beauty nor her tears helped her and in the end the call of the sea proved stronger than her longing for a soul. She made one last appeal before she left but the monk remained adamant. Weeping the mermaid returned to the sea, never to be seen on the holy Isle of Iona again.
As she left, the tears she cried became pebbles. To this day the locals gather the greenish-grey pebbles (known as mermaid's tears) to make jewelry and trinkets.

Wordsworth wrote a sonnet about Iona which included the lines:

"How sad a welcome! to each voyager
Some ragged child holds up for sale, a store
Of wave-worn pebbles; pleading on the shore."

* I would just like to mention that I am not "against" the church, I am merely commenting on their behavior in the past. I am, in fact, a christian.

Thursday, September 23, 2010


"Mr. Showmanship, the Candelabra Kid, Guru of Glitter, Mr. Smiles, The King of Diamonds, and Mr. Box Office, Wladzui "Walter" Valentino Liberace was for many the epitome of camp, excess, and flamboyance."

If you doubt how flamboyant he was think of this...the man had 39 different pianos (including one concert grand covered entirely in glittering mirror squares) and a ridiculous amount of costumes. (As a kid, whenever I wanted to dress over the top my dad would be like "Tone it down Liberace.")

The reason I bring him up is the picture on the right.

In 1984 Liberace was to appear at World’s Fair in New Orleans and had Michael Travis design a special costume for him. The costume was called the "King Neptune" and is an orange/salmon colored, beaded and sequined costume of indeterminate cost. The attention to detail is overwhelming.
The "King Neptune" was the heaviest of his non-fur costumes at 200-pounds it was covered with a quarter of a million hand-sewn rhinestones, sequins, and beads, not to mention two thousand fresh water pearls.

It is currently housed at the Liberace museum in Las Vegas, so if you ever get the opportunity be sure to check it out!

Tuesday, September 21, 2010


Ondine is out on dvd today! Pick up a copy while you're out or order it from Amazon!
I still haven't seen it, but I'll hopefully get around to doing a review in the next week or so.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Mermaid Head

In the Monkees surrealist movie Head (1968), the theme is Porpoise song.  It was written by Gerry Goffin and Carole King.

The the song appears at the beginning and the end of the production, when the group's members jump from a bridge as a means to escape their lives. You then see them swimming with/being saved by mermaids!

You may also recognize the song from the 2001 movie Vanilla Sky.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Doris Day

Put 'em in a box, tie 'em in a ribbon and throw 'em in the deep blue sea!
Originally recorded in November 1947 (with George Siravo's orchestra), and released on Columbia 38188, and featured in her first film, "Romance On the High Seas"

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Disney's Little Mermaid inspired outfits

College fashion has a cute post about Ariel inspired outfits. (I totally have that purse!) Very cute! Check it out here!

There's also several other Disney inspired outfits like Snow White and Cinderella!

Friday, September 17, 2010

Sweet Seaweed Slaw

From Barbara Beery's Mermaid Cookbook, unfortunately it doesn't actually contain seaweed.

Makes 6-8 servings

Ingredient List
1/2 cup cider vinegar
2 tablespoons brown sugar
2 tablespoons poppy seeds
1/2 tablespoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
2 cups thinly sliced Granny Smith apples
1 cup thinly sliced pear
1 (12 ounce) package cabbage-and-carrot coleslaw

In a small bowl, combine the first five ingredients with a whisk. Set aside.

In a large bowl, combine apples, pears, and coleslaw; stir in dressing. Cover and chill for at least 1 hour before serving.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

At the Bottom of the Beautiful Briny Sea

This song is 'The Beautiful Briny' from the Disney movie Bedknobs and Broomsticks. It was written by Roger and Richard Sherman and was meant to be used in the movie Mary Poppins. There was no room however and the song was placed in Bedknobs and Broomsticks.
A great song from an underrated movie!

Interestingly enough, this song helped to inspire "Under the Sea" from the Little Mermaid!

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Mermaid Hannah Fraser interviewed on 20/20 ABC

Now this is my kind of news!!

I need to learn how to swim without holding my nose....very unmermaid-like.

Monday, September 13, 2010

My Bride is a Mermaid

Funimation has released a new anime series called My Bride is a Mermaid (Seto no Hanayome.) It premiered in Japan back in 2007 and lasted twenty-six episodes and two direct to video OVAs. It's currently available here (in its entirety) as two DVD sets.
The premise of the show is the boy, Nagasumi, is saved from drowning by a cute mermaid named Sun. Because he saw her as a mermaid he must marry her or she will die. And there to make sure he does the right thing is her crazy family. Even though this is a show about mermaids it comes off more as a mafia/yakuza show (her family reminds me of Lums family in Urusai Yatsura.)
Being a comedy there are of course lots of zany characters and slapstick comedy which might not be your thing but it's worth checking out. You can watch the entire series (except the OVAs) here on hulu.

Hopefully they'll import the manga which has yet to finish it's run (so far there are eighteen volumes.)

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Christian Louboutin

Christian Louboutin's Fall/Winter 2010 collection is now being campaigned with Khuong Nguyen art/photos. The line is called "Winter Tales"  and the pictures feature one of the new shoes in different magical  settings.

My favorite? The under sea shoe of course!
Which one do you like?

Friday, September 10, 2010

The Merman of Orford

Around 1197, Orford in Suffolk was not only a center for fishing but was developing into a thriving port where imports of wine and exports of wool would have been a daily event.
The tale of a wild merman comes to us from Raphael Holinshed's Chronicles, published in 1697. (I have edited the spelling and shortened the account just a bit.)

"In this first year of King Johns reign, at Orford in Suffolk, a fish was taken by fishers in their nets resembling in shap a whild or savage man whom the presented to Sir Bartholomew de Glanville who was in charge of the Castle of Orford. He was naked and everything about him was in the correct proportion of a man. His head was bald, his beard was long and rugged and his breast hairy. The knight had him kept under watch for many days and nights, not allowing him to return to the sea. He was fed all manner of food and ate everything including fish both cooked and raw. He would go to bed at the setting of the sun and rise again at the rising of the sun. He could not, or would not utter any speech. They had him hung up by his heels and horribly tormented and still he would not speak'
'One day they took him to the shore and allowed him to go into the sea. To be sure they would not escape they put three sets of nets in the water in order to catch him again when they were ready but he easily evaded them.  He was able to dive down under the nets and come up on the other side. He dove and splashed about repeatedly seeming to mock the observers on the shore. At length after playing a great deal in the water and just as it seemed there was no hope of his return, he came back of his own accord. He remained in the castle for two months after, but finally, when he was neglected, he secretly fled to the sea and was never seen nor heard of again."

Ralph Coggeshall, a monk at the Cisterian Abbey reports the story in his book the Chronicum Anglicanum with the exception that he places the capture of the man in the days of Henry the II and adds that the merman was taken to church but made no attempt at genuflection and did not bow his head but he did appear to understand that something holy and important was going on around him.

Feeling a bit better!

It's been a week so I thought an update would be appropriate. There's no word yet on what has been causing my hives, they seem to come and go at random (although if I get hot BAM!)
On Tuesday I have a test scheduled and hopefully that will get to the bottom of it. I had hoped I'd be able to post in the meantime but I've been completely whipped, thankfully today I had a bit of energy so we'll be getting back to the mermaids as long as I can think straight.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010


I've got some kinda crazy allergy going on, I won't get into specifics but I think I'm gonna be away from the blog for a few days (hopefully not longer.)  When I get better we'll have more mermaid sightings and some neat videos plus the usual mermaid related news and hopefully some neat fashions.

Keep swimming and keep your fingers crossed for me.


After two trips to the dr (no help there) and one to the emergency room (the adrenaline (epinephrine) shot helped for four whole hours till I was re exposed to the allergen) and one scheduled with the dermatologist tomorrow I've narrowed it down to five possibilities.

 1 It is a plant that the cats have gotten into outside and I am allergic to it. (not very likely but still)

2 I am allergic to our scent and dye free detergent (possible)

3 I am quite suddenly even more allergic to our cats than before (unlikely since I am around them constantly and I only get a stuffy nose from them)

4 I am allergic to the new fragrance in Febreze Allergy spray...the spray I use on my mattress and sheets and clothes to get rid of pollen, dust, and pet dander...the spray I used tonight after arriving home from the hospital with my rash 75% gone....and now after changing into pj's and cavorting with the cats and spritzing everything with that Febreze i am welting and rashing up all over again.... so the most likely thing is the Febreze. Of course it could be anything but until I know I have to spend the next 24-48 hours washing everything I own and wiping down anything cloth in order to eliminate the I can be sure.

and the dark horse contender is Bleach. 

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