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Today on UpAlong - Happy Wednesday!
 
  Extinction threat for world's most miserable animal - the blobfish
No wonder he looks like the world's most miserable fish... this unattractive creature, the inedible blobfish, is in danger of being wiped out.

These sad-looking creatures, which grow up to lengths of 12 inches, live at depths of 900m.

They spend most of their time gently floating around waiting for food to pass in front of them, which sounds like quite a nice life to us!

Because they live so far from the sea surface they're not often seen by humans.

However, increasing levels of deep-sea fishing in Australia and Tasmania for crab and lobster mean that the sulky sea-dwellers are being dragged up with other catches in increasing numbers.

These gelatinous masses may not be much to look at, but the world would be a less interesting place without them, probably, so let's hope the Australians don't kill them off.

 

  Polar Bear Shot in NFLD - Mystery Meat Potluck to be Served at the Legion
A fine, noble, and tasty NFLD animal

A polar bear that wandered into town had to be shot by police. RCMP said that they watched the animal drift into the harbour on the ice yesterday around 5:00 pm. They thought the bear would have continued on north, but it came into the housing area, crossed the road and went up by a garage and lay down.

The decision to shoot the bear was made by wildlife for safety reasons.

An unrelated announcement was made latter in the day that there will be a Mystery Meat Potluck and Time at the Legion this Friday night.

 

  Seal Pup Visits Southside Road
Taken not far from where you can buy seal flipper pie from a truck.

From VOCM News:
Sightseers to the Southside Road got a close encounter of the fuzzy kind yesterday. A baby seal decided to crawl up and enjoy the view of the harbour, and people stopped their cars to take photos of the little guy. He stuck around for awhile and posed for pictures and seemed to enjoy the attention before he decided to retreat back to the water.

 

  Devastating: New Mary Browns “Skinwich” doesn’t actually exist
Heart-ache.

For those who longed to sink their teeth into five layers of crispy chicken skin, Canadian cheese and bacon, Mary Browns spokesman, John Bayman, has some bad news. Tonight he confirmed that the "Mary Skinwich" was “just the result of someone having a little fun online”.

“While there is nothing like the taste of the Mary Browns recipe,” Bayman wrote, “the best way to enjoy it is on a piece of Mary Browns chicken.”

 

  Card Game Rules - 120's

Nothing says Newfoundland fun like a good, old-fashioned game of 120’s.


Visit the 120s page for the complete listing.

A Bit of History and Background
It’s a game that spans generations, one that untold numbers of Newfoundlanders have learned at the kitchen table with only a well-worn deck of cards and the patient instruction of a parent or grandparent.

It’s something to do for a laugh — throw in a few dollars, build up a little kitty.

The 120s version of choice there is partners, three sets of two. There’s so many different ways of playing the game: there’s call-for-your-partner, partners — you can even play on your own.

The game involves a dash of skill, a pinch of luck — and a healthy dollop of social interaction. There is a bit of skill involved,- even if you’re lucky enough to get the cards, you’ve still got to know how to play.

The card game many Newfoundlanders know as 120s has many different monikers: among them are Auction and Growl. There is also an abbreviated version of the game called 45s, usually just played by two or three people.

It’s also undeniably a part of the rich fabric of Newfoundland and Labrador life. Many a dining room table is scarred by wedding rings slammed down in the joy or frustration of playing a particularly passionate card.

The game’s roots are thought to trace back to Ireland and Scotland in the mid-16th century, when it was called Maw, then Spoil Five. It is believed to have made its way from there to Newfoundland and parts of Nova Scotia.

This card game evolved in rules and name as it travelled from Scotland and Ireland to Newfoundland and Nova Scotia and ultimatel ....

 

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