lefthandedness for Charlie (refers to a thread called "Muggles")

Rowland, Jennifer A B jennifer.rowland at imperial.ac.uk
Mon Apr 25 05:42:29 EDT 2005


Minnow: 
> >>(fish don't have hands, which makes going through the Middle English
> >>Dictionary headword by headword a bit difficult)
Roger:
> >So one has to wait for the current to turn a page?
Minnow:
> Or hire a squid to undertake it for one, which is a slightly 
> risky thing for a small fish to do.

You need the Hawaiian bobtail squid, which a) feeds on shrimp, not fish; b)is only 4cm long itself; c) "has developed specialized proteins in its belly that reflect light given off by luminescent bacteria that live on the squid", so you could use it for a reading light; and d) is rather cute.
Jennifer

(Quote from Genome News Network, http://www.genomenewsnetwork.org/articles/2004/01/09/squid.php, which was reporting an article from Science. Actually the glow isn't very bright, just enough to cancel out the squid's shadow, but that just means that a bit of genetic engineering is needed.)

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