Not in the clamor of the crowded street, not in the shouts and plaudits of the throng, but in ourselves, are triumph and defeat.--Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

REDIRECT ALERT! (Scroll down past this mess if you're trying to read an archived post. Thanks. No, really, thanks.)

Due to my inability to control my temper and complacently accept continued silliness with not-quite-as-reliable-as-it-ought-to-be Blogger/Blogspot, your beloved Possumblog will now waddle across the Information Dirt Road and park its prehensile tail at http://possumblog.mu.nu.

This site will remain in place as a backup in case Munuvia gets hit by a bus or something, but I don't think they have as much trouble with this as some places do. ::cough::blogspot::cough:: So click here and adjust your links. I apologize for the inconvenience, but it's one of those things.

Wednesday, April 21, 2004

Other good things that come from space exploration...

From the crew at Snopes.com--Shrimp Ahoy!

Claim: Long John Silver's restaurants will be giving away free Giant Shrimp on 10 May 2004.

Status: True.

Origins: In one of the more unusual promotions in recent memory, the Long John Silver's restaurant chain announced on 16 January 2004 — just before NASA landed the second of two Mars Rovers on the red planet — that they would "give America free Giant Shrimp" if NASA found "conclusive evidence of an ocean on Mars." The stipulation was that NASA must make an official announcement of having found evidence of a Martian ocean by 29 February 2004, where an "ocean" was defined as "as a single body of water, the surface area of which equals or exceeds five million square kilometers." [...]

The entry notes that NASA's announcement was not quite the fulfillment of the mandate, but the good folks at Long John Silver decided to go ahead with the promotion anyway.

[...] On Monday, 10 May 2004, customers can stop by any participating Long John Silver's outlet between the hours of 2 P.M. and 5 P.M. to claim a free Giant Shrimp (one piece per customer). If that sounds like a rather shrimpy deal, consider that Long John Silver's batter-dipped Giant Shrimp are "huge, measuring nearly a half-foot long." [...]

That's not a shrimp, that's a dadgummed LOBSTER!

I don't know, maybe it's just me, but the thought of eating a shrimp that big kinda creeps me out.

Of course, the lure of FREE can overcome a lot of things...

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