Witty Fishy Tale

Updated October 3, 2022.
Do you enjoy fishy, educational and motivational:
Wordplay, puns, dad jokes, proverbs, quotes, riddles, music and words of wisdom?
Then welcome! Dive in to explore a deep well dwelling with mermaids and crayonfish.

Please skip the long intro, if it's your first time here.

You can come back up to the intro, if you get confused or want to learn more about my witty fishy tale, after trying out the actual experience. / Max Strandberg

Optional long introduction (or afterword) explaining about my witty fishy tale:

Each compiled part of my witty fishy tale connects to the next in a sequence, like a chain of events. Many of the parts are in one of their original formulations, or close enough. They, usually, originate from the public domain on the internet or general knowledge. I have also recombined some of the old classics, to create my own versions. It may be a tiny tweak or a complete overhaul, or the merger of different puns etc. It may help if you know the original versions, or if you are an aquarist and/or a biologist, to understand the punchline or twist in the tale. Many self-made jokes and a few self-made puns have also been added. The answers might often be the points to remember. However, an obvious ease and/or a struggle to understand the puns can also be the fun in itself.

There are many words, used as links, in my witty fishy tale.

Those links
google images, or open specific pages, mainly on:

I have also linked to a few other webpages on the internet, in my witty fishy tale. The reason, for some of the words being equipped with links, are primarily to simplify, for you, to make a quick examination of the words and/or learn information and/or multiple meanings.

If you are already confident in your skills and knowledge, or perhaps if you have already visited the recommended music videos before, then you can naturally skip these links, to get a faster flowing experience of my witty fishy tale. However, not everything is what is seems. There can be a few differences between sources and some links might be there to explain a connection in the tale. Usually, it is the word itself that is explained, but it can also be more of a joke, or a follow-up, or a setup.

Information on webpages can also change over time, with new research and/or updates. The definition of a word is not the same on all sources. Take the word witty as an example! Compare the following links on Web Archive. I do not link to the active pages in this case, just in case someone updates and makes changes on the active pages later, since that could possibly nullify my witty case example:

Web Archive - Dictionary - witty

Web Archive - Merriam-Webster - witty

Web Archive - The Free Dictionary - witty

Web Archive - Wikipedia - Witty Warning! Misleading definition.

Web Archive - Wiktionary - witty

It is obviously not the same definition on all of these sources. They might share some commonality, but my own perception is that especially the definition on Wikipedia is way out of line, in this particular witty case, with an extremely narrowminded definition, while all the others seem fairly reasonable. In other cases, it is often the other way around. Wikipedia often include pictures, that take over some of the role of explaining, instead of only using words. Wikipedia also often have alternate versions of their pages available in other languages, if you prefer that or need it for a translation. There can also be similar related words, like wit in this case. Usually, wit does not have the same meaning as witty, but it is still related, and sometimes interchangeable, depending on how it is used. It depends on in what form the word is used and also if it is slang or not. This further adds to the confusion.

Sometimes I may use a closely related link instead, if I have trouble finding a page with what I want to express, with my perception of a word, even if it is not an exact match. Perhaps in the future the pages I link to will be updated, or I might change some links later if I find better sources.

Your perception, of what a specific word means, can change drastically depending on your general knowledge. A single source is just a start. It is often good to do further research if you are unfamiliar with a word. In the rest of my witty fishy tale, I will not link to webpages stored on Web Archive, but to the actual webpages, or let you click on words, or part of words, to search. Hopefully the information on some of those pages will improve as time goes on and make my witty fishy tale better.

I have also included links to some of my favorite songs and aquatic channels on YouTube. These are not only for the wordplay. They are also there to help you trigger thoughts and emotions. It can be the people, attitude, actions, music tempo, lyrics, video footage, related events, movies, album covers and/or the artists involved etc.

Not everything is intended! You may find or imagine some connections that I may not know about, or maybe our life experiences differ. We might not react in the same way. Some lyrics can be interpreted in more than one way. I don't know everything. However, I have done a few compromises. For example, some clips in video footage, or a few lines in the lyrics, or a small part of the music etc. Everything may not be fully to my liking, but that is not the point. I can still enjoy a song or a video. If there are options on how to interpret a phrase in the lyrics and you like some ways, but not others, well, then try to concentrate on the ones you like. If there is no such option you can think of, and there is still some detail you don't like, then humor me and try to imagine what you would have changed if you were in charge of a remake. Then go with that in your mind. That should help you feel better about it? Perhaps there are also other versions available, maybe even instrumental or humming versions without lyrics, or with changed lyrics?

If it is still not good enough for you, just skip it, move on and choose another song! Individual songs do not fit every occasion or every mood! Choose songs that help you experience the emotions you want at the time. However, if you enjoy listening to lamentations, make sure to add some upbeat tunes as well, so you don't get stuck in the emotional mud.

I've made effort to be considerate, but not prudish. I've tried to avoid profanity and overly sensitive topics. I've also tried to avoid demotivational topics, unless a spin can be put on it, with a motivational or educational follow-up in some way. It can sometimes be good to put things in perspective, to reset or scramble your thinking. Maybe you are making a long pike out of a single scale? Maybe there is something, or someone, that you forgot about for a long time, (or something new, or someone new), that can help rekindle a motivational trend?

If there is still something that you find offensive in my witty fishy tale, I apologize. I want to improve my witty fishy tale. It is still under construction and refinement. If there is anything in particular that you feel I should remove, add, or change, then please send me an E-mail.

Quotes and proverbs can originate from larger texts and be affected by the original source or later usage, especially by celebrities, politicians and authors. The meaning can often change over time, especially when quotes and phrases are translated, shortened, lengthened, twisted or used in movies, TV series etc. Some become catchphrases, slogans and so on.

A phrase or a word might seem neutral, out of context, if it is the first time you hear it, but during an investigation some negative and/or positive twists can happen. When you hear such words or phrases, even out of context, there is a chance you still imagine the accent of the actors, singers or the context you remember them from. Many common words and phrases may sometimes be used as euphemisms for other words (or concepts) and may possibly be connected to different topics, perhaps regarding religion, politics, history, vulgarity etc. Should we use words and phrases that have potential duplicitous meanings?

Well, if you use them and don't want to be misunderstood, it helps if you provide sufficient context, but sometimes people only see and hear what they subconsciously or consciously "want" or expect to see and hear. It may be inevitable to be misunderstood if the other person's mind is not open to your view and interpretation. If someone always seems to interpret everything in a negative way, then I think they could benefit from actively trying to change their mindset and try consciously to be more open to positive thinking options. If something seems negative at first glance, do not forget to check if there is also some way to spin it in a funny or positive direction.

However, people may not know of less famous phrases, or phrases that originate from a genre that they usually have no special connection to. I don't think helpful quotes and proverbs should be neglected, just because of their origin or history, but it can unfortunately make them controversial. Something that can easily make a word or a phrase controversial is if something demotivational has happened or suddenly happens to whatever person, people, organization or other context you associate a specific word or a specific phrase with.

The people using motivational phrases are often the ones who realize that they themselves (and/or the people around them) struggle and are in need of more positive thinking. It might be an important aid, or one of several vital puzzle pieces, in an elaborate treatment/training process to improve (and/or maintain) mental/physical health (and/or performance).

  • Do not mistakenly confuse cause and effect.

  • Do not mistakenly confuse an illness to be caused by an ingredient in a medicine for treatment of the same illness.

  • Do not mistakenly confuse a problem to stem from a part of a multi part solution to dealing with the problem.

  • Do not mistakenly confuse a catastrophe to originate from one of several inhibiting measures against it.

  • Do not mistakenly confuse a layer of defense to be responsible for the accumulated damage recieved from many attacks.

  • Do not mistakenly confuse a bad ending to come about from a lone coping mechanism of an elaborate coping machine.

People struggle with motivation sometimes. Sometimes those sometimes are longer than others. I believe that some of the famous content I have chosen to put in my witty fishy tale may have helped many people to hold on for a bit longer, and sometimes it is enough to reverse and improve upon the situation during difficult times. However, the effect from a single phrase can get overwhelmed, especially if you constantly get flooded by demotivational phrases in our society. I believe it is a good idea to keep on learning more and more motivational phrases, as a defense and counter, but also as true inspiration. Hold on to whatever phrases that motivates you in the most positive way, make sure to nurture and share them!

We may have a local difference of opinion of what a specific proverb means. It is often influenced by people close to us. (Possibly a parent, sibling, relative, friend, teacher, boss, rival, enemy, coworker, classmates, a significant other or a local politician etc.) They can have a huge impact on our opinions about a phrase. If you like a person, chances are higher that you will like the phrases they like to say, and vice versa.

Perhaps someone twisted (distorted) a proverb into an anti-proverb and passed the knowledge of the twist on to you? Knowing a twisted version will also change your emotional response to the untwisted original. People may not be famous all over the world, but still make a huge local difference, since they are close to you.

There are many modified words and witty claims that are made up, for the fun of the pun, in my witty fishy tale. However, usually something can be learned from them, and/or you can use them to make your friends laugh and groan. Wordplay can help you remember. It is similar to a memory palace. Motivating proverbs can help you build character. Punny phrases may confuse and mislead, so activate your flexible mindset and alternative thinking!

If you want to create original puns (or other types of jokes) involving aquatic (or aquatic related) organisms, then you may want to start by getting inspiration from:

A selection of pun pages at Punpedia:

Fish Eel Shark Tuna Ocean Beach Dolphin Whale Otter Frog Turtle Crab Squid Animal

A selection of lists of aquatic (or aquatic related) organism at EN Wikipedia:

List of fish named after animals

List of fish common names

List of marine mammal species

List of amphibian genera

List of brackish aquarium fish species

List of freshwater aquarium fish species

List of marine aquarium fish species

List of marine aquarium invertebrate species

List of marine aquarium plant species (Also includes algae, for convenience.)

Have you read my witty fishy tale and visited some of the links in the tale yet?

If you have, feel free to send me an E-mail and let me know what you think.

If you have not experienced my witty fishy tale yet, what are you waiting for? Start now, and swim through a punny and motivational quest in the sea of fishy language skills!

Come on, no more hesitating, just dive right in!

The start of my witty fishy tale:

Once upon a time there was a witty fish...

What did the witty fish say when he was told an unbelievable tale?

You've cod to be kidding me, it's a Fantasea!

BTW, did you know that there are fishes that have adapted to live in soda lakes?

What did the witty fish say about the Amazon river dolphin?

It's dolphinitely in murky waters!

What did the witty fish say when he met the love of his life?

My roemantic sole mate! I finally flounder!

What did the witty fish say when he chose a ring for his gillfriend?

That's herring!

What did the hungry hairy frogfish say to the barber?

I want a mullet with a largehead hairtail!

Which fishes might be equipment tools for a common barber?


Clipper barbHair clipper

RazorfishRazor & Straight razor

Razorbelly minnowRazor & Straight razor

KnifefishKnifeStraight razor

Fishy scissortails → ScissorsHairstyling tool scissors & Grooming scissors and shears

Fish never need to take a bath since they live in water.

Instead of using soap, they rely on the assistance of an other animal.

(Reef Cleaning Stations | JONATHAN BIRD'S BLUE WORLD
Jonathan Bird explores cleaning stations on the reef, where animals get cleaned by other animals. Some examples are anemones and anemonefish (clownfish), wrasses, shrimp, manta rays, moray eels, goliath groupers, sea turtles and barracuda. Filmed in locations such as Malaysia, the Philippines, Yap, Australia's Great Barrier Reef and the Caribbean.
HD animal video on the verified BlueWorldTV Channel on YouTube.

Why doesn't the shaggy frogfish use even a gram of soapfish?

Because of grammistin.

Which fish is his own award?


What do you call a fish with fantastic finnage?


What do you call a fish in a tie?


What do we call two fish in a tie?


What do you call a betta with a long tail?

That's a long tale...

A betta toon is Betta Boop.

Betta one male than two in a tank.

Can you do a betta pun? Let minnow.

You betta, or you'll feel my wrasse!

You can do betta! I betta you can!

I betta gold barb on it! You betta believe it!

You betta scape up! Betta be a friend!

A Betta pun is a little fishy.

Which fishes are giants, but only among small fishes?

Giant betta

Giant danio

Giant pikehead

There's always a bigger fish.

(Jedi Master Qui-Gon Jinn, played by Liam Neeson.
In the movie: Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace (1999)

The trout is out there.

Where do fishes do yoga?

At the riverbend.

Anyfin is possible.

If fishes lived on land, where would they live?

In Finland.

Which fish herd it is nice on the prarie in the New World?

A buffalo fish.

Which fishes are bigger in a state they are?

Texas cichlidHerichthys cyanoguttatus

Green Texas cichlid (Pearlscale cichlid / Lowland cichlid — Herichthys carpintis)

Red Texas cichlid Pufferfish (Family Tetraodontidae)

Pufferfish (Order Tetraodontiformes)

Which fishes blend in in Vegas?

Neon tetra


Glowlight danio

Glowlight tetra


Card shark

Which slippery fish trains martial arts in East Asia?

A dojo loach.

The American Killifish Association is aka AKA.

Shakira sings: Waka Waka (This Time for Africa)

(Shakira - Waka Waka (This Time for Africa)
(The Official 2010 FIFA World Cup™ Song)
Music video on the Official Shakira Channel on YouTube.

What do you call a pair of elephantfish?

Swimming trunks.

Which cat encountered in Africa can be most shocking?

An electric catfish.

I am not eccentric. It's just that I am more alive than most people. I am an unpopular electric eel set in a pond of catfish.

(Edith Sitwell)

What's much weirder than seeing a cat fish?

Watching a goldfish bowl.

Where do you find goldfish?

At the end of the rainbowfish.

How do you shorten goldfish?


Why do some people invest in small goldfish?

They want to watch their investment grow and swim in net profits.

Which freshwater fish leaves a tip?

A silvertip tetra.

Which fish does a silvertip tetra leave?

A silver dollar.

A silverfish.

Silver moony.

Which was the single most expensive pet fish ever sold at an auction?

Perhaps you might think it could be a goldfish, platinum arowana, diamondfish, diamond tetra, diamond killifish etc.?

But no, it was a koi: S Legend from Sakai Fish Farm.
S Legend was sold for 203 million Japanese yen at an auction in 2018.
That was about 1.7-1.8 million US dollars, or about 1.5-1.6 million euro.
S Legend was a female ~ kohaku koi, nine years old and 101 cm at the time.

I can't tell if this koi is ready to spawn. She's being so coy!

What do you call something that smells like koi, but is not koi?

Au de koi.

A bird tried to grab a perch. It swam away.

What makes River Monsters so great?

A great plot.

A great film crew.

A great cast.

A great catch and release.

Which persons is the witty fish reely afraid of?

Rod and Anette.

When the witty fish plays basketball, why does he never dunk?

He is afraid of getting close to Anette.

Which fish plays baseball?

A batfish.

Which fish plays football?

A footballfish.

Which fish do you pine for if you love bacon?

A porcupinefish.

How do you know the blowfish has been working out?

He looks extremely puff.

Two boxfish are more than one blowfish.

Which goby and which boxfish might act cowardly in the ring?

Sir Render knight goby and yellow boxfish.

What does Jack Dempsey call an earthworm with a mean hook?

An online scam.

A curved punchline.

What do you get if you cross an owl and an oyster?

A hybrid animal that gives you pearls of wisdom.

What type of mind does Artie the autonomous robot moray have?

An Artie fish-eel intelligence.

Why are many fish so smart together?

Because they learn to gather in a school.

How do fishes learn of what is happening in the sea?

They listen to the current news in their school.

Which fish is the biggest tool?

The great hammerhead.

Which fish is a carpenter's favorite fish?

A sawfish.

Which fishes are an optician's favorite fishes?

Four-eyed fish

Foureye butterflyfish

Which fishes might be 00 in James Pond?






Which fish takes most of your bed and covers?

A hogfish or one of the hogfishes.

Which tetra is the hardest you can keep safely?

The diamond tetra. (Diamond is 10 on the Mohs scale.)

How many tentacles does a cuttlefish have?

They only have two long tentacles, according to modern science.

Modern science does not include the eight arms. However, historically and in common speech, the eight arms are often also called tentacles, as an umbrella term. If you add the eight arms to the two long tentacles, it adds up to a total of ten "tentacles".

How many tickles does it take to make a cuttlefish laugh?

Two to ten tickles.

How do fish laugh?

They giggle gillariusly.

How do you make a goldfish old?

Make it giggle!

Take away the g!

Do not release in the sea!

We Belong To The Sea

(Aqua - We Belong To The Sea
Warning! Skip this music video if you are easily offended by immodest behaviour.
Music video on the Official Aqua Channel on YouTube.

If you see a maid aid someone with a fishy tail, what aid is it?




First, to get to the sea.

No tail, no tail

(H2O Just Add Water - Funny Conversions
Clips from the Australian fantasy teen drama series: H2O: Just Add Water
Video on the verified H2O - just add water Channel on YouTube.

Each tail has over five thousand plastic scales on it.

(H2O: Just Add Water - Behind the scenes: Underwater scenes
Behind the scenes of the Australian fantasy teen drama series: H2O: Just Add Water
Video on the verified H2O - just add water Channel on YouTube.

The Mermaid Medley

(The Little Mermaid - MEDLEY (feat. Rachel Potter)
Warning! Several parts of this medley are relatively scary.
Cosplay music video on the Official VoicePlay Channel on YouTube.

Under the Sea

(The Little Mermaid - Under the Sea (from The Little Mermaid) (Official Video)
From the animated musical fantasy Disney movie: The Little Mermaid (1989)
Animated music video on the verified DisneyMusicVEVO Channel on YouTube.

What do you call a newt living happily under the sea?

A cartoon fantasy.

If you are newto amphibians, I want to inform you that:

Some newts and other amphibians may occasionally live close to the sea.
Some tolerate brackish water. Most newts live in, or close to, freshwater.
I doubt if any newts could truly enjoy living under the sea in actual seawater.
Perhaps some extinct species, or some unknown species yet to be discovered?

The guardian - How come there are no sea frogs or evolutionary equivalent?

Amphibians |

BTW, which amphibian is like me? Bear in mind that I axolotl questions.

Axolotl punAxolotl punsAxolotl punny

Axolotl funAxolotl fun factsAxolotl funny

Axolotl jokeAxolotl jokingAxolotl jokes

What can be flatback, loggerhead, green, hawksbill, Kemp's ridley, olive ridley or leatherback?

A sea turtleCryptodiraTestudines (Turtle) → Reptile

(The seven existing species of sea turtles, hybrids and extinct species not included.)

Good luck little leatherback.

(Saving Leatherback Turtles | Blue Planet II | BBC Earth
The leatherback sea turtle population is threatened.
Thankfully there are individuals devoted to protecting them.
Narrative by Sir David Attenborough.
Animal video added in 2021 on the verified BBC Earth Channel on YouTube.

What do leatherback sea turtles eat with peanut butter?

They eat jellyfish, but unfortunately they may also eat plastic trash.

To avoid a turtle disaster, don't litter!

...squishy, brainless, beautiful creatures.

(Jellyfish 101 | Nat Geo Wild
This National Geographic Wild video was added in 2018 on YouTube.
Animal video on the verified Nat Geo WILD Channel on YouTube.

What do sea monsters eat for lunch?

Fish and ships.

Which fishes eat nuts in the wild?

Squirrelfish (Fake fact)

Pacu (Real fact, but they also eat other foods.)

If you see an iguana foraging marine algae in the sea, what do you see?

U c a c iguana, aka Amblyrhynchus cristatus, aka marine iguana etc. eat.

(Unless it's a vision, picture, painting, photo, video, movie, hologram, statue, dream etc.)

Which food supplements might the witty fish take to stay healthy?

Vitamin SEA




Dunaliella salina

Fish oil

Garlic (BTW, can a gar lick on a bass?)

Why don't BTAs eat clowns?

Because they taste funny.

There's something fishy about It.

Clowns cuddle up with them, gradually, until they are accepted.

Clowns keep their fishy friends close, and their stingy anemones closer.

Clownfish are friends, not food.

Why did it take so long to find the mollusc?

Because it was well clamouflaged.

Leviathan open your eyes

(Volbeat - Leviathan [Official Animated Video]
Animated and directed by Steven Mertens, based on a painting by Karsten Sand.
Animated music video with lyrics on the Official Volbeat Channel on YouTube.

There's a lot of mystery that surrounds narwhals.

(Narwhals: The Unicorns of the Sea! | Nat Geo WILD
The "horn" is actually their left front tooth.
This National Geographic Wild video was added in 2018 on YouTube.
Additional research, discoveries and conclusions may have been made since then.
Animal video on the verified Nat Geo WILD Channel on YouTube.

You met the porpoise and me

(Heart - "Barracuda" (1977)
Song written by Roger Fisher, Nancy Wilson, Michael Derosier and Ann Wilson.
Music video on the Official thebandheart Channel on YouTube.

Do a dad joke and a pun on porpoise! Have you heard JAWS?

Daddy Shark, doo doo doo doo doo doo.

(Baby Shark Dance | #babyshark Most Viewed Video | Animal Songs | PINKFONG Songs for Children
Very catchy animated music video with lyrics and footage with body language dance moves.
On the verified Pinkfong Baby Shark - Kids' Songs & Stories Channel on YouTube.

What did the dentist say to the anxious shark?

Jaws relax.

Which fish is rich and famous?

A starfish.

Why does looking at starfish make you feel groggy?

You see sea stars.

Kizunguzungu ~ Dizziness

(SaRaha - Kizunguzungu (Official Audio)
Song written by Anderz Wrethov, Sara Larsson and Arash Labaf.
Performed by SaRaha (Sara Larsson) in a mix of English and Swahili.
Known from: Melodifestivalen 2016
Audio on the verified Warner Music Sweden Channel on YouTube.

Have you seen feather stars swim?

See feather stars and their ecology in this National Geographic video:

(Feather Stars and Their Animal Invaders | Nat Geo Wild
Animal video on the verified Nat Geo WILD Channel on YouTube.)

A symphony of stars

(Markus Schulz & Christina Novelli - Symphony of Stars | Official Audio
Song (album mix version) from the album We Are The Light by Markus Schulz.
Vocals performed by: Christina Novelli
Audio on the verified Markus Schulz Channel on YouTube.

Which fish enjoys looking at stars?

A stargazer.

Which fishes may be used to start a fire?

A sunfish and a magnifying glassfish.


Firewood catfish

Fire bar danio

Flame angelfish

Flame tetra

Why would an elegant firefish and a rock beauty ever pair up?

Lava flows in mysterious waves.

Do you know what lava is?

(Disney Music - Lava (Official Lyric Video from "Lava")
Music video on the verified DisneyMusicVEVO Channel on YouTube.)

Why do yellow tangs avoid smokin' hot lava?

They love aloha temperature in Hawaii.

Where can you find Dory?

On reruns of ellen and Paracanthurus.

What do Ich and the Eiffel Tower have in common?

They're Paris sites.

Fish with a medical degree?

A. Surgeonfish, aka doctorfish.

B. A sturgeon.

C. A fishycian.

D. Carp-iologist.

E. Red garra, aka doctor fish.

F. Tench, aka doctor fish.


Fishy M.D. spolier:

A surgeonfish, aka doctorfish.

Be a surgeon.

See a physician.

The cardiologist.

ER Ed Garra, aka doctor fish.

Fishy Tench, aka doctor fish.

In a hospital you might also encounter:

Lungfish, nurseryfish, X-ray fish, plastic sturgeons and narcosis angelfish.

On a few occasions there might be:

Bleeding-heart tetra (Hyphessobrycon erythrostigma)

Lesser bleeding heart tetra (Hyphessobrycon socolofi)

Flame-back bleeding heart tetra (Hyphessobrycon pyrrhonotus)

What big fishes in the sea can you also see in the ICU and the army?

A general sturgeon and a nurse shark.

However, the Sturgeon General and the vets might not agree.

I See You

(Leona Lewis - I See You (Theme from Avatar) [Official Video]
OST written by James Horner and Kuk Harrell. From the movie: Avatar (2009)
Music video on the verified Atlantic Records Channel on YouTube.

I know one thing... ...wherever we go... ...this family... our fortress.

(Avatar: The Way of Water | Official Teaser Trailer
Quote by Jake Sully, played by Sam Worthington, in the teaser trailer for the movie:
Avatar: The Way of Water, planned for a release on December 16, 2022.
Set more than a decade after the events of the first film.
Begins to tell the story of the Sully family. More info at:
Teaser trailer added May 9, 2022, on the Avatar Channel on YouTube.

If you find you're cast adrift and haven't got an oar (oar!)

Which ones can you count upon?

The Sea Ponies - they'll see you to shore.

If they don't come immediately when you signal SOS, then try finding some:

Oarfish, paddlefish or spadefish.

A seahorse is not a stable animal, or is it?

What about horsefish and ponyfish, how come they go by similar names?

Which fishes go by similar names as a yellow and black transformers car?

Bumblebee gobies

Bumblebee catfish

Many fishes go by the name goby.

How do goby shipments usually travel internationally?

They go by car and go by plane. Sometimes they go by buss or go by train.

Some invasive goby species go by riding in ballast tanks.

Which fishes can pilot a plane?

Pilot fish

Flying fish

Flying fox

Flying gurnard

In our civilisation more airplanes are underwater, than submarines in the sky.

Which fishes are most fragile to transport?

Asiatic glassfish

Indian glass barb

Glass catfish

Glass bloodfin tetra

Glass knifefish

Which fish is often thrown in pubs?

A dartfish.

Which fish is often thrown in prison?

A convict.

Which two fishes were sneeking peeks through the door?

A keyhole cichlid and a snook.

Which fishes are weedy animals?

Weedy seadragonWeed + Dragon

Dandy lionfishDandelion + Lion

Which fishes smell flowery?

Flowerhorn cichlidFlower

Daffodil cichlidDaffodil

Rose fishRose

Red emperorA cultivar of the tulip Tulipa fosteriana.

Dandy lionfishDandelion

Which fishes may you pine for if you love trees and math?

3 Pineapplefish

≈ 3 Pineapple + 3 Fish

≈ 3 Pine + 3 Apple + 3 Fish

Pine tree + Apple tree + Tree Fish

3 Pineconefish

≈ 3 Pinecone + 3 Fish

Pine tree + Tree Cone + Tree Fish

Three-spined stickleback

Tree - Pine Stickleback

Which fishes may cut grass?

Grass carp

Lawnmower blenny (Warning! Some photos may show an other species.)

A school of fishy scissortails and a few helping handfish.

Which fishes can learn to write fast?

Shorthandfish using a sea pen.



Which fishes sound like professional fencers?

Carpenter sharkCarpenterFence

Achilles tangAchillesSword

Knight gobyKnightSword



Guppy sword strainSword

Endler's livebearer sword strainSword



Which fishes sound as if they might be armed,
excluding fishes that sound like professional fencers?


Red-line torpedo barbTorpedo

PipefishPipe or pipes
— A pipe may be used as a weapon, or be part of a weapon.
— Pipes is slang for arm muscles.


Armoured catfishArmourArm


Man-of-war fishMan of war

Sergeant majorSergeant major


Grunt sculpinGrunt

Black lancerLancer

SpookfishSpook (Slang for someone involved in espionage.)

Fishy scissortails → Scissors

Razorbelly minnowRazor & Straight razor

RazorfishRazor & Straight razor







Pike cichlidPike

Pike topminnowPike



Sickle butterflyfishSickle



Which fishes sound very duplicitous and/or like tattletales?

Wolffish in sheepshead clothing.

Zebra lionfish / Zebra turkeyfish

Tigerstriped catfish / Zebra shovelnose / Royal tiger shovelnose

False Tigrinus / Zebra catfish / Juruense catfish / Gold Zebra Pim

RatfishRat (Slang for what an informant is and does.)

Fishy canaries → Canary (Slang for an informant that "sings" like a canary.) SpookfishSpook (Slang for someone involved in espionage.)


Weasel sharkWeasel

Which fishes are also other animals?

There are many! Here are some of them: List of fish named after animals

Fishy anemone riddle:

I am a genera of sea anemones.

I am a word with six letters.

My first three letters is an automobile.

My last three letters is a household animal.

My first four letters is a fish.

My whole can be found in many homes.

In tales I can fly.

What am I?


If you want the answer:

Hover over or click me and me.

A family of saddleback clownfish have found an excellent home, however, they need a place to lay their eggs.

(Amazing Clownfish Teamwork | Blue Planet II | BBC Earth
Narrative by Sir David Attenborough.
Animal video added in 2021 on the verified BBC Earth Channel on YouTube.

Almost Unreal

(Roxette - Almost Unreal (Official Video)
Almost Unreal is a song written by Per Gessle.
OST from the movie: Super Mario Bros. (1993)
Roxette music video with clownfish, Marie Fredriksson, Per Gessle and movie clips.
On the Official Roxette Channel on YouTube.

Where do fishes keep their money savings?

At the river bank.

They also put sand dollars in offshore accounts.

How much money does Gill Gates have?

About a gillion sand dollars.

How do fish go into business?

They start on a small scale and grow it into a bigger scale.

Who lends money to a fish?

A loan shark.

Who lends money to a shrimp?

The prawn shop.

Which crustacean draws better, the pistol shrimp or the crayonfish?

What do you call a lazy lobster?

A slobster.

If you hold a crab near your ear, you can hear the pinch.

This is extremely rare footage of a seldom-seen behavior!

(Incredible footage of hermit crab changing shells with anemones!
Some hermits share their shells with anemones. Jonathan Bird's Blue World shows a hermit changing shells and transfering anemones between the shells.
Animal video on the verified BlueWorldTV Channel on YouTube.

How do two hermits talk to each other?

With shell phones.

Which fish is made out of two sodium atoms?

A 2 Na.

What is there plenty of in the sea?

Water molecules. H2O

Why do marine fish live in salt water?

Because pepper makes them sneeze.

Why did the sergeant major leave the gym early?

Because it pulled a mussel finishing a muscle-up, not just a pull-up.

In your opinion, who is Megamind's minion?

David Cross, stand-up comedian.

Fishy comedic sidekick: Minion

Which two fishes do you need to make a shoe?

Sole and eel.

LFS riddle:

Two fathers and two sons went to an .
They bought thirty-six fishes.

On the way home one of the fathers said:
That is enough for all of us. We now have a dozen each.

How can this be possible?

  1. Perhaps he counted fry or pups, possibly released on the way home?
    (Mouthbrooders, livebearers, seahorses, freshwater stingrays etc.)

  2. Perhaps he was talking about something other than the fishes?

  3. Perhaps he was joking, rounded up or was bad with numbers?

  4. Perhaps he also counted fishes they had at home?

  5. Perhaps the LFS gave them extra fishes for free?

  6. Perhaps someone had sticky fingers?

  7. Perhaps two of the people shared an aquarium?

  8. Perhaps they visited more than one LFS on the same trip?

  9. Perhaps they also went fishing or got extra fishes from somewhere else?

  10. Perhaps one person did not belong to the group and was excluded?

  11. Perhaps they each bought 36 fishes, but some got eaten on the way home?

  12. Perhaps there was the father, his son, and his son's son.
    This equals 2 fathers and 2 sons for a total of 3 people.
    36/3 = 12

  13. Perhaps there is only a total of 2 people?
    The fathers both had fathers, so they were also the sons.
    30-6 = 24
    24/2 = 12

  14. How can a dozen fishes ever be enough? Seems fishy...

Never Enough

(The Greatest Showman Cast - Never Enough (Official Lyric Video)
Voiced by Loren Allred. Lipsynced by actress Rebecca Ferguson acting as Jenny Lind.
OST and clips from the movie The Greatest Showman (2017).
Lyric music video on the verified Atlantic Records Channel on YouTube.

Loren Allred shines bright with ‘Never Enough’ | Auditions | BGT 2022

Great emotional audition by Loren Allred on Britain's Got Talent 2022.
Video on the verified Britain's Got Talent Channel on YouTube.

How do reefers refer to their room dividing reef aquarium?

The Great Barrier Reef.

What did the bottom say to the front and a single side,
of a standard rectangular block aquarium?

Meet U both at our mutual corner!

Aquascapers at IAPLC often have a wet and green thumb.

Tanks 4 scaping! This is scaping up nicely! Tank U 4 scaping!

A tranquil aquarium in a waiting room can ease stress and anxiety.

Especially peaceful fishes help you relax with their indoor fins.

What is green and good to feed most fishes that like being peaceful?

Green peas

What do fish do in a crisis?

They sea-kelp.

I pay attention to fishes that act strangely.

They might let minnow if the concentration of nitrate or nitrite gets high.

Remember to keep those nitrates low!

(George Mavrakis — CoralFish12g
About the verified CoralFish12g Channel on YouTube.

...will help answer those pesky questions...

(Marc Levenson — Melev's Reef, Inc. / melevsreef
A reefkeeper, blogger and YouTuber that can help you make reefkeeping easier.
Marc has many clever solutions and tips to help you succeed in the reefkeeping hobby.
About the melevsreef Channel on YouTube.


This channel focuses on EVERY aspect of the aquarium hobby.

(The king of DIY / Joey Mullen / uarujoey / The DIY fishkeeper
About the verified The king of DIY Channel on YouTube.)

A conversation between aquarium hobbyists, unfiltered.

(Aquariums Unfiltered Podcast — Hosted by The king of DIY / Joey Mullen
About the Aquariums Unfiltered Podcast Channel on YouTube.)

I will show you a trick that works...

(Cory McElroy — Aquarium Co-Op
How to Properly Gravel Vacuum a Fish Tank (Detailed Version) #aquariumcoop

Aquarium maintenance tips from Cory McElroy at Aquarium Co-Op LLC.
Learn how to start a siphon and clean different types of tanks and substrates.
Instruction video on the verified Aquarium Co-Op Channel on YouTube.

The team at Aquarium Co-Op and their affiliates have shared many videos on YouTube. Many of those videos are full of practical advice and often presented with a bit of fun. In my opinion, many of the tips and experiences they share are very good and useful. The videos educate in a way that beginner aquarium keepers probably can understand. They also offer more advanced tips for longtime hobby aquarists and aquarium professionals. Any beginner aquarist watching the videos from this team could potentially soon (in theory) transform into an advanced aquarist.

YouTube Channels by Aquarium Co-Op:

About the verified Aquarium Co-Op Channel on YouTube

About the verified More Aquarium Co-Op Channel on YouTube

A few of the many YouTube Channels with close relation to Aquarium Co-Op:

About the verified Girl Talks Fish Channel on YouTube (Irene Bearly)

About the Cory McElroy Channel on YouTube (Cory McElroy)

About the Tazawa Tanks Channel on YouTube (Zenzo Tazawa)

About the Jimmy Gimbal Channel on YouTube (Jimmy Nguyen)

About the Corvus Oscen Channel on YouTube (Corvus Oscen)

About the Aquarist Podcast Channel on YouTube (Randy Reed)

There are more YouTube Channels that are also more or less related.
However, the links above should be plenty to get you started, right?

You cannot preserve something that you don’t know exists.

(Ivan Mikolji — Mikolji
River explorer, conservationist, filmmaker, underwater photographer and artist.
About the Mikolji Channel on YouTube.


If we don't use it we don't carry it!

(John Hudson and Lisa Hudson — KGTropicals
About the verified KGTropicals Channel on YouTube.

Blending Science & Fish Keeping

...dedicated to those who love fresh water fish and invertebrates.

(Jason Adams and Joanna (with sons Luke and Eli) — Prime Time Aquatics
A family oriented fishkeeping channel. Website:
About the Prime Time Aquatics Channel on YouTube.

Hello small scapers!

think small

(Joanna — The Small Scape
The Small Scape Channel by Joanna from the Prime Time Aquatics Channel.
About the The Small Scape Channel on YouTube.


(Balazs, Tommy, Viktor and more great people at Green Aqua
About the verified Green Aqua Channel on YouTube.)

Creating quality aquascapes that are simple for anyone to try.

(Marc Davis — MD Fish Tanks
About the verified MD Fish Tanks Channel on YouTube.)


...aquascaping journey, tips, tricks and suggestions for products to use!

(Mark-Jan Fioole — MJ Aquascaping / aquascapingamsterdam
Mark-Jan Fioole sees it as his mission to make the aquascaping hobby more popular, educate and help people succeed and overcome obstacles. Website:
About the MJ Aquascaping Channel on YouTube.

I teach things about Aquascaping and Nature Aquarium Concept.

(Jurijs Jutjajevs - About the Jurijs Jutjajevs Channel on YouTube.)

Please enjoy the world of planted aquarium and much more.

(Oliver Knott - About the Oliver Knott Channel on YouTube.)

Keep On ‘Scaping

(George Farmer - About the verified George Farmer Channel on YouTube.)

Living the Aquascape Lifestyle!


(Greg Wittstock, The Pond Guy
About Greg Wittstock, The Pond Guy Channel on YouTube.)


Stay fishy my friends!

(Bigrich Price, Josh and more great people at Ohio Fish Rescue
About Ohio Fish Rescue Channel on YouTube.)

Many small streams will become a large river.

River Flows in You

(Yiruma, (~ Lee Ru-ma) - River Flows in You
Piano music composed and performed by South Korean pianist Yiruma (Lee Ru-ma).
From the album: First Love
Music video on the Official YIRUMA place / ~ Lee Ru-ma official Channel on YouTube.

If I was a river
You would be my ocean

(Tina Arena - If I Was a River (Official Music Video)
Song written by Diane Warren. Starring: Tina Arena
Music video on the Official Tina Arena Channel on YouTube.

Sailors rudder sail than row boats across the ocean.

What does the witty fish call a miraculous liquid remedy for seasickness?
A fishy magic pocean.

A potion put them in the ocean

From the front label of the animated movie: Help! I'm A Fish, aka A Fish Tale.

This movie was released in: 2000 in Denmark, 2001 in the UK and 2006 in the US.
It is known for the OST title track: Help! I'm a Fish (Little Yellow Fish) by Little Trees.
Other versions of this bubblegum pop song has also been recorded by Creamy and K3.

With eyes of ocean blue
You saved my drowning heart
A rope admist the waves

(James Dymond & Stine Grove – Birds of a Feather (Chillout Cover)
Song by James Dymond and Stine Grove. Chillout cover starring: Stine Grove
Music video on the Stine Grove Channel on YouTube.

Baby Moana Meets the Ocean

(Baby Moana Meets the Ocean | Disney Princess
From the movie: Moana (2016), aka Vaiana or Oceania.
Video clip with music on the verified Disney Princess Channel on YouTube.

How does the ocean say good-morning and farewell?

It waves.

How do you know the sun will rise?

It will dawn on you.

I am the dawn

(Celtic Woman - The Sky And The Dawn And The Sun
Composer lyricists: David Downes and Brendan Graham.
Audio on the Official Celtic Woman Official Channel on YouTube.

Hidden Sun of Serenity

(Alex M.O.R.P.H. - Hidden Sun of Serenity (feat. Cheryl Barnes) (Extended)
Song composed by Alex M.O.R.P.H. (Alexander Mieling) and Dennis Schimonik.
Songwriters: Alex M.O.R.P.H., Dennis Schimonik, Timo Kollöchter and Cheryl Barnes.
Featured artist: Cheryl Barnes
Alex M.O.R.P.H. website:
Audio on the Official Alex M.O.R.P.H. Channel on YouTube.

Feel The Light

(Jennifer Lopez - Feel The Light (Official Video From The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack, Home)
Songwriters: Mikkel S. Eriksen, Tor Erik Hermansen, Kiesza Rae Ellestad and Emile Haynie.
Music video starring Jennifer Lopez, with an OST from the movie: Home (2015)
On the Official Jennifer Lopez Channel on YouTube.

Wow, that is such a beautiful cenote!

There is no natural light in the submerged caves deep underground.
Jonathan Bird and cave explorer Christine Loew go to Riviera Maya in Mexico.
They visit a sunless ecosystem, where the top predator is an elusive tiny blind cavefish.
Animal video on the verified BlueWorldTV Channel on YouTube.

It's a new day

(Bryan Adams - Here I Am
Songwriters: Bryan Adams, Hans Florian Zimmer and Gretchen Peters.
OST from the movie: Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron (2002)
Music video on the Official Bryan Adams Channel on YouTube.

I will still rise

(Katy Perry - Rise (Official)
Song written by Savan Kotecha, Katy Perry, Max Martin and Ali Payami.
Starring: Katy Perry
Anthem song for the Summer Olympics in Rio 2016.
Music video and lyrics on the Official Katy Perry Channel on YouTube.

You're the voice, try and understand it

(John Farnham - You're the Voice (Official Video)
Song written by Keith Reid, Chris Thompson, Maggie Ryder and Andy Qunta.
Starring: John Farnham
Music video and lyrics on the Official John Farnham Channel on YouTube.

I am the voice

(Celtic Woman - The Voice
Composer lyricist: Brendan Graham
Vocals performed by: Lisa Kelly
Audio on the Official Celtic Woman Official Channel on YouTube.

I will take these broken wings
And watch me burn across the sky

(Naomi Scott - Speechless (from Aladdin) (Official Video)
With Naomi_Scott as princess Jasmine. From the Disney remake movie: Aladdin (2019)
Maybe the quote metaphorically refers to rising back up from adversity like a phoenix?
Music video with lyrics subtitles on the verified DisneyMusicVEVO Channel on YouTube.

Which fishes may talk, cartoons not included?

Talking catfishTalking



Parrot cichlidParrot

Cockatoo dwarf cichlidCockatoo

Cockatoo waspfishCockatoo

Sea ravenRaven

Big Mouth Billy Bass
However, Billy might sing more than he talks.
Also related: Travis the Rainbow Trout and Cool Catfish.

What did the witty telemarketing fish say?

Cod I have a moment of your time?

Each one forges their own happiness.

Forge while the iron is hot.

I'm on Fire

(ALEPH - I'm on Fire (2018) - MIRKO HIRSCH MIX - ITALO DISCO - Retro Clip
Music & lyrics by Mirko Hirsch & Giancarlo Pasquini.
Song & video starring: Aleph
Music video on the Official Mirko Hirsch - Obsession Productions Channel on YouTube.

Under Fire

(Linda Jo Rizzo - Under Fire - unreleased Single Version (Exclusive) Eurodisco
Writer & composer: Mirko Hirsch
Producer: Andrew Bernhard
Starring: Linda Jo Rizzo
This is the unreleased single version of the song Under Fire.
The extended version of Under Fire was featured on Fly Me High (The Album).
Music on the Official Mirko Hirsch - Obsession Productions Channel on YouTube.

St. Elmo's Fire

(John Parr - St. Elmo's Fire (Man In Motion) (Official Music Video)
OST from the movie: St. Elmo's Fire (1985)
Music video on the verified RHINO Channel on YouTube.

Smoking can be hazardous, unless it's clothing.

Dress for the occasion.

Dress for fun.

Dress for work.

Dress for women.

Dress for men.

Dress for success.

Dressed up like a million dollar trooper

(Taco - Puttin' On The Ritz (ZDF Silvester-Tanzparty, 31.12.1983)
Song written by Irving Berlin. Starring: Taco
With optional subtitle lyrics on Taco Official Channel on YouTube.

Suit yourself.

Back In Black

(AC/DC - Back In Black (Official Video)
Song written by Brian Johnson, Angus Young and Malcolm Young. Starring: AC/DC
With chorus lyrics below the music video on AC/DC Official Channel on YouTube.

Which fish needs new clothes?

A ragfish.

Sharp Dressed Man

(ZZ Top - Sharp Dressed Man (Official Music Video)
Song written by Dusty Hill, Billy Gibbons and Frank Beard.
From the ZZ Top album: Eliminator
The Eliminator is the name of the red customized 1933 Ford coupe Hot Rod on the cover.
With lyrics below the music video on the verified RHINO Channel on YouTube.

c'mon join the joyride

(Roxette - Joyride (Official Video) [Remastered]
Song written by Per Gessle. Joyride (30th Anniversary Version)
Remastered Roxette music video with Marie Fredriksson and Per Gessle.
Including lyrics below the video on the Official Roxette Channel on YouTube.

The act of joyriding may refer to riding (or being carried, or travel on, or in) a vehicle, mount or something else, with no particular goal and just for the pleasure of it. The joyride may be in any way or form that the ones experiencing that specific joyride enjoy. (Some people may enjoy a slow steady ride, while others may prefer something more daring.) The driver etc. may perhaps be the owner etc. of the vehicle etc., but not necessarily. If not, then there may or may not be permission involved. However, I do not condone any illegal joyriding! Make sure to follow all laws and regulations in your country and be safe! However, there is also fantasy joyriding, like in this music video. Then you can just relax, let your spirit free, dream away and safely enjoy the joyride. You can make up any scenario you want in your imagination, without limiting yourself to reality in your fantasy.

Fly a fantasy...

(Limahl - Never Ending Story (Official Music Video)
Song written by Keith Forsey and Giorgio Moroder.
Starring Limahl (Christopher Hamill).
OST from the movie: The NeverEnding Story (1984)
Music video on the verified RHINO Channel on YouTube.

On a magic carpet ride

(Mena Massoud, Naomi Scott - A Whole New World (from Aladdin) (Official Video)
With Naomi Scott as princess Jasmine and Mena Massoud as Aladdin.
From the Disney remake movie: Aladdin (2019)
Music video with lyrics subtitles on the verified DisneyMusicVEVO Channel on YouTube.

What did the witty fish call his bright green motorpike?



(Roger Shah pres. Jukebox 80s - Firebird (Official Video)
Music video on the rogershah Channel on YouTube.)


(Gareth Emery - Long Way Home [Official Video]
Music video on the Official Gareth Emery Channel on YouTube.)

Cruising is not how fast you drive, but how you drive.

Auto racing is not how fast you drive, but how you drive fast.

Parkour is not just about how fast you run, but how you run.

Have you ever seen a salmon run?

Well, salmon had to say it.

What game does a game fish enjoy?

Salmon Says.

Running with the Wolves

(Running with the Wolves (WolfWalkers Version)
OST from the animated movie: Wolfwalkers (2020)
This is a re-recorded "WolfWalkers Version" of Aurora's single: Running with the Wolves
The WolfWalkers Version has medieval Irish instruments in the backgrund.
Song by Aurora, in collaboration with Bruno Coulais and folk group Kíla.
Audio on the Official AURORA Channel on YouTube.

Time flies like an arrow; Fruit flies like a banana.

Which fishes are cricket hitters?

Batfish (Fake fact)

Archerfish (Real fact)

Why are clouded archerfish so happy?

They spit on and eat whatever bugs them.

They like it fresh.

Every cloud has a silver lining.

Using their mouths and water, they have no expenses for bows and arrows.

In the wild no organisms significantly prey on them, except humans.

Which fishes sound like insects?

Bumblebee catfishBumblebee

Bumblebee gobyBumblebee



Eastern mosquitofishMosquito

Fish larvaeLarvae


Freshwater butterflyfishButterfly

Butterfly barbButterfly

Butterfly rayButterfly


Scientists have created a flea from scratch.

Hey, if it's on the Internet, it MUST be true!

If you repeat something enough times, it comes to feel good and true.

(Dr. Derek Muller — Veritasium — The Illusion of Truth
Psychology theory video on the verified Veritasium Channel on YouTube.)

Veritasium: An element of truth. Website:
About science, education and anything else Dr. Derek Muller finds interesting.
I find many of his videos on YouTube interesting. Here are a few of them:

The Science of Thinking For most of us, thinking is at least somewhat unpleasant.

This is why we can't have nice things ACTUAL CONSPIRACIES

Clickbait is Unreasonably Effective HERE'S THE PROOF

Why Are 96,000,000 Black Balls on This Reservoir?Can You Swim in Shade Balls?

The Biggest Myth In Education YOU ARE NOT A VISUAL LEARNER

Is Success Luck or Hard Work? THE SUCCESS PARADOX

A wizard was wandering the streets of London.

Sarcasm can have punintended consequences.

What's the difference between unemployment puns and carpentry puns?

Unemployment puns would not work, but carpentry puns woodwork.

So let's have a look at the difference between job and work in English.

(Difference Between JOB and WORK in English (+ TEST!)
Explanation and examples by British English Pronunciation teacher Greg Pioli.
Educational video on the English with Greg Channel on YouTube.

I have not failed. I've just found ten thousand ways that won't work.

(Thomas Alva Edison)

The shovel was a groundbreaking invention.

When you sing, you begin with Do-Re-Mi

(The Sound of Music | "Do-Re-Mi" Clip | Fox Family Entertainment
Song written by Oscar Greeley Clendenning Hammerstein II and Richard Rodger.
OST from The Sound of Music (1965), both a movie and a stage musical.
Music video starring Julie Andrews as Maria, with the children.
On the verified Fox Family Entertainment Channel on YouTube.

Can you sing? True or false?

You will find the answer
When you answer to the Call

(Celtic Woman - The Call (Official Video)
Song written by Downes David Anthony and Graham Brendan Joseph.
Music video by Celtic Woman performing The Call.
On the Official Celtic Woman Official Channel on YouTube.

I Will Love Again

(Lara Fabian - I Will Love Again
Song written by Mark Taylor and Paul Barry.
Music video on the Official Lara Fabian Channel on YouTube.

Whenever I feel blue, I start breathing again.

I'll find my way home

(Gareth Emery - Breathe feat. Annabel (Official Music Video)
Breathe, a single from Gareth Emery's upcoming album ANALOG.
Music video on the Official Gareth Emery Channel on YouTube.


(Shakira - Try Everything (Official Video)
OST from: Disney's Zootopia (2016)
The song was written by Sia and Stargate (Tor Hermansen and Mikkel Eriksen). Performed and starred by Shakira as Gazelle.
Music video with lyrics in the subtitles on the Official Shakira Channel on YouTube.

No rule without exceptions.

An exception only confirms the rule.

Nothing can be made foolproof, because fools can be so ingenious.

Anyone is welcome to challenge my theory, as long as I'm still right.

Even the best can make mitsackes, as I have now proven.

Failure is a great teacher.

Assiduus usus uni rei deditus et ingenium et artem saepe vincit.

~ Constant practice devoted to one subject often outdues both intelligence and skill.


Practice makes training.

Practice makes perfect sense.

Practice, practice, practice.

Instead of chasing perfection, focus on growth.

(7 Subtle Habits That Make You Mentally Strong
Psychology theory video on the verified TopThink Channel on YouTube.)

If I could reach, higher

(Gloria Estefan - Reach
Song written by Diane Warren and Gloria Estefan.
An official song of the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta.
Music video on the Official Gloria Estefan Channel on YouTube.

Hold on through it

(VOCAL TRANCE: Michael Angelo & Sharon Valerona - Echoes [Essentializm] + LYRICS
The link skips 31 seconds of intro, to the beginning of the singing.
Audio with lyrics below the player on the verified RazNitzanMusic Channel on YouTube.

Hold On

(Wilson Phillips - Hold On (Official Music Video)
Song written by Ian Thomas. Music video remastered in HD.
On the Official Wilson Phillips Channel on YouTube.

Carry On

(Olivia Holt - Carry On (from Disneynature "Bears")
Music video on the verified DisneyMusicVEVO Channel on YouTube.)

Sharing is caring.

Shared joy is double joy.

You give, you get. You take, you lose.

You miss 100% of the shots you don't take.

(Wayne Gretzky and his father Walter Gretzky.)

Take A Chance

(ABBA - Take A Chance On Me (Official Music Video)
Song written by Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus. Starring ABBA.
Agnetha Fältskog, Björn Ulvaeus, Benny Andersson and Anni-Frid Lyngstad.
Official ABBA music video remastered in HD. Lyrics in the subtitles.
On the Official ABBA Channel on YouTube.

Take a chance, come on and dance

(Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now) (Official HD Video)
Song written by Robert Clivillés and Freedom Williams.
C+C Music Factory (C&C) with Freedom Williams performing together with visualization (lipsyncing) by Zelma Davis to the powerful vocals of Martha Wash.
Chorus lyrics in the description below the video.
Music video on the Official C&C Music Factory Channel on YouTube.

Like the river will lead the water to the sea
Take on me, take your chances on me

(Roxette - Chances
Song written by Per Gessle.
Roxette music video with Marie Fredriksson and Per Gessle.
On the Official Roxette Channel on YouTube.

Rather hear a string that breaks, than to never draw the bow.

Rather hear a string that breaks, than to never play tennis.

Rather hear a string that breaks, than to never play bass.

Rather hear a string that breaks, than to never play the violin.

Master of Tides

(Lindsey Stirling - Master of Tides (Official Music Video)
Lindsey Stirling plays the violin in a pirate fantasy water fountain light show.
Steampunk cosplay and dancing. On the Official Lindsey Stirling Channel on YouTube.

Nothing ventured, nothing gained.

One day... or day one? You decide!

Everything is easy, unless you make it difficult.

Everything is easy when you know it.

Easy peasy. Easy does it.

Do what I say, 'cause I said it!

Do what I say, not what I do!

In spite of our disagreements, I am glad about one thing.

Everyone reading this is on the same page.

What has 4 letters, occasionally has 12 letters, always has 6 letters, formally has 8 letters, but never has 5 letters.

Did you notice the period?

Did you know that punctuating...

(15 Psychological Facts That Will Blow Your Mind
Psychology theory video on the verified BRAINY DOSE Channel on YouTube.)

How do you console an English teacher?

There, their, they're.

...let go of your negativity...

(7 Things You Must Let Go Of To Be Happy
Psychology theory video on the verified TopThink Channel on YouTube.)

If you can't take it anymore, sing: Let It Go

(FROZEN | Let It Go Sing-along | Official Disney UK
Sing-along with Idina Menzel in this full sequence from Disney's Frozen.
Music video with sing-along lyrics on the verified Disney UK Channel on YouTube.

If singing the english version of Let It Go was easy for you,
try the "Multi-Language" version:

(Let It Go - Behind The Mic Multi-Language Version (from "Frozen")
"Multi-Language" music video with lyrics in the comments.
On the verified DisneyMusicVEVO Channel on YouTube.

Which fishes prefer the cold and have white blood?

Icefishes (Real fact)

Milkfish (Fake fact)

Which fishes prefer warm desert springs in Nevada?

Springfish (Railroad Valley springfish and White River springfish.)

Which are a musician's favorite string fishes?



Banjo catfish

Which kitchen utensil can play classical music?

The Chopin board.

With pizza jokes, it's all in the delivery!

I never sausage a beautiful pizza.

Nothing tops a plain pizza.

Calzogne pizza spells nice.

I'm leaning towards pizza.

Give pizza chance.

You have a pizza my heart.

I fall to pizzas without you.

Pizza chefs work hard, they knead the dough.

When does a pun become a dad joke?

When it is full groan!

My nose is runny, it's snot funny!

Don't annoy pediatricians. They have little patients.

A man is never as big as when he is on his knees to help a child.


How should you treat a baby goat?

Like a kid.

We are all children in the beginning.

Kärt barn har många namn.

~ Beloved child has many names.

~ Dear child has many names.

If you want you can also add "A" before the translated idiom starts. The opening word, or words, in this swedish idiom and proverb can potentially be exchanged with other words or phrases. It may be done to more accurately fit, or to twist this idiom for the occasion. However, in Sweden this idiom is very often used without actually changing it, even if it doesn't exactly fit, it still has an implied meaning. It may be applied to other people, animals or things, it doesn't have to be a child. Sometimes it may be sarcastically implied with a distorted twist, if there is another obvious reason for having many names. However, usually (but not always) this idiom is used in a very affectionate and benevolent way, in relation to nicknames etc.

There are a few discussions and theories regarding this idiom and potentially related idioms in english at Stack Exchange.

This also relates to more Swedish figures of speech.

Which fishes have crappie names?

Crappies (White crappie and black crappie.)

What does the witty fish call a wizened female fish he doesn't like?

A hagfish.

What does the witty fish call a sofishticated female fish he likes?

My ladyfish!

Where does a ladyfish keep her spending money?

In an octopurse.

Which female fishes are royalty?

Protomelas taeniolatus
Red empress / Spindle hap

Seriphus politus
Queenfish / Queen croaker

(Among other names.)Queen

Holacanthus ciliaris
Queen angelfish

Balistes vetula
Queen triggerfish / Old wife

Devario regina
Queen danio / Fowler's danio

Botia dario
Queen loach / Bengal loach

Cyphotilapia frontosa
Lake Tanganyika queen cichlid / Front cichlid / Frontosa / Humphead cichlid

Scarus vetula
Queen parrotfish
(Among other names.)Queen

Scarus taeniopterus
Princess parrotfish

Neolamprologus brichardi
Princess of Burundi / Princess cichlid
(Among other names.)Princess

How does a queen parrotfish sleep?

In a mucus cocoon on the seabed or in a crevice.

How do pelagic fishes usually sleep?

In school or in a waterbed.

BTW, where did The Flintstones sleep?

In Bedrock.

How does a princess parrotfish sing?


Where does a school of princess parrotfish sing?

On the choral reef.

The best way to make a friend is to be one.

Who do you want to see in the mirror?

So to answer the question why do mirrors appear to flip things horizontally? Because you flip them horizontally. So the mirror is just showing you what you presented to it.

(Dianna Cowern — Physics Girl
Why do mirrors flip horizontally (but not vertically)?

Educational video on the verified Physics Girl Channel on YouTube.)

Physics Girl educates about science. Website:

BTW, I especially find the vortex phenomenon videos interesting.
People may have seen this phenomenon before, but few people understand it.
An education from Physics Girl, in these videos on YouTube, might help:

Crazy pool vortexFun with Vortex Rings in the Pool

Some say karma is a mirror.

You are free to call, or replace, the concept of karma with something else.
You are free to choose if you want to believe in it or not.
However, a few things you can ask yourself are:
Can your action, inaction, intent and level of effort result in different outcomes?
(Those outcomes may, or may not, directly relate to you.)
In what ways do the choices you make, or do not make, matter?
During what time frame and perspective? For what and for whom?
What do you want now and in the future? What do you consider to be important?
Are you content with your current heading and situation?
Do you want to make adjustments? What do you think of your available choices?
Have you considered changing goals or creating new pathways? What do you think?

Karma Karma Karma Karma Karma Chameleon

(Culture Club - Karma Chameleon (Official Music Video)
On the Official Culture Club Channel on YouTube.)

If you want to find an honest person, become one.

A good conscience is a comfy pillow to sleep on.

Keep your dreams alive

(2 Brothers on the 4th floor - Dreams (Will come alive)
Music video on the Official 2Bros4thfloor Channel on YouTube.)

Believe you can and you're halfway there.

(Theodore Roosevelt)

If you believe it then you can

(Katy Perry - Electric (Official Music Video)
Electric (Pokemon 25 Version)
Music video and lyrics on the Official Katy Perry Channel on YouTube.

Don't stop believin'
Hold on to that feeling

(Journey - Don't Stop Believin' (Official Audio)
Song written by Steve Perry, Jonathan Cain and Neal Schon.
Official Audio on the Official journey Channel on YouTube.

A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.

'Cause you know I'd walk a thousand miles

(Vanessa Carlton - A Thousand Miles (Official Music Video)
On the Official Vanessa Carlton Channel on YouTube.)

Before you criticize a person, walk a mile in that person's shoes.

That way you are a mile away and have that person's shoes too.

golden shoes

(Herreys - Diggi-Loo Diggi-Ley (LIVE) Eurovision Song Contest's Greatest Hits
Starring Herrey's on a celebration show, re-performing Diggi-Loo Diggi-Ley.
Music written by Torgny Söderberg, lyrics written by Britt Lindeborg.
Music video on the verified Eurovision Song Contest Channel on YouTube.

...if you get blisters on your heel...

(What that extra lace hole on your shoes is for
Instruction video on the verified Dan Becker Channel on YouTube.)

Walking On Sunshine

(Katrina & The Waves - Walking On Sunshine (Official Music Video)
Song written by Kimberley Rew. Starring: Katrina and the Waves
Music video on the verified KatrinaTheWavesVEVO Channel on YouTube.

Hard to keep your feet on the ground

(Lionel Richie - Dancing On The Ceiling
Song written by Lionel Richie, Michael Frenchik and Carlos Rios.
Remastered HD music video on the Official lionelrichie Channel on YouTube.


The song Footloose was written by Dean Pitchford and co-written by Kenny Loggins.

(Kenny Loggins - Footloose (Official Video)
OST from the movie: Footloose (1984)
BTW, smoking can be hazardous...
With chorus lyrics below the music video on the Official Kenny Loggins Channel on YouTube.

(Blake Shelton - Footloose (Official Music Video)
OST from the remake movie: Footloose (2011)
Music video on the Official Blake Shelton Channel on YouTube.

She says feel that jumpin' beat,
and to get up on your feet

(Electric Light Orchestra - Rock n' Roll Is King (Official Video)
Song released in 1983. Written by Jeff Lynne, co-founder of Electric Light Orchestra (ELO).
Music video on the Official ELO Channel on YouTube.

If you feel lost, create a clear goal in your mind, then work hard to realize it.

If your goal is far away, add smaller goals on the way and go step by step.

All ways are good, except the bad ones.

Shortcuts will take longer.

Better late than never.

All roads lead to Rome.

Rome wasn't built in a day.

A hero is no braver than an ordinary man,
but he is brave five minutes longer.

(Ralph Waldo Emerson)

I need a hero

(Bonnie Tyler - Holding Out For A Hero (Official HD Video)
Bandits (Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Music video on the Official Bonnie Tyler Channel on YouTube.

Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all.

(Dale Carnegie)

A photographer is like a cod, which produces a million eggs in order that one may reach maturity.

(George Bernard Shaw)

Which fishes affects a photographer's image?


Tripod fish

Which bittersweet memory is partly lingering, but shorter, and not sweet?

A bitterling memory.

Are you born with a photographic memory,
or is it something you have to develop bit by bit?

What kind of photos does a sea turtle take?


What do shellfish use to take shellfies?


Sometimes a picture says more than a thousand words.

To the complaint, 'There are no people in these photographs,'
I respond, There are always two people: the photographer and the viewer.

(Ansel Adams)

You don't take a photograph, you make it.

(Ansel Adams)

Life isn't about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.

(George Bernard Shaw)

Starting right now I'll be strong

(Rachel Platten - Fight Song (Official Video)
Music video on Rachel Platten Official Channel on YouTube.)

Eye Of The Tiger

(Survivor - Eye Of The Tiger (Official HD Video)
Song written by Jim Peterik and Frankie Sullivan.
With chorus lyrics below the music video on the Official Survivor Band Channel on YouTube.

I got the eye of the tiger, a fighter

(Katy Perry - Roar (Official)
Warning! Skip this music video if you are easily offended by immodest behaviour.
Song written by ~ Lukasz Gottwald, Max Martin, Cirkut, Bonnie McKee and Katy Perry.
Music video and lyrics on the Official Katy Perry Channel on YouTube.

Why did the tiger barb eye the last few pages in the book?

It's common for a tiger barb to become a fin nipper.

List Of Fin Nipper Fish - Fish Keeping Guide Fin Nipper Care

Which fishes got the eyes of a tiger?

Tigerfish: Terapontidae — Tigerperches / Grunters

Galeocerdo cuvier — Tiger shark

Carcharias taurus
Sand tiger shark / Blue-nurse sand tiger / Grey nurse shark / Spotted ragged-tooth shark

Enchelycore anatina — Tiger moray / Fangtooth moray / Bird-eye conger

Enchelycore pardalis — Tiger moray eel / Leopard moray eel / Dragon moray

Esox masquinongy × Esox lucius or Esox lucius × Esox masquinongy
Tiger muskellunge / Tiger muskie

Puntigrus tetrazona — Tiger barb (Including many breeding varieties.)

Syncrossus — Tiger loach (1 genus with 6 species.)

All Pseudoplatystoma — Tiger shovelnose catfish / TSN. (Including hybrids.)
However, especially: Brachyplatystoma juruense
False Tigrinus / Zebra catfish / Juruense catfish / Gold Zebra Pim

Brachyplatystoma tigrinum
Tigerstriped catfish / Zebra shovelnose / Royal tiger shovelnose

Batasio tigrinus (An Asian species of catfish. More info at: Seriously Fish)

Astronotus — "Tiger oscar" etc. (Among many other names.)
All three of the currently accepted species of Astronotus, and some hybrids of Astronotus, may sometimes be called tiger oscar in the trade. The naming situation is somewhat muddled and unclear. I'm guessing it may sometimes depend partially on the color variety and partially on the species, or subspecies etc. When the name tiger oscar is used it usually refers to some types and varieties of A. ocellatus, but not always. It mostly depends on the naming preferences of the people involved. It may also differ between different countries, companies, retailers, breeders, books, magazines, websites etc.

Astronotus are often thought of more like wet pets, than most other common aquarium fishes. They are very popular in the aquarium hobby and are often named individually by their owners. They are often compared to dogs since they have their individual ways and personalities. When Astronotus are kept in a school they can also act together similar to a pack of hungry dogs toward their owner. They can be greedy during feeding and grow fast, when they get lots of food and the water quality is maintained good enough. When they become adults they can form breeding pair bonds and become more aggressive.

They are often grouped together with monster fish and tankbusters, since they are often bought small, but soon grow bigger and are not suited to be kept for long in small tanks. They are known to jump, especially for food. Owners should make sure to keep that in mind and provide a good solution to prevent them from jumping out. Normal tank covers are sometimes not enough, especially when dealing with bigger individuals, since they are powerful and might break or lift normal covers. This can often happen even when it is not during normal feeding time. For example, if a bug crawls or flies by the aquarium. The Astronotus may repeatedly jump and try to eat the bug, even if the bug is on the other side of a transparent cover.
  • Astronotus ocellatus
    A. ocellatus goes by many different names, with or without "tiger" in the name:
    Oscar, oscar fish, red oscar, oscar cichlid, tiger oscar, tiger oscar cichlid, tiger oscar fish, velvet cichlid, marble cichlid etc.

    A. ocellatus is the most common Astronotus in the trade. There are many different wild forms and breeding variants. Hybrids of Astronotus are also often sold as A. ocellatus, even if they are not actually pure species.

    A few name examples, with both "oscar" and "tiger": Tiger oscar, black tiger oscar, red tiger oscar, short body tiger oscar, super red tiger oscar, lemon tiger oscar, albino tiger oscar, white tiger oscar, long fin tiger oscar, veil tail tiger oscar etc. For these names it is also optional to add the word "fish", or the word "cichlid", at the end, or the word "super" or "wild" or other words (such as the size, or stage of age, or breeding generation) wherever they fit. It is also possible to combine different combinatons of the fin varieties, or body shape varieties (short body etc.) with the other varieties.

    There are also many other common names of Astronotus that don't seem to contain the word "tiger". Sometimes they might be feral (very common in Florida) and/or hybrids or specific color varations (blue, green, copper, gold/golden etc.) that people want to separate from the others by name, possibly in an attempt to make a distinction clear to improve sales, or try to clear up confusion. Maybe sometimes it is so that customers might have an easier time when trying to find whatever type of Astronotus they are looking for on stocklists, or simply to try keeping them separated and organized somehow. There are other reasons aswell. However, I suggest you make up your own opinion on what they might be (and your own conclusions about why) by doing your own investigation by searching the internet and asking other aquarists etc. if you are passionate about Astronotus and want more details.

  • Astronotus crassipinnis
    A. crassipinnis is often confused with other species of Astronotus.
    A. crassipinnis is not as common in the trade as A. ocellatus.
    A. crassipinnis maximum size is slightly less than A. ocellatus.

  • Astronotus mikoljii
    A. mikoljii was officially described in 2022 and named after Ivan Mikolji.
    Aquarium Glaser GmbH - Astronotus mikoljii - Astronotus mikoljii | A new species of Oscar cichlid
Poecilia (hybrids sp.) — Tiger Endler or tiger guppies etc.

This list of fishy tigers is to be continued/expanded...

It's the final countdown

(Europe - The Final Countdown (Official Video)
Song by Swedish rock band Europe, written by lead singer Joey Tempest.
Music video on the Official europethebandtv Channel on YouTube.

This is The Deep End of my witty fishy tale, fin, well, almost...

Keep your motivation up, your wits about you,

and maybe you'll come back, to my tale, who can tell?

What is the moray of the story?


Save The Best For Last

(Vanessa Williams - Save The Best For Last (Official Video)
Warning! This music video contains gentle .
Song written by Jon Lind, Phil Galdston and Wendy Waldman. Starring: Vanessa Williams
Music video on the verified VanessaWilliamsVEVO Channel on YouTube.

She gives me bubble kisses, bubble kisses as she swims by in the water.
She never misses with her bubble kisses. And I'm so glad I got her.

(Vanessa Williams Presents Bubble Kisses
Short animated music video at with Vanessa Williams singing.
From the audio book for children with the same name as the music video.
About a young girl with a magical goldfish that can tranform her into a mermaid.
Written by Vanessa Williams and illustrated by Tara Nicole Whitaker.
The audio book includes the song Bubble Kisses on a CD and digital download.

amazon.comPUBLISHING - Vanessa WilliamsBarnes & Noble

BTW, what would the witty fish call Vanessa Williams, if she transformed into a fish?

Finessa Gilliams.

We make fun, of the English language. Because a little laughter, goes a long way!

John Nonny and Dan Shaba on a fishy punning spree.
At Ripley's Aquarium of Canada, in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
Punny aquarium video on the verified The Pun Guys Channel on YouTube.

Up, up
There's no way but up from here

(Shania Twain - Up! (Official Music Video) (Green Version)
Song written by Shania Twain and Robert John "Mutt" Lange.
Music video with the green (pop) version of the song.
With lyrics below the music video on the Official Shania Twain Channel on YouTube.

Up 2 Top
Up 2 Intro
Up 2 Start
Up 2 Finland
Up 2 Goldfish
Up 2 Cast
Up 2 Box
Up 2 Maid
Up 2 Leatherback
Up 2 Porpoise
Up 2 Starfish
Up 2 M.D.
Up 2 Fencers
Up 2 Duplicitous
Up 2 Shrimp
Up 2 LFS
Up 2 YouTubers
Up 2 Ocean
Up 2 Rise
Up 2 Voice
Up 2 Talk
Up 2 Clothing
Up 2 Joyride
Up 2 Run
Up 2 Breathing
Up 2 Easy
Up 2 Pizza
Up 2 Dreams
Up 2 Hero
Up 2 Tiger

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