Site Update: February wallpaper
Wednesday 5 February 2014, 5.48pm HKT
5.03pm local time, 19°C (66°F), sunny and cool
SEEING that this year is the Chinese Year of the Wood Horse, it seems appropriate to present a fishy background image to match the potential funny horsetrading that will go on this year.
“Hungry Koi” by Cindy Li at Flickr
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Koi (鯉, or more specifically nishikigoi 錦鯉, literally ‘brocaded carp’) are ornamental varieties of domesticated common carp (Cyprinus carpio) that are kept for decorative purposes in outdoor koi ponds or water gardens. (Source: Wikipedia)
Interestingly, a koi’s normal length is up to 10 inches (25 cm) in domestic settings (e.g. bathtub, toilet bowl, etc) but will grow to over a metre (3 feet) if dumped into a lake. Why anyone would want to do that, beats me.
By the way, koi is different from goldfish. Goldfish is Chinese, koi is Japanese. Since swimming creatures don’t need passports or visas, their nationalities don’t matter. Goldfish and koi aren’t food either, thankyouverymuch.
Interestingly too, goldfish can become pregnant on their own for no apparent reason. A pregnant goldfish is called a “twit.”
Mum used to have a twit (the goldfish, not me) that did just that.
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