The long con fish story

A fine-toothed comb is passed through that “five months stranded in a sailboat” story from the other day in a delightfully expert fashion here.

When I initially read the story in the news, it was the fantastical shark details that wafted up to my crinkling nose not unlike a stagnant rock pool, but nothing about the story they told made sense, really. The not-so-finely crafted fish tale struck me as the ramblings of two small children who’ve broken a lamp and quickly invent a fairly complete but nonsensical alternate universe in which impish goblins did it, not them. In this case, one presumes with the hope of selling the Fantastic Unbelievable Story of the Broken Lamp and the Goblins for six or seven figures.

“And then, and then, and then, a force eleventy-‘leven storm hit for three days and it didn’t even show up on the satellite because the goblins hid it and stuff!”

In sciencey terms, it’s like an inside-out water filter that you eat

Thank goodness activated charcoal drinks will now take over for our stumbling, bumbling, apparently massively failing kidneys and livers. For a while there, I thought we were all goners.

I wonder, though, will charcoal help prevent the pain and itch of orthorexia?

Recommended: Swindled: From Poison Sweets to Counterfeit Coffee by the author of the article in the second link.