Rudolph the Electric Christmas Eel

Using aluminum panels as electrodes, Japanese inventor Kazuhiko Minawa has powered a mall Christmas tree with an electric eel. Minawa told Reuters Televesion that “If we could gather all electric eels from all around the world, we would be able to light up an unimaginably giant Christmas tree.” Hmmmm…. let’s not do that.

The tree has proven to be quite the Christmas attraction. Eel is particularly popular during the summer, because it’s rich in vitamins, which the Japanese believe they lose through sweating in the summer heat. “I would love to have an eel like this at home. This is very nature-friendly,” said visitor Harumi Yayoi. Is it Harumi? Is it really?


  1. #1 synapse
    December 17, 2007

    Huh? Japan is in the Northern Hemisphere, so their seasons are the same time as yours.

  2. #2 Andrew
    December 17, 2007

    right… we were testing you… you win some sort of prize to be determined later.

  3. #3 Jenbug
    December 17, 2007

    Man, that poor eel. You’d think they’d give him a little cave to hide in, or at least a nice big rock to stare at.

  4. #4 Cameron
    December 18, 2007

    And that isn’t an eel, it’s a big knifefish.

  5. #6 Cameron
    December 18, 2007

    Yes it is, and the electric “eel” is a big knifefish.

  6. #7 Andrew
    December 18, 2007

    i see your point…

  7. #8 Cameron
    December 18, 2007

    Apparently people have had some other bright ideas on creative ways of using this species:


    “Incorporation of this species in fish-based house security systems has been suggested”

    Whaaaaaa? I want to see diagrams of how exactly this species is going to defender me against burglars. Oddly, the article it was in doesn’t appear to have been written by Japanese scientists either. Well, if it does a lousy job, I’m sure it will make a fine meal. I don’t know if it’s rich in vitamins or not, but I’m going to assume it’s an aphrodisiac.

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