On our walk today we saw a lady who sells little fish. Her shop is in a cave near the sidewalk.
The tall person said that seeing all those little fish packed tightly together reminded him of the saying, ‘shooting fish in a barrel’, which is an idiom describing an effortless or simple action that is guaranteed to succeed.
He said that the US TV show Mythbusters had tested and proved the accuracy of the idiom. If the fish does not die from the shot, it is quite likely to die from the shockwave.
Hmm, I think a Georgian Mythbusters team got here before us and performed their own test because I couldn’t see any of the fish moving.
Inspired by this important experiment I decided to share my own, additional, findings.
Memo to fish – ‘Safety in numbers’ is the hypothesis that, by being part of a large physical group or mass, an individual is proportionally less likely to be the victim of a mishap, accident, attack, or other bad event. Forget this – it does not apply to fish (especially those in a barrel).
P.S. I have no idea where to send this important memo.