NANFA-- reverse fish folklore

Christopher Scharpf (
Wed, 07 Nov 2001 12:52:35 -0400

Usually folklore bestows an extra-natural quality upon an object or
phenomenom. Here's an example of a bit local wisdom used to give a natural
event a more "natural" explanation.

In many streams of the central and southeastern U.S., Nocomis chubs
construct nest mounds that can be quite large -- over four feet in diameter
and over a foot in height. Occasionally the streams run dry, leaving the
mounds behind. At a loss how to explain the Blair Witch-like appearance of
piles of rocks, and presumably unaware of the chub's unique spawning
behavior, some local landowners and anglers attribute the mounds as the work
of children.

When you try telling them that a _minnow_ was responsible, they laugh and
say, "Yeah, and I got a hog that can fly!"

Chris Scharpf

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