|Across all the behavioral tests, fish exposed to the antidepressant were less bold. They stayed in one place, explored their environment less, and were more hesitant to approach other fish. Their behavior was also more erratic. A higher dose of the drug caused a more dramatic effect.|
Give a Fish an Antidepressant, and... I dunno. It sits at the bottom of your 10-gallon aquarium tank near the aerating ornamental treasure chest and stares at it's fin?
Let us continue...
|In an earlier study, Dzieweczynski drugged female fighting fish with fluoxetine and saw similar results. The effect was a bit stronger in male fish, she says—maybe because they have higher levels of serotonin or testosterone to begin with.|
Which reminds me of a story from my late teens, with a slight variation of this experiment. Instead of administering varying degrees of fluoxetine on Siamese fighting fish in a controlled environment, a 'friend' used a few pours from his tequilla into my Sea-Monkey aquarium.
Sea Monkeys are an extremely hardy brine shrimp said to be able to survive dehydrated stasis, water boarding and long term exposure to radiation from space travel, but a Tuesday night Lockhead Street party (my parent's bowling night) in the southend of Flint in the late 70's? They never had a chance.
Here is a google street view of my childhood abode, and scene of the aforementioned miniature crustacean atrocity. It looks a little different and is missing some shrubs and a tree or two, but it is the home of so many great memories.
I, too, committed small crustacean atrocities, but not with vodka or other mind-altering substances. Apparently, I'm a serial killer of not just plants, but also Sea Monkeys. I don't even need an antidepressant or Flint water.ReplyDelete
Ah yes, I remember it well growing up on the clean side of this block. Have you always spelled Lochhead incorrectly? Seems like I recall one street sign was spelled Lochhead, and the one at the other end of the block read Lockhead. I do happen to know that the official City records are Lochhead. Lochhead fu or Lockhead fu, I suppose it doesn't really matter when you are a Lochkhead fu.ReplyDelete
cube, don't get me started on the dreaded ant farm :) AND you made me laugh again! Stop doing that! jk... keep that sh*t up.ReplyDelete
dr h, Dell foo clean side? And yes, I do spell Lockhead Street the way God intended, with a hard "K". And it's Street, not Avenue, regardless of what the Flint democrat politicians and city directories now say.
I think all Michigan neighborhoods of a certain vintage look the same.ReplyDelete
I'm your neighbor.
Hi neighbor! Yes you are correct, but our cinder blocks were the best!ReplyDelete
Looks like a decent place to grow up.ReplyDelete
And you've come up with the answer. We just need to get an aerosol version Prozac and supply massive does of it to Washington DC, then anywhere vermin reside. Take a raise out of petty cash my friend !
Kid, yep! Pelosi, Reid, Schumer and bunch already resemble fish flopping on the sidewalk. They just need to take the Prozac in order to find out what's in the Prozac.ReplyDelete