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Little fish can overcome the greatest of odds with the right friends. Слава Україні. Political Cartoon

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u/sanchez2673 4d ago

Love the Australian lobster with the boomerang shell

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u/OnyaSonja United Kingdom 4d ago edited 3d ago

It's a yabby's claw

Yabby Facts

Edit: to those asking if these are the same as a water dwelling clawed critter in your country, they are not technically the same, they are all crayfish from the Astacidae clade but there are distinctive differences. Australian yabbies are from the Cherax genus, and don't have front pleopads

Educate yourselves

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u/SowetoNecklace France 4d ago

So I just learned that this species' binomial name is Cherax destructor.

(Which incidentally sounds like a D&D neutral evil outsider's name.)

Still, there is absolutely no information on Wikipedia as to why they're named that, and at this point I'm kind of afraid I'll discover an ominous end-of-the-world secret about yabbies if I keep digging.

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u/Schemen123 4d ago

Good eye for detail!

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u/noisypeach 4d ago

And the Guy Fawkes crab

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u/EvilPretzely 4d ago

I love that Latvia, Lithuania, and Estonia are leading the pack. Some of the smallest fish with everything riding on seeing Ukraine victorious. Unafraid to step in when even the biggest fish are hesitant and slightly late to the party

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u/bunyip94 4d ago

Thats a yabby mate carn

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u/xapollox_2953 5d ago

can't wait for more political debates on how countries are not this exact type of fish but should be the other

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u/Frickelmeister 5d ago

The cartoonist should have made the crab a country as well in order to erm... promote discussion.

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u/farfetchedfrank 4d ago

I thought the crab was supposed to be V from V for Vendetta to represent the Anonymous hacker group.

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u/00010011Solo 4d ago

That's because you're absolutely correct.

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u/raspberryharbour 4d ago

Fun fact: Hugo Weaving was so dedicated to playing the role of V he had himself turned into a crab. He still remains a crab to this day

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u/TrotskiKazotski Australia 4d ago

and he did a damn good job of it

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u/Matataty Mazovia (Poland) 4d ago

crab

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u/arvigeus Bulgaria 5d ago edited 4d ago

There is a EU fish, but also fishes for some EU members. This means some countries are represented twice, while some are not. I object this unfair depiction!

Edit: s

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u/Destinum Sweden 4d ago

I object to your objection, because the EU is a squid which isn't a fish at all!

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u/BluePandaCafe94-6 United States of America 4d ago

"I object!"

"On what grounds?"

"It's devastating to my case!"

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u/BriefCollar4 Europe 4d ago

Objection! Hearsay!

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u/PlasticGirl 4d ago

YOU WOULD

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u/Fineus 4d ago

Overactor!

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u/googlyeyes183 4d ago

They’re onto me..

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u/m_0_rt 4d ago

Filibuster!

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u/BriefCollar4 Europe 4d ago

Objection! Heresy!

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u/0r1g1g4lUs3rn4m3 4d ago

Well, I'll say...

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u/noodles_the_strong 4d ago

Hours Heresy!

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u/420ipblood 4d ago

"I object"

Overruled

"Good call"

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u/Obnoobillate Greece/Hellas 4d ago

You know, I specialize in Bird AND Fish Law, and I concur

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u/Overbaron 4d ago

Which makes sense, if the countries are fish then non-countries are something else, like that Anonymous crab.

It also proves Australia is not a real country as it’s a lobster in this picture.

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u/-Vikthor- Czechia 4d ago

Of course, Australia is a continent.

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u/donald_314 Europe 4d ago

It's a continent bordering Switzerland, Germany, Czech Republic, Italy, Slovakia, Lichtenstein, Slovenia and Hungary.

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u/Candyvanmanstan Norway 4d ago

My mom loves the indigenous aubergines from Austria.

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u/Jerkalerka 4d ago

Australia doesnt border with switzerland, i think you meant sweden. Switzerland is where they make Ikea.

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u/dobiks Latvia 4d ago

Maybe it's actual Australian lobsters dunking on Russia as well

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u/LynuSBell 4d ago

I concord!

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u/Krusell94 4d ago

And it seems to be dead

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u/Sv443_ Germany 4d ago

Wanna kiss under the EU squid? 👉👈

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u/arvigeus Bulgaria 4d ago

Not since prison...

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u/bukzbukzbukz 4d ago

I like how baltic states together are bigger than the EU squid

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u/jmcs European Union 4d ago

Which is fair in this case because the EU has given military aid to Ukraine from the European Budget but individual countries also contributed.

(I find it ironic the European Union can buy weapons for 3rd party countries but not for itself, but that's another topic)

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u/azaghal1988 4d ago

It makes sense though, since there is help by the EU (as an organization) financed by money from the EU-funds and aditionally most memberstates (only most because hungary exists and has a shitty government) give assistance by themselves.

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u/toastycraps 4d ago

Becuase EU as a whole has donated and members of EU has donated as a country

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u/Malawi_no Norway 4d ago

I'm just sad that the Norway-fish was away for the picture.

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u/kroopster Finland 4d ago

We are behind the massive Sweden-fish, as usual.

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u/ingeniouspleb Sweden 4d ago

I got you my brothers and sisters

https://imgur.com/a/4aZnI3b

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u/Drahy Zealand 4d ago

The Swedish fish might deny enjoying it but will reluctantly accept its god-given fate to be centre of attention.

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u/HolyGarbage Göteborg (Sweden) 4d ago

Wish we were slightly less at the centre of attention lately with the whole Erdogan cluster fuck.

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u/bullshitmobile Lithuania 4d ago

I'm sad that the Scandinavian countries are not a giant squid representing the Kalmar union

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u/SignificantIntern438 4d ago

The ... Kalamari Union?

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u/SnowOnVenus Norway 4d ago

I guess it wasn't able to get out of the fish farm.

(what's the English word for 'merde'? Just net?)

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u/MarketingFilms 5d ago

Canada should be a goose. They are our true military strength

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u/MrGumburcules 4d ago

“If you've got a problem with Canada gooses, you got a problem with me, and I suggest you let that one marinate"

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u/Cheeze187 4d ago

Those are not allowed to be sent overseas under current ITAR agreement.

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u/9035768555 4d ago

Geese bond something fierce. They can die from depression if they lose a mate. They're real ride or die homeys.

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u/Waarisdafeestje 4d ago

political debates on how countries are not this exact type of fish but should be the other

Or on the respective sizes of the fish

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u/IncidentalIncidence 🇺🇸 in 🇩🇪 4d ago

Or the positions of the fish

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u/postvolta 4d ago

For real though Russia's not a shark it's a fucking pufferfish

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u/Gloryboy811 The Netherlands 4d ago

Netherlands should be deep fried Kabeljauw

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u/Chicken_Burp Australia 4d ago

This. How dare they represent Australia as a prawn. We’re at least an mudcrab!

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u/abrasiveteapot 4d ago

Seems appropriate given Hoges' ad made that a national symbol

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u/loco88 4d ago

That’s a yabbie though, right?

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u/shaolinoli 4d ago

Throw the mud crab on the barbie doesn’t have quite the same ring to it

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u/Lor360st 4d ago

Where is Croatia crab this is outrage

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u/anothergaijin 4d ago

Australia being a shrimp is perfect, but Japan should have been a tuna.

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u/Thx4Coming2MyTedTalk 4d ago

I think the United States should be a Killer Whale!

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u/YoruNiKakeru 5d ago

The Baltic fishes are so cute!

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u/rbajter Sweden 4d ago

A school of Baltic Herring.

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u/SpaceShipRat 4d ago

Anonymous as a pinchy crab is adorable.

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u/InquisitorCOC 4d ago

If Russia is a shark, then the USA is an Orca

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u/Grdosjek 4d ago

Orcas are fucking scary once you know enough about em....scary as shit.

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u/Loki11910 4d ago

a fiercely intelligent hunter perfected by nature over time into a true apex predator.

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u/ChellyTheKid 4d ago

There are no reported human deaths from wild orcas. My hypothesis is they are just so damn scary they leave no witnesses. Something that captive orcas can't get away with.

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u/Izrathagud Germany 4d ago

They are picky eaters. They kill sharks just to eat their liver since it has a very high nutritinal value. Maybe humans are just to skinny for them. Wasted stomach activity.

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u/SnuggleMuffin42 4d ago

It's nothing about nutrition, these animals are just intelligent and pass on knowledge. Any animal that can do that across generations figures out humans are nothing but fucking trouble within 3-4 generations max.

They don't have to know how, just that if you fuck with one more will come and they'll be armed and will gut you and your entire family alive.

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u/shade990 4d ago

I would think too much bones and little flesh. Makes sense, since they are used to eating thicc seals.

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u/Loki11910 4d ago Narwhal Salute

Orcas teach their young that humans are not on their food list they have a generational memory, which is another proof just how sophisticated these animals are. We shouldn't keep them in captivity, in my opinion it's beyond cruel.

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u/yes_oui_si_ja 4d ago

You probably know then that this "learning" has created some problems.

East Coast orcas and West Coast orcas eat different things although being the same species.

And if the population of their favourite food declines (like tuna on the west coast), they don't want to switch to something else even though it's plentiful (like seals).

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u/skywalkerze Romania 4d ago

Eerily human.

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u/PonchoHung 4d ago

What do you mean? Humans are historically pretty good with adapting to new food sources.

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u/Grdosjek 4d ago

I absolutely agree. They should not be kept in captivity.

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u/WernerBernal 4d ago

Agree, but at the same time we shouldn't release the ones we already have in captivity, i don't want Orcas to be mad at us

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u/Grdosjek 4d ago

All i know is that i would not like to be in the water myself or in a small raft with them wanting to harm me for some reason....

Those people that are working and swimming with em in pools....morons.....a) they should not be in captivity b) they should not be in captivity....

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u/Extansion01 4d ago

Which again proofs their intelligence. It's not worth it to hunt humans on a species level.

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u/LionLucy United Kingdom 4d ago

Great analogy. Look cute, hero of Hollywood movies, kind of familiar-looking, (they're actually dolphins), but scarier than you were expecting if you get on the wrong side of them.

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u/Muck113 4d ago

US could probably fight with every fish in that picture at the same time and fight an entire independent war in the Pacific.

This is actually what the worse case scenario is for the US and they have been preparing for it. Europe gets taken over and a war breaks out in with China.

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u/Peterrior55 4d ago

The China fish in top left corner: 👁️👄👁️

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u/Eoxua 4d ago

China: I totally won't take Vladivostok if when you guys collapse. Promise...

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u/panisch420 4d ago

my own little theory is that the only reason china "supports" russia in all this is cause they count on the end result being a weaker russia. and ofc they want to abuse that.

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u/LID919 Earth 4d ago

Support for Russia provides at least two benefits:

  • It keeps Russia in their pocket, and keeps the stream of Russian resources flowing into China at favorable rates.

  • If Russia succeeded, it would demonstrate that the international community either doesn't care, or doesn't have the strength to stop larger nations from invading smaller ones. That would create the blueprint China needs to invade Taiwan.

Having a weaker neighbor, as you say, is a possible benefit as well.

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u/matthew-bit 4d ago

Who is the anonymous crab?

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u/ShameGuardian 4d ago

Pretty sure it's a reference to the hacker activist group Anonymous, who have performed several cyberattacks against russian media because of the war in Ukraine.

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u/XenonBG 🇳🇱 🇷🇸 4d ago

They are also targeting the Serbian government lately. It's very enjoyable.

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u/th3_3nd_15_n347 🇲🇰Macedonia🇲🇰 4d ago

you can't hack balkan systems . they are too outdated will not support the command sent by hacker

or they will crash

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u/euphoriamine Sweden 4d ago

This is why Balkans have stronkest cyber security😎💪

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u/MatijaReddit_CG Montenegro 4d ago edited 4d ago

Most of our secret archives are probably written on paper so they can't hack us

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u/randomname560 Galicia (Spain) 4d ago

THAT IS GENIUS

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u/Arenalife 4d ago

Once they update to XP we've got em

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u/milutin_miki Serbia 4d ago

I don't think that's really them, just someone pretending. Because AFAIK, everything that they've "leaked" from the Serbian government was public information, accessible through the official websites. And it's nothing important, just some invoices.

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u/PirateNervous Germany 4d ago

I dont think there is a "them". Its different hackers every time with no central organisation.

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u/TheConnASSeur 4d ago

People really struggle with groups like Anonymous that have no real leadership or even discernable structure. Antifa has similar issues.

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u/wiener4hir3 4d ago

Anyone is an anonymous member if they say they are, that's more or less always been their whole shtick.

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u/Drakenfar 4d ago

Lol that's the best part. There never was a "them" and never will be. It's whoever does this stuff. They get to be "them" and that's the whole point. Even in the prime days of producing WikiLeaks the amount of organization was shoddy at best. But it works because no part of "them" could be caught and used to catch the rest. Just an army of ants spread over a field. Hand picking each one would be impossible.

As for efficacy, there's never any way to know how effective any breach has been because now days getting the information to the right people isn't just leaking it publicly or sending it to the media, you can drop it right in the government's lap after infiltrating and obtaining info.

If you think thousands of people with access to enough servers to perform successful DDoS attacks aren't getting something done, please see the recent event where one little cat just released the "No Fly" list by finding it just sitting in a freely accessible FTP server. No hacking required, basically just a nerdier version of Googling.

What we DO know is that sites in Russia have been compromised and flooded with information about what Russia is really doing and breaking the propaganda narrative and I believe if that's all "they" do, that's good enough.

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u/AnonCaptain0022 Greece 4d ago

It could also refer to Russian activists who are against the war

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u/rovhog 4d ago

If you zoom in you can see that it's the Guy Fawkes mask from V for vendetta that Anonymous use.

Some of them are probably russians.

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u/WojciechM3 4d ago

Polish Krab howitzers? ;)

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u/ItchyPlant Europe 5d ago

This shark is way too healthy. In accurate comparison, the shark should have a broken fin, half of its teeth missing and half blind.

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u/WideEyedWand3rer Just above sea level 4d ago edited 4d ago

It sold its own fins to get a quick buck.

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u/opuFIN Finnjävel 4d ago

This is a ridiculously accurate analogy to the Z idiots who sold the diesel from their tanks at the very start of things

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u/topforce Latvia 4d ago

They where told that it was training exercise, and selling fuel during such exercises is probably long held tradition.

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u/opuFIN Finnjävel 4d ago

I know, doesn't it speak marvelously of them?

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u/Darth_Annoying 4d ago

Shark fins are worth a lot in China

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u/MobiusF117 North Brabant (Netherlands) 4d ago

It's like a pirate with a peg leg, a hook hand and half his face missing.

Looks bad ass at first, but when you have to fight him you realise he's still a cripple.

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u/yeeehhaaaa 4d ago

And drunk, drunk like a fish.

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u/Dwaas_Bjaas Europe 4d ago

Also should be 10 times smaller considering it has a shit army

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u/Craft_on_draft 5d ago

Russia should have been a blow fish, all pumped up with nothing but air

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u/my_soldier 5d ago

Not dissing you, but a pufferfish blows itself up with water. Blew my mind when I first realized this.

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u/afito Germany 4d ago

To continue the not dissing but where did you think the air was coming from?

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u/EpicCleansing 4d ago

I think it's just a classic case of wrongful association. We are used to things being inflated by air, to the point where the conceptualization is almost entirely subconscious.

It's very common. We all do it for different things. That's why we all also have a habit of interrogating the context of our ideas when we need to make important decisions, since our prejudiced/automatic conceptualization can often be ridiculously incorrect.

We all do it.


A hopefully pedagogical challenge: In your mind, what does the blood-brain barrier, that filters out all large and polar molecules from entering the brain, look like? True but misleading hint: The blood-brain barrier consists of a thick and tightly-packed layer of cells that large molecules, and molecules that aren't "oily" enough, cannot pass through.

Hordes of very intelligent medical students, pharmacists and bioengineers get this wrong.

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u/swni 4d ago

I'm curious, what is the wrong idea of what the blood-brain barrier looks like?

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u/PvtKASA 4d ago

I think he means that blood-brain-barrier at first sound like a place where all blood going into the brain ist filtered and then the cleaned blood is used in the brain, while after a quick google it sounds like the blood-brain-barrier is basically a coating over all surfaces of the brain exposed to the blood. So the blood in the brain is exactly the same as somewhere else in the body, but it is filtered at the contact to the cells of the brain.

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u/Fsaeunkie_5545 4d ago

Haha, thank you that was really nice. I always wondered how the blood-brain barrier looks like but I was never bothered enough to look it up. I did now and it makes complete sense although it doesn't have much to do with the common idea of a barrier

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u/Pebblemimic 4d ago edited 4d ago

Perhaps extracted from the water via the gills? I wouldn’t put it past a fish to do something weird like that.

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u/colei_canis United Kingdom 4d ago

Fish can definitely be sneaky like that.

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u/MmmmMorphine 4d ago

It's likr my grandpappy always said, you can't trust a fish!

Yeah he was slipping quite a bit towards the end there

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u/CantHitachiSpot 4d ago

Then wouldn't they float to the surface like a bobber?

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u/FabFubar 4d ago

What’s even funnier to imagine is that as soon as it would inflate with air, it would float straight up due to buoyancy…

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u/Joseph_Zachau Denmark 4d ago

And they get ridiculously heavy! Worked on a trawler in the south pacific in my younger days - would get all kinds of creeps and crawlers as by-catch.

Most we'd try to save and toss overboard again, but it was impossible with the blowfish. Not only did they sometimes weigh in at 10-20kg, but they were also covered in razor-sharp spikes!

Crude and horrific as it might sound, our solution was a wooden board with a nail at the end of it - we'd puncture the fish (they were most often already dead), and the water would squirt out in a jet while it deflated enough to be moved safely.

Horrific, but a different era. Then again, fishing is still a very dirty industry, which most consumers rarely care or think about.

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u/CoyoteCarcass 4d ago

That’s grim, for sure, but I mean the first thing we do to a fish we catch is beat it over the head

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u/Borisb3ck3r 5d ago

You should watch some puffer fish vids on YouTube then

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u/lioudrome 4d ago

Italy seems missing though

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u/AssFingerFuck3000 United Kingdom 4d ago

Same for Spain and Portugal, pretty sure they sent military equipment too. There's probably more countries missing come to think of it

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u/ehs5 Norway 4d ago

Norway. We have a border with Russia and are supporting Ukraine.

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u/_daves_03 Italy 4d ago

It’s fine, italy doesn’t exist for most Europeans

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u/bert0ld0 4d ago

Let them be, we good anyways

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u/JustARandomFinn Finland 4d ago

I'm sorry but what is an "Italy"? Never heard of it.

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u/_daves_03 Italy 4d ago

A boot shaped piece of land south of Germany and east of spain, yeah, up until a few weeks ago i too had never heard of it, AND I LIVE IN IT! crazy right?

It’s fair, nothing happens here anyway, nothing to see here

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u/Flamin_Jesus 4d ago

I like your guys' food.

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u/OnceUponATie 4d ago

I'm reminded that Italy exists everytime I'm thinking about what to cook today.

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u/Turkez11 4d ago

Hungary needs to be represented as a sharksucker remora, it is a nice and realistic depiction of Hungary.

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u/EnisEnimon 4d ago

Hungary has been leeching on the EU for 10+ years too.

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u/ImplementCool6364 5d ago edited 5d ago

Who is the crab?

I love how china has the "bruh" look

and the fact that the grass on the right is shorter in the second picture. Got anything to say, Canada?

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u/Drag0ny_ Finland 5d ago

The crab is probably the hacker groups attacking russian sites.

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u/33ducks USA-IT duel, only lived in USA 4d ago

the crab looks like it was styled after the Guy Fawkes mask, which became the symbol for the hacker group Anonymous). I don’t think Anonymous is active currently, especially after various governments cracked down on a few key members, but it’s become a bit of a symbol for hacker groups in general.

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u/SmokeQuack 4d ago

Ever since the war started Anonymous has been targeting Russian media to stop propaganda, also they took down their gov website for a couple of days

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u/LarsMarksson 4d ago

Most probably a ref to AHS Krab.

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u/DDDDestroyer 4d ago

I love the chinafish doing the OwO whats this

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u/GayFriedDumpling 4d ago

I thought chinafish was eyeing the shark fin...

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u/GustavoFromAsdf 4d ago

"Fwee cway"

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u/serpeti 5d ago

You forget to draw a retarded hungary Fish next to the russian.

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u/kazsakke Hungary 4d ago

It’s there, you just can’t see it because it’s deep in the russian shark’s ass.

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u/JuicePeterPL 4d ago

Bruh bro roasted his fucking country 💀

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u/opuFIN Finnjävel 4d ago

An admirable self burn

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u/LaunchTransient 4d ago

There are many Hungarians who despise their government, just as there are many Turks who despise Erdogan.

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u/Gornarok 4d ago

Its healthy

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u/lo_fi_ho Europe 5d ago

And the Belorussian.

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u/OSHA-Slingshot 4d ago

Belarus should be a hand puppet on one of the fins.

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u/Levi0618 Hungary 4d ago

As a Hungarian I can confirm (unfortunately)

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u/procrastambitious 4d ago

Pretty fair that Poland is directly in front, unafraid and most angry.

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u/pppjurac European Union 4d ago

Poland can into rage .

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u/A-whole-lotta-bass 4d ago

If there's anyone on this planet who'd have beef with genocidal tyrants under any circumstances, it's them.

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u/lesser_panjandrum Oh bugger 4d ago

Poland remembers.

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u/IsDinosaur 4d ago

Sharks are intelligent, perfect killing machines, adapted with incredible biological advancements. Endless teeth, skin that cuts through the water, they are the Apex of Apex.

Russia is not a shark.

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u/huskyoncaffeine 4d ago

Additionally,

They are important to the marine ecosystem, and we would miss them if they are gone.

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u/fighterpizza 4d ago

Additionally,

Sharks are cool.

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u/Xalegion Italy 4d ago

ik we're irrelevant but where Italy?

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u/oblio- Romania 4d ago

Next to Romania 🙂

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u/theclaw37 Romania 4d ago

Ah yes. The country that definitely did not help, and is not even bordering Ukraine, as opposed to Australia and Croatia, whom have done so much more.

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u/bert0ld0 4d ago

It's a turtle, still have to arrive to the party

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u/mattttttttt97 Canada 5d ago

I love the Guy Fawkes crab

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u/IronicStrikes Germany 5d ago

Can we just stop portraying Russia as the big fish?

They have a GDP smaller than Italy and their only military advantages are lots of old Soviet stockpiles, a lot of manpower they ruthlessly throw into the grinder and the threat of nukes.

A small moray or a blowfish would be more fitting.

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u/DaveMash 4d ago

The creator of this cartoon Nadia Menze (Cartoostrophal) made it shortly after the war began. I think there was no bigger thought process other than Russia = big country

She has won a few prizes for this one

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u/neefhuts Amsterdam 5d ago

This narrative is so stupid, and it doesnt help at all. Russia has a massive nuclear arsenal, along with one of the biggest armies in the world. Luckily Ukraine also has a big military and is getting an enourmous amount of help from the west so they still manage to hang on, but to act like Russia isnt even a threat is just ignorant and dumb

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u/LaborIpseVoluptas 4d ago edited 4d ago

but to act like Russia isnt even a threat is just ignorant and dumb

He didn't say that though. He just said it's not the great power (a "big fish") everybody feared it was. Which is very true.

It is only able to maintain that façade thanks to the huge cannon fodder it has, its nukes and its old soviet stockpiles.

Of course it can lay deathly blows, but it's definitely not a world power, rather, more accurately, a regional power by now.

More importantly, being overrun and plagued by corruption on every single key governmental level, from local authorities to the top echelons, it makes Russia ineffective in sustaining a war, compared to, say, other NATO countries with similar GDP, army firepower, etc.

While we're at it, the regime has promoted incompetence and theft, especially in the army, while the war has pushed out the brains of the country, further reducing the already small brainpower the nation had. This is a silent killer in the long term.

Finally, its economy is also very much unidimensional and therefore an Achille's heel (the price of Russia’s Urals crude oil has already fallen 40% from its March 2022 peak), despite it moving up across the ladder of economic complexity in the years before the invasion in order to better prepare against Western sanctions, a lesson learned after Crimea but not really. The prohibition of exports to Russia of strategic goods, including high-tech goods and components for use in electronics, telecommunications, aerospace doesn't help either. These sanctions have made it almost impossible for Russia to import what it needs. Foreign investors are also staying away.

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u/IronicStrikes Germany 5d ago

Morays and blowfish are dangerous.

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u/CheesyTickle 4d ago

When the jaws open wide
And there are more jaws inside
That's a moray.

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u/Adept_Avocado_4903 4d ago

Raw GDP is somewhat misleading when using it to estimate military strength in this case. Russia can buy/produce all/most their raw materials and equipment internally and at much lower cost than other states.

Of course Russia's military turned out to be a shambles, but not primarily due to their low GDP.

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u/WellHotPotOfCoffee 4d ago

Or a blob fish.

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u/IronicStrikes Germany 4d ago

Fun fact about blobfish: they actually look pretty decent until their cells rupture through decompression.

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u/WellHotPotOfCoffee 4d ago

I guess that the perfect synonym for Russia then, once it comes to surface it shows it’s ugly face and how really dysfunctional it is.

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u/BluePandaCafe94-6 United States of America 4d ago

"See here, the terrible changes that affect this unfortunate creature when it's removed from its natural habitat - an outhouse pit full of liquor."

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u/MinxMattel 5d ago

I like that the Swedish fish is bigger than the German fish.

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u/Amadooze Germany 4d ago

the cartoon was drawn by Nadia Menze, she seems to be German herself. She said:

I chose a random selection of fish - there are a lot of important countries missing, there just wasn't place enough for all; also sizes have no meaning.

https://twitter.com/cartoostrophal/status/1498550709301784577

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u/xXLUKEXx789 4d ago

“The sizes have no meaning” riiiight

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u/Amadooze Germany 4d ago

yeah its pretty obvious looking at the us :D

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u/SoundscapeSyndicate 4d ago

I thought it curious that Canada of all countries gets such a big fish.

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u/revente 4d ago

And the Chech one is swole as fuck!

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u/MindlessNote3735 4d ago

I like the Anonymous crab 😁

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u/Xelaxander 4d ago

This caricature gives Russia too much credit.

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u/poutchi87 4d ago

Actually I think this meme match the current situation more accurately https://i.imgur.com/PZ8KY1T.jpg

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u/Frequent_Owl_2923 5d ago

The plural of fish is fish when you refer to the same species. If you refer to different species, the plural is fishes.

And now you learned something today.

Also, Russia is depicted as an invincible shark, which it isn't.

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u/sanchez2673 4d ago

I did no research whatshowever, my only info is from a reddit post I saw last week. It said what you said, except it claimed that if there are multiple species of fish, you CAN call them fishes (but also still fish). True or false?

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u/Hs39163 United States of America 4d ago edited 4d ago

True. ‘Fishes’ would be used to emphasize that there are different kinds of fish, similar to ‘peoples’ vs ‘people’, but OP is still correct in using just ‘fish’.

The seed comment is overly pedantic and slightly wrong.

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u/BetterEveryLeapYear 4d ago

These are obviously the same species of fish anyway, countryfish.

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u/eeveemons 4d ago

Some occupy too much space and some others are missing...

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u/FPnigel Monaco 4d ago

I'm just confused by the size of the Dutch fish...

Bigger than Japan, ukraine, turkey & Poland?

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u/MrDoPhi314 4d ago

Half our country is under water. Ofc we are a big fish.

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u/MichalK9 Lower Silesia (Poland) 4d ago

why is the Czech fish so big???

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u/Skytale1i 4d ago

USA is more like a couple bigger sharks in armor, with machine guns.

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u/stilgarpl 4d ago

USA is more like a couple bigger sharks in armor, with machine guns.

Sharks with laser beams attached to their heads

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u/Makabaer Germany 4d ago

"laser"

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