YSaC, Vol. 329: It’s the rare dolphin swan.

2009 June 11

Swan fountain – $75

the picture describes this delicate water fountain better than I can… call Donna at xxx xxx-xxxx

Donna is right about one thing — the picture definitely describes the delicate swan water fountain better than she can, given that IT’S A LAMP WITH DOLPHINS ON IT.

Seriously? Not. A. Swan.

Thanks to Meg for the submission!

36 Responses leave one →
  1. 2009 June 11
    DrugserBad permalink

    Normally I’d give the person the benefit of the doubt. I once sold something on eBay and put the wrong image on at first (stupid camera naming all it’s images in alphanumeric sequences). But… I can’t believe anyone who would own this in the first place is that smart.

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  2. 2009 June 11

    I especially like how the cord for the dolphiswan fount-o-lamp is tastefully draped ’round dolphiswan #3’s midsection. Wait–isn’t that another cord coming out the back of it? What could this thing POSSIBLY do that requires two plugs?

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  3. 2009 June 11
    princessluceval permalink

    It’s a lamp AND a fountain, that’s why there are two cords. Thus guaranteeing possibility of electrocution.

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  4. 2009 June 11
    corn flakes permalink

    I kinda feel bad for them and wonder if they never learned what a swan or dolphin were.

    I was at a zoo last week and saw a mother point to a hippopotamus and say to her son “Look it’s a rhino”. I wondered how much bad information he received and trusted from a dumb parent. And thought how one day he’s going to regurgitate some of this crap information and look really stupid.

    This person is that kid later in life.

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    • 2009 June 11
      count blah permalink

      I, too, wonder whether the poster just doesn’t know the names of animals. I myself am an anal-retentive nature buff but I see other people make weird (and, to me, infuriating) mistakes all the time. Although admittedly swan-to-dolphin is a few degrees worse than hippo-to-rhino or tiger-to-lion.

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    • 2009 June 25
      Lizard permalink

      I had a girl in my bio-for-science-majors course ask me if turtles were mammals. It really made me wonder. If you are not taught in elementary school what a mammal is, etc, when do you learn?

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  5. 2009 June 11
    Colleen in MA permalink

    Well, what can I say, this ad has spoiled me for a dolphin and swan and lamp and fountain combo. Now, where can I get one of those?

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    • 2009 June 11
      dissimilitude permalink

      Crappy online mall aggregator, maybe? 😉

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  6. 2009 June 11
    Mrphysic permalink

    hmmmmm – I guess if you squint and just look at the picture on the right then you could, almost, mistake it for a swan. And maybe that is her idea – try to get fans of swans interested as well as fans of dolphins….really quite smart.

    Either that or she’s just plain stupid.

    Yeah – I’m erring on the side of option 2……..

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  7. 2009 June 11

    she should probably drop it from about five feet, just to prove how delicate it is. then maybe i’ll but it.

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  8. 2009 June 11

    Some people just never have been allowed to graduate from kindergarten.

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  9. 2009 June 11

    this is why teachers should hold students back a grade – or five!

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  10. 2009 June 11

    Dolphins? What are you talking about? They’re just very SPECIAL swans.

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  11. 2009 June 12
    candace permalink

    At least she’s honest that she doesn’t know what the hell it is, lol.

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  12. 2009 July 6
    Cyrus permalink

    I could not stop laughing at this for about 5 minutes. Perhaps because I used to have a dolphin-lamp-fountain combo myself years back… 😐

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  13. 2009 July 8

    Does this mean that possibly a bot made the swan post? Or no? I don’t understand CL bots yet.

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  14. 2009 August 12
    Anne Lions permalink

    If you look carefully at the second picture, it IS a fountain – as well as a lamp. There are three… shells? placed stair-step like a fountain.

    However much you look at it, though, they refuse to be anything besides dolphins.

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  15. 2009 August 14
    ash permalink

    this is what happens when you cut school funding

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  16. 2011 October 9
    madbrnnr permalink

    I’ve come to the conclusion that these CL posters inhabit an alternate reality, one where lions DO have black and white stripes and swans are obviously aquatic dwelling, streamlined, bottle nosed beings.

    These posts are merely slipping through breaks in the time space continuum, so naturally we can expect more of these confused animal images. Frankly, I can hardly wait.

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  17. 2011 October 9
    MandaB permalink

    That’s Swandolph, from “Lord of the I Can’t Describe These Things”.

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    • 2011 October 9
      SilvaNoir permalink

      Now I’m imagining an all-dolphin version of “Lord of the Dance”

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  18. 2011 October 9

    Dear Craigslist users:

    To improve your Craigslist experience, we are upgrading the random-animal-name generator on our servers to version Not.A.2.3. It should be up and running by Monday evening. Thank you for your patience.

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  19. 2011 October 9

    If only the dolphiswan fountain-lamp was a nacho cheese dolphiswan fountain-lamp, it would be perfect.

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  20. 2011 October 9

    I have a much classier version of the lamp at home.

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    • 2011 October 9
      Grampdaddy permalink

      Ooh – a Lionel Cheesedolphin! How cool is that?!

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  21. 2011 October 9

    I doubt this ugly Sparkthing will ever turn into a swan…

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    • 2011 October 9
      Camille permalink

      Maybe if you rub its tummy.

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  22. 2011 October 9
    Grampdaddy permalink

    Sure, it’s easy for you to all laugh and make fun, but don’t you have any sense of compassion? That one poor dolphin/swan/egret/whatever is all tangled up in a discarded electric cord and will probably drown… and YOU JUST DON’T CARE.

    Obviously, this work of art alludes to our basic inhu-manatee!

    (As an aside question – What is a dolphin doing in a field of daisies?)

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  23. 2011 October 9
    Windrose permalink

    Sometimes seeing isn’t believing. I can’t believe this. Sorry, I was up too late and dragging this morning, and I can’t believe this ad. My mind, it is boggling. Boggle, boggle, boggle. Swan Dolphin Fountain Lamp, BOGGLE!

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  24. 2011 October 9

    This is the rarely seen dolphin feeding frenzy. They have just consumed their weight in swans, and are now vaulting into space.

    They can’t be cute all the time.

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  25. 2011 October 9
    SilvaNoir permalink

    Swans have now evolved to a point where they are completely aquatic… their wings turning into fins, their feet and tail fusing together. They come out of the water once a year to perch on fountains and lay their eggs.

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  26. 2011 October 9
    Windrose permalink

    I can feel the sleepiness growing already, so I am going to wrap up the day early. Noni and Spacey, Punchity Punch Punch!

    G’night, Calypso!

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  27. 2014 August 29
    Melissa permalink

    Hi, I am new to this site. I got here from PassiveAgressiveNotes.com a few days ago and have been making my way through the archives in my downtime at work. As soon as I saw this post I wondered why it wasn’t tagged not.a.lion?

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    • 2014 August 29
      capnmac permalink

      Welcome to our snarkicity, Melissa.
      You ask a quite cogent question.
      One for which I have no answer.

      I do know that a five-syllable word to end bad haiku is “refrigerator” though.

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    • 2014 September 2
      dan permalink

      I’m not sure we had that tag when this post went up.

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