Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Do My Feet Smell Fishy?

Innovation week continues on the blog.

This story has been, er, floating around for the past year or so, as every few months another state approves the process of fish pedicures.

Jacquelyn Martin, AP
I swear I'm not making this up. Tiny carp- like fish, called "doctor fish" nibble on the dead skin and stuff on your feet and toes and deliver a pedicure.

The main reason states don't allow this procedure is a question of sanitation. It seems in order to comply with most regulations, the fish need to be boiled for 15 minutes, which while that may be the beginning of a tasty entree, it certainly does little to make the tiny pesci-tologists able to do their job.

At this time, only Virginia and Ohio have allowed this procedure, so it is thought that Virginia may become a vacation destination for the foot fanatic.

Try explaining that to the neighbors without sounding like a pervert.



Nanny Goats In Panties said...

I'm waiting for the alligators that do eyebrow waxing.

Winky Twinky said...

HAHAhaha...Finally, something I can participate in... I'm in Ohio, so bring on the fishy-type-pedicure-kinda-thingy... yeah.. ahem..any idea where these can be acquired?..or should I Google it? ;)

Kelly Ann said...

I bet they don't even make faces when they look at feet. Except happy little fish smiles. Good fishies.

Unknown said...

Uggghhh, I can't imagine ...
Do they sell the fish afterwards to like umm poor little school kids ?

Unknown said...

That line about boiling them cracked me up. I have this..I'm not sure I could handle it though.. mu tootsies are too ticklish

Chris said...

Say what you will, but that's better than the wolverine treatment that they use for jock itch.

Carl said...

No You DIDN'T... Even just that picture... eeewwwwwww...

Sandee said...

No, but that color is so wrong on you Crotchety. Just saying.

Have a terrific day. :)

Anonymous said...

I'm glad you brought this up DOM. I didn't want to be the ONE to tell you.

The answer to your question? YES.


DouglasDyer said...

My hemmoroids are finally under control thanks to the miracle of hermit crabs.

Donnie said...

I'm still trying to get past "Winky Twinky." Not what she said. Just "Winky Twinky." Reminds me of what I used to call my dinky when I was a wee lad.

Winky Twinky said...

DON: I could be flattered...BUT.. Dinky--is NO where close to where I'm coming from...so GET OVER IT!!! We can still be friends...take a deep breath...erase those bad early memories..... AND embrace a whole new experience!!!! Come on...give it a try........ ;)

Swirl Girl said...

is this the recipe for a pedicure or fishys-soise ?

A New Yorker said...

Seems a litte silly when you can get one of the Asian when to use the scraper and get that crap off in 5 minutes. ICK!

Unknown said...

omg. there is no f-ing way i would do this...

wow, yikes.

Anonymous said...

Let me just add...that for some of you guys out there with gnarly-ass feet, it'd take a hell of alot of hungry fish.

Just sayin'...

Ms. Thirty Something

{P.S. Nice blog!}

Da Old Man said...

@ Nanny Goats: I'd pass on that. A unibrow is better than "gator face" which is what happens when the gator takes off half one's face.

@ Winky: Ohio is one of the 2 states where it is allowed, so let the nibbling begin.

@ Lady Sarcasm: Very good fishies.

@ Dani: Fish sticks maybe? Part of the school lunch program.

@ Dizz: Mine too. It would be embarassing to pee while getting a pedicure.

@ Chris: I don't even want to know about that.

@ Carl: I wouldn't. It sounds too disgusting.

@ Sandee: No I am reminded of the time I painted my finger nails. That was weird.

@ Quirky: Thanks. I thought so.

@ Douglas: That is a very green solution.

@ Don: I can only assume that is not her real name.

@ Twinky: LOL

@ Swirl: A bit of both.

@ Lauren: The problem with the scraper is cuts and injury. That is why some prefer the fish.

@ Stacie: Sure, if Brad Pitt were to nibble on your toes, you'd be fine, but a carp is creepy?

@ Ms. Thirty Something: True dat

brokenteepee said...

Do they do hooves?

Me-Me King said...

I must be weird, but I would love to try this. Guess I'll have to plan my next travel to the east coast.

mincognita said...

Is it just me, or do those fish look just a bit too eager?

Unknown said...

Nice blog lift. AS if fish nibbling your toe jam isn't bad enough, the water would have to be COLD. I'll pass.

Mike said...

I tried that with piranha.

Man, the government inspectors have NO sense of humour.

I Hate Commercials said...

don't go to eat in Chinese restaurants in Ohio or Virginia

Kate said...

What if you have warts on your feet? And the fish then get warts on their mouths. Can you give them to other fish and then to other feet? It sounds like a very risky business to me...

Da Old Man said...

@ Pricilla: I'm not sure, but it's worth checking into

@ Me-Me: Should be interesting. Let us know how it goes.

@ Mincognito: Very eager

@ Megry: It sounds bad all around

@ Mike: Piranha would be more thorough

@ I Hate: Good advice in any state.

@ Kate: I don't even want to imagine.

Mary@Holy Mackerel said...

I think I might puke hugely were a fish to start nibbling on my toes. And I'd be afraid I'd have a tickle attack and mistakenly stomp on one of them, which wouldn't be good.

Kirsten said...

Why can't we do anything fun in California?

Don't answer that...

Phillipia said...

Hey WT, you were reading my mind; I have actually never had a pedicure - tho I am in dire need. And with summer almost upon us here in O-H-I-O, it has been the hot topic the last couple weeks among my female coworkers. They have been insistent that I join them in their next group pedicure session. I think now I am ready t0 accept the invite and offer to bring along the fish...

Marie said...

I don't even want to have my toes nibbled on by someone I'm going to be...ahem...intimate with.

Hmmmm...too much information.

Ok, try this, I don't want my toes nibbled on by someone I'm not going to eat afterwards.

Uh-oh, that didn't come out right.

Ok, let's just say a plain old pedicure is good enough for me. No nibbling.

David said...

Living in DC, I have several womenfolk friends who've enjoyed the fish pedicure. I'm intrigued except that I think it would tickle a lot.

Janna said...

I saw this on TV a couple weeks/months ago.
The guy said it tickled.

Still, it's gotta be better than a vasectomy done by lobsters, right?

Da Old Man said...

@ Mary: You know someone is going to kill some fish.

@ Kirsten: I blame Arnold. He terminated all your fun

@ Phillipia: Sounds like a party

@ Marie: TMI

@ David: I couldn't do it

@ Janna: Much better

2 Brits, 2 Yanks, 2 Dogs said...

I've been off the grid for a while crotchety but I'm back. This is soooo gross.

kathcom said...

This looks like Gulliver with piranhas to me. Is that weird?

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