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[–] Caveman_in_a_suit 0 points 45 points (+45|-0) ago  (edited ago)

It was discovered & named after electricity was discovered: https://www.quora.com/What-did-they-call-the-electric-eel-before-electricity-was-invented

In reading that article, I discovered the torpedo is named for a fish - and that there was an electric catfish in the ancient Nile that was named the "angry catfish" because they didn't have a word for electricity but did find out the damn thing caused pain when handled.

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[–] goatsshadow 0 points 20 points (+20|-0) ago 

knew a girl who worked at a pet store, got electrocuted by an Electric Catfish and wound up at the hospital. They're no joke. They also had to call the hospital to make sure they had the anti for the stone fish... just some food for thought.

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[–] theoldones 0 points 16 points (+16|-0) ago 

"did you catch anything in the nile today?"

"yeah, come hold this neat fish i caught, dude"

ZZZZZZZZZZZZZAAAAAAAAAAAAAAPPPPPPPPPPPPPP

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[–] bourbonexpert 0 points 8 points (+8|-0) ago 

electric catfish

if that isnt a name for a band..... i dont know what is.

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[–] slwsnowman40 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago 

Are they an acoustic band?

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[–] ChippyTubes 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago  (edited ago)

A lot of cultures did kind of understand electricity but it wasn't precise or true science, more an ancient instinctive knowledge of mysticism, this was mixed with folklore, religion, alchemy, philosophy and pseudo sciences @Reverse-Flash For example alchemy can be generally split into an examination of its exoteric practical applications and its esoteric spiritual aspects, general Greek Roman Stoicism and Chinese Gnosticism...it should also be noted this was before the rise of the pedophile war monger prophet mohammed and islam so a direct trade and culture exchange of sorts would have existed between Europe, the middle East, India and the Chinese Far East. Ancient Europeans, Chinese, Indians, Egyptians, the Greeks all kind of had an understanding of sciences but not in the modern sense, in ancient cultures alchemy explained electricity as a kind of spiritual fire, Greece had classical elements or elementals of earth, water, air, fire and China, Egypt, Babylonia, Japan also had a similar understanding of nature there was also a fifth element explained by their philosophy and classical optics - a kind of æther , vril, chi, spiritual force or ether, Electrical force or electricity was seen more as a phenomena explained by philosophical means rather than physics or science but there may be some evidence of some understanding of 'ancient batteries' in ancient cultures depending on what historians you talk to, it may have been seen as the Air or Breath of the Gods and to the Greeks it was more of a visual effect and ‘elektron’, the Greek name for amber.. and yes they are deadly creatures!!! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kw6ZG860mbI Electric Eel Kills The Alligator

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[–] Reverse-Flash [S] 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

Great answer, thanks niggerfaggot.

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[–] TreeFairyMushiMushi 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

Elektron is a Greek word meaning Amber as when rubbed it becomes magnetic.

Tribol is the Greek way of suggesting "to rub".

Electrophorus electricus. Order Gymnotiformes.

Boltzmann's distribution function allows not only electron energy Eel...

Triboluminescence: Theory, Synthesis, and Application https://books.google.co.uk/books?isbn=3319388428

"To Shock" - Fuck

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[–] Trumpocrat2020 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

I'm choosing to allege that electricity was named in honor of the eel. Doesn't affect my day to day either way.

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[–] Caveman_in_a_suit 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago 

I seem to recall last year after we dropped acid you claiming that Ben Franklin discovered electricity when he put an eel on a kite during a thunderstorm

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[–] TreeFairyMushiMushi 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

Elektron is a Greek word meaning Amber as when rubbed it becomes magnetic.

Tribol is the Greek way of suggesting "to rub".

Electrophorus electricus. Order Gymnotiformes.

Boltzmann's distribution function allows not only electron energy Eel...

Triboluminescence: Theory, Synthesis, and Application https://books.google.co.uk/books?isbn=3319388428

:)

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[–] Reverse-Flash [S] 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

I like it.

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[–] PrettyBigDouche 0 points 13 points (+13|-0) ago 

Ouch snakes.

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[–] middle_path 0 points 9 points (+9|-0) ago 

Zap-wyrms and shock-noodles respectively.

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[–] Artofchoke 0 points 5 points (+5|-0) ago 

Fucking shock noodles. We have a winner.

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[–] River_Otter 0 points 9 points (+9|-0) ago 

Buzzy-death worms.

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[–] harry_nash 0 points 7 points (+7|-0) ago 

pre-electric eels.

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[–] Reverse-Flash [S] 0 points 4 points (+4|-0) ago 

TBD Eels.

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[–] NeedleStack 0 points 7 points (+7|-0) ago 

Shock Snakes?

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[–] talmoridor-x 0 points 6 points (+6|-0) ago  (edited ago)

Rude tube dudes

Or, mechanical eels

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[–] VivaFrei 0 points 4 points (+4|-0) ago 

"What the fuck is this this hurts" eels.

True story.

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