Tuesday, October 17, 2006

At Least It's Not Crabs

My school principal recently taught me an Indonesian phrase, in reference to my stalker: ada udang di balik batu, or "there is a lobster behind the stone." It means that someone has hidden intentions: a wolf in sheep's clothing, as it were. I get the image, and I get the point, but what I don't get is this: who on earth thought of this phrase, and why? Who first saw someone with an unclear and possibly malicious motive, and said, "Hey, guys, I've got it! It's like a lobster, see, crouching behind a rock. How perfect!"

Hm. Maybe this is a question for the 100 Hour Board. How much would you hate me, Katya, if I asked?


Katya said...

I wouldn't hate you at all, because I'd just farm it out back to you. :)

alea said...

maybe these people have a much closer, much more personal relationship with their malacostracans than us westerners. maybe.

Anonymous said...

You know, petra, you have a truly entertaining blog. Especially when the paragraphs don't start off the left end of the page. :)

Something changed a couple posts back, and now it's all weird.

Thirdmango said...

As being someone who lived around Lobsters and Lobster fisherman I can give you a good answer. In areas where there are lots of lobsters, you have to be careful about where you step, because lo and behold behind that rock you just stepped on is a lobster waiting to pinch your foot. You thought it was a harmless rock, but oh no, it hurts. Egads. But then again, the Maineards would then grab the lobster and cook it for dinner, so it was more of a win win situation.

mysh said...

There's also a B-52s song about it:

Rock Lobster:
"We were at a party
His ear lobe fell in the deep
Someone reached in and grabbed it
It was a rock lobster

We were at the beach
Everybody had matching towels
Somebody went under a dock
And there they saw a rock
It wasn't a rock
It was a rock lobster ..."

Then the lyrics keep getting weirder and weirder. (It also sounds better when sung by Peter Griffin of Family Guy fame.)

Petra said...

Thirdmango: Aha! So these people aren't as weird as I thought!

Yellow: Ugh. I changed the formatting because I hated how long my paragraphs looked in those tiny, narrow little columns. Is anyone else having trouble reading it in this new format?