The perfect shrimp for your musical barbie — Pink Floyd

A newly discovered species of shrimp that uses a bright pink claw to create a sound loud enough to kill small fish has been named for Pink Floyd.

The shrimp found on Panama’s Pacific coast has been dubbed Synalpheus pinkfloydi in the peer-reviewed journal Zootaxa. Oxford University Museum of Natural History researcher Sammy De Grave is one of three researchers credited with discovering the creature. He says the description of the shrimp was “the perfect opportunity to finally give a nod to my favorite band.”

According to Oxford, pistol or snapping shrimps close their enlarged claws at a rapid speed to create an imploding bubble. The result is a sound so loud it can kill or stun a fish.

I must admit to barely surviving a few rock concerts in my lifetime that could have stunned a shark.

Holiday photos from Bethlehem you won’t see on network TV

Israel will allow 200 Palestinian Christians into Bethlehem for the holiday
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Roger Waters vows to hold a concert matching the Pink Floyd concert in Berlin
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The Pope’s visit to Bethlehem Palestinians below an Israeli watchtower
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I had a dear friend who survived the Warsaw Ghetto uprising. She was brave enough to return from Russia whence she had escaped to – to fight in the Polish underground against the Nazis.

I recall asking her in 1978 why she kept the Polish name she used in the underground. She told me that – everything about her that was a Jew before the war died when her husband and children were slaughtered by the Germans.

She also told me – years later – she couldn’t be a Jew, again, watching Israel treating Palestinians the way Nazis treated Poles.