The Sorrows of Young Werewolf (eyeteeth) wrote,
The Sorrows of Young Werewolf

Rosh Hashana fish

I didn't name him after Bela Lugosi specifically, though that is a bonus. I just like the name Bela. You are supposed to put an acute accent over the e and pronounce it BAYla, but I am not particular. Either way. Here is a nice picture of a turquoise crowntail, to give you a better idea of what he looks like. He is living large in a five-and-a-half-gallon tank with nothing in it at the moment but a thermometer and a little submersible heater. I put the heater in this afternoon and he has been displaying at it ever since.

A couple of years ago, when I was dumb and managed to get bitten by a stray cat, I was given rabies shots by a nice Hungarian nurse. I told her that I find Hungarian accents the most beautiful of all, and I mentioned Bela Lugosi. "Ah!" she said happily. "LuGOshi BAYla! I was afraid you were going to say those horrible sisters, what are their names..."

I didn't know whom she meant, but another patient spoke up from behind a curtain: "The Gabors." My nurse screwed her face up in disgust.

Bonus: A scene from the 1931 Dracula. Note the awesome presence not only of luGOshi BAYla but also of Edward Van Sloan. Note also that Bela's accent is much less pronounced here than in, say, Bride of the Monster. (Or Glen or Glenda: "Pull de ztringk! Dence to thet!") Do you figure he had a diction coach for Dracula, or was Ed Wood off to the side saying, "More Hungarian, Bela! You're a mad scientist! Make it real foreign"? Or was it exhaustion/decades of heroin abuse/not giving a damn?
Tags: animals, bela, bela lugosi, stix
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