Something Is Rotten In Denmark

Schools of sardines are encircled by a net which is then drawn closed at the bottom.  The catch is brought on board the fishing vessel where it is stored in rigid fiberglass holds below, till it can be taken to a place where place where the fish are processed.  During the annual glut season (where the supply is much greater than can be sold or is needed or wanted) large amounts of sardines are routinely dumped, mostly because the fisheries that process the sardines are not able to cope with the capacity that is being caught.  For thousands of years, these excess fish were always taken to the old sardine dumping ground.  The landfill became a catastrophe and it was eventually closed, but even after it hadn’t been used for decades, the stench was still nearly unbearable, truly rotten.

73% of people claim to dislike sardines because of their strong smell and fishy taste.  People are not capricious about sardines, as they either eat them all the time, or they hate them and would never lower themselves into eating them.  Most say that they are weird and scary, because they have bones and skin, so they won’t try them.  Sardine bones are completely edible and they soften when they are cooked, so they won’t crunch when you eat them.  Sardines are rich in omega-3 fatty acids, which can help shrink an enlarged prostate.

A man picked up the landfill at a dirt cheap price and he thought that he could flip the property if he was able to get rid of the dead animal smell.  The sardine smell was really bad when the wind would blow from the west, and it would make all the people staying at the hotel there very nauseous.  Some of the hotel guests would suffer fulgurant pains in their olfactory receptors from the rotting sardine odor.

Written for Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie Wordle #144, hosted by Yves where the prompts are Catastrophe Dirt Lower Shrink Crunch Rigid Flip Blow Capacity Fiberglass Capricious and Fulgurant.

6 thoughts on “Something Is Rotten In Denmark

  1. Well, this was an interesting piece to read. I have fond memories of my father eating sardines on crackers with mustard. I developed a taste myself because of that. I have a tin somewhere, I think, but will have to go buy some saltines. I have a nice horseradish mustard to apply. And, on another note, I played Guildenstern in ‘Hamlet’ once.


  2. I remember trying them when I worked at a sawmill part-time when I was 14… the taste is actually not that bad but the texture…never again.

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    1. There are a lot of things that I have never tried and sardines is one of them. The title of my post comes from a line in Hamlet and I read that while Shakespeare was in Denmark, he stayed near an old sardine dumping ground.

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