Tuesday, July 20, 2004
I've heard of dogs playing fetch and seals balancing beach balls on their noses, but I've never heard of a catfish trying to swallow a basketball.

But it happened... In a remarkable tale of marine athletics, a 50 lb. catfish was caught bobbing along the surface of a lake with a basketball lodged in its gaping mouth. The ball was only removed when the cameraman deflated it with a knife.

In fact, this ain't a hoax; according to Snopes.com, the Internet's chief debunker of urban legends, the pictures are authentic.

With Shaq's departure, the Los Angeles Lakers are in desperate need of some fresh new talent. In the catfish, I believe they may find a rising star.