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Monday, 2 February 2015

Fish Bowl

The use of bowls to house goldfish comes from a misunderstanding of Chinese display vessels--small, temporary containers to show guests goldfish that were otherwise housed in ponds.

The round fish bowl was invented by Countess Dubarry (1743 – 1793). She was a mistress of France's King Louis XV.

Horace Walpole, the son of Britain’s first Prime Minister Robert Walpole, owned a cat called Selima, a tortoiseshell tabby who drowned in a goldfish bowl. This inspired his poem “Ode on the Death of a Favourite Cat Drowned in a tub Of Gold Fishes.” (1748)

Fish bowls don't provide the proper amount of oxygen and are actually terrible homes for fish. They are prohibited by places like Rome for animal cruelty. 

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