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Salmon Cannon Video Almost Breaks the Internet

On Tuesday, Aug 13, at 6:36 AM, Gilbert Cordova of KTUU in Anchorage, Alaska, felt compelled to affirm, “No, this is not a joke. The ‘salmon cannon’ is real and social media is having a field day!”

In March, Hakai magazine published the story Fish in Tubes, noting, “The salmon cannon is just one place where fish go tubular.” Despite the article’s jocular subtitle, Hakai is a serious journal of coastal science and societies.

Acting in the role of cultural historian, therefore, Hakai pointed out that the salmon cannon has been in the public eye since as early as November of 2014, when it was explained, exalted and exploited by Last Week Tonight’s John Oliver.

But as Victor Hugo observed, “Nothing is as powerful as a fish-squirting system whose time has come.” For no particularly good reason, at this very moment in our lives together, the Salmon Cannon is having its day.”

We leave you with a critical inquiry from Chelsea Steiner of The Mary Sue, which includes numerous comments and links to all aspects of the Fish Cannon story, yet breaking.

About the author

Brad Hall

Brad Hall

Brad Hall is a pastor and the author of "Lousy Roger and Other Tales: A collection of Lectionary-based Sermons," available on In 2014, after 27 years of courtship, he married pop culture scholar Deborah Ann Miller. They share a place with two dogs, Scotty and Demitasse, and two cats, Quirkie and Brucie.

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