The Curt Jester has this post about the capybara a South American aquatic rodent that missionaries asked the Pope to classify as a fish so it could be eaten during Lent.
Catholics in Michigan eat muskrat during Lent for the same reasons. There’s a fine article about the custom here. I like the final comment from the local bishop that he’s not too worried because eating muskrat is penance enough.
Anyway, does this mean I can grab Cindy-Yoohoo–my daughter’s hamster, throw it in the bathtub to make it an aquatic rodent, then have a hamster sandwich next Friday?
“Oooh, might be tasty. What about ‘is legs. ‘e doesn’t need those!”