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Jul 23, 2008

Tip: Avoid the Piranha Special

According to CNN, the hottest new spa treatment in the Washington, DC area is fish pedicures, where tiny, toothless carp nibble away all your dead skin, for the nom-nom-nominal fee of $35.  According to customers, the treatment produces just a tingling sensation: "It kind of feels like your foot's asleep," says one.  It's all happening at Yvonne Hair and Nails salon, where the elite meet to become a fishy treat.

Fish are friends -- YOU'RE food.

You first, Angelina R.

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I would try it.

 |  Jul 23, 2008 at 10:46 AM

I'd do it.

 |  Jul 23, 2008 at 10:47 AM

My sis is considering going for one of these, as she works in DC. Dunno if I could do it though--I feel bad for the little guys (even though they're perfectly happy).

 |  Jul 23, 2008 at 10:48 AM

that is right by my house i think i am going to get one!

 |  Jul 23, 2008 at 10:48 AM

saw this in the news. would i try it? maybe...

 |  Jul 23, 2008 at 10:49 AM

About 15 years ago the fish in the capitol reflecting pool (on the Mall side of the capitol) did this for free. (As soon as I noticed, I pulled my feet out. Ew.)

 |  Jul 23, 2008 at 10:50 AM

Zomg the nom-ulence!

 |  Jul 23, 2008 at 10:51 AM

Just when you think you've heard everything...

 |  Jul 23, 2008 at 10:55 AM


 |  Jul 23, 2008 at 10:58 AM

I would not pay $35 to let a fish that had nommed the dead skin off someone else's feet nom the dead skin off of mine. Just sayin'.

(the original) Mel
 |  Jul 23, 2008 at 10:59 AM

This is not cute or funny. The fish end up dying from the heat of the water and get thrown out like they are scraps. It's sad.

 |  Jul 23, 2008 at 11:00 AM

I'd be too scared I'd squish one. And it's kinda gross, but if the fishees are happy...

 |  Jul 23, 2008 at 11:01 AM

That. is. dis. gus. ting.

And cruel.

Not cute.

Hate to be a nuffer, but...NGAH NO DEAR GOD NO.

 |  Jul 23, 2008 at 11:03 AM

This gives new perspective on sleeping with the fishes. Nibble Nibble Chomp.

How do they know they are toothless???? teeny tiny fish dentists?

 |  Jul 23, 2008 at 11:03 AM

teehee I would totally do this.

 |  Jul 23, 2008 at 11:04 AM

Ugh. Not to mention that what goes in, must come out. In the water your feet are in.

 |  Jul 23, 2008 at 11:05 AM

Hooray for the obscure "Life in Hell" reference!

 |  Jul 23, 2008 at 11:07 AM

ew, what if there were dead ones in there? this doesn't sound appealing or sanitary.

 |  Jul 23, 2008 at 11:08 AM

If anyone watches "I survived a Japanese Game Show," the winners of a challenged received this as a reward a few weeks ago. That was the first I have ever heard of it! I guess it is fairly common in Asia, though.

 |  Jul 23, 2008 at 11:09 AM

not cute. does not belong here!

 |  Jul 23, 2008 at 11:11 AM

I remember swimming in the river as a kid. IF you sat very still the minnows would swim over and nibble on you. I always thought they had no time sense and since you had apparently ALWAYS been there, they were checking to see if any yummy algae had grown on you yet. Apparently I was just ahead of my time!

 |  Jul 23, 2008 at 11:11 AM

Amy you do realise we are swiming in feces .. They are everywhere.... you probably ingest more every day than get on your feet in this water.

 |  Jul 23, 2008 at 11:12 AM

Woot! Holy "Life in Hell" reference, NTMTOM!

 |  Jul 23, 2008 at 11:13 AM

How is this more cruel than keeping fish in a fishtank at home?

What, did you think the owners held a tiny, fish-size gun to their heads and made them do it?

 |  Jul 23, 2008 at 11:16 AM

Hmmm, eeeenteresting. Not sure I would pay $35 for it though. Do the fishies paint your nails too?

 |  Jul 23, 2008 at 11:18 AM

so they nom the ucky dead skin off your feet all the time pooping other peoples yukky dead skin that they had previously nommed into the water that your feet are in getting nommed on.
Nuff said. I'd rather let my dog lick my feet...
and so on.

 |  Jul 23, 2008 at 11:19 AM

For the folks that think that this is cruel... well these fish are doing what they do instinctively. Carp (a.k.a. goldfish) eat the icky scraps of nastiness that other critters leave behind in the water. They are cleaners and bottom feeders, and very hardy animals that can withstand lots of extremes in temperature and habitat. If Yvonne Hair and Nails salon is making money off these little guys, I don't think that it's by killing them... why would they want to "strangle their golden carp?"

They're also used as bait and feed for larger fishies, so for those who want to make a fuss, you might be better off protesting at your local tackle shop...jeez!

 |  Jul 23, 2008 at 11:23 AM

I don't know what to say about this...Yes I do!

I wigs me out!

 |  Jul 23, 2008 at 11:23 AM

Yeah... I thought this was CuteOverload, not DisgustingOverload. EEWWWW!

 |  Jul 23, 2008 at 11:26 AM


 |  Jul 23, 2008 at 11:27 AM

You've got to be kidding. No way am I letting little fish nibble on my feet. And I can think of lots of better ways to lose $35.00.

 |  Jul 23, 2008 at 11:31 AM

LOL @ Elsa!!

I think it'd be a toothpick harpoon!

Juniper Jupiter
 |  Jul 23, 2008 at 11:31 AM

What the fish do is a bit gross but they are soooo cute! Just look at their beady eyes and pouty little mouths. Adorable. ^_^

 |  Jul 23, 2008 at 11:35 AM

This is not a really new idea.

This is used as a treatment for psoriasis for some years now. The fish nibble away the dead skin, not touching the alive parts near and below the dead psoriasis skin.

 |  Jul 23, 2008 at 11:36 AM

Do they give a discount if you come out of the water with only nine digits from overzealous nomming?

 |  Jul 23, 2008 at 11:38 AM

I want to see the tiny fish dentists certifying their chomperless little mouths!

 |  Jul 23, 2008 at 11:40 AM

How do you know they are in "hot" spa water versus cool water? How do you know they die? Did you research it? What's the link? Don't nuff unless you know.

The Other One Michelle
 |  Jul 23, 2008 at 11:40 AM

Oohgh... I saw this in "draft" and wondered if it was actually going to get posted, and, well, here it is. Ergkk. What do you SAY to something like this? *IS* there anything else "like" this? Bleen??

 |  Jul 23, 2008 at 11:44 AM

I used to stick my feet in our friend's goldfish pond when i was a kid and the fish would nibble my toes! It feels ticklish in a good way.

 |  Jul 23, 2008 at 11:44 AM

Apparently it doesn't work very well... but I love the thought of each and every fish in that picture having a NOM beside it. <3 Nom nom nom...

Wonder if it tickles?

 |  Jul 23, 2008 at 11:47 AM

Weird shock of recognition... this was on the radio here this morning.

Ummm maybe I would try this? I don't really know??

Theo would you try this??

[Not in a spa, no. I have, however, experienced this in a stream with minnows. Yes, it tickles a little. Makes the kids giggle, too, which is priceless... - Ed.]

Beth (in NC)
 |  Jul 23, 2008 at 11:49 AM

They've been doing this for years in Asia. And you thought those koi ponds were just decorative...

 |  Jul 23, 2008 at 11:52 AM

Feesh will nibble on you in many lakes and rivers. It does tickle like crazy.

 |  Jul 23, 2008 at 11:55 AM

My dad has a pond in his back yard. Bubba the Koi is about a foot long - I do not see putting my feet in there to have him nom on them!!!! YIPE!

 |  Jul 23, 2008 at 11:55 AM

Human feet are not cute though. Especially with nasty dead skin.

 |  Jul 23, 2008 at 11:58 AM

+1 to all who picked up the "Ackbar and Jeff" homage, but I'm surprised that nobody's gotten the "Finding Nemo" reference yet.

Not That Mike The Other Mike
 |  Jul 23, 2008 at 11:58 AM

That would probably tickle a ton! Reminds me of being a kid and hanging my feet off the dock on the lake:)

 |  Jul 23, 2008 at 11:59 AM

Other Mike -- I caught the Shark Anon bit, but not the Ackbar & Jeff ref.

 |  Jul 23, 2008 at 12:01 PM

I immediately got the FISH ARE FRIENDS NOT FOOD!!!!

 |  Jul 23, 2008 at 12:01 PM

Oh, and "+1" is Slashdot.

 |  Jul 23, 2008 at 12:02 PM

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