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== Trivia ==
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"'''Furry Old Lobster'''", a tribute to the mythical original lobster in [[John Hodgman]]'s book "Areas of My Expertise", is a song on [[Jonathan Coulton]]'s fourth album, ''[[Thing a Week One]]''.
* 12th Thing a Week, released December 9, 2005.
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== History ==
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"Furry Old Lobster" was originally written for the book tour of "Areas of My Expertise".  In the book, Hodgman "claims" that the original lobster was actually a kind of sea otter. But at some point, someone brought hard-shelled lobsters (the only kind we actually know) to New York and let them roam free in Central Park, which freaked out the residents. So they rounded them all up and sent them to Maine, where they killed off all the original furry lobsters, so now the only lobster we see there is the hard-shelled variety.  
  
== Availability ==
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During this time, Jonathan made several media appearances supporting John and the book, usually singing an acoustic version of "Furry Old Lobster". It was then updated, recorded and released "by request" as the twelfth [[Thing a Week]] on December 9th, 2005.
This song is available for purchase in MP3 or FLAC on jonathancoulton.com or as part of the [[Thing a Week One]] CD.
 
  
== Themes ==
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== Live performance ==
*[[Marine life]]
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"Furry Old Lobster" is occasionally performed at Jonathan Coulton concerts.  It used to be more of a regular staple, having more exposure than previous Jonathan Coulton songs due to the media appearances.  When performed live, "Furry Old Lobster" goes back to the original, acoustic version of the song.  Jonathan also occasionally performs it at John Hodgman events.
  
== Furry Old What Now?  The secret revealed. ==
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== Availability ==
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=== Downloads ===
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"Furry Old Lobster" is currently only available for purchase in the Jonathan Coulton MP3 Store as an [[joco:songdetails/Furry+Old+Lobster|individual track]] or as part of ''[[joco:albums//thing-a-week-i/|Thing a Week I]]''. Of course this song is also included as part of the "Everything" playlist.
  
This song is about a completely made-up "fact" in [[John Hodgman]]'s book "[http://www.areasofmyexpertise.com/index2.html Areas of My Expertise]". This "fact" is that the original lobster was actually a kind of sea otter. But at some point, someone brought hard-shelled lobsters (the only kind we actually know) to New York and let them roam free in Central Park, which freaked out the residents. So they rounded them all up and sent them to Maine, where they killed off all the original furry lobsters, so now the only lobster we see there is the hard-shelled variety.  
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Downloadable FLAC versions of the above are available in the [[joco:store/flac/|Jonathan Coulton FLAC Store]].
  
Since the publication of Hodgman's book, [http://www.areasofmyexpertise.com/lobsters.html actual furry lobsters] have been discovered, but don't worry. That doesn't make any of it true.  
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=== CD ===
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"Thing a Week I" is available for purchase as a CD [http://cdbaby.com/cd/coulton3 here].
  
Hodgman's book is full of great "facts" like this one (it's a very entertaining book), but somehow this one got a Jonathan Coulton song while the others didn't.  
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=== Other versions ===
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Appearance of John Hodgman and Jonathan Coulton, promoting "Areas of My Expertise" on [http://www.megavideo.com/?v=EDLWOZUQ Attack of the Show].
  
So now you know.
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== Themes ==
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*[[Marine life]]
  
 
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Furry Old Lobster
ReleaseThing a Week One
Length2:02
Release date12-09-2005
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"Furry Old Lobster", a tribute to the mythical original lobster in John Hodgman's book "Areas of My Expertise", is a song on Jonathan Coulton's fourth album, Thing a Week One.

History[edit]

"Furry Old Lobster" was originally written for the book tour of "Areas of My Expertise". In the book, Hodgman "claims" that the original lobster was actually a kind of sea otter. But at some point, someone brought hard-shelled lobsters (the only kind we actually know) to New York and let them roam free in Central Park, which freaked out the residents. So they rounded them all up and sent them to Maine, where they killed off all the original furry lobsters, so now the only lobster we see there is the hard-shelled variety.

During this time, Jonathan made several media appearances supporting John and the book, usually singing an acoustic version of "Furry Old Lobster". It was then updated, recorded and released "by request" as the twelfth Thing a Week on December 9th, 2005.

Live performance[edit]

"Furry Old Lobster" is occasionally performed at Jonathan Coulton concerts. It used to be more of a regular staple, having more exposure than previous Jonathan Coulton songs due to the media appearances. When performed live, "Furry Old Lobster" goes back to the original, acoustic version of the song. Jonathan also occasionally performs it at John Hodgman events.

Availability[edit]

Downloads[edit]

"Furry Old Lobster" is currently only available for purchase in the Jonathan Coulton MP3 Store as an individual track or as part of Thing a Week I. Of course this song is also included as part of the "Everything" playlist.

Downloadable FLAC versions of the above are available in the Jonathan Coulton FLAC Store.

CD[edit]

"Thing a Week I" is available for purchase as a CD here.

Other versions[edit]

Appearance of John Hodgman and Jonathan Coulton, promoting "Areas of My Expertise" on Attack of the Show.

Themes[edit]

Thing-a-Week One
1. See You All in Hell · 2. My Monkey · 3. W's Duty · 4. Shop Vac · 5. Baby Got Back · 6. Someone Is Crazy · 7. Brand New Sucker · 8. Sibling Rivalry · 9. The Town Crotch · (*) When I'm 25 or 64 · 10. Podsafe Christmas Song · 11. Furry Old Lobster · 12. Drive