Cod hat

Check out this cod piece. Author William Gibson found it in Masset, BC, Canada. The head of a 145-pound cod, meant to be worn as a great helm. Nothing intimidates your enemies quite like wearing the head of a fish on your head.

EDIT: Mr. Gibson emailed to say that the photo comes from a local bed and breakfast ... "That thing is in the very excellent Copper Beech House bed & breakfast in Masset, BC, run by the Canadian poet Susan Musgrave. We're here because Doug Coupland recommended it, and it's awesome."


  1. Reminds me of the Salmon of Knowledge from Irish mythology (as featured as one of the animal masks in The Wicker Man).

  2. Aaaaaannnd EVERYbody sing along – “Fish heads, fish heads, roly poly fish heads…”!

  3. Why wear the thing as a hat to scare your enemies.   If you really want to scare them, wear it as a cod piece plus it might impress the ladies too.

  4. Brett Harper  already noticed this, but I agree:  Sleestak!  What evidence do we have that this is really a fish head?

  5. “The old man’s eyes watered in appreciation for  this thoughtful preparation”. — Cap’n Beefheart, Trout Mask Replica.

  6. That is definitely the remains of the fishfootman of Tenniel and Carrol, see illustration.

  7. “Nothing intimidates your enemies quite like wearing the head of a fish on your head.”
    Hmm… well… I think it would be even more intimidating if it was actually worn as a codpiece.

  8. A genuine ichthian horror on the battlefield might leave me questioning my sanity.

  9. This reminds me of the South Park Family Guy scene where Mohammed delivers a salmon helmet.

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