Dateline Riga . . . Novosti reports . . .
A monument to caned fish was unveiled Thursday in Latvia, one of the world's main producers of sprats, local media have reported.
The sculpture, located at a fish-packing factory in the western Latvian city of Liepaja, portrays a metallic can with the message: "Sprats. Made in 1892" and "Expiry date unlimited."
It was designed by the factory workers and it was paid for by the factory management.
The director of the factory, Igor Krupnik, said: "We have decided to immortalize sprats in their historic motherland."
Apparently this monument is planned in answer to another monument to sprats erected last year in Kaliningrad. The honor of sprat producers everywhere demands it.
The sprat image above is from FishACE.
Scribal points to anyone who can distinguish between a sprat and a sardine.
And in case you're interested, the word sprat comes from Old English sprott via Middle English sprot or spratte.