Cephalopod Lust Repelled
January 30, 2006 10:49 PM   Subscribe

The octopi are back and they're pissed -- or, the continuing misadventures of the one-eyed suitor. [mpg here]
posted by digaman (21 comments total)
Did they manage to save the Happy Cake Oven?
posted by Gator at 10:51 PM on January 30, 2006

Huh, the article makes it sound like a vicious attack, but the video looks pretty mundane, like it was just feeling around the sub and the dude inside freaked out and hit reverse.
posted by mathowie at 11:00 PM on January 30, 2006

RashomonFilter: Here, here and here.
posted by brundlefly at 11:06 PM on January 30, 2006

I wanted it to come back for another go, it was a pretty halfhearted "attack"
posted by phyle at 11:08 PM on January 30, 2006

At the Seattle Aquarium they have an octopus who juggles a jar of peanut butter and opens it up as a finale.
posted by baklavabaklava at 11:15 PM on January 30, 2006

Does it count as juggling if it's just one jar?


There's a shrimp it in, ain't there?
posted by brundlefly at 11:18 PM on January 30, 2006

"...in it..." Damn wine.
posted by brundlefly at 11:20 PM on January 30, 2006

ha ha hee hee, I just love this, persnickety little scientists getting their panties in a wad because nature got in the way of their very very necessary and all-important pursuit of information. I say, go for it octopus and take a big dump on it next time if you like. I guess they need to bring a better house gift or at least knock before breaking and entering. Sometimes these people need a dose of reality.
posted by Viomeda at 11:28 PM on January 30, 2006

Seems more like an MDMA moment rather than an attack.

"Is this ok? Is it? Is it? Is it?"

I *heart* octopuses.
posted by Bucket o' Heads at 12:19 AM on January 31, 2006

Man 1, Octopus 0

But you know they're plotting...
posted by redbeard at 12:22 AM on January 31, 2006

Hear hear, Bucket. Indeed, all cephalopods have my stamp of approval. Not literally, of course. A stamp of any sort would do untold damage to our boneless brethren from the deep.
posted by brundlefly at 12:24 AM on January 31, 2006

Octopuses will get into crab pots (to get the crabs). The sub pictured in the linked news story is pretty small and box-like. I'll bet he was gonna check it out for food.

I did a google search for "crab pot" & octopus. The first link I looked at talks about the Seattle Aquarium octopus who opens jars and their general craftiness in getting food.

When I was a child, my next-door neighbors brought home an octopus (still alive in a cooler) which they found in one of their crab pots. In the backyard they somehow managed to get it out. It quickly attached itself to the piece of plywood they had dumped it on, its arms spread out to get a good grip. They killed the poor thing with an ax and cooked it in some sort of soup or chowder. I didn't eat any.
posted by D.C. at 12:50 AM on January 31, 2006

Octopi? Octopodes.
posted by edd at 12:50 AM on January 31, 2006

Octopi and octopuses are acceptable according to Merriam-Webster.
(The Oxford explanation is interesting, nonetheless. Thanks for it.)
posted by Bucket o' Heads at 12:55 AM on January 31, 2006


They were not meant to be!
posted by slimepuppy at 2:37 AM on January 31, 2006

Indeed, the OED allows all three. My preference is for octopuses, but I posted that more as an interesting aside than out of genuine pedantry.

just noone mention the word 'virii' within earshot of me!
posted by edd at 4:06 AM on January 31, 2006

slimepuppy, thank you for starting my morning off with an out-loud laugh. T-Rex is so freakin' hysterical.
posted by Gator at 6:12 AM on January 31, 2006

brundlefly, those links are great.



The cephalopod biomass is now greater than the human biomass. We don't know how many there are or how big they get. We are NOT ready. Play it smart.

And the sequel...
posted by digaman at 6:22 AM on January 31, 2006

His actions were inappropriate?! It's a fucking octopus! I'd say it's actions were entirely appropriate! What a weird quote.
posted by agregoli at 7:18 AM on January 31, 2006

Did they manage to save the Happy Cake Oven?

he must have thought it was a squid cake oven
posted by pyramid termite at 8:44 AM on January 31, 2006

A bit late, but yeah Skallas that's exactly what I'm saying, way to read my thoughts. Lets take the scientists to court and see how that will go over, and while were at it Cousteau and this Science thugs too! Grrrrrr hissssssss mean ol' science dorks. Why didn't I directly make that connection before? Good grief............sigh
posted by Viomeda at 2:52 PM on January 31, 2006

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