Oct 08 2011

Anti-Caturday post

It’s no contest. The sea pig has everything a mere cat lacks: it’s cute and adorable, it’s pink, and it’s got tentacles. Once you’ve gone holothurian, you’ll never go…uh, I’m sure the local poet will be along to provide a catchy rhyme.

(Also on Sb)


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  1. 1

    The sea pig is one day late for Garbanzo Day!

  2. 2

    The closest rhyme I can think of is Epicurean.

  3. 3

    Why, I was just extolling the many virtues of the sea-pig yesterday in class. What could be cooler than a bilaterally symmetrical motile animal with radially symmetrical sessile ancestors with bilaterally symmetrical motile ancestors with possibly-radially-symmetrical sessile ancestors? They have reinvented walking legs. Essentially scaled-up tardigrades without the exoskeleton. So, so cool.

    Almost as cool as yer pelagic swimming sea cukes.

  4. 4
    Ogvorbis: Still failing at being human.

    The closest rhyme I can think of is Epicurean.


  5. 5

    An adventuresome, bold Epicurean
    Thought he’d whip up some friend holothurian
    His attempts, though, at makin’
    Delicious sea-bacon
    All failed. So sea-pigs, stop worryin’

  6. 6

    Honored to have been of assistance, Mr. Cuttlefish, but would sea-pig count as one of those excessive delicacies Epicureans are admonished to avoid? :)

  7. 7

    You know, that thing made me think of the burgess shale fossil hallucigenia. that is a good thing! Fossilized animals are cute by definition. Especially ordovician sea scorpions.

  8. 8

    Sea pigs don’t piss on everything, either.
    How to stop cats pissing on your car

  9. 9

    Meh not too impressed by the sea pigs. Sea Angels however are kind of cute:

  10. 10

    While I tapped at a text editor, Cuttlefish beat me to the poem. Here’s my attempt anyway:

    Ode to Eating Sea Cuke

    Just stop your worryin’
    and go holothurian;
    the texture is burry ‘n’

    It’s no worse than durian;
    a true Epicurean
    eats them with curry ‘n’

    Ahem. Sorry, I guess I’ll leave it to the pros. But for the record, I have eaten raw sea cucumber, smothered in hot sauce, at a Korean restaurant (and dang it if “Korean” doesn’t *almost* make for a good additional rhyme…).

    Mmm, rubbery stuff. Not as crunchy as jellyfish.

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    Cuttlefish | 8 October 2011 at 2:03 pm:

    An adventuresome, bold Epicurean
    Thought he’d whip up some friend holothurian
    His attempts, though, at makin’
    Delicious sea-bacon
    All failed. So sea-pigs, stop worryin’

    (Emphasis mine.)
    Er, friend?
    “Adventuresome, bold Epicurean” tried to cook a friend?
    I’ve heard tell of people cannibalizing a fellow raftmate when lost far out to sea, or a fellow pioneer when trapped by deep snow in the Sierra Nevada mountains, but eating a friend for the sake of “adventure”?

  12. 12

    Perhaps in his haste, Cuttlefish was too fried to properly spell-check his post.

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    The French composer Erik Satie wrote Embryons desséchés (“Desiccated embryos”), a suite of three short pieces for piano. The first is D’Holothurie, “Desiccated embryo of a Holothurian.”


    Music to stroke your pet cephalopod or holothurian by.

  14. 14
    Glen Davidson

    Wait until they become accessories for socialites like Paris Hilton

    We’ll see them all over the place. Smaller and more convenient than a dog, and clammier too!

    Glen Davidson

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    HappiestSadist, Repellent Little Martyr

    Aww, they’re all pink and adorable!

    I love the cat purring in my lap, but I kind of also want a sweet little sea pig in a tank.

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    Kent Damgaard

    I don’t think Satie is right, this looks more like it needs some old Barry White tunes :)

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    PZ Myers,

    What is the point of these Anti-Caturday posts anyway? What does the word Caturday mean anyway?

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    'Tis Himself

    But do sea pigs barf all over the bath mat, leaving a present for you to discover as you stumble barefoot towards the toilet at oh-dark-hundred?

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    Caturday: http://lmgtfy.com/?q=caturday

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    Troy Britain

    Wow, a deuterostome… Who are you and what have you done with P(‘protostome’)Z Myers?!

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    Eurasian magpie


    Saturday is Caturday for cat lovers. There are three possibilities that I can think of for Anti-Caturday:

    1) PZ opposes all cuteness
    2) PZ tries to keep up his appearances as a baby-eating atheist internet overlord
    3) it’s a willy-waving contest with non-blogger Jerry Coyne who has Caturday regularly in his non-blog Why Evolution Is True

  22. 22


    Oh so, Caturday, means funny pictures of cats? Interesting.

  23. 23

    um..I could very well be wrong but I think Caturday started on icanhascheezburger.com

  24. 24

    Caturday, like most everything on the Net, started on 4chan.

  25. 25
    John Morales

    pj, I can think of more.

    (Your (1) is confuted by this very post, BTW)

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    Eurasian magpie

    I admit I didn’t read the actual text this time. So anti-cuteness is refuted. Other possibilities:

    - PZ hates cats (but it would shameful for a biologist to hate an entire species IMO)
    - PZ wants to challenge fluffonormative views of cuteness

    What do you have, John Morales?

  27. 27

    Cute, but it’s no “Barry the worm”.

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    Another alternative: PZ likes to be a contrarian. That’s not a problem though. I do myself at times. It’s quite fun. Does anyone know what the little swimming things are under the beastie?

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    John Morales


    What do you have, John Morales?

    An unfettered imagination, and no need to speculate. :)

  30. 30

    Not all sea pigs are as cute as this one…

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    WMDKitty -- Survivor

    I just snatched your “anti-caturday” icon. Love it.

  32. 32

    Once you have gone holothurian,
    You will desire no other friend.

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