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  1. Crudely Wrott says

    Adorably short little tentacles. Like my toes when I was born.

    But, speaking of tentacles, there are a few more in the world today, and they are not where you might think.

    For the first time in more than a decade, a group of tentacled snakes was born at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo.

    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/49751794/ns/technology_and_science-science/

    As if that’s not cool enough, these critters can anticipate the direction in which a tasty morsel of prey will flee and have their jaws positioned and open at just the right moment . . . snap! (I seem to recall some other specie that has that talent; must have been a couple of years ago that I read a description of another aquatic predator that could do so. Just can’t recall just now.)

    Life continues to amaze me every day.

  2. Ogvorbis: broken and cynical says

    From Crudely Wrott’s linky:

    . . . after four years of unsuccessful breeding attempts . . .

    So, if the snakes could use the internet, and get past all of the parental controls, would they have had four years of unsuccessful breeding attempts? Or with some copies of Playsnake?

  3. blf says

    Playsnake

    Right. I just lost it completely and wound up on the floor giggling.

    (Worrying thing is everyone seemed to think that was normal…)

  4. Ogvorbis: broken and cynical says

    Right. I just lost it completely and wound up on the floor giggling.

    No, no, no! With Playsnake, you should be on the floor wriggling. Not giggling. See, that is why it took four years.

  5. Crudely Wrott says

    Looking at those tentacles, Ogvorbis, positioned as they are in the snakes field of view, they just might be able to navigate the InnerTubes. Even if not, turning magazine pages doesn’t seem out of the question.

  6. Ogvorbis: broken and cynical says

    META

    I wonder if PZed is ever surprised at where we, the Commentariat, take some of his posts? I mean, here he is, giving us a photo of an incredibly cute cephalopod (I just had to add that to Chrome’s spellcheck dictionary), and we end up making jokes about cute snakes.

    How many facepalms has this blog given you, PZed?

  7. Crudely Wrott says

    Like the wild goose, the Horde will go where it will.
    Its wisdom is beyond reckoning, its ways impenetrable.