Oct 09 2013

World Octopus Day

Yesterday was World Octopus Day — 10/8, don’t you know — but I didn’t celebrate it…because every day is a cephalopod day in my heart. And you don’t get to shackle my heart to beat only one day a year.



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  1. 1

    The plural is obviously octopoxen.

  2. 2

    It’s Octopaeie.

  3. 3
    Akira MacKenzie

    I noticed that they left out mention of their intelligence.

  4. 4

    Nah. The dual is hexadecapus. The plural is hellapus.

  5. 5

    The World Octopus – sounds a bit like a legendary creature on a par with the worm Ouroboros and it makes more sense.

    You could even have a religious song “He’s got the whole world in his arms”

  6. 6
    congenital cynic

    They also left out their eyesight. I thought I had read that they have some of the best visual equipment on the planet.

    That bit about fitting through a hole the size of a quarter, combined with their camouflage, really gives them extraordinary survival gear. I still remember that video of the octopus taking out the shark. No wonder PZ loves these things. Impressive creatures. But not as tasty as pork.

  7. 7
    Marie the Bookwyrm

    Don’t you mean they can’t shackle your 3 hearts?

  8. 8

    for the last time, everyone who actually works on octopuses will tell you:

    the plural for a group of the same kind of octopus is… octopus.

    the plural for a bunch of different kinds is… octopuses.

    just like we ichthyologists pluralize the word “fish”.

    works perfect, and is consistent.

    get with the program, people.

  9. 9

    That’s one of those bullshit “infographics” that would work as least as well or better as simple text plus a couple of simple diagrams.
    Another manifestation of the USATodayization of “educational” media.

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