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Nov 15 2013

Friday Cephalopod: Alien cruiser drifting through space

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  1. 1
    jaytheostrich

    The Vorlon Ambassador would like a word with you.

  2. 2
    ChasCPeterson

    TTX-1701

  3. 3
    Cuttlefish

    I’ve heard of firefly squid, but never Firefly-class transport Octopus.

  4. 4
    JohnnieCanuck

    Probably not the sort of being that one should tell to “Bite Me”.

  5. 5
    Atticus Dogsbody

    When I was about 10 years old, holidaying at the beach, I saw three of those little buggers in a small rock pool.

  6. 6
    TonyJ

    It’s a Sovereign-class Reaper!

  7. 7
    ashleymoore

    The blue ringed octopus. It is more deadly than you can possibly imagine.

  8. 8
    Nathaniel Frein

    “Squids, floating through spa~ace”

  9. 9
    bassmanpete

    Just one of the many creatures Oz has to keep the tourist numbers in check.

  10. 10
    robster

    You can, if careful, find these fluorescent octopi on beaches in Sydney Harbour and on sheltered beaches on the New South Wales coast, they are pretty rare though. They apparently light up like the image when threatened or defending itself.

  11. 11
    RobertL

    I saw one of those in a rock pool at Mooloolaba once. Scared the crap out of me!

  12. 12
    Ariaflame, BSc, BF, PhD

    Don’t make it angry. You won’t like it when it’s angry. Also, when keeping an eye out for it it’s not that physically big.

  13. 13
    Trebuchet

    I saw James Bond do in a baddie one time with one of those. In Octopussy, which was pretty much the low point of a series with lots of low points.

  14. 14
    hillaryrettig

    dang you, jaytheostrich, you beat me to it!

    Ambassador Kosh sez, “Been there, done that.”

  15. 15
    hillaryrettig

    Atticus’s handle reminds me of the recent news that Baldrick (“A Dogsbody”) was knighted: http://boingboing.net/2013/11/12/baldrick-knighted.html

  16. 16
    peterb.

    Hey Robster (comment #10),

    Just a small detail – in standard English, the plural of “octopus” is “octopusses”. It can also legitimately be “octopodes” if you feel like strictly honouring Greek conventions, but many people dislike this construction.

    It can NEVER correctly be “octopi”. You simply cannot bung a second declension Latin pluralisation onto a fourth declension Greek noun willy-nilly and expect to get away with it.

    Complete discussion here…

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Octopus#Etymology_and_pluralization

    Now go and write “Romani Ite Domum!” one hundred times in big letters on any public wall space you can find.

  17. 17
    peterb.

    When I was little and our Dad used to take to Sydney’s Northern beaches on the weekend, we were under strict instructions not to touch it if we ever saw one of these fellows. We never did.

  18. 18
    David Marjanović

    It can NEVER correctly be “octopi”. You simply cannot bung a second declension Latin pluralisation onto a fourth declension Greek noun willy-nilly and expect to get away with it.

    However, in ancient times, Oidipous was occasionally declined as if he had been Oidipos.

    Now go and write “Romani Ite Domum!” one hundred times in big letters on any public wall space you can find.

    Domos. It’s domos, because they don’t all go to the same home.

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