1. says

    If only it were that easy… And hey, speaking of letdowns– I was hoping you might someday post all about those super-cool giant squid. I was so happy when someone finally saw one alive, I wasn’t so sure that was going to happen… How about some readable giant squid entries? (Or links to old ones I may have missed!)

  2. says

    Speaking of squid humor, did I miss the discussion here on Doris Haggis-On-Whey’s book “Animals of the Ocean, In Particular the Giant Squid”? I’ve just received my copy as part of the McSweeney’s book club, and it is dated 2006, but I’m not sure if PZ’s seen it already.

    It’s a very silly parody of the sort of wildlife books I remember reading as a child in the 1970s.

    Opening quote “You have purchased this book and now you will learn. My name is Dr. Haggis-on-Whey and I am a scientist; I will not pretend to be your friend. We are here to study animals of the ocean and I will not mince words. If you pay attention I will be less dissatisfied.”

    another early quote “What is in the ocean, you ask, besides water and tuna? The answer is not much…”

  3. SEF says

    Where can I find this “Nature Store”?

    You might need to invest in the special cephalopod-attracting hairdo before it would work properly, PZ.

  4. Carlie says

    That animals of the ocean book sounds somewhat similar to one I have, called “Nature made ridiculously simple” by Miles Kington. The first identification key has the categories of live moving, live stationary, dead moving, and dead stationary, including subsections like “dead things that can fly faster than you can run”. Quite amusing.

    I printed out the Lio for my office door. I’m not a cephalomaniac, but there’s something about the expression on their faces in the comic that I really like.

  5. says

    I don’t think squids have ears…
    Out of the hundreds of market squids I’ve bought, dissected and eaten from the local Chinese supermarket, I’ve never came across a single one with a hearing aid or iPod.

  6. A Teapot says

    Really? I think you’re shopping at the wrong store. Try Chu Xiu’s Squid and iPod Emporium!