1. Brian says

    I really enjoy all the balloon lingo in this. I’m going to get a bunch of nine inch rounds for my next party.

  2. Damian says

    I’ve just watched the new TED talk on youtube, by Robert Full (it is probably from a year or two ago). I won’t patronize PZ by asking if he has seen the bipedal octopus disguised as a rolling coconut while ‘running’ along the sea floor, and another as floating algae, but I recommend that others check it out. It is actually a talk called, “Robert Full: Secrets of movement, from geckos and roaches”.

  3. Sven DiMilo says

    Damian, thanks for the link. Very interesting talk by Full.
    The cephalopods referenced show up at about 5:30 and are definitely worth the price of admission!

  4. Tessa says

    Awesome! Now I want to try to make an octopus.

    It brought back memories. I remember taking my kids to a family restaurant when they were little that had a clown who made balloon animals. The kids loved it. The clown made a variety of balloon animals but never octopi though.

  5. Pyre says

    Does it have ten tentacles?

    I only ask because of that diagram explaining how spiders developed with ten legs.

  6. cm says

    There must be a video suite earlier in this series in which he spends at least 5 hours walking you through how to tie balloons around each other at near relativistic effect speeds. If not, this man is the worst teacher who has ever lived.