They’re handing out Rubik’s Cubes to octopuses. This is good training in logic and pattern recognition, and the next step will be to hand them wrenches and welding torches and put them to work assembling underwater habitats for mankind (so think the deluded hu-mans anyway — they’ll actually use them to build lasers and water-filled assault tanks). Brilliant!
Oh, wait. Never mind. It’s actually simply a test for handedness among the octopuses, and they don’t actually expect them to solve the puzzles. Darn. That’s not as exciting.
The reason they don’t expect them to solve the puzzles, of course, is that the octopod solution would probably involve alien geometries and produce a result that might drive anthropoid brains mad.
(via The Great Beyond)