Friday Cephalopod: It’s good to be squishy

After a rough, sleepless night and waking up with a ferocious back ache, I’m thinking bones are more trouble than they’re worth. I’m going to have them all replaced with hydraulics.


  1. Ragutis says

    That is pretty cool, but I’m curious about something(s). Given a selection of available exits, would an octopus choose the nearest or the easiest? Would it try to squeeze itself through a smaller exit or just examine it, realize it’s not enough, and decide “too small, now quit effing around and give me a crab”?

  2. anxionnat says

    I’ve had 2 hip replacements, and at some point will probably have both shoulders and both knees replaced. I’ve got severe pain in my lower spine and told my orthopoedic surgeon recently that it was too bad he couldn’t replace my spine. He laughed, shook his head, and said that that wasn’t even in the picture. Yet. .Hip replacements are almost (but not quite) outpatient surgery by now. By the time I’m 70 (I’m 66 now), I will probably be a Bionic Woman…

  3. davidc1 says

    ” I’m thinking bones are more trouble than they’re worth.”
    All the fault of evilution .

  4. Rob Grigjanis says

    Have you tried the Superman exercise? For many (definitely including me), it does actually reduce lower back problems.

    Step 1
    Lie on an exercise mat on your stomach. Bring your legs together and extend your arms overhead so your biceps are alongside your ears.
    Step 2
    Using the muscles of your back with a little help from your glutes, raise your legs and torso off the ground. Keep your legs straight and reach your fingertips away from you.
    Step 3
    Hold at the top of the exercise for five counts. Lower back down to the ground with control. Repeat for a total of 10 repetitions.