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(Telegraph)   Octopus shoots out the lights, trashes aquarium and juggles some crabs   (telegraph.co.uk) divider line 135
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2008-10-31 02:42:49 PM
Hey there Cthulhu (new window)
 
2008-10-31 02:43:35 PM
Regnad Kcin: Just came in here to say that the octopus is the coolest animal.

I looked into this seriously years back. They have a lifespan on par with a hamster, and that just is not much fun with a companion of this level of personality and intelligence.
 
2008-10-31 02:56:29 PM
robotdanceparty!: CeroX: Call me crazy but:

Do the coral reefs in the ocean reside in some special area of the world that the sun never sets?

Im still trying to find the logic that a reef or coral must have light 24 hours a day to survive...

Also:

Otto would be a DOUCHE for a neighbor... shooting the streetlights out... rearranging the neighbors lawn and landscaping because HE doesn't like the way it looks... Juggling hobos in front of people... That octopus is a real DOUCHE

New keyboard, please.

A few years back, I researched keeping octopi, but it would have been incredibly expensive (would have had to use a chiller most months out of the year to keep the water at temp). The more I looked into it, the more I didn't want to keep one of these guys locked up in an aquarium. They're incredibly smart and complex creatures. A friend of mine worked at the Marine Lab on Dauphin Island for a summer, and they had one octopus in a tank by himself that would escape at night and go over to the hermit crab tank to hang out, then go back to his tank in the morning before staff showed up. He never hurt the crab; he was just lonely.


Small world. My sister used to work at the Dauphin Island lab, and would tell me stories about the octopi there.
 
2008-10-31 02:56:53 PM
I like octopi, but I'll still eat them. I ate a dog in China once, but I still keep them as pets (though I do tell them that they are a few bad behaviors away from being on the dinner table).

Meat is meat. I'm just a week of starvation away from feasting on long pig.
 
2008-10-31 03:00:56 PM
robotdanceparty!: A friend of mine worked at the Marine Lab on Dauphin Island for a summer, and they had one octopus in a tank by himself that would escape at night and go over to the hermit crab tank to hang out, then go back to his tank in the morning before staff showed up. He never hurt the crab; he was just lonely.

I just envisioned an octopus showing up at the hermit crab tank with weed and munchies. Which frankly, would be totally awesome. I don't smoke (occupation thing), but I'd be sorely tempted if an octopus offered me some.

Where would the octopus get weed? Well, they are clever animals...
 
2008-10-31 03:02:05 PM
Isildur: That said, octopi^Huses are indeed really freakin' cool, as are cuttlefish.

stty erase ^H
 
2008-10-31 03:18:21 PM
lh6.ggpht.com
 
2008-10-31 03:41:28 PM
Reminds me of the Gallego festival of San Froilan...

photos-f.ak.fbcdn.net

/om nom nom nom
 
2008-10-31 03:42:38 PM
how 'bout a big ol' dumb-guy smiley face...and a raised eyebrow as if you're saying, "Say WHA?!"
 
2008-10-31 04:11:07 PM
Isildur: Octopuses (or yeesh, if you absolutely must, octopodes), NOT octopi. For the love of sod*, please stop applying a Latin rule to a Greek-derived word.

Sorry, I don't normally get stupidly irritated by trivial little stuff like that, but what particularly bothers me about "octopi" is the perversity of the fact that the usage was likely first started by ignorant people trying to put on intellectual airs.

That said, octopi^Huses are indeed really freakin' cool, as are cuttlefish.

And yeah, the aquarium people seem significantly dumber than Otto there if they can't take the hints that they should give him some farking shade if he wants it and give him some room to decorate as he pleases.

_________________
*That's right, sod--and rich, loamy, verdant-topped sod at that.


You know what? There are a lot of people with an education that many would envy. Guess what? You are not one of them. You have obviously had a lot of education, but nothing takes the place of having common sense. No one appreciates stupid but educated people.
 
2008-10-31 04:37:46 PM
brap: Otto the Octopissed.

WIN
 
2008-10-31 04:51:59 PM
Give Otto a Fark account, that should fix the problem.
 
2008-10-31 04:58:08 PM
burber: Octopus intelligence tests (new window)

Co-starting a crab that looks very concerned


Yup. Concerned crab is concerned.
 
2008-10-31 05:27:37 PM
Isildur [TotalFark] Quote 2008-10-31 02:16:59 PM
Octopuses (or yeesh, if you absolutely must, octopodes)

Hey Isuldur.

FARK YOU! with all my tentacles.
 
2008-10-31 05:59:28 PM
Awesome, and I to would like to see him juggling.
 
2008-10-31 06:20:31 PM
CasperImproved:
You know what? There are a lot of people with an education that many would envy. Guess what? You are not one of them. You have obviously had a lot of education, but nothing takes the place of having common sense. No one appreciates stupid but educated people.


I'm curious about why you're snapping at his post when what he posted is plain common sense. If the octopus doesn't like the light, at least give it a place to escape from it (how hard would it be to place some sort of shelter for the octopus in the tank?)
 
2008-10-31 06:38:21 PM
I used to eat octopus, but stopped after my cousin told me about her "friend" that she visited every week. He lives just off shore near Lighthouse Park in West Vancouver. He's a male Giant Pacific Octopus, and had come to anticipate my cousin's visits. She always took a special treat of fish for him and he would wait in the same place for her arrival. They "conversed" with touch, while she fed him the fish, and she said he was the most intelligent, gentle, and patient creature she's every met. :D

Another story comes to mind, years ago I watched a Jacques Cousteau program about the octopi of the Mediterranean,....

Some Mediterranean fishermen were out on the water with a small film crew, and they had caught a small octopus and put him in a bucket. They left the bucket to one side while dealing with their nets. The camera operator saw (and filmed) the octopus peeking over the lip of the bucket ever so cautiously, then when "he" thought no one was watching (camera's don't count, right?) he slowly pulled himself out of the bucket and carefully made his way to the edge of the boat, then over he went, slick as a whistle.... the cameraman said nothing the whole time... he wanted the little guy to get away because the fishermen were intent on having octopus for lunch.... RAW! YUCK!

Another short scene in the program was showing how bright the larger octopi can be and how they deal with inquisitive divers. If the diver gets too chummy, the octopus simply attaches a sucker to his mask and pulls to break the seal. The diver's mask quickly fills with water and he leaves to octopus alone in order the fix the mask problem. This one octopus did it to each diver in turn (must have been very entertaining for him) - stupid divers... XD
 
2008-10-31 07:22:08 PM
Curse those evil octopi!!!

/mmmm...now that's obscure
//Happy Halloween/Samhain!
 
2008-10-31 07:25:38 PM
octopi: I am bad ass, I love the comments, keep them coming.

IMHO


That should be "WE are bad ass (or badass)." Octopi are bad at English, apparently.

/Carry on
 
2008-10-31 07:35:39 PM
Isildur: Octopuses (or yeesh, if you absolutely must, octopodes), NOT octopi. For the love of sod*, please stop applying a Latin rule to a Greek-derived word.

Sorry, I don't normally get stupidly irritated by trivial little stuff like that, but what particularly bothers me about "octopi" is the perversity of the fact that the usage was likely first started by ignorant people trying to put on intellectual airs.

That said, octopi^Huses are indeed really freakin' cool, as are cuttlefish.

And yeah, the aquarium people seem significantly dumber than Otto there if they can't take the hints that they should give him some farking shade if he wants it and give him some room to decorate as he pleases.

_________________
*That's right, sod--and rich, loamy, verdant-topped sod at that.


From Merriam-Webster Dictionary:
octopus
One entry found.


Main Entry:
oc·to·pus Listen to the pronunciation of octopus
Pronunciation:
\ˈäk-tə-pəs, -ˌpu̇s\
Function:
noun
Inflected Form(s):
plural oc·to·pus·es or oc·to·pi Listen to the pronunciation of octopi \-ˌpī\
Etymology:
New Latin Octopod-, Octopus, from Greek oktōpous
Date:
1758

Octopuses OR Octopi is an accepted form of plural for Octopus.
 
2008-10-31 08:44:55 PM
It's the NAME, you scientist nimrods!

He hates his name.

Geez. Otto?! Talk about no imagination.
 
2008-10-31 08:57:50 PM
hamachan: Wrecks havoc?

I never understood why people simply don't get the fact that phrases are made up of words which, when combined, shaped their meaning.

WREAK.
 
2008-10-31 09:04:48 PM
I think deer are cute.

But I still eat them.
 
2008-10-31 09:10:43 PM
Yeah, I wouldn't feel right about eating one, given what we know now about their intelligence. But calimari- i.e., squid, are still on the menu. Apparently their "brain", even in the largest species, is capable of figuring out three things- is that thing in front of you something to eat, run away from or fark? And that even lets them down as often they'll attack something they haven't a hope in Hades of fighting to a draw, and during the mating process they get so confused they sometimes end up trying to impregnate themselves.
 
2008-10-31 09:32:23 PM
Mugato: We've put the light a bit higher now so he shouldn't be able to reach it.

Or you could farking let him go. He's obviously sick of your bullshiat.


FRAK YOU! WE ARE THE DOMINANT SPECIES! WE WILL USE OTHER SPECIES FOR OUR ENTERTAINMENT IF WE SO DESIRE! CAN AN OCTOPI DERIVE 4+sin(x)/(4x+cos(x) HMM? I THINK NOT! HUMANS WIN!
 
2008-10-31 09:49:15 PM
JessicaRaven: I too want to see the video of the crab juggling


I can just imagine the "WTF IS GOING ON" that's going through the minds of the crabs


I think what was going through the crabs minds was "00000!!!"
 
2008-10-31 09:52:50 PM
Procedural Texture: I'm another who won't eat octopus. Haven't made up my mind about squid, but I'm leaning toward not eating them either.

The saddest thing about octopuses as a species is that they die after breeding. This means that there is little, if any, contact between generations. If this were not the case, and given the intelligence that they possess, they might be capable of developing a sophisticated language, culture and technology if they were a multigenerational society.

On the other hand, they might become like humans, far too dangerous and successful for their own good. It's not implausible that long-lived octopuses may already have gone extinct in the distant past by decimating their own habitat.


An interesting theory, I look forward to evidence
 
2008-10-31 09:57:50 PM
This human loses because "can an octopi" is incorrect, it is "can an octopus"
 
2008-10-31 10:24:45 PM
Mister Squidworth says, "Ta-daaaaa!"
 
2008-10-31 10:30:40 PM
maddogdelta: Pinko_Commie: Another aquarium was having problems with fish disappearing from a tank and they couldn't figure out what was happening, it turns out that during the night an octopus was pulling itself out of its own tank, dragging itself across to the other tank, stealing fish and eating them, then going back to their own tank.

Baltimore aquarium.

I was just there on a field trip, and the guy leading the tour told us what was happening, and how they figured it out (video camera. Initially they thought that some of the staff was stealing the crabs. So the camera was a big time secret project. They filmed the octopus climing out of his tank, opening the neighboring tank, eating the crabs, then going back to his own tank.


Yeah, I volunteered with the veterinary staff there this past summer. The octopus tank now features a pretty heavy, definitely locked, cover. And the staff spends quite a bit of time on toys and things to keep her occupied. Very cool animals.
 
2008-10-31 11:29:13 PM
Hell that aint nuthin.

Get back ahold of me when he's graduated to juggling chainsaws, then I'll be impressed.
 
2008-11-01 01:01:02 AM
My bet: This time next year, there is either going to be an article about Otto learning to flip the bird at visitors, or a new youtube video called "Otto hates you" (kinda like "The easterbunny hates you", except....uh...underwater? But he'll still go all Bruce Lee with the pool cue!).

Or both.

What's amazing to me, both from the article and the examples posted here, is that they can apparently grasp that elusive concept of "humor". Quick! Somebody get Otto a job at SNL!

/his unbridled bishiness made me think of that comedy act, George(?) and Otto.
 
2008-11-01 05:14:23 AM
cynicalbastard: But calimari- i.e., squid, are still on the menu. Apparently their "brain", even in the largest species, is capable of figuring out three things- is that thing in front of you something to eat, run away from or fark?

So they are as intelligent as humans.
 
2008-11-01 06:08:04 AM
CasperImproved:
You know what? There are a lot of people with an education that many would envy. Guess what? You are not one of them. You have obviously had a lot of education, but nothing takes the place of having common sense. No one appreciates stupid but educated people.



In my defense, I'm not usually quite as assholishly pedantic as I was above. Er, let me rephrase that...

... *sigh* actually, in all seriousness, that may do a reasonably good job of describing a number of my posts here lately. (Though, so far, not my interactions in regular life, as far as I'm aware.) Perhaps I should actually take a break from posting for a while, so I don't misuse it as a vent for pent-up "real life" negativity.


octopi: Hey Isuldur.
FARK YOU! with all my tentacles.


Lately, far too many discussions I have with people seem to be concluded with someone saying exactly those six words to me. It's getting kind of weird, and I'm beginning to suspect some sort of conspiracy to give me a nervous tic in my anal sphincter muscle.
 
2008-11-03 01:55:54 PM
ptelg: JessicaRaven: I too want to see the video of the crab juggling


I can just imagine the "WTF IS GOING ON" that's going through the minds of the crabs

I think what was going through the crabs minds was "00000!!!"


[Heffer] WHEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE [/Heffer]
 
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