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What are you doing for International Cephalopod Appreciation Day?

Asked by sferik (6086points) October 8th, 2008

(I’m doing #10.)

Yes, I know that jellyfish are technically scyphozoans, not cephalopods, but shouldn’t Fluther celebrate with its fellow underwater, multi-legged cousins?

Did you know that there is no collective noun for a group of octopuses (probably because they don’t swarm like jellyfish do)?

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SoapChef's avatar

I think I am going to have some calamari with garlic aioli.

robmandu's avatar

< < waiting for deaddolly to show off her #5.

Nimis's avatar

7.5 Engage in Improper Cephalopod Pluralization


eambos's avatar

I adopted a squid. I shall call him “Squidly,” and he will be my new butler.

JackAdams's avatar


1758, genus name of a type of eight-armed cephalopod mollusks, from Gk. oktopous “eight-footed,” from okto “eight” (see eight) + pous “foot.” Proper plural is octopodes, though octopuses probably works better in English. Octopi is from mistaken assumption that -us is the L. noun ending that takes -i in plural.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2001 Douglas Harper

So, a “group” of them might be a PODE.

gailcalled's avatar

I’m going to Synagogue after sunset; if I have treated any cephalopods badly during the past year, I apologize.

eambos's avatar

@Gail, Maybe you can repent for any trespasses against the octopodes.

JackAdams's avatar

”...and lead us not, into tentacleation, but deliver us from evil…”

El_Cadejo's avatar

Im going to watch a bunch of documentories about cephalopods, i got giant squid, colossal squid, and one of my favorites underwater astonishment (its only 5 min check it out)

I wish i could do number 5 on the list, but i dont have any money(i want an octopus going tattooed on the underside of my forearm in white ink)

Whats everyones favorite cephalopod? As much as a looooooove octopodes (and eventually when im more experience want to keep one) id have to go with Flamboyant Cuttelfish

gailcalled's avatar

@Uber; you philanderer, you. Poor Vladetta – love her and leave her?

JackAdams's avatar

Has anyone ever seen my imitation of an octopus?

If you’re a female, go to the movies with me, and you will…

El_Cadejo's avatar

NEVER! who says i couldnt set up another tank? That is why i got her in the first place though i wanted an octopus but knew i couldnt support one(they are master escape artists) so i went with the second smartest creature in the ocean, the mantis shrimp.

There was an aquarium(cant recall which one) but everyday when they came in, in the morning they were noticing fish would go missing and they couldnt figure out what happened to them. So they set up a camera to record overnight. Well it turns out the octopus was crawling out of its tank “walking” over to the other tank and then getting into it. It would then eat fish and make its way back to its tank by morning. Smart little buggers.

marinelife's avatar

Forgive the paraphrase. “Sushi, sushi, lend me your comb.”

Here’s a photo of one of my favorites.

JackAdams's avatar

LOL! Terrific!!!! Good one!

El_Cadejo's avatar

@Marina ammonites are cool as hell, they remind me much of nautilus(though somehow are actually closer related to squid octopodes and cuttlefish.) Ever see a live nautilus?

Ohhhh forgot to mention one of my other favorite cephalopods, the vampire squid from hell

marinelife's avatar

@uber Thanks so much for the vampire squid link. That was wonderful!! When I said ammonites were one of my favorites, one of the others is the chambered nautilus (the creature, not the shell).

I picked ammonites, though, because I think it is interesting that we are not sure how they moved and other facts about them. Also, fossil cephalopods deserved some recognition on their day.

Allie's avatar

I knew Uber would have answered this.

scamp's avatar

I’m working 7 of my eight arms off!! I am reserving a certain digit on the eighth for someone in the corporation!

El_Cadejo's avatar

thank you soooooooo much sferik for asking this question the cephalopodcast is awesomes

JackAdams's avatar

Did I ever tell you the one about the octopus and the bagpipes?

El_Cadejo's avatar

This one? (you’d probably enjoy that webcomic JA its a lot of puns)

how about a song about an octopus

El_Cadejo's avatar

Sorry i keep back to back posting but i keep finding awesome cephalopod stuff.

Ever see this awesome music video by They might be giants?

gailcalled's avatar

I am reading about the three Nobel Prize winners in Chemistry (just announced). (Research was on jellyfish.)

JackAdams's avatar

uberbatman, thanks for the comic strip about the octopus and the bagpiper, but that’s not the joke I tell.

I found a fairly clean version of the one I tell, here:

The Octopus and the Bagpipes

A guy goes into a bar with his pet octopus and says, “I bet $50 that no one here has a musical instrument that this octopus can’t play.”

The people in the bar look around and someone fetches an old guitar. The octopus has a look, picks it up, tunes up the strings and starts playing the guitar. The octopus’ owner pockets the fifty bucks.

Another guy comes up with a trumpet. The octopus takes the horn, loosens up the keys, licks its beak and starts playing a jazz solo. The guy hands over another fifty bucks to the octopus’ owner.

The bar owner has been watching all of this in silence and disappears out the back door. He returns a few minutes later with a set of bagpipes under his arm. He puts them down on the bar and says to the guy and his octopus, “Now, if your octopus can play that, I’ll give you $100!”

The octopus takes a look at the bagpipes. It lifts them up, turns them over and has another look from another angle. Puzzled, the octopus’ owner comes over and says, “What are you waiting for? Hurry and play the damned thing!”

The octopus looks at its owner and says, “Play it? If I can figure out how to get its pajamas off, I’m gonna make love to it!”

The “dirty” version is funnier…

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