Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Eight-legged Freaks

Marine biologists studying a group of veined octopuses (Amphioctopus marginatus) found that they have memorised the scripts of every single epsisode of Monty Python's Flying Circus, plus the Pythons' subsequent movies.

This octopus has found the two halves of a coconut and is using them to make clip-clop noises; he is auditioning for the role of Patsy in an all-cephalopod production of Spamalot.

"We were blown away," said biologist Mark Norman of discovering the octopus behavior off Indonesia. "We knew that octopuses were highly intelligent, so we expected them to have more contemporary tastes. It's as if they've never heard of The Young Ones, or Alexei Sayle, or The Mighty Boosh." He then claimed that the correct plural of 'octopus' was 'octopodes' and became belligerent.

This octopus likes to get drunk at parties and recite The Philosophers Song.

These octopuses octopodes have disguised themselves as caribou, probably in order to nibble the croquet hoops. Or possibly as møøse. Given the chance, they will explain their theory about elk.

Spotted at Chuckles.


M. Bouffant said...

Podes, pusses, pi, pie.

Picky picky.

Smut Clyde said...

No wonder that lower møøse looks rather aggrieved -- some cruel person has bedizened his head with kitchen spatulas.

M. Bouffant said...

About now the topmoost one looks like a Manx split-hoof horse w/ three of those hot-rod-style flames stuck in its head.

Very happy it's not moving.

How much you want for it, again?

ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

No helping Jennifer tag?

I'm sure she's gonna see 8-legged freaks and leap to the wrong conclusions.

Jennifer said...

thunder was correct... but only briefly... and then the wonderful thought of an octopus getting drunk at a party and reciting The Philosophers Song made me forget all other 8-legged creatyooers.

Big Bad Bald Bastard said...

Smut, you're horning in on PZ's turf here...

Smut Clyde said...

How does PZ defend his territory? If it involves him using his chromatophores to produce alternate bands of red and blue running along his flanks, I believe I can cope with that.

ckc (not kc) said...

...alternate bands of red and blue

...or grey (gray) and gray (grey) for the monochromat octopiddles

[wv vaterier, losing out to ledliest]

zombie rotten mcdonald said...

How does PZ defend his territory?

Since his territory is the howling frigid wastes of Minnesota, it needs little defending.