Some day, they’ll be able to do this out of water, and we’ll have to answer for all that calamari and tako.
Two things I have learned recently:
“Lewd and Abandoned”. Caricature of notorious New Orleans prostitute Emma Johnson, from “The Mascot”, 21 May 1892. Johnson is depicted in a window with a fan, with tentacles reaching out to the sidewalk entrapping passers by, including men, an old man, an adolsecent boy, and a young woman.
2. If you do a Google search for public domain pictures of octopi, you might stumble upon a Wikipedia talk page for tentacle erotica, which, fortunately for my taste, only has pictures from 19th-century America.
Photo credit: By Staff of “The Mascot”, New Orleans [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons.
A report from the November 24, 1957 edition of the Toledo Blade details a gathering of 200 people to watch an octopus wrestling event in the Puget Sound near Tacoma, Washington.
Teams of three unarmed skin divers competed to garner points based on the use of snorkels versus breathing tanks and the final weight of octopi wrestled to the surface. A team from Portland, Oregon, won the contest, hauling in an eighty-pound octopus in the process. Let it be noted that Giant Pacific Octopi (Octopus dofleini) are rather timid and not at all aggressive unless provoked, with most cases of provocation ending with the octopus fleeing.
I’m not sure what stones we’ve left unturned in our quest to dominate nature whilst being entertained. I can’t find any instances of people making whales race one another, but then again, I don’t want to give anyone any ideas.
Today is the return of my “Monday Morning Cute” series, which went on hiatus because I’m lazy.
First, we have a baby monkey riding backwards on a pig (h/t LGF):
The song is also associated with an iPhone game:
Next, we have a little octopus climbing over a rock:
I’m just going to take a moment to toot my own horn and salute a pseudonymous Photoshop wizard. This is the story of how a funny picture I found, along with the caption I gave it, spent a few moments near the top of Reddit. (The story consists almost entirely of pictures, so chill.)
All of human history has led us to the moment that we developed the technology to digitally add a top hat to a photo of an adorable miniature octopus.
As of the morning of Saturday, December 29, 2012, the Tumblr post has over 46,000 notes, which is a record for anything I’ve ever posted. Then I got this: Continue reading
Some day, he’ll be terrifying, I’m sure…
I got some new coffee mugs. They look like this:
You, too, could have some from Creature Cups, if you think you are brave enough to stare at this in your coffee each morning…
Of course, my friend Jenn made the literary connection that I missed in my reverie of having my very own octopus cup, but at least now I know what to call it:
All hail the wondrous Coffthulu! We tremble in his shadow.