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Octopus toon spreads tentacles
This has GOT to be better than Teletubbies!

Outopus (52×2′) has been acquired by Disney in Japan, YLE in Finland, NRK in Norway and Junior TV in Germany, as well as pan-Arabic broadcaster Al Jazeera Children’s Channel (JCC).
The slapstick non-dialogue series, which is aimed at children aged 4-8, is produced by Rocket Cartoons in Costa Rica and revolves around five octopus friends that have grown bored of life in their fish tank and attempt to escape
I found a sample cartoon here:

 

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Was there an epic war or an epic romance between this robot and a squid? Deep Sea News March 18, 2014 Kim Martini
HAD to add this one here (partially because it is likely a real encounter even though done slightly tongue in cheek)

This is a sea glider. And an unusually filthy one at that…


Someone hand me some soap PLEASE.

Seagliders spend their time flying up and down between the sea surface and the deep ocean again and again and again, all the while measuring the vital signs of the ocean (temperature, salinity and pressure). I imagine this is a lonely existence. Only when it comes to the surface does it briefly communicate with the outside world, sending out a strip of encoded data while receiving navigational instructions from pilots on land. The rest of the time they prowl the oceans, gathering data.

But I’m just going to go out on a limb here and say…YOU LIED TO US GLIDER! And those marks on your dirty, dirty hull tells us the truth, you had a clandestine encounter with a cephalopod!


Oh hello sucker prints.

You’ve been busted glider. Those sucker marks…probably the work of a squid. Gliders spend most of their time in the realm of these cephalopods, in the deep ocean beneath the photic zone. This particular encounter occurred in the Atlantic Ocean. There are multiple sets of sucker marks, and the ones in the back look like the squid attempted the full embrace maneuver, wrapping its arms completely around the glider (which is the standard way that squids investigate items of interest).


“Just hold on, we’re gliding home. It’s hard to do these dives alone.” – Squid-Drake

But what sort of embrace was it? Was it an epic wrestling match between squid and machine? Did the squid try to drag the glider down to the murky depths? Did they fight until the squid was tired to the gladius and the glider surfaced triumphantly?

Or was this much more than a war….perhaps it was love at first tentacle? I can see the trailer now “They were born worlds apart. One was a robot, the other a cephalopod. But they could not resist each other’s eerily similar mantles. Join Fabio as Squidmeo and as Lady Ga Ga as Gliderette and revisit the tale of these sea-crossed lovers…” Maybe my squidmagination has swum a bit wild here.

Of the three gilders, all had barnacles attached to them but this is the only one that came back a brown mess. Some of the scientists on board suggested it could be squid ink, although no formal taste tests were conducted. The glider was part of SPURS, an experiment to measure the saltiest part of the ocean. But as suggested by Ben Jokinen, the glider technician, all that may have been sampled were the “salty, salty tears of the squid when we we took his yellow lover away from him.”

Thanks to Ben Jokinen and the IOP Lab at the University of Washington’s Applied Physics Laboratory for the pictures of the squid-handled glider.
 

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Gotta love zeFranc's monologues (and most are pretty accurate). I was surprised I had not seen this one but it looks like he remade his octopus show to help promote our friends at MBA and their opening of Tentacles this week.

@Stavros, did you change something or did the video resolve itself? It may be that you needed to refresh the screen after saving your post as I did not "fix" or edit it in any way,
 

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Yes, the bulletin boards don't take the "embed" code provided by the video streaming sites but do translate the direct URL links (some will include BB links in their share options but they are nothing more than URLs). Tony has included a feature that automatically translates most video streaming URL links (like YouTube) and embeds them so you can just paste the links directly into the text box without even having to use the special paste box provided by the icons.
 

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Phoenix girl's octopus joke goes national
I am not sure if this belongs here or in the Groaners thread but since it was submitted to a joke book by an eight year old, I will put it here.

Chloe's quip — How many tickles does it take to make an octopus laugh? Ten-tickles!
 

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Video commercial with octopus that held up London traffic when the transporting truck broke down.
 

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@SkyFl, can you describe to me how you attached that image? It should show up without clicking but doesn't so I am trying to determine if we have a bug or if an alternate method should have been used. I can edit the post so it will show but want to leave it this way until we know your trick :wink:
 

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I had the image saved on my computer, so I clicked "upload a file" on the bottom of the message and added the file. Let me know if I should do it differently in the future!
 

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Nope, that is one of several ways images are expected to be uploaded. Interestingly, I see that the image is now displaying in the post so I have no clue why it acted peculiarly yesterday.
 

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Giant Octopus Car Wash octopus returned to the sea


One Madison Octopus Car Wash location has finally given in to public demand and released back into the ocean the giant octopus it has exploited for over 50 years.
Since the 1960s, “Armando,” a giant Atlantic octopus, one of earth’s largest mollusks, has been forced to scrub down cars and sit atop a metal pole for hours on end, all in the name of profits.
In 1959, Thomas McGinty opened Express Car Wash on University Avenue, but struggled to attract customers. Facing bankruptcy, McGinty needed to make a change. While on vacation in Florida, he overheard a sailor’s yarn about pirates training octopi to clean barnacles from their ships. Realizing the business possibilities, McGinty contracted a scuba diver to catch him a juvenile octopus the very next day.
Octopus Car Wash was born.
Armando grew quickly, as did McGinty’s clientele. Madisonians lined up to see the enormous cephalopod, who in his prime could wash four cars at once. Over the next few decades, McGinty managed to capture several other octopi and opened four other locations in Wisconsin and Illinois.
Up the pole. Down the pole. Wash. Wash. Wash. That was Armando’s life for decades. The novelty wore off, and the giant octopus grew old and tired. In 1988, machines became more cost-effictive than tentacles, and Armando was relegated exclusively to the pole. It seemed as though he’d be there for the rest of his life.
However, in 2013, animal rights groups started voicing their concerns.
PETA championed the octopus’ cause, utilizing social media to tell Armando’s story.
Their campaign quickly went viral. In March 2014, #ArmandosSmile began trending nationally on Twitter, a reference to the mollusk’s steadfast grin.
It wasn’t long before picketers calling for Armando’s release lined University Avenue.
Tuesday, in the face of mounting social and political pressure, Thomas McGinty, Jr., current owner of Octopus Car Wash, granted Armando his freedom.
PETA sprung to action. Drawing from their multi-million dollar “Free Armando” fund, they chartered a helicopter to airlift the 600-pound mollusk to the Gulf of Mexico.
By Wednesday afternoon, Armando was happily clambering over reefs off the very same beach where he was kidnapped 50 years ago.
Armando is free. But his brothers and sisters are not. PETA President Matthew Wright says he won’t rest until all Octopus Car Wash octopi are returned to their natural habitats.
“We aren’t going to let these businessmen exploit cheap octopus labor any longer,” Wright said.
At press time, sources reported that a vacationing McGinty, Jr. had netted a giant squid off the coast of Hawaii.
 

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