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Otto the Octopus is My Hero

 
 
nimh
 
Reply Wed 18 Feb, 2009 06:19 pm
This story, a couple of months old already, just gets more bizarre the further in you get...

Basically, the staff at the Sea Star Aquarium in Coburg, Germany, had been baffled when several times in a row, there was a short-circuit after a lamp over one of the acquaria broke at night.

A spokesman explained: "It was a serious matter because it shorted the electricity supply to the whole aquarium that threatened the lives of the other animals when water pumps ceased to work."

So they decided to take shifts sleeping on the floor to find out what caused the mysterious blackouts. And "it was on the third night that we found out that the octopus Otto was responsible for the chaos." Apparently, Otto was "annoyed by the bright light shining into his aquarium":

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We knew that he was bored as the aquarium is closed for winter, and at two feet, seven inches Otto had discovered he was big enough to swing onto the edge of his tank and shoot out the 2000 Watt spot light above him with a carefully directed jet of water.


http://www.telegraph.co.uk/telegraph/multimedia/archive/01054/otto-octupus-460_1054110c.jpg
The culprit of the smashed glass and broken lamp is two foot seven inch Otto.

But that's not all!

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Director Elfriede Kummer who witnessed the act said: "We've put the light a bit higher now so he shouldn't be able to reach it. But Otto is constantly craving for attention and always comes up with new stunts so we have realised we will have to keep more careful eye on him - and also perhaps give him a few more toys to play with.

"Once we saw him juggling the hermit crabs in his tank, another time he threw stones against the glass damaging it. And from time to time he completely re-arranges his tank to make it suit his own taste better - much to the distress of his fellow tank inhabitants."


Juggling hermit crabs!!??

Otto the Octopus is my new hero.
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littlek
 
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Reply Wed 18 Feb, 2009 06:26 pm
@nimh,
Go Otto! They (people who know them) always said Octupi were smart.
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Green Witch
 
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Reply Wed 18 Feb, 2009 06:46 pm
How can I ever eat another plate of fried calamari !?
chai2
 
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Reply Wed 18 Feb, 2009 06:48 pm
Otto needs some leggos to play with
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dlowan
 
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Reply Wed 18 Feb, 2009 08:18 pm
@Green Witch,
Otto is not a calamari.

But he's amazing!!!


he needs a friend.
Green Witch
 
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Reply Wed 18 Feb, 2009 08:25 pm
@dlowan,
Oops, but those juggling legs will be forever in my mind.

(I ate octopus once at a sushi bar. Once was enough.)
JTT
 
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Reply Wed 18 Feb, 2009 09:10 pm
@Green Witch,
Quote:
(I ate octopus once at a sushi bar. Once was enough.)


Sugoku oishii yo.
DrewDad
 
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Reply Wed 18 Feb, 2009 11:37 pm
@Green Witch,
Green Witch wrote:
(I ate octopus once at a sushi bar. Once was enough.)

I can't decide to make a joke about what you "eight" or to say "once you go cephalopod, you never go back."
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Green Witch
 
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Reply Thu 19 Feb, 2009 08:34 am
@JTT,
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Sugoku oishii yo.


Translation: bitter rubberbands with green hot sauce.
JTT
 
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Reply Thu 19 Feb, 2009 06:01 pm
@Green Witch,
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Translation: bitter rubberbands with green hot sauce.


Ya musta got some bad/tough octopus, Green Witch. Ya can get bad steak, bad tofu, bad anything.

Don't you like wasabi? Shocked
Green Witch
 
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Reply Thu 19 Feb, 2009 06:16 pm
@JTT,
I think my octopus days are over.
I like wasabi peas, but otherwise it's not a favorite. Given a choice of foods, I would probably aim for Italian first, French second, American-Chinese third, German fourth and somewhere after hot dogs I'd go for Japanese. It's probably the most beautiful food on the planet, but does little for me in the way of pleasing my taste buds. Plus, as environmentalist, I have a problem with the Japanese attitude towards ocean plunder.
JTT
 
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Reply Thu 19 Feb, 2009 06:36 pm
@Green Witch,
Been there, done the western versions of Japanese food, GW. That's not really Japanese food. My guess is that shiokara, salted fermented squid guts, wouldn't be big on your list.


Green Witch
 
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Reply Thu 19 Feb, 2009 06:48 pm
@JTT,
I think I'll pass on the squid guts, but thank you for the thought. However, I've eaten in some very fine Japanese restaurants in Manhattan, Boston and Washington DC. All of which (I believe) are owned and operated by Japanese business people and chefs. It's not that it's bad food, but I think you either have a "yen" for it or you don't.

(...running away from my own bad pun)
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Gargamel
 
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Reply Thu 19 Feb, 2009 08:08 pm
I am a big fan of the octopus.

Did you know they have three hearts? And that each of their tentacles are relatively autonomous? And that part of their genitals detach during intercourse?

Read up on them--every other detail will blow your mind.
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