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   Undertoad  Friday Mar 21 11:44 AM

3/21/2003: Octopus opens jar



Happy Friday. This is Frieda, a 9-month-old octopus. She lives at a zoo in Munich. She's learned how to open a jar containing her favorite foods, which include shrimp, crabs, and clams. The jar opening is now on display for visitors, twice a week.

Freaky man!



linknoid  Friday Mar 21 01:33 PM

Re: 3/21/2003: Octopus opens jar

Isn't the octopus considered one of the most intelligent invertibrates?



wolf  Friday Mar 21 02:10 PM

Man ... this could be trouble!

First the invertibrates learn to open jars, next thing you'll know they'll be wanting the keys to the car, and universal suffrage ...

Pray that clams never learn to do something clever ...

(bet you all thought i was only paranoid about people ...)



blowmeetheclown  Friday Mar 21 04:20 PM

Quote:
Originally posted by wolf
Man ... this could be trouble!

First the invertibrates learn to open jars, next thing you'll know they'll be wanting the keys to the car, and universal suffrage ...

Pray that clams never learn to do something clever ...

(bet you all thought i was only paranoid about people ...)
Worse yet -- imagine 6 fully autos aimed at ya, with 2 arms left free to constantly reload.


warch  Friday Mar 21 04:46 PM

Quite the cocky capsnafler, eh? Goin' into showbiz...
Need a challenge? Ive got a 23 month-old, sloppy, crusty jar of Stubb's BBq sauce in the fridge.



xoxoxoBruce  Saturday Mar 22 08:03 AM

At last! Help for the elderly and disabled. They may replace dogs and little monkeys domestic helpers.



wolf  Saturday Mar 22 08:33 AM

We have to teach them to breathe air first. I don't think they could get the proper leverage to open the jars if they also had to hold the jar out of the water.

Unless we only want them to open jars that are already full of saltwater ... you know, pickles, olives ... I think that would work.



Griff  Saturday Mar 22 08:39 AM

How big an octopus do we need as a kitchen appliance? I think I can squeeze a small aquarium into my kitchen design.



wolf  Saturday Mar 22 08:51 AM

That might be a good idea anyway griff ... have a big tank in the kitchen where yah can yank out some fresh, tasty seafood and toss it right into a big ol' pot of boiling water and old bay seasoning.

You'd have to have some way to mark the trained jar opening octopus to tell it from the one that you bought for calimari, though.

You wouldn't be able to open the tomato sauce if you cooked the wrong one.



Uryoces  Saturday Mar 22 12:05 PM

Octopi are as smart as cats, minus the attitude. They have eyes that are almost on par with ours, and they've been opening jars as far back as 1975. Saw it on a Jaques Cousteau special that came out before a lot of the cellar audience was born. Yiieee!



And  Sunday Mar 23 01:48 PM

I had heard a story about an octopus in a lab or zoo or someplace indoors in a tank. The lab techs or whatever would come in every morning and find rocks from the tank strewn all over the room. They weren't sure why or what happened as the rocks would repeatedly be flung on the floor, even after being replaced in the tank, so they set up a camcorder overnight. According to the tale, the camcorder caught the octopus flinging rocks at cockroaches on the ceiling and walls to knock them in the tank where it would catch them and eat them.

Snopes had nothing on the story, but I'm still unsure of it's authenticity.



MaggieL  Sunday Mar 23 10:59 PM

Quote:
Originally posted by Uryoces
before a lot of the cellar audience was born.
Heck, I've got a computer that's that old. And I bought it new.


lumberjim  Wednesday Oct 8 03:44 PM

INVENTORS

ACTUALLY, THE OCTOPUS INVENTED THE SCREW TOP CAP. WE BORROWED THE INVENTION IN EGYPTIAN TIMES AND HAVE USED IT WITH GREAT SUCCESS EVER SINCE!




xoxoxoBruce  Wednesday Oct 8 09:50 PM

Oh Boy, another wacko. Welcome to the Cellar Ljim. We've almost got them outnumbered.
PS- Dave gets annoyed if you yell.



Elspode  Wednesday Oct 8 11:22 PM

Well, let's see this one get out, if he's so darn smart!

(Great album by a great prog rock band, BTW)



Happy Monkey  Saturday Jan 31 11:29 PM

I don't work blue all that often, but:

Octopi are fucking awesome.



lumberjim  Tuesday Apr 11 04:14 PM

here it is. took me a while to find this.

this is why i'm here.

mmmwooowhoooohoooohooooo!



xoxoxoBruce  Tuesday Apr 11 08:22 PM

What's this? Roots, the LJ story?



lumberjim  Tuesday Oct 28 02:31 PM

boredom bump



Sheldonrs  Tuesday Oct 28 02:38 PM

You got octopus in my peanut butter!



sweetwater  Tuesday Oct 28 02:46 PM

Just about an hour ago I was sitting at my kitchen table talking with a friend about a giant octopus she had seen at an aquarium in ... Seattle, maybe. I think they are stalking me. Guess I can't hide in a jar, though - perhaps a bottle. Yes, much better!



Pie  Tuesday Oct 28 03:31 PM

That was your first post, lj. We should get it bronzed.



lumberjim  Tuesday Oct 28 04:03 PM

or tarred and feathered



dar512  Tuesday Oct 28 05:42 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Pie View Post
That was your first post, lj. We should get it bronzed.
How did you know it was LJ's first post?


classicman  Tuesday Oct 28 11:13 PM

just noticed lj joined on my B-day 5 years ago...weird



barefoot serpent  Thursday Dec 11 02:27 PM

Octopus mimics predators -- to ward off its predators.

not only color shifting but shape shifting, too



classicman  Thursday Dec 11 11:16 PM

lol - check out post #4 on the link



dar512  Friday Mar 6 02:41 PM

Another octopus in search of food:

Truman - a seven foot octopus managed to stuff himself into a 14 inch sided box in search of food.



Shawnee123  Friday Mar 6 03:02 PM

There's not really a box there, he's just a really good octopus mime.



dar512  Friday Mar 6 03:47 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Shawnee123 View Post
There's not really a box there, he's just a really good octopus mime.


It's true that he never said a word.


lumberjim  Friday Mar 6 03:58 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Shawnee123 View Post
There's not really a box there, he's just a really good octopus mime.
I think that goes without saying


dar512  Friday Mar 6 04:22 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by lumberjim View Post
I think that goes without saying
And yet here you are saying it.


lumberjim  Friday Mar 6 04:36 PM

i did not



dar512  Friday Mar 6 05:02 PM

Did too.



classicman  Saturday Mar 7 03:30 PM

Big Octopus Squeezes Into Tiny Box

Quote:
Biologist Calls Food Locked Away 'Enrichment Activity'

Posted: 6:16 am EST March 6, 2009
BOSTON -- An octopus at the New England Aquarium surprised staff and visitors Thursday by squeezing its 7-foot-long, 30-pound body into a 14-inch square acrylic box.

The octopus, named Truman, squeezed into the box in pursuit of food. Biologist Bill Murphy told TV station WMUR that he had placed a couple of crabs inside a 6-inch square cube and locked it, and then placed that cube inside the 14-inch box with a different latch. The feeding method is a puzzle designed to entertain and enrich octopi, which exhibit an interest in such puzzles.

"I start the octopus off with the small box, and once he has mastered that lock, I switch to another box, and once he has mastered each individual box, I put a box inside a box to keep him active and challenged," Murphy said.

Murphy said Truman usually leaves the boxes alone until the aquarium closes because octopi are typically nocturnal. Truman normally opens each lock individually, but this time, he was apparently too impatient.

[Word quickly spread among Aquarium staff and guests as a crowd gathered for the thirty minute spectacle.]
New England Aquarium
Word quickly spread among Aquarium staff and guests as a crowd gathered for the thirty minute spectacle.
Murphy said the octopus squeezed his legs and large head through a 2-inch hole in the exterior box. The only hard part on an octopus is its small beak, so it can squeeze into tight spaces.

A crowd gathered around the tank to watch as word spread of Truman's feat.

Once inside the 14-inch box, Truman tried to undo the latch on the smaller box. But he wasn't able to manage it after 30 minutes and eventually emerged, leg by leg, from the box.

Officials said this was the first time such behavior had been witnessed and photographed at the aquarium.



Trilby  Saturday Mar 7 04:25 PM

Truman is a quitter.



Cloud  Saturday Mar 7 05:30 PM

This is a 2003 thread. Now, there's YouTube:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ocWF6d0nelY



spudcon  Saturday Mar 7 10:17 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by classicman View Post
Nothing like squeezing into a tight box.


xoxoxoBruce  Saturday Mar 7 11:46 PM

And staying there a half hour.



dar512  Tuesday Dec 15 12:15 PM

Octopuses - smarter than they look

Tool Use Found in Octopuses



xoxoxoBruce  Tuesday Dec 15 12:21 PM

heh heh, thanks dar. I saw that story last night, but was too tired to look for this thread.



lumberjim  Monday Oct 5 12:00 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by lumberjim View Post
boredom bump

12years ago Thursday. 12 years. 12!

Seems like longer


xoxoxoBruce  Monday Oct 5 12:49 PM

That's because you've lived several, what most people would consider full lives, since then.



glatt  Monday Oct 5 01:24 PM

12 years is a long time.

I was doing a training just a moment ago, and my boss introduced me and said I had been here for 25 years. It's true, I started as a temp here 25 years ago. I've been an employee for 'only' 24.5 years. But I've done work here for 25 years. Makes me feel freaking old. I've got a meeting scheduled Wednesday with a retirement planner the HR department is bringing in. That makes me feel even older. I've been just vaguely thinking of retirement as this thing that will happen in the distant future, and I don't need to think of it at all, but it's coming sooner than I think.



xoxoxoBruce  Monday Oct 5 01:27 PM

My Boeing boss mailed me my 25 year pin, I didn't wait for the presentation.



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