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May 30, 2009


Marine experts have given 25 octopuses a Rubik's Cube each in a study aimed at easing their stress levels in captivity.

(Thanks to Janice Gelb)


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Octidextris? that's a new one..

What if they solve the Cube?? Are humans endangered??


I think it's a study to see if visitors will do the boffins' work for them. For free. That's gotta be worth a couple hundred thousand dollars, eh?

EB, they have a better chance of solving the cube than I do. Of course peeling off the stickers does help. How do you get grant money for things like this? I would like to do a study on why my labrador likes to chase squirrels. Is it instinct or unresolved puppy issues? What would happen if I gave her a stuffed animal squirrel. I already know the answer to that one. If it had a squeaker in it she would tear that out in about 5 minutes. But which paw would she use to hold it on the floor?

We all know what a guy's favorite tentacle is. Duh.

At the end of a rough workday, I always reach for a nice cold rubik's cube.

There's nothing like it.

Duh, Siouxie - the only one.

I know when I want to relax I think of working on complicated and frustrating puzzles too.

They should be careful. Remember what happened with that rubber ducky?

If this works, give them a saxaphone and some sheet music.

Wait. They gave them Rubik's Cubes to RELIEVE stress? I would think that live electrodes would work as well.
If they want to give them a puzzle that takes time to master, give them a three-hook bra to play with.

I always thought it was 'octo pie'.
Maybe it's just me, but it's possible that octopusses (π) may not have a sense of 'play' and that giving them things that they cannot eat may just be frustrating to them.
I know the Rubik's Cube certainly is frustrating to me.

And no one should bring up Mega Shark Vs. Giant Octopus.



cindy, wasn't Unresolved Puppy Issues an 80's band?


How do they expect octopodes to use one arm on the Rubiks cube, when most humans use two?

Octomom should get one too. She may be a little stressed by now.

"octopuses...have even been shown to partially think with their arms."

Maybe they're Italian octopuses?

I believe it was Jeff. Of course I was only a child then. Siouxie be careful of ScottMGS. According to a post he made on the parrot link yesterday his is rubber. I'm still trying to work that out in my mind.

I'm rubber. You're glue. It bounces off me and sticks to you.


Then they will use 4 scientists to teach the creatures how to high-5.

Wouldn't a Rubik's Octagon be better?

I like the clever way that the researchers label the left-side tentacles with an L instead of an R. This shows really close attention to detail in the experiment.

NotSherly, I say octopusses, you say octopi... Let's call the whole thing off...

I just say Maud Adamses.

NotSherly, They definitely have a sense of play - I have friends that dive in the Pacific Northwest (brr!) and I guess the giant octopi there like to steal things, particularly dive lights, from divers and play keepaway.

OH, GOOD GOD, Siouxie!!! If Octomom had an octopus, that's 64!!! And then each of them... (Of course, exponentially, we could tax them each a dollar, and pay off the national debt in 276 years...) (And Allen in Division, I made the numbers up, so don't bother doing the math...)

Thanks for the Allan Sherman song, Fr D'Olives. I hadn't heard that before. Now if you'll excuse me, I'm off to plant my tomahtoes.
CPR, playful octopi wbagnf guys I dated in high school.

NotSherl... I would NEVER want to stop you from planting your home-grown tomatoes!!!

BTW, "Fr D'Olives" is one I hadn't heard before...

Reminds me of the Mel Brooks movie "Spaceballs"...

Priest: "You're the best man?"
John Candy, as the "Mog": Yes!
Priest: "What's your name?"
Mog: "Barf!"
Priest: "Full name?"
Mog: "Barf-olomew!!!"

I believe the proper pluralization is octopodes, being Greek in origin.

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