Thursday, February 9, 2012

Tentacles Everywhere

That awkward moment when a sentence doesn't end the way you think it octopus.

I read a fascinating story about giant squid with my tutee last week and it made me want to have a Tentacle Thursday. So here it is...

Stirrup jar with octopus, ca. 1200–1100 b.c.e.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art

from 20000 Lieues Sous les Mers (Jules Verne's 20000 Leagues under the Sea)

Octopus Lovecraft
by Calyn W.

A cat dressed as a woman tapping the head of an octopus
by Utagawa Kuniyoshi, 1797-1861

Octopus quilt
by Marjan Kluepfel

Coming out of the water
by Rococco LA

Pink Octopus
by Eve Lynch- Kraken Mosaics

"Poulpe Colossal" attacks a merchant ship
Pierre Dénys de Montfort (who heard descriptions of French sailors reportedly attacked by such a creature off the coast of Angola)

by Victor Hugo


* These would make cute octopus valentines
* The making of an octopus lamp
* A fun idea for making inflatable sculptures (one example is a squid)
* A handmade octopus mug
* Working on printable tentacle parts
* Origami squid instructions


Harry said...

First off, *love* the intro sentence by Unknown. I've always that was particularly troubador.

The Octopus Lovecraft is a wonderful allusion to the macabre.

I really wonder about the cat dressed as a woman tapping the octopus's head. Talk about macabre!

The quilt is really gorgeous, but I think that Victor Hugo's piece is my favorite. Who knew ol' Victor was into making art?

maria horvath said...


Great post!

Your use of the word "tutee" brought to mind one of my favorite tongue twisters.

A tutor who tooted the flute
Tried to tutor two tooters to toot.
Said the two to the tutor,
"Is it tougher to toot
Or to tutor two tooters to toot?"

I just couldn't resist quoting it.