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Tell me, O Octopus, I begs
Is those things arms, or is they legs?
I marvel at thee, Octopus;
If I were thou, I’d call me Us

Ogden Nash

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Octopus, detail from a Roman mosaic, Pompeii

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The Trail of the Octopus 1919

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Hokusai

The most repulsive thing you could ever imagine is the inside of a camel`s mouth. That and watching a girl eat octopus or squid.

Marlon Brando

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The object that started the commotion was a rotting carcass of great size along the coast of St. Augustine, FL, in 1896. It was first seen by Herbert Coles and Dunham Coretter on a bicycle trip on the evening of November 30. When the young men first saw the carcass, it had sunk into the sand because of its immense weight. The next day, Dr. DeWitt Webb, founder of the St. Augustine Historical Society and Institute of Science, arrived on the scene. The skin was of an extremely light pink color with a silvery tint to it. They concluded it weighed roughly five tons and the visible portions were twenty-three feet in length, four feet high, and eighteen feet across the widest part of the back. Webb decided that it was not a whale but instead some kind of octopus.

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The Kraken
Below the thunders of the upper deep,
Far far beneath in the abysmal sea,
His ancient, dreamless, uninvaded sleep
The Kraken sleepeth: faintest sunlights flee
About his shadowy sides: above him swell
Huge sponges of millennial growth and height;
And far away into the sickly light,
From many a wondrous grot and secret cell
Unnumbered and enormous polypi
Winnow with giant fins the slumbering green.
There hath he lain for ages and will lie
Battering upon huge seaworms in his sleep,
Until the latter fire shall heat the deep;
Then once by men and angels to be seen,
In roaring he shall rise and on the surface die.

Alfred Tennyson

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Jetant son encre vers les cieux,
Suçant le sang de ce qu’il aime
Et le trouvant délicieux,
Ce monstre inhumain, c’est moi-même.

Arrojando su tinta hacia el cielo,
Chupando la sangre de aquel que ama
Y encontrándola deliciosa,
Ese monstruo inhumano, ese soy yo.

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Jean Painlevé, photogramme issu de La Pieuvre, 1928

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The octopus is the only invertebrate which has been shown to use tools.

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OCTAPOTHI- Greek Grilled Octopus

Ingredients

•1 whole raw octopus- medium sized

•5 cloves garlic (Finely chopped)

•4 Whole lemons (Squeezed)

•1 Whole Octopus

•3/4 cup extra virgin olive oil

•1 Tablespoon oregano

•1-2 Pinch pepper (To taste)

•2-3 Pinch salt (To taste)

•1 Cup red wine vinegar

How to make it

•Beat the octopus with a meat hammer or against the concrete (as they do in Greece) to soften it up.

•This may take 15 minutes or more.

•Cut and clean the octopus into pieces about twice the size of a serving because the meat will shrink when cooked.

•Combine the vinegar, a 1/4 cup of olive oil, the garlic, some oregano, salt and pepper.

•Place marinade in large ziploc bag and add octopus.

•Marinate overnight for best results but 3 hrs in the fridge will do.

•To cook, warm the BBQ to low-medium heat and lay the meat on the grill.

•Baste with a mixture of the remaining olive oil, the juice from the lemons, and the oregano, being careful not to cause a flame to erupt in the BBQ.

•When the octopus is done (about 15 minutes), plate, and pour the remaining marinade over the removed octopus and serve