I recently stumbled across an interesting post (don’t ask how I got there; how do you ever end up anywhere on the Web?) about how the octopus has been used as a propaganda symbol, from WW2 to Big Oil, to represent the terrifying Other. Fascinating stuff – read more here for starters, and here is an entire blog on the topic.



  1. #1 John McKay
    May 30, 2010

    It has also been used to represent a scibling of yours.

  2. #3 Melkor
    May 31, 2010

    Prediction: PZ’s gonna have an egg case over the misuse of his beloved cephalopods :-P

  3. #4 Jessica Palmer
    May 31, 2010

    See, I don’t think most people appreciate that the octopus doesn’t represent PZ – he IS an octopus. Wearing a college professor suit. It’s how he blogs so much – eight tentacles… ;)

  4. #5 Joe Leasure
    June 1, 2010

    How bizarre. There seems to be a trend in some photography with models wearing dead octopi (and various meats). Not sure what that means really.

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