The Vancouver Aquarium brought two octopuses together, and they didn’t delay at all — within minutes, it was…boom chicka wow wow. Totally not safe for work. Not the video, but if you watch this, you might well end up gnawing on your fist and moaning and whimpering right where you are.


  1. #2 Roman Olynyk
    June 6, 2014

    Imagining all of the octopus hickeys!

  2. […] Source: Friday Cephalopod: Love at first sight [Pharyngula] […]

  3. #4 Milo Milo
    June 7, 2014

    Vince, we need to have a talk. You seem to be undecided between preacher and comedian, as if it were an either-or choice. It really isn’t, though. I’ve known a few reverends who proved that these two societal roles are not mutually exclusive. You can do it! But right now your material is ambivalently one or the other. You need to find a way to fuse these two aspirations. Have you considered writing some of your own devotionals?

  4. #5 Art
    June 7, 2014

    First you claim, despite ten thousand years of artifacts showing throwing stick development and streamlining by humans, that a boomerang proves the existence of god. It isn’t even reasonable enough to require contradiction.

    Now, you bend language and reason out of shape to make an archaic bronze age book of tribal tales and mythology sound like it is vaguely relevant scientifically. No, not even if I squint and hold my tongue just right.

  5. #6 David Marjanović
    Museum für Naturkunde, Berlin
    June 7, 2014

    Great, Vince. Wonderful paragraph of insults.

    Now make an argument.

  6. #7 Nick K
    June 8, 2014

    #9 Vince: Once again, you reveal your ignorance. Proteins and peptides are synthesised routinely by chemical methods, often on large scales, as are vitamins for food use. Chemists first made these substances artificially in the 1930’s.

    Can’t you get anything correct?

  7. #8 David Marjanović
    Museum für Naturkunde, Berlin
    June 8, 2014

    All living things must eat other living things

    …Wow. Not even all animals kill for a living.

    no one has made a protein molecule or anything you can eat unless it was extracted from another living thing

    People have made short peptides from amino acids, which can in turn be made from air and water. Making a whole protein, with (by definition) at least 100 amino acid residues, would be a lot of work for no benefit, so nobody has bothered doing that, but it’s fully possible.

    Making DNA from scratch, BTW, is not hard. Whole genomes have been made.

    Living beings consist of atoms, not of magic.

    So no evolutionist has ever demonstrated the first thing about life formation

    That is a separate subject from evolution. Evolution can only set in once a self-replicator exists.

    or evolved anything.

    Wow, that’s not even grammatical.

    Evolution is something populations do. It’s not something you can do to anything. “This population evolves” means something, “I evolve this population” is jibberish.

    Why do you use words that you don’t understand!?!

    you have not a single Atomic Element that shows a physical precursor to the process of evolution over time

    Word salad.

    there is no process of Particle Theory that evolves nothingness into

    Word salad.

  8. #9 Nick K
    June 9, 2014

    Er, Vince, you really have absolutely no idea, have you? As I said, many aminoacids are made commercially on ton scales by de novo synthesis from totally synthetic substances, as are vitamins for human consumption. Contact the Japanese company Ajinomoto if you don’t believe me. They’ll put you straight.

  9. #10 Chris
    June 9, 2014

    Are all evangelicals this foulmouthed?

  10. #11 Malakyp
    June 9, 2014

    Normally, no, but when they get all hot and bothered by videos of cephalopod fornication, well… who can blame them, really?

    As for the risible claim that “all living things” must consume the products of other living things, I’d like to direct your attention first to these things called plants. Or, if you’d prefer your counterexamples to be more exotic, chemolithotrophic bacteria and archaea (from the relatively cosmopolitan iron bacteria to any of many specialized extremophiles).

  11. #12 Michael Kelsey
    SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory
    June 10, 2014

    @Chris: clearly, the only cheek “Vince” can turn is the one attached to his rectal sphincter. It seems that being so demonstrably ignorant of both actual facts _and_ his favority source of authority has perhaps given “Vince” a bit of an inferiority complex. Thus, he lashes out with anger, pride and envy (three for seven, not bad) at those who would remonstrate him for his lack of learning.

    @Vince: “You” may not be able to eat dirt, but plenty of living creatures are! Even putting aside plants (which in your risible theology are not “living”), numerous creatures eat dirt, rocks, methane gas, whatever. Protein synthesis is a billion dollar a year industry, which presumably doesn’t exist in your reality. As for the rest of your foul-mouthed diatribe, you should probably have a few sessions with your favorite pastor about communication before returning here.

  12. #13 Nick K
    June 10, 2014

    @Michael Kelsey: Vince’s ignorance is astounding, as is his wishful thinking. He is quite literally too dumb to realise how dumb he is.

  13. #14 Nick K
    June 10, 2014

    So, Vince, what are those cetacean vestigial bones for? I’ve asked you several times, and you haven’t given me an answer. You merely assert that they have a function.

    You didn’t even know about photosynthesis in green plants!

  14. #15 Vince Badrum
    North Carolina
    June 10, 2014

    Sorry Nick K, I’ve had some issues adjusting my medications. I know I was thinking that god put those bones there to give Jonah a place to put a cot, but now I’m really confused.

  15. #16 Chris
    June 10, 2014

    @Malakyp and Michael Kelsey: Actually, Vince strikes me as a lonely, frustrated young teenage boy craving attention.

  16. #17 Vince Badrum
    North Carolina
    June 10, 2014

    Sorry Chris, the voices in my head are very confusing. I read what I wrote a few minutes later, and I can remember writing it but it feels like it was a dream. I can get pretty nasty.

  17. #18 Nick K
    June 11, 2014

    Vince: “Labelling the bones functional simply because you’re too much of an ignorant idiot to discern what they are for is just a stupid argument from ignorance. Try again, son.

  18. #19 Gordon Denny
    June 13, 2014

    My goodness! VG’s a real case. Very sad.

    We have evidence that amino acids are being synthesized in chemical reactions in gas clouds in deep space. So it’s not very hard to do…

    Why do you need a god?

  19. #20 Feelgood Goodman
    June 13, 2014

    “Why do you need a god?”
    To be created silly man.

  20. #21 Nick K
    June 13, 2014

    Vince, old chap, according to you at #13, aminoacids require divine intervention to be made. Companies like Degussa, Ajinomoto and Roche make tonnage quantities of these compounds completely synthetically. They will be more than happy to send you prices and specifications of their synthetic aminoacids if you contact them. Care to explain why you made this absurd and demonstrably false claim?

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