Friday Cephalopod: The stars will be in alignment on 16 September; the Great Old One will rise

Prepare yourself.

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The Te Papa Museum of New Zealand has a new specimen locked in a vault: a colossal squid that will be thawed and dissected (they think!) on streaming video.

Here is the necromantic chamber.

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Wait! No protective runes, no array of emergency thuribles, no pentagram, no mysterious idols of jade and obsidian? This may not go well.

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Now we know where Bob Howard needs to be next Tuesday...

I presume they kept the deep fryer and the sushi knives conveniently out of shot for that picture.

By Robert Sneddon (not verified) on 20 Sep 2014 #permalink