Octo-pi (R) Squared

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In Germany, an octopus is given two flags and a ball: it places the ball on whichever side’s flag it thinks will win the upcoming World Cup game. This time, it picked Spain instead of Germany in the semifinals by dropping tokens into square containers.  Paul the octopus was right again.

Octoballsoccer.jpgOctopuses are smarter than you think. They can also be smaller than you’d expect. In an aquarium, an octopus living in its own enclosure was stealing crabs from a neighboring tank, although the scientists could not figure out how. So they gave it a jungle gym of tubes which were coin-size in diameter and discovered the reason. Watch here.

A common trick that octopuses are capable of is opening jars. They press their body against the lid, and grip the sides with their tentacles. The following shows an octopus performing the feat:


So next time you have a hard time opening a jar, ask an octopus to lend a tentacle. 

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