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Happy Birthday to an Angry Old Canard!


Donald Duck is 75 today!

The angry old canard’s full name Donald Fauntleroy Duck, and his official birthady is recognized today to commemorate the release of his debut film, The Wise Little Hen for which, true to the bad luck for which he is famous, he didn’t even get a screen credit.

He was recognized in 1942, however, when he recieved an Oscar for his appearence in the short film Der Fuehrer’s Face in which Donald plays a worker in an artillery factory in “Nutzi Land,” and who can ever forget such classics as “How to have an Accident at Work?”

You can, dear reader? well, shucks. here ya go:

let’s face it, If there is one star on teh walk of fame that the author of Bv can get a real kick out of… it’s the Duck’s.

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Dumbo Octopus: if disney did cephalopods

the dumbo octopus is among the most adorable of cepholopods

the dumbo octopus is perhaps the most adorable of cephalopods


Dumbo octopuses (genus Grimpoteuthis) are so called because their ear-like fins and head-like bodies  recall the disproportionate ears of Walt Disney’s flying elephant of the same name (the resemblance is more apparent in the specimen represented in figure 2, below).  Like its namesake, the dumbo octopus “flies” through the water by means of flapping those remarkable ears ( and by pulsing their arms and shooting water through their funnel).

Retiring by nature, perhaps as a result of being teased by unkind fish in schools (ba-dum-bum),  they avoid the spotlight,  living at typical depths of 100-5,000 meters (though the most deeply traumatized  can be found at 7,000 meters). 

 Alas, little has changed for the dumbo octopus since its school days; many of the  37 species  are still poorly understood.


figure 2: the resemblance to Walt disney's "Dumbo" is apparent

figure 2: the resemblance to Walt Disney's "Dumbo" that earned genus Grimpoteuthis its common name is easily recognized in this image


Cf. http://www.bbc.co.uk/nature/blueplanet/factfiles/molluscs/dumbo_octopus_bg.shtml


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