I was trying to think of something to write about for this tweets post from the plethora of topics available. However, I’ve got a cold, and I’m still recovering from a day Christmas shopping in Taupo with my mother, so my brain’s not working.
So in the meantime, I was gathering tweets to add to the post. I found the one in the Marine Tweets section with a cool video of an octopus. As a comment, I wanted to write, “Octopi are cool.” “Octopi” got a red wave line, which actually isn’t uncommon in WordPress even for real words. It happens a fair bit because I write in English and not USian.
That lead me to check my spelling of octopi, and I got this:
The standard English plural of octopus is octopuses. However, the word octopus comes from Greek, and the Greek plural form is octopodes. Modern usage of octopodes is so infrequent that many people mistakenly create the erroneous plural form octopi, formed according to rules for Latin plurals.
You learn something new every day. I was taught by multiple people that the plural of octopus was octopi. I never thought to question it.
There’s another one that I only realized within about the last ten years that I’d been getting wrong. I often said, “I felt nauseous.” What I should have said was, “I felt nauseated.”
There are a couple of others. It’s quite embarrassing when you like to think you have a pretty good command of the English language, and you’ve been screwing it up for years. Probably a whole lot of people had a good laugh behind my back, “She thinks she’s so clever but … .”
At least I don’t mix up your/you’re, there/their, bought/brought, and we’re/were.
Is this stuff important? It depends on the situation, as with most things.
And yes, that pic is two octopuses mating.
The lack of foresight and long-term planning in the GOP tax plan makes me wonder if those designing it have any knowledge of economics whatsoever. As this cartoon says perfectly, it’s all about short-term gain.
Thanks, @TomTolesToons @washingtonpost #GOPTaxPlan #GOPTaxScam @SenKamalaHarris @SenSanders @SenJohnMcCain @SenSchumer @SenJeffFlake @lisamurkowski @SenSusanCollins pic.twitter.com/TPFBB8kA3o
— David Corbett (@David Corbett_CA) November 28, 2017
That’s a turn-up for the books when it comes to the GOP.
(Via Ann German.)
JUST IN: Thousands of religious leaders come out against Senate GOP tax plan https://t.co/znxiL3Uism pic.twitter.com/WM5Znd1kn6
— The Hill (@thehill) November 29, 2017
I think this tweeter has hit the nail on the head! (See the Political Tweets section here.)
(Via Ann German.)
Here’s the REAL reason Trump is amped up about the cover of Time — pic.twitter.com/D7DmUVDpDq
— HawaiiDelilah (@Hawaii Delilah) November 25, 2017
Hasn’t he got a country to run?
The president is spending his morning retweeting these videos from a leader of Britain’s far-right, ultra nationalist Britain First party (who was recently convicted for harassing a Muslim woman on the street) pic.twitter.com/96VmpgEU42
— Natasha Bertrand (@Natasha Bertrand) November 29, 2017
This was the White House response:
Q: “Does the White House have a responsibility to verify information before they retweet it out? Isn’t it fake news not to do that?”
Sarah Sanders: “Look again, the— whether it’s— it’s a real video, the threat is real and that is what the President is talking about.”
— Kyle Griffin (@kyle griffin1) November 29, 2017
Human Rights Tweets
Leigh Corfman is a woman who was only fourteen years at the time when when she says Roy Moore sexually abused her. In my opinion, her allegations are credible. Until recently, Moore used surrogates to attack her. Now he has done so himself so Corfman has written an open letter to him.
(Via Ann German.)
Leigh Corfman, in a letter to Roy Moore: “When you personally denounced me last night and called me slanderous names, I decided that I am done being silent. What you did to me when I was 14-years old should be revolting to every person of good morals.” https://t.co/sBZzRUukAk
— Women’s March (@womens march) November 29, 2017
These are some of the women who have accused Donald Trump of sexual assault.
We’re seeing an incredible cascade of truth telling about predatory men. I can only imagine the frustration felt by the women who have accused Donald Trump of the same kinds of abuses that he is not just avoiding accountability, but actually lashing out self-righteously. pic.twitter.com/Glvdh7Xxub
— Joy Reid (@Joy Ann Reid) November 29, 2017
Scary Kids Tweets
These tweets deserve a section all of their own!!!
— Vintage Oddities (@Vintage Oddities) November 26, 2017
What are those red things on the plate supposed to be? Tomatoes?
— Vintage Oddities (@Vintage Oddities) November 28, 2017
Mum’s scary too in this one. I wouldn’t drink juice poured by someone with that look on their face!
— Vintage Oddities (@Vintage Oddities) November 20, 2017
No comment necessary.
“Don’t worry, Africa. We’ll go away when we finish.” Propaganda poster, ca. 1960s. pic.twitter.com/5FzArZisE6
— Mood:Vintage (@mood vintage) November 29, 2017
I love watching this sort of thing!
— Fabulous Weird (@Fabulous Weird) November 29, 2017
Cool machine! Of course, we wouldn’t need them if people just disposed of their rubbish correctly.
This is fantastic. We need these in every port. pic.twitter.com/mgl5rYkAFy
— IM????HIM (@ziya tong) November 29, 2017
Other Animals Tweets
The third donkey thinks it’s so clever because it is!
The 3rd donkey thinks it’s so clever..???????? pic.twitter.com/9E9PHh1vKx
— The Invisible Man (@invisible man_17) November 29, 2017
Batman has found his match!
Superhero protector of Gotham City, who fights against evil and strikes terror into the hearts of criminals everywhere but knows fuck all about bullfighting. pic.twitter.com/iRicL43yXL
— Paul Bronks (@Boring Enormous) November 29, 2017
Mama croc and her baby.
(Via Ann German.)
Instinct prevents the mother from closing her jaws as she carries her young from the riverside nest, into the water. pic.twitter.com/dBx70BGmv1
— D Attenborough (@Atten boroughs_D) November 27, 2017
I wonder what it looks like to a seal?
“Alan, I dare you to bite that bloke’s head.” pic.twitter.com/NQs8Tw4czj
— D Attenborough (@Atten boroughs_D) November 24, 2017
Octopuses are cool!
When an octopus swims through the water, their hearts don’t beat and so they tire quickly. Which is why you’re more likely to see one crawling along the floor like this octopus filmed by AmbassaDiver @Manuel_Bustelo pic.twitter.com/qJamWoB680
— PADI (@PADI) November 29, 2017
What a gorgeous creature!
One of the nicest-looking katydid nymphs (possibly Harroweria sp.) from the Amazon rainforest, with candy cane coloration to bring on the holiday spirit for you! pic.twitter.com/vHJr4mPHf8
— Gil Wizen (@wizen trop) November 29, 2017
Wild budgerigars drinking near Alice Springs in Australia’s Northern Territory. Pic by Jim Oatley https://t.co/mNqsONb8sd pic.twitter.com/xAl3V0Nn0u
— Parrot Of The Day (@Parrot Of The Day) November 29, 2017
Threatened New Zealand dotterel have been found nesting in Kapiti for the first time, with six eggs found at the Waikanae Estuary: https://t.co/j92qWLBGoW pic.twitter.com/gU11LitKPw
— Dept of Conservation (@doc govt nz) November 29, 2017
‘No food in this tree they said, I’ll show them!’ pic.twitter.com/AJ6UPynCXx
— HUMOROUS ANIMALS (@CUTE FUNNY ANIMAL) November 29, 2017
That’s the way to do it!!!
(Via Ann German.)
this is the best thing i’ve seen today pic.twitter.com/CHuax6xJay
— P͎u͎p͎p͎y͎ L͎i͎f͎e͎ (@Its Puppy Life) November 28, 2017
People think this is funny! I feel sorry for the poor dog. He obviously has something wrong with his eyes, and it’s time his owner stopped throwing stuff at him and got him checked by a vet in case it’s something serious.
(Via Ann German.)
this is the best video i have ever seen ???? pic.twitter.com/fVlzhtSCos
— anti joke apple (@antijo ke apple) November 29, 2017
Isn’t this wonderful?!!!!!
(Via Ann German.)
Neighborhood animal lover takes to panhandling to feed 180 stray cats and dogs in 1910https://t.co/UOmtNAKD7f pic.twitter.com/wlcdMyuia1
— Old French Crime (@Old French Crime) November 29, 2017
This kitteh found a nice place to nest!
— Vintage Oddities (@Vintage Oddities) November 23, 2017
WOW!!! This is so cool!
So, Jaguars are the most badass cats on earth pic.twitter.com/Fm5XATqFxo
— roasts (@Hoes Bible) November 23, 2017
“Whaat … the heck … ?”
— The Cult Cat (@Elvero jaguar) November 29, 2017
And up … and down …
— The Cult Cat (@Elvero jaguar) November 29, 2017
Cat-eating fish? Catfish? Plot by alien fish overlords to steal all the planet’s cats? You decide.
After millennia of merciless predation by the feline community, this plump poisson exacts delicious and overdue revenge. pic.twitter.com/MAo3XUqX4U
— Dick King-Smith HQ (@Dick King Smith) November 29, 2017
What great looking cats! I bet they have heaps of character.
Found a couple of spoiled rotten oranges pic.twitter.com/arPYLaPNI5
— Awwwww (@Awwww Cats) November 29, 2017
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A delightful collection of animal tweets!
I’ve seen that video of the jaguar before, but every time I watch it I’m amazed, so glad to see it again. The fat kitty in the next tweet looks suspiciously like Maru, and the other cat has to be Hana, his long-suffering pal. She (Hana) has finally got Maru just where she wants him. This is the first time I’ve ever seen him bewildered in quite this way.
I read in our local Berkeley, CA paper that Preety Misti, the chef you tweeted about yesterday is going to host a special CBD (cannabidol) dinner in her restaurant. CBD is one of the non-psychoactive compounds in cannabis, It is said to have numerous salutary benefits, including treating resistant forms of epilepsy. I also read that scientists in Australia are now re-seeding coral reefs with coral larvae, and it’s working.
Oh, yeah, love the donkey — are you familiar with the book, Platero and I, by the Spanish Nobelist, Juan Ramon Jiminez? It’s about a man and his donkey — for me a memorable book.. And those photos of old the old ads featuring those children are truly scary. I’ve got to find more of those.
I just found this, which might be of interest if one is into weird old ads: “creepy vintage ads” https://www.pinterest.com/mentalbistro/creepy-vintage-ads/
Wow! What a selection! I’m tempted to tweet some myself some time!
I haven’t heard of the novel. I’ve got a genre of fiction I stick to these days and rarely move out of. Medieval mysteries. There’s enough good stuff to keep me busy given that I can’t read as much now for reasons I won’t bore you with.
I think the account I got the those scary kids has had others in the past, so they’ll probably come up again.
I note that Jaguars do not suffocate those Caimans, (unlike say what lions generally do with their prey), but bite straight through the skull. Badass indeed!
The reseeding of the Great Barrier reef was on our 6 o’clock news a couple of nights ago, but I’d already forgotten. Apparently it’s been done in test patches so far and, as you say, it’s working. Very cool. The government forked out big money for the test, so now they should be able to get more to do it on a bigger scale. Good news!
Octopuses, Octopi,Octopodes, really are cool,there was one on Blue Planet 2 being attacked by a Shark,indeed,it was in the mouth of the Shark, doomed ,you would have thought,but no! the clever bugger put its tentacles in the gills of the shark stopping it breathing and escaped,then it covered itself with shells and Stones,and looked like a lumpy ball, the Shark returned,nudged the Ball which then dissolved into a mass of shells and stones to confuse the Shark enabling our friend to escape.Clever ? more like bloody Genius.
Spoiler alert! We haven’t had that episode in NZ yet! I love seeing stuff about how intelligent they are. I vaguely remember a saying about them being the Labradors of the ocean.
Great collection. I, too, love octopuses. Your description of the difficulties in the English language makes me admire even more those who learn it as a second language.
Octopuses are weird indeed, they are masters of camouflage, not just able to change their colours in a fraction of a second, but also the texture of their skin.
Moreover, they are highly intelligent too (even separated arms appear to have their own life). Eg. they learn from observing other octopuses (and yes, they have ‘camera eyes’ like we do, but without ‘inverted’ retina’s -convergent evolution).
This intelligence is somewhat enigmatic, because we ascribe much of intelligence to gregariousness and sociability. Octopuses are rather solitary, and they have no living parents (those die soon after procreation), but still surprisingly intelligent. Maybe our theories about intelligence (eg. intentional stance of conspecifics) are incomplete. I think we may learn a lot by studying octopuses.
They are predators, but also heavily preyed upon (not least by humans).
I love octopuses, in Afrikaans they are called ‘Seekat’ (sea-cat). They have very outspoken personalities too, so I’d like to propose them as honorary cats among the invertebrates.
I’d go along with the honorary cats title. I agree they’re worth it!
The octopus as sea-cat. I like that. There’s a cat-like quality to octopussies, I think, so perhaps that’ll be my new plural.
Haha, I did resist that one! ????
Great tweets today. I didn’t know the Obamas got 16 Time covers. Trump might get one when he gets impeached, or to highlight the least popular, most dangerous and most ineffective POTUS in US history. Oh how I miss the days of credibility and stability.
I think people should stop calling the GOP tax plan a tax plan. It’s simply a handout to their donors. It’s a giveaway, a scam, another immoral trickle-down abomination. To call it a ‘plan’ is sorely misrepresenting what it actually is.
Man, those kids were very creepy indeed. What big eyes you have!
Note, Mr Trump and Mr Mc Connell and their ilk were kids when those adds were made, coincidence? ????
Yikes! didn’t connect that one. Those ads must have laid waste to all who saw them. I feel immune since I didn’t see the ads on an original cereal box.
Mr Mc Connell is a figure I particularly loathe, not kust because of his blocking Merrick Garland (eminently qualified to serve as a SCOTUS judge, contrary to Gorsuch) , but also of his turning the ‘lower’ judiciary into a cesspool of reactionary politics. There must be a special place in Hell for him -if Hell existed that is.
He is a very ‘smart’ operator too, a dangerous man.
I agree completely. He looks so mild-mannered, but so much of the evil of the government is down to him. The blocking of Merrick Garland was truly appalling.
He’s doing a thankless job right well under the circumstances. God bless him.
The “God bless him” is jut to irritate us, isn’t it?
I pointed out what I think he’s despicable for. Care to tell us what the ‘thankless job’ is he’s doing so ‘right well’?
By despicable, I assume you mean laudable. He’s gently herding cats toward the finish line in a new and unpredictable environment. He’s had some notable failures, but important successes as well (hence, “despicable”), including a huge win just this morning.
By despicable I do not mean laudable, but despicable. Herding what cats to which finish line?
Be specific., as it stands you make little sense.
His “win” this morning will be a disaster for the US economy. In fact, depending on how low the growth is, it could even cause another GFC.
Perhaps it’s the only way to get the GOP to finally admit trickle-down economics is a fallacy. In the meantime though, millions of poor and middle-class people will suffer.
Wow. Simplifying the tax code and confiscating a bit less of Americans’ hard-earned bread will do all that? How do you figure? More to the point, what are you willing to bet?
Oh, please go away and stay away. There is nothing for you here, and we aren’t buying what you’re selling.