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Title: Giant Squiddies!
Post by: Ashley_Rose on September 29, 2005, 05:40:26 am
http://sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2005/09/28/MNGIQEUUK51.DTL

Yeah.
Title: Giant Squiddies!
Post by: Xepher on September 29, 2005, 09:39:14 pm
Yeah, BBC had that yesterday. Impressive, isn't it? And to think that's a "small" one. If you want to see something even worse though, google for "colossal squid" (Mesonychoteuthis hamiltoni) which reportedly grows even larger than the giant squid. Even scarier though is that instead of just having sucker pads (albeit with small "teeth" in them) on it's arms like Architeuthis (the giant squid) does, it has chitin hooks! http://www.tonmo.com/science/public/deepseacephs.php has some excellant pictures. A good one of such a hook is a few paragraphs from the top.

Good thing they only like sub-arctic conditions, or I might never swim in the sea again!
Title: Giant Squiddies!
Post by: Ashley_Rose on September 29, 2005, 09:55:01 pm
Yeah, and it left behind an 18 foot tentacle, which, after retrieval, was still working. Wicked cool, ne?! I mean, I almost wet my pants. That is just SO DAMN COOL. *goes off on endorphin rush again*
Title: Giant Squiddies!
Post by: thefemnazi on September 30, 2005, 04:04:37 am
Oooh.  Giant Squid.  Working tentacle!  I think they should see how long it stays working, and I wonder if the squid who lost it will grow another?
Title: Giant Squiddies!
Post by: Lei on October 01, 2005, 04:47:46 am
I wonder if you sent some sort of electric charge through the nerves or something if the tentacle wouldlike... twitch or something. That'd be so cool to watch :D
Title: Giant Squiddies!
Post by: AskZeek on October 21, 2005, 06:59:08 pm
And that one of the many reasons why I don't like swimming.

That and swimming in a billion years or so of fish poop.
Title: Giant Squiddies!
Post by: thefemnazi on October 22, 2005, 05:51:19 pm
see, I'm the kind of weird that would get excited if that found me while I was swimming.  After I peed myself, of course.
Title: Giant Squiddies!
Post by: Miluette on October 23, 2005, 03:51:12 am
Oooo. Squids are cool. Especially giant ones... If I could swim, I'd probably be the one to be caught by one. It'd be better than a shark, anyway.

18 foot tentacles...
Title: Giant Squiddies!
Post by: Ashley_Rose on October 23, 2005, 04:16:35 am
yeah, you know what they say, it is the size that matters ... I mean, what?
Title: Giant Squiddies!
Post by: thefemnazi on October 26, 2005, 12:58:47 am
Ignore the girl feeding into your ego myths.

*said in the voice of the wizard*
Title: Giant Squiddies!
Post by: Ashley_Rose on October 26, 2005, 02:04:49 pm
*waves hand in front of other people* You don't want to know what we're talking about. *said in Jedi voice*
Title: Giant Squiddies!
Post by: Databits on October 26, 2005, 04:40:43 pm
You mean I don't *need* to know what you're talking about. "Your mind tricks don't work on me Jedi!"

Dun dun duuuuuuuuuun! *start mysterious music* *vanishes*

Edit: On a side note... I just saw that new show squidbillies last Sunday. I was horribly disgusted at it. How do things like that even make it on TV?!?
Title: Giant Squiddies!
Post by: Xepher on October 26, 2005, 08:02:57 pm
Quote from: Databits
On a side note... I just saw that new show squidbillies last Sunday.
Whiskey Tango Foxtrot? Over.

I watch so little TV that when I do see a few minutes of it, it's filled entirely with shows I've never heard of, followed by commercials for shows I've never heard of, and products I've never seen... all using music from bands I've never known about. It's almost to the point where everything is just so many flashing images and loud noises. I wonder if this is how old people (or possibly rabbits) feel all the time?
Title: Giant Squiddies!
Post by: Databits on October 26, 2005, 08:11:28 pm
Yeah, I rarely watch TV anymore myself. The only time I really watch it is when I know new episodes of a few animes are coming on. Other than that, I sorta dislike constant reruns and stupid junk, so I avoid it.

I also found out that my college apparently has some anime club on Monday nights. I may check into it sometime.
Title: Giant Squiddies!
Post by: Ashley_Rose on October 26, 2005, 08:33:39 pm
You should, Data, seriously, clubs like that are pretty nice, Harm and I ran one last year. It was fun... a lot. We were always excited when new people showed up with their gaming/anime/CCG love.
Title: Giant Squiddies!
Post by: Xepher on October 26, 2005, 09:20:39 pm
It's funny. Freshman year at college, they had an open house sort of deal where you could check out all the various clubs and stuff to join. I signed up for the anime club mailing list to get meeting/show times. Somehow though, in all 4 years of college, I never actually went to one. The funny part is that I'm STILL getting emails for their showings.
Title: Giant Squiddies!
Post by: Tangle on October 26, 2005, 09:36:15 pm
Quote from: Xepher
It's funny. Freshman year at college, they had an open house sort of deal where you could check out all the various clubs and stuff to join. I signed up for the anime club mailing list to get meeting/show times. Somehow though, in all 4 years of college, I never actually went to one. The funny part is that I'm STILL getting emails for their showings.
Oh my God, the exact same thing is ahppening to me.  Only my school's anime club's e-mails are like, "Hey guys.  Same place, same time," and I can never remember when or where it is.
Title: Giant Squiddies!
Post by: Databits on October 26, 2005, 09:37:36 pm
Speaking of clubs... I should go by my high school and see how the computer club is doing. Considering I was one of the founding members of the club, I think I should pay a surprise visit some time. I'm interested to see how it evolved. I checked in a couple years ago and saw that they were getting into Lego robotics. Building and programming them. Which was kinda neat.

I also realize that their website has been down for quite some time now. We originally set up the server, and it eventually died (hardware problem). It was running some version of Linux, but ever since it died it hasn't come back. I'd like to find out what's up with that too.

Yeah look at me, being all helpfull and stuff. :P
Title: Giant Squiddies!
Post by: part23 on November 10, 2005, 01:38:54 pm
By the way,

http://giant-squid-picture.com/
Title: Giant Squiddies!
Post by: Xepher on June 24, 2006, 11:10:30 pm
While're we're on the "giant animal" thread...

Giant Bunny!
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/bigphotos/59322036.html

Giant Catfish! (I swear this was somewhere else on the forum, but I can't find it.)
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2005/06/photogalleries/giantcatfish/index.html

Giant Stingray! (Freshwater even!)
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2003/11/photogalleries/giantcatfish/photo6.html

Giant Jellyfish!
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2006/01/0119_060119_jellyfish.html

Giant Isopod! (And, as some people know, I can't even look at this last one without spazzing.)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:Giant_isopod.jpg

Well, I suppose that's enough for now. Isn't nature strange?
Title: Giant Squiddies!
Post by: griever on June 25, 2006, 12:02:01 am
I love the giant rabbits.  If I'm getting a quiet poopy animal, I'd rather it be the size of a large house cat so it has a fighting chance of establishing a dominent presence in its territory.
Title: Giant Squiddies!
Post by: Xepher on July 05, 2006, 11:00:28 pm
Octopus, not a squid, but still... Amazing camo abilities.
http://scienceblogs.com/pharyngula/2006/06/friday_cephalopod_peekaboo_oct.php

Now, imagine if something like a bear or a tiger could do that. I don't think we would ever had made it out of the trees. :-)
Title: Giant Squiddies!
Post by: Databits on July 06, 2006, 05:25:51 pm
I didn't know they were able to do that... Crazy!
Title: Giant Squiddies!
Post by: tickyhead on July 06, 2006, 07:48:13 pm
I did....only because I watch waaaaaay too much TV.