Top 10 facts our #bloodymarychi founder, @culture_content, learned while researching his role as an #octopus lantern in the @artsinthedark #halloween#parade last night:
1. Octopuses are widely considered to be the most intelligent of all invertebrates.
2. Octopuses have 3 hearts.
3. Saying “octopi” is incorrect. The correct plural of octopus is octopuses.
4. They aren’t called “tentacles,” they’re called ‘’arms.”
5. End each arm has a mind of its own and can function, even when severed from the body.
6. Since octopuses have no bones in their bodies, they can squeeze through the tiniest of cracks.
7. Octopuses are considered erotic in Japanese culture.
8. Octopuses’ skin changes color and pattern to blend in with their surroundings.
9. An octopus’ skin contains the same light-sensitive proteins present in octopus eyes, meaning an octopus’s skin can sense and respond to light without information from the eyes or brain.
10. When an octopus swims, the heart that pumps blood to its organs stops beating, so walking along the seafloor is a more efficient, less exhausting alternative.
Bonus thought: Having 8 arms would allow you to try 8 different #bloodymarys at one time! 🐙🍹🍹🍹🍹🍹🍹🍹🍹 Fantastic job by @luma8chicago working with @chicagodcase & @chicagoparks to bring #artsinthedark alive on State St. last night! Amazing to see #publicart celebrated in #chicago ! .
The really important kind of freedom involves attention, and awareness, and discipline, and effort, and being able truly to care about other people and to sacrifice for them, over and over, in myriad petty little unsexy ways, every day.
- David Foster Wallace, This Is Water: Some Thoughts, Delivered on a Significant Occasion, about Living a Compassionate Life