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Slate gets it right

In this article about Giant Squids, author Grady Hendrix gets it right.

"Is there any doubt that the scariest animal in the world is the giant squid? Just its name paralyzes my heart with fear in a way that "killer whale" or "jumbo shrimp" do not."

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blindlyinnocent
Sep. 29th, 2005 08:47 pm (UTC)
While in NZ I went to Kaikoura and we went on a whale watching boat trip. Kaikoura is the site where many native maouri are believed to have seen the Giant Squid, and where many scientific studies have been conducted to find the creature. In the visitors center wher eyou buy your boat tickets they have the national geographic special on the Giant Squid playing over and over again on repeat. It's scary.
aghrivaine
Sep. 29th, 2005 08:51 pm (UTC)
There's an Architeuthis Dux body in the Smithsonian in DC. It's located right outside the happy "Dinotopia" exhibit. They do not provide any sort of warning, either. One second, happy dinosaurs wearing clothes and being cheeky - the next, BAM! Giant SQUID, right in your FACE!
breathe_out
Sep. 29th, 2005 09:01 pm (UTC)
When I was little I had a book about water creatures, and the squid photo was a ginormous 2-page spread... I hated even touching the paper to turn the page. Irrational fear? yes. Will I touch the page now? no.
aghrivaine
Sep. 29th, 2005 09:04 pm (UTC)
Given your clearly adaptive traits of self-preservation, it is highly likely that your genetic material is desirable.
breathe_out
Sep. 29th, 2005 09:46 pm (UTC)
Not quite but my billboard ad says, but close!
Those bastard squids haven't got their suckers on me yet... it's the real reason I stay landlocked.
ladyxjade
Sep. 29th, 2005 11:15 pm (UTC)
did you hear about how they caught one in action on film off of japan?
aghrivaine
Sep. 29th, 2005 11:17 pm (UTC)
Yes, boy howdy I did I hear about it! Darned near everyone I know called, emailed, or told me about it. My friends, they sure do love me. Or Giant Squids. Or something.
ladyxjade
Sep. 30th, 2005 02:35 pm (UTC)
maybe they're trying to keep you in check by making your fear of the ever growing closeness of giant squids even worse. it's sort of like if you feared killer bees, and all your friends were like "so, did ya hear about those killer bees? their hive is really close to you house." this way you become too scared to go outside. so they're really aren't so much friends as mind sadists.

either that or they just think you would find it interesting.
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