Thursday, August 17, 2006

Mollusk Tragedy Averted

As you know, I have a fondness for cute sealife, so when I saw this photo in the Pottery Barn Kids catelog and couldn't quite figure out what it was supposed to be, I was intrigued. Is it an octopus (or pentapus really, since there are only five legs)? And what is it wearing around its neck?

There was another octopus in the news recently. A zoo truck overturned in Texas, stranding a set of penguins and other exotic creatures. Four of the penguins tried to cross the freeway and perished, but the others wisely huddled together awaiting rescue by the police. The fish didn't make it, but the octopus survived.

Pottery Barn also featured a whale-themed bathmat with what appears to be a harpoon stuck in its forehead. Upon further examination, it's probably supposed to be a spout of water, but the artistry leaves a lot to be desired. I think the squiggle on the right is the letter "W," but it looks sort of like a cartoon indication of the harpoon's impact.

Of course I had to investigate, so Q and I headed to the store and found the octopus pillow. I totally know what it is now. Here's a somewhat blurry photo from my camera phone.

It's that Texan octopus who survived the car crash. He's wearing a neckbrace!


Mamacita Tina said...

Wow, and to think I didn't know an octopus had a neck. Too funny!

Mom101 said...

Oh so cute! And now that I know you like sealife, I will think of you whenever we find something relevant for cool mom picks. Something, like say.....this?

Her Bad Mother said...

How does one get a neckbrace on an octopus? And why is there a W floating above the whale?

Kristen said...

Okay, the interpretation of the whale picture had me cracking up. I never noticed this before, but you're right - the artistry is WAY OFF for something that's supposed to be somewhat educational to kids! Haha!!

Lady M said...

How do you get a neckbrace on an octopus? Carefully, I guess!

I think the "W" is for Whale. There are letters on the pillow behind the octopus too, so this must be their alphabet set.

Mom101 - thanks for the link to the sealife spoons! They are pretty cute.