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Octopuses have 6 legs....or 2...book mistake?

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TheCheeseMaster
749506.  Tue Oct 05, 2010 12:34 pm Reply with quote

Huzzah Huzzah! the second book of general ignorance has arrived!
Straight onto page 2:
"How many legs does an octopus have?"
"Two."

Oh dear. On the blurb of this book it says "Octopuses have six legs.".

Please tell me which is correct. And please could the future copies of such books not have such poor mistakes.

 
Sadurian Mike
749510.  Tue Oct 05, 2010 12:40 pm Reply with quote

Surely if the octopus has six legs then he also has, by inference, two.

(After that, Mr BoGI 2 editor, you're on your own).

 
Dr. Know
749521.  Tue Oct 05, 2010 1:10 pm Reply with quote

6 + 2 = 8

 
Posital
749584.  Tue Oct 05, 2010 3:54 pm Reply with quote

I thought they had eight arms... and no legs...

 
Zebra57
749669.  Tue Oct 05, 2010 11:05 pm Reply with quote

.......and here we go again 2, 6 or 8?

An octopus has eight limbs hence octopus. The function of each limb or set is open to debate. On balance I favour 6 +2
without qualification.

 
Posital
749889.  Wed Oct 06, 2010 3:39 pm Reply with quote

wiki wrote:
there are around 300 recognized octopus species... ...In 2005 it was reported that some octopuses (Adopus aculeatus and Amphioctopus marginatus under current taxonomy) can walk on two arms,


So I make it four pairs of arms/legs - but with 1.3% of species that can use two for "walking" sometimes.

 
mckeonj
750159.  Thu Oct 07, 2010 5:42 pm Reply with quote

There is a small number of our species who walk on their arms; either because they have no usable legs, or they are acrobats/gymnasts/dancers.

 
tetsabb
750306.  Fri Oct 08, 2010 2:59 pm Reply with quote

mckeonj wrote:
There is a small number of our species who walk on their arms; either because they have no usable legs, or they are acrobats/gymnasts/dancers.


.. or very very pissed

 
MinervaMoon
750339.  Fri Oct 08, 2010 6:58 pm Reply with quote

It's supposed to be six arms and two legs.

 

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