View previous topic | View next topic

Collective nouns

Page 5 of 9
Goto page Previous  1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9  Next

suze
213006.  Mon Sep 24, 2007 10:14 am Reply with quote

Izzardesque wrote:
Still don't know the collective noun for Octopuses!! *sob*


There doesn't seem to be a generally accepted one. Google provides links to various suggestions, among them "embrace", "flurry" and "tangle" and also to a comment from a marine biologist that octopuses tend not to go around in numbers and so a collective noun is somewhat redundant.

 
Neotenic
213008.  Mon Sep 24, 2007 10:16 am Reply with quote

so maybe they should be a 'surprise' of octopuses.

 
mckeonj
213118.  Mon Sep 24, 2007 2:01 pm Reply with quote

Do octopodes have 'left hands' and 'right hands', and do they wonder which one to use for various tasks?

 
Tas
213121.  Mon Sep 24, 2007 2:06 pm Reply with quote

According to the articles I have read, Octopodes have little autonomy over their arms. The brain gives the arm an order, but does not work out how to make the arm complete the task. Given the number of neurons and synapses throughout the body, they have a de-centralised brain for all intents and purposes. Some will detach a limb (in a similar way to certain lizrds shedding a tail) to distract a predator, only in the case of the Octopus, the limb will wander off on its own. The wikipedia entry has some excellent links regarding octopus behaviour and capabilities.

:-)

Tas

 
Jenny
213122.  Mon Sep 24, 2007 2:06 pm Reply with quote

mckeonj wrote:
Do octopodes have 'left hands' and 'right hands', and do they wonder which one to use for various tasks?


It looks as though it's more front handedness and back handedness, though there seems to be a degree of choice of laterality.

Quote:
Handedness in Octopus Vulgaris

Taken from "Animal behaviour"

PROGRAM ABSTRACT
Since handedness so far has only been studied in vertebrates, this study will examine arm preference in octopuses. As all eight arms of an octopus are capable of fulfilling the same tasks, there is not only a discrimination of behavioral asymmetries between left and right arms but also between frontal and hind arms. 8 octopuses were tested using a T-maze that allowed the insertion of only one arm at a time. The arm at the first contact and the first and second choice arm inside the T-maze were recorded. Over all animals a highly significant preference for frontal arms at the first contact and choice, but not for the second arm after the choice was found. There were two different approaches to fulfill the task. 5 octopuses significantly used their frontal arms throughout a trial, while 3 first touched the T-maze with their frontal arms, but then used their hind arms to reach into it. A strong correlation was found between the direction of approach to the maze and the arms used at first contact. 3 animals were found having a significant lateral preference of arm use throughout the trials. 2 of them were left-'handed' and one right-'handed'.
Media Friendly Abstract"

"Ruth A. Byrne*, Michael J. Kuba, Daniela V. Meisel & Ulrike Griebel
Konrad Lorenz Institute, Austria. "


http://www.lefthandside.com/handystuff/frames/octopus.html

 
techwondo
213529.  Tue Sep 25, 2007 6:58 pm Reply with quote

Im suprised no-one has mentioned Nigel Buckland and Vids.... :(

Anyhew, how about....

An annoyance of chavs?
An armpit of politicians?
A glut of celebrity chefs?
A tardis of Doctor Who fans?
A tow of Ford Focuses?

or, the describe the above...

A load of rubbish.

 
mckeonj
213582.  Wed Sep 26, 2007 3:48 am Reply with quote

a load of cobblers

 
Lumpo31
213590.  Wed Sep 26, 2007 4:14 am Reply with quote

techwondo wrote:

A tardis of Doctor Who fans?


Very very good - particularly as the the TARDIS has seemingly endless inner proportions - one can imagine an infinite number of Doctor Who fans.

Lisa

 
techwondo
213694.  Wed Sep 26, 2007 7:22 am Reply with quote

OK, following the sci-fi angle...

A smeg of Red Dwarf fans
An emo of Joss Wheedon fans. (or however you spell his name)

or

A flatulence of preachers ;)

 
AlmondFacialBar
213705.  Wed Sep 26, 2007 7:54 am Reply with quote

an improbability of hitchhiker's fans

:-)

AlmondFacialBar

 
Archie
213711.  Wed Sep 26, 2007 8:25 am Reply with quote

A Monty of spammers.

 
Tas
213719.  Wed Sep 26, 2007 8:54 am Reply with quote

Or a Spam of Vikings?

:-)

Tas

 
ceefax
213766.  Wed Sep 26, 2007 10:22 am Reply with quote

a fiddle of vicars

 
Clickyba
213794.  Wed Sep 26, 2007 11:14 am Reply with quote

To pursue the M.Python theme
An Inquisition of Cardinals.

No, No, Sorry your Eminence, AAAAARRRRRGGGGHHHH!!
CB

 
techwondo
213941.  Wed Sep 26, 2007 6:41 pm Reply with quote

Clickyba wrote:
To pursue the M.Python theme
An Inquisition of Cardinals.

No, No, Sorry your Eminence, AAAAARRRRRGGGGHHHH!!
CB


A ministry of silly walks.

 

Page 5 of 9
Goto page Previous  1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9  Next

All times are GMT - 5 Hours


Display posts from previous:   

Search Search Forums

Powered by phpBB © 2001, 2002 phpBB Group