As for the amazing octopus in question, I don't know a lot about sea life, but it seemed unlikely to me that a creature which only lives a few months after breeding could live long enough to predict 8 winners in a row as the media are now saying (it was 6 a few days ago) so I googled `octopus lifespan` and found that even in the most favorable circumstances, the longest-lived species manages about 5 years.
It is always a good idea to apply Occam`s Razor to everything you see and read, especially on the internet, radio and TV, and question the fundamental premise first. Instead of blindly repeating the same crap I heard as fact, I used my brain, did some HOMEWORK and learned something new. Anyone repeating this octopus BS should have done the same.
Monday, July 12, 2010 9:45:37 PM
> AbiElectric > Actually Lionhart2 it can be octopuses, octopodes or octopi. I think someone should do their homework before corecting other people in such a rude way
Actually AbiElectric, homework is exactly the crux of the problem. If people knew anything about the roots of words, they would know that the plural being 'i` or `uses` depends whether the word originally came from Greek or Latin. The other is NEVER correct, just ignorant. And `octopodes` is not correct either, because we are talking about English, and octopodes is the correct plural form IN LATIN not English.
Monday, July 12, 2010 9:22:51 AM
Actually Lionhart2 it can be octopuses, octopodes or octopi. Although octopuses is the most commonly used version. And although octopi is actually wrong, it's a generally accepted term.
I think someone should do their homework before corecting other people in such a rude way.