Hello To PZ From London!

Octopus at the Natural History Museum in London, England.
Image: GrrlScientist 3 September 2008 [larger view].

As soon as I saw this sculpture on a pillar at the Natural History Museum in London, I thought of one person. Guess who that person was? You have three guesses and the first two don’t count.


About GrrlScientist

grrlscientist is the pseudonym of an evolutionary biologist and ornithologist who writes about evolution, ethology, and ecology, especially in birds. After earning a degree in microbiology (thesis focus: virology) and working at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, she earned her PhD in zoology from the University of Washington in Seattle, where she studied the molecular correlates of testosterone and behaviour in white-crowned sparrows. She then worked a Chapman Postdoctoral Fellow at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City, where she studied the speciation and distribution of lories and other parrots throughout the South Pacific Islands. A discarded scientist, she returned to her roots: writing. Formerly hosted by The Guardian (UK), she now writes about science for Forbes and for the non-profit think tank, the Evolution Institute and she writes podcasts for BirdNote Radio. An avid lifelong birder and aviculturist, she lives with a flock of songbirds and parrots somewhere in Germany.
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0 Responses to Hello To PZ From London!

  1. Tegumai Bopsulai, FCD says:

    Captain Nemo.

  2. Agersomnia says:

    Squiddly Diddly?

  3. Wow, that’s a freaky coincidence, I took a picture of the same sculpture (well it might not be the very same – I think there’s several of them around) when I went to the Natural History Museum last year,
    I guess reading pharyngula raises one’s cephalopod awareness.

  4. Vidar says:

    Geez, that could be any of FSM-knows-how-many hentai fans…

  5. Greg says:

    Doc Ock

  6. Ranxerox says:


  7. Boosterz says:

    P. Squiddy
    Someone should put that on a T-shirt…

  8. Aaron says:


  9. Barklikeadog says:


  10. Jacques says:

    Barklikeadog, thanks for pronouncing it correctly instead of that cacophonous noise zeeeee.
    Can I vote for Captain Nemo?

  11. ignatov says:

    Geez, that could be any of FSM-knows-how-many hentai fans…
    All bless his sauced name. Ramen.

  12. ThirtyFiveUp says:

    Cronan, #12
    Who that?

  13. Hank Fox says:


  14. Paul Burnett says:

    Do you know the age of the strata that fossil was found in?

  15. DavidONE says:

    Patrick Duffy as Man from Atlantas?

  16. Rick Lumb says:

    The Flying Spaghetti Monster!

  17. bunnycatch3r says:

    My first thought was FSM but #7 caused me to laugh uncontrollably

  18. peter g says:

    A southern woman told me one day, when I mentioned I liked the pillars on the old plantation homes said,
    “Thems columns, A pillars what you put your head on at night”.

  19. Sili says:

    I think Zenō got it. Liō!

  20. Adam says:

    Personally I take great offence of this kind of portrayal of FSM (The Flying Spaghetti Monster), and I think it could be worth a lawsuit.
    Where did you take the picture?
    Wht date?
    How long have they been up for display
    This is an outrage.