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International Cephalopod Awareness Days

October 8 - October 12

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An event every year that begins at 00:00 on day 8 of October, repeating indefinitely

October 8-12
First occurrence:
Created by
The Octopus News Magazine Online
in 2007
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The word “cephalopod” comes from the Greek words “cephalos”
which means “head” and “pod” which means “foot”.

These animals are thus described as having their heads
directly attached to their feet.

It might be a good thing that they have a lot of feet to compensate
for having no apparent further body.

The feet however are not mere feet.
We sometimes call them “arms” because they can grab
even better than walk.

But the better word is “tentacle”, which comes from the latin
word “tentaculum” and means “feeler”.
These tentacles are what we notice most about cephalopods.
We envy them, we fear them, we admire them, or feel many
other confusing feelings about these “feelers”.
🐙The International Cephalopod Awareness Days consist of
several sub-holidays, which are:

  • October 8 – Octopus Day,  for all the eight-armed species. Because “octo” is latin for “eight”.
  • October 9 – Nautilus Night, for the cephalopods living in their naturally perfect golden ratio homes.
  • October 10 – Cuttlefish Day , for the extra-tentacular ones, waving around 2 bonus tentacles over the standard 8.
  • October 11 – Kraken Day, for all the fantastical fictional cephalopods famous from movies and legends.
  • October 12 – Fossil Day for all those cephalopods who are no longer here to celebrate with us.






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