ODDS AND ENDS: Female octopuses take no guff and other offbeat offerings

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Females take no guff from males … no matter what the species.

According to New Scientist, video footage analysis of octopuses living off the coast of Australia showed them throwing shells and silt intentionally at other targets, which include their own kind. In most instances, it’s a female throwing objects at males who have been harassing them.

Researcher Peter Godfrey-Smith and colleagues from the University of Sydney filmed several octopuses in 2015 in Jervis Bay. Their cameras caught a lot of activity, which included mating, fights, and object throwing.

The footage showed the octopuses holding shells, silt and other objects in their tentacles while they using their siphons to shoot water to launch the items at their enemies.


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While the throwing behaviour is known for getting rid of the remains of meals or digging dens, it now shows the sea animals use it to intentionally hit targets as well.

Godfrey-Smith told New Scientist that one female octopus threw silt 10 times at a male counterpart who was trying to copulate with her. After hitting him five times, the researcher was convinced that the act was intentional.


A couple’s decision to throw away their son’s beloved porn collection has hit them right in the wallet.

A Michigan judge recently ordered a couple to pay $30,441 to their son after discarding his collection of XXX-rated materials, the Guardian reported.  The financial punishment comes some eight months after 43-year-old David Werking sued his parents for throwing out his porn.


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Werking suggested in the lawsuit that his parents had no right to toss his collection of adult magazines and films, which had an estimated value of $29,000. The man had moved back to his parents’ home for 10 months after a divorce.

He moved to Muncie, Ind., and upon arriving, discovered that his box of adult materials was missing. When confronting his father about the missing box, Werking’s father replied via email: “Frankly, David, I did you a big favour getting rid of all this stuff.”

In a ruling this past December, a judge determined there’s no doubt that Werking’s parents destroyed the man’s property, with the defendants admitting to doing so. The man’s parents believed they had the right to do so because they were his landlord during his 10-month stay.


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The judge stated there was no evidence to support that claim, noting landlords can’t destroy property they dislike. In addition to the $30,000, Werking’s parents were also ordered to pay $14,500 in attorney fees to their son’s lawyer, reported.

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A cow was spotted inside of a car in the line of a McDonald’s drive-thru in Wisconsin.
A cow was spotted inside of a car in the line of a McDonald’s drive-thru in Wisconsin. Photo by Screenshot /Facebook/TMJ4 News


Who needs a Big Mac when the beef is in the back seat.

Jessica Nelson thought she was seeing an illusion when she pulled up to a McDonald’s drive-thru in Marshfield, Wis. According to theGreen Bay Gazette, she thought she saw what appeared to be a fake cow in the back seat of a vehicle ahead of her.

Turns out, the cow was very much the real deal. Nelson told the Gazette she pulled out her cell phone to record the car when she saw the cow move.


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“I realized it was 100% real,” said Nelson, who posted the video on Facebook.

“No one seemed to be as interested as I was. I was the only one with my phone out.”

The Gazette reported the cow belonged to a man named Bernie, who visited McDonald’s for food after purchasing the animal at a fair. There were actually three calves inside Bernie’s car.


It will be a celebration of life with plenty of wine to go around.

A woman in Fribourg, Switzerland who will be turning 100 years old on Nov. 5 won’t go thirsty when that day comes. According to Le Matin Dimanche, a woman named Marie-Antoinette will be offered 100 bottles of wine along with a bouquet of flowers when she hits the century mark.

Claude Freiburghaus, the bailiff of Fribourg state, said the wine gifting plan started in 2000 when an armchair was offered as a gift in lieu of wine. However, the chair concept was abandoned in 2015 due to lack of interest from locals.

Freiburghaus said the birthday program also gives a charitable donation or voucher to use at a local merchant to those who decline the wine, but most centurions end up choosing the alcoholic option.

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