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October 11, 2012

Originally posted on Research & Collections:

Greetings Blogophiles! We are more than halfway through Cephalopod Awareness Week! Feeling any more aware? Today, October 11th, we spend the day telling tall tales and conjuring cephalopod related beasties. What fun!

Did you know that bagpipes were invented by Shane MacDoogle after a fishing trip? Turns out Shane had accidentally hooked into an octopus. While he was trying to get it off the hook he accidentally squeezed its head. The octopus let out a low droning noise which Shane MacDoogle found musically appealing. After several mishaps with using actual octopuses, he finally realized hollow tubes and an air bladder would work better and smell less, thus the bagpipes we all know and love were born.

Photo of a man playing bagpipes

Man playing bagpipes. They look an awful lot like half an octopus to me. Photo by By jpellgen on flickr

Yes, I made that up. After all, it is myths and legends…

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