Argonautia's Entries


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Far Away

Take a picture of your octopus as far as possible from its registered address

Argonautia old pen and Little Tremo in Hollywood MD Distance apart 2506.9miles

Additional references:
http://web.mit.edu/boojum/www/Octopus/Compete/tn/zip.png.html
Artifact Bonus: 1

Rank: 12 out of 22
Score: 0



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Movie Poster

Recreate a famous movie poster using multiple octopodes

Cuttle-man, aka Argonautia, faces off against the evil Nanaoctopacious Rapacious

Rank: 2 out of 6
Score: 5



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Famous Friend

Take a picture of your octopus with a famous person. The more famous, the better.

Argonautia is helping his good friend Levi repair one of his bikes. Argonautia is also pictured hanging out on Levi's Olympic bikes. He has been invited to go to Beijing to help give massage therapy to the athletes, but is not sure whether he can accept this great opportunity as it may make it harder to compete in some of the more local contests...

Additional references:
http://web.mit.edu/boojum/www/Octopus/Compete/tn/IMG_1998.JPG.html

Rank: 2 out of 19
Score: 7



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Master of Eight

Demonstrate your mastery of Eightness.

Argonautia is a master of martial arts. These are his 8 highly trained disciples, each like an extension of his own tentacles. He is truley the master of 8. Additional photograph of these 8 brave warriors on a daring expedition to raid the treacherous golden tiger cookie jar, and Argonautia sampling the prize.

Additional references:
http://web.mit.edu/boojum/www/Octopus/Compete/tn/IMG_1776.jpg.html
http://web.mit.edu/boojum/www/Octopus/Compete/tn/IMG_1777.jpg.html

Rank: 11 out of 15
Score: 0



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Altitude I

(Flying Split) Take a picture of your Octopus at the highest possible altitude, while flying.

(38618 feet)

Since the judges did not reward his valorous balloon assisted flight with appropriate pointage, he capitulated and enters this boring old in an airplane in front of a screen instead. He was and still is very proud of his balloon entry, but he wants points more than he wants a cool photo entry.

Rank: 4 out of 13
Score: 5



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Friends

Fit as many registered octopodes as possible into the same picture. (The more the better.)

With Little Tremo the Sidekick

Rank: 10 out of 18
Score: 0



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Pedigree

Document your octopus' suitability to be king.

Argonautia has the Ark of the Covenant. Need we say more? Well we will say a little more. We also have a purple throne room. He still needs to move in his stuff though.

Plus he has the throne and purple necklace and subjects from before.

Additional references:
http://web.mit.edu/boojum/www/Octopus/Compete/tn/purpleroom.jpg.html
http://web.mit.edu/boojum/www/Octopus/Compete/tn/IMG_1729.jpg.html
http://web.mit.edu/boojum/www/Octopus/Compete/tn/IMG_1722.jpg.html
http://web.mit.edu/boojum/www/Octopus/Compete/tn/IMG_1708.jpg.html
http://geskekelud.mit.edu/Octopus/Pix/Compete/tn/argonewthrone.jpg.html

Rank: 1 out of 19
Score: 10



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Hunting Prowess

Demonstrate your octopus' hunting ability.

Argonautia has capured this clever bandit who was thieving from his chicken coop.

Additional references:
http://web.mit.edu/boojum/www/Octopus/Compete/tn/argohunt2.jpg.html
http://web.mit.edu/boojum/www/Octopus/Compete/tn/direwolf.jpg.html

Rank: 5 out of 17
Score: 4



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Address

Take a picture of your octopus with the largest house/building street number available.

Same street as Akira's, but not as far along.... but look at all of those big numbers next to each other!
(Up to 43294)

Rank: 6 out of 15
Score: 3



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Aquatic

Demonstrate that your octopus is at home in an aquatic environment.

Here is Argonautia and Little Tremo at the beach in the REAL ocean. He checks out the water and some REAL sea weed, goes for a swim, and dries off on his personal tote afterwards. He scoffs at those Octopodes pictured in fresh water, knowing there is no such thing as a true fresh water octopus. An octopus in fresh water faces not a relaxing swim, but a slow agonizing death....

Additional references:
http://web.mit.edu/boojum/www/Octopus/Compete/tn/IMG_2047.jpg.html
http://web.mit.edu/boojum/www/Octopus/Compete/tn/IMG_2049.jpg.html
http://web.mit.edu/boojum/www/Octopus/Compete/tn/IMG_2050.jpg.html
http://web.mit.edu/boojum/www/Octopus/Compete/tn/IMG_2056.jpg.html
http://web.mit.edu/boojum/www/Octopus/Compete/tn/IMG_2062.jpg.html
Artifact Bonus: 1

Rank: 4 out of 20
Score: 6



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Ennui

The octopus most mired in ennui

A Story
Argonautia and Little Tremo made the mistake of watching the tube with Isabelle the human. Argonautia felt himself drowning in a sense of utter boredom. He stumbled outside to take a walk and clear his head. It did not work, for he was mired in ennui. He sunk to the ground as he tried to cross the street and was barely able to twitch his eyelid. Little Tremo watches in horror from the other side, calling and crying for him to snap out of it.

Rank: 7 out of 14
Score: 2



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Costume

The octopus with the best Halloween costume

Buzzing around looking for flowers.

Rank: 3 out of 11
Score: 6



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Altitude II

(Ground Split) Take a picture of your octopus at rest (on the ground or on top of a structure), at the highest possible altitude.

Well, the city of Sebastopol is only 105ft above sea level, but look, Argonautia is 45ft above the ground in an unsecured precarious position! How brave he is! The photographer was nervous as he lifted off, and had to back away. Also Little Tremo is at the controls to show how cooperative and skilled sidekick he is.

Please note the close-up is Argonautia climbing on, and if you magnify the at altitude photo- you can see him in the same spot on the right edge of the lift.

Additional references:
http://geonames.usgs.gov/pls/gnispublic/f?p=133:2:8414057837516605352::NO:::

Rank: 12 out of 17
Score: 0



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Cooperation

Multiple octopodes cooperate together to accomplish something no single octopus could do alone!

Practicing for synchronized swimming competition. 8 octopodes. Including registered Akira & Argonautia plus sidekicks Little Tremo and Toshiro. Yes, there is a string, as they are still practicing. Octopodes are at home in the water, but it does not come naturally to swim in synchronized groups (unless you are a squid).

Additional references:
http://geskekelud.mit.edu/Octopus/Pix/Compete/tn/aqcoop2.jpg.html

Rank: 7 out of 10
Score: 2



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Camouflage

Octopodes are masters of color-changing and camouflage to perfectly blend in with their backgrounds. Or maybe they just choose their backgrounds very carefully.

Argonautia and Little Tremo are hiding in the primordial stuff from which the Octopodes sprung- what better place to hide than amongst what you are made of?

Additional references:
http://web.mit.edu/boojum/www/Octopus/Compete/tn/argoyarn2.jpg.html

Rank: 2 out of 18
Score: 7



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Scrabble I

(Original Split) Photograph your octopus with a commercial sign with the highest-Scrabble-scoring word of eight letters or less. (Proper names ok. Scoring site here.)

Rank: 7 out of 19
Score: 2



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lolctopus

Best lolctopus (see lolcat)

Rank: 6 out of 16
Score: 3



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Twins

(Separated at birth!) Submit two pictures, one of each octopus, in circumstances as identical as possible. Include documentation of where each octopus is; scoring will be based on how close the pictures are in content, how far apart the octopodes are in physical space, and how complex and interesting the pictures are.

Argonautia and Little Tremo enjoy a tasty picnic in Sebastopol, CA. Tentaculus and Ood enjoy a tasty picnic in Somerville, MA. (2695 miles by Google Maps)

Additional references:
http://web.mit.edu/boojum/www/Octopus/Compete/tn/argotwin.jpg.html
http://web.mit.edu/boojum/www/Octopus/Compete/tn/tentytwin.jpg.html
Artifact Bonus: 1

Rank: 1 out of 6
Score: 11



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Twins

(Separated at birth!) Submit two pictures, one of each octopus, in circumstances as identical as possible. Include documentation of where each octopus is; scoring will be based on how close the pictures are in content, how far apart the octopodes are in physical space, and how complex and interesting the pictures are.

Not only are Argo and Perky twins, but so are their horses!
(Distance is Sebastopol/Hollywood, ~2481 miles)

Rank: 2 out of 6
Score: 5



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Maze

Because of their intelligence and flexibility, octopodes are very good at solving mazes.

Argonautia and Little Tremo cooperate (and reminisce) in playing the rolling ball maze of their octopochildhood.

Rank: 7 out of 11
Score: 2



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Ballistic I

(Safe split) Safely send your octopus on the longest possible ballistic trajectory. Clearly document the distances involved.

Upgraded safety shield for better aerodynamics and flight stability. New purple helmet too. Documentation includes close-up of shield with visible purple helmet and smile. Video of high bow angle for distance. Went farther than the tape measure, 102' 4" (facing backwards on landing due to spiral decent). Emerging from shield, helmet in place and intact. No body distortion present.

Additional references:
http://web.mit.edu/boojum/www/Octopus/Compete/tn/IMG_1897.JPG.html
http://web.mit.edu/boojum/www/Octopus/Compete/tn/IMG_1899.JPG.html
http://web.mit.edu/boojum/www/Octopus/Compete/tn/IMG_1902.JPG.html
http://web.mit.edu/boojum/www/Octopus/Compete/tn/safetrajectory2.mov.html

Rank: 1 out of 6
Score: 10



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Video Game

Octopus with the highest score in a video game.

New Bubble Score: 126,935

Rank: 6 out of 10
Score: 3



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Queposkiving

Send a picture of your octopus with the best example of a queposky

Now that we know the judge is partial to shiny metallic and reflective items.... we present this new true queposky. An octopus impression in shiny metallic reflective balls- AKA Exploratorium.

Rank: 4 out of 10
Score: 5



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Teaching

One octopus teaches interesting lessons to other octopodes.

Akira teaches Argonautia, Little Tremo, and Toshiro how to calculate Octonions on a Difference Engine.

Additional references:
http://web.mit.edu/boojum/www/Octopus/Compete/tn/diffeng2.jpg.html

Rank: 2 out of 7
Score: 6



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Teaching

One octopus teaches interesting lessons to other octopodes.

Perspicacious Nanaoctopacious teaching Argo and Little Tremo all about California's native wildlife, at the Fairborn Osborne Preserve.....

Artifact Bonus: 1

Rank: 3 out of 7
Score: 6



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Ballistic II

(Death-defying split) Send your octopus on the longest possible ballistic trajectory. Clearly document the distances involved.

So Argonautia see there is a challenge to the potato gun by an esteemed fellow octopode, so we preemptively replace the potato gun entry with a farther distance done via archery. Dave is working on refining the potato gun dynamics of potato trailing a kingly object. We must say in our defense that the arrow rest was not designed to hold such a top heavy projectile... 133' 4" (not counting his hair)

Additional references:
http://geskekelud.mit.edu/Octopus/Pix/Compete/tn/IMG_1877.JPG.html
http://web.mit.edu/boojum/www/Octopus/Compete/tn/dangertrajectory.mov.html

Rank: 1 out of 8
Score: 10



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Story

Use a group of octopodes to re-enact a classic story (or a good scene from one)

Nanopod and Argo read Mother Goose.

Additional references:
http://web.mit.edu/boojum/www/Octopus/Compete/tn/littlemissmuffet.mov.html
Artifact Bonus: 1

Rank: 2 out of 4
Score: 4



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Head Sitting

Statistically, it appears that sitting on the heads of people and other octopodes is part of the Octopus Nature. Keep your octopus on your head for the greatest length of time, without the aid of string, hats, fancy hair tricks, or other fasteners.

Watching Heros, two episodes. With a snack break in the middle. 1 hr and 40min by our kitchen clock.

Additional references:
http://geskekelud.mit.edu/Octopus/Pix/Compete/tn/argohead1.jpg.html
http://geskekelud.mit.edu/Octopus/Pix/Compete/tn/argohead3.jpg.html

Rank: 5 out of 9
Score: 4



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Scrabble II

(Strict Split) Photograph your octopus with a commercial sign with the highest *valid* Scrabble scoring word. (Scoring site here)

Rank: 18 out of 19
Score: 0



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Entering

Due to their squishability and flexibility, octopodes are very good at getting into small, hard-to-get-into places. Document your octopus in the best example of somewhere hard to get into.

Additional references:
http://web.mit.edu/boojum/www/Octopus/Compete/tn/argoentering.mov.html
Artifact Bonus: 1

Rank: 4 out of 13
Score: 6



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Cooking

Demonstrate your octopus's ability to feed a hungry family, or the multitudes!

Making pumpkin and chicken curry. Argonautia and Little Tremo are fans of self sufficiency. Argonautia has a chicken coop (with chickens) to provide meat and eggs, a chicken in every pot if Argonautia becomes King! He supervises a organic farm from which he grows and harvests veggies. A squash in every veggie drawer if Argonautia becomes King! Argonautia and Little Tremo serve dinner to a group of hungry non-registered Octopodes. Argonautia and Little Tremo are also shown harvesting fresh greens from his farm land for the curry.

Additional references:
http://web.mit.edu/boojum/www/Octopus/Compete/tn/argocook1.jpg.html
http://web.mit.edu/boojum/www/Octopus/Compete/tn/argocook2.jpg.html
http://web.mit.edu/boojum/www/Octopus/Compete/tn/argocook3.jpg.html
http://web.mit.edu/boojum/www/Octopus/Compete/tn/argocook4.jpg.html
http://web.mit.edu/boojum/www/Octopus/Compete/tn/argocook5.jpg.html
http://web.mit.edu/boojum/www/Octopus/Compete/tn/argocook6.jpg.html
http://web.mit.edu/boojum/www/Octopus/Compete/tn/argocook7.jpg.html
http://web.mit.edu/boojum/www/Octopus/Compete/tn/argocook8.jpg.html

Rank: 2 out of 8
Score: 7



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Pagenum

Find the word "octopus" printed on the highest-numbered page in a book.

Roget's Thesaurus 4th edition pg 1101

Rank: 6 out of 8
Score: 3



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Popularity

Demonstrate your octopus's popularity by having its picture taken with the largest number of people giving it a thumbs-up.

18 people, many double thumbs, Isabelle was grumpy and abstains. Amelia makes up for it with a double. 17 People with thumbs up.

Rank: 2 out of 7
Score: 6



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Charades

Using a word you generate here, get another octopus to guess it using only pictures of your octopus. (No writing, and don't reload excessively).

Perspicacious Nanoctopacious acts out Beanbag, while Argonautia guesses. Then Argonautia acts out Ladder, while Nana guesses.

Additional references:
http://web.mit.edu/boojum/www/Octopus/Compete/tn/bigladderpix.JPG.html
http://web.mit.edu/boojum/www/Octopus/Compete/tn/nanacharade.mov.html
http://web.mit.edu/boojum/www/Octopus/Compete/tn/argocharade.mov.html
Artifact Bonus: 1

Rank: 3 out of 5
Score: 4



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Good

Octopodes being Good, use their powers only for good and never for evil. Demonstrate your octopus using their powers for Good, to Oppose Evil.

OH NO! Someone has thrown recyclables into the GARBAGE! Contributing to the defilement of our good mother earth, clomping around with big carbon footprints, filling the landfills & keeping good aluminum out of the recycling stream. How terrible! Here Argonautia goes dumpster diving, finding 3 Friskies cans and putting them in the recycling bin. What a good citizen he is, triumphing over the evil non recycler- at least temporarily. Next he will attempt to reach and teach the non recycler how to change their habits for the better of the world.

Additional references:
http://web.mit.edu/boojum/www/Octopus/Compete/tn/argogood2.jpg.html
Artifact Bonus: 1

Rank: 3 out of 10
Score: 7



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Fun

While the quest for Kingship is difficult, octopodes should enjoy themselves. Show off your octopus having the most fun.

Argonautia goes to the beach for a day of fun, stopping on the way at a kites and salt water taffy shop. Doesn't salt water taffy make you think of summer fun and being a kid again?

Also: Argonautia's porters (minions) pose with him in front of the kites and taffy shop

Additional references:
http://geskekelud.mit.edu/Octopus/Pix/Compete/tn/IMG_2040.jpg.html
Artifact Bonus: 1

Rank: 3 out of 10
Score: 7



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Far Apart I

(Physically Present) Show two octopodes in one picture, the farthest distance apart. Both must be physically present. Document the distances involved.

Argonautia and Nanopus 42ft apart.

Additional references:
http://geskekelud.mit.edu/Octopus/Pix/Compete/tn/IMG_2071.jpg.html
Artifact Bonus: 1

Rank: 3 out of 5
Score: 4



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Far Apart II

(Telecommuting) Show two octopodes in one picture, the farthest distance apart. Both need not be physically present. Document the distances involved.

Tentaculus and Argonautia, recursively far apart! That's 2692 miles one way, and then 2692 more back the other way!

Artifact Bonus: 1

Rank: 4 out of 5
Score: 3



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Meta Essence

The octopus with the most glamorous glamour photo.

Rank: 5 out of 34
Score: 4



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Meta Power

The octopus scoring zero in the most contests.

Rank: 15 out of 34
Score: 0



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Meta Miscellany

Submit your own contest name and description, and a picture of your octopus being the best in it.

A new entry for the "Cutest Pet" contest. (Argonautia is fostering these two kittens for the Humane Society). Argonautia hopes that Judge Jerry is judging this contest

Additional references:
http://web.mit.edu/boojum/www/Octopus/Compete/tn/IMG_2263_2.jpg.html

Rank: 6 out of 9
Score: 3



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Meta Fellowship

Your octopus's cultural diversity is measured with an arcane algorithm that rewards cooperation with octopodes who are less popular.

Rank: 30 out of 34
Score: 0



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Numismatism

Show your octopus with the oldest legal coin

1834 nickel (US)

Rank: 1 out of 9
Score: 10



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Chandelier

Statistically, in addition to sitting on heads, octopodes seem to like chandeliers. Send in a photo of your octopus with the Best Chandelier!

New Chandelier

Rank: 6 out of 9
Score: 3



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Vertebrate

Octopodes are honorary vertebrates in the UK! Send in a picture of your octopus making friends with the largest living vertebrate it can find.

Argonautia's very large friends- a whole herd of African Elephants- at the PAWS (performing animal welfare society) Sanctuary. Maggie is his special buddy. She is directly behind him in the photograph. Maggie is a famous friend as well- she is well known in the animal welfare circles, due to her well publicized plight in chilly Alaska, and her recent move to CA to meet her first elephants since she was a baby.

Additional references:
http://www.friendsofmaggie.net/
http://www.af.mil/news/story.asp?id=123074298

Rank: 1 out of 7
Score: 10



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Rainbow

Why are there so many songs about rainbows? Demonstrate your octopus's rainbow connections.

Here is a better rainbow photo(s). Argonautia realized that he was being a hypocrite in submitting a photo of a picture of a thing. Here is a real rainbow made with a nice prism. Rainbows don't photograph well, you will have to take his word for it that it was very pretty...

Additional references:
http://web.mit.edu/boojum/www/Octopus/Compete/tn/IMG_2112.jpg.html
http://web.mit.edu/boojum/www/Octopus/Compete/tn/IMG_2114.jpg.html
http://web.mit.edu/boojum/www/Octopus/Compete/tn/IMG_2115.jpg.html

Rank: 4 out of 8
Score: 5



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Nutrition

Eight is the number which is best for you! Show your octopus with the nutritional info on a food package, that has the most eights on it.

Mmm pasta for dinner. 9 eights.

Rank: 2 out of 5
Score: 4



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Poker Money

Show your octopus with a serial number on a dollar that can make the highest poker hand.

So it is just 5 cards/numbers out of the 8? Argonautia roots through the zillions of ones in the egg sales cash box and comes up with a set of 4 9's with an 8, plus I think this is a straight flush (4), 5,6,7,8,9 (all in the suit of green).

Rank: 4 out of 7
Score: 4



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Egalitarian Thingy

Send in a photo of your octopus with the best thing. Bonus points for famous things.

Antique Rolls Royce: Best and coolest ride! AND yes, it still is roadworthy.

Artifact Bonus: 1

Rank: 2 out of 8
Score: 8



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Ink

Demonstrate your octopus' proficiency with ink.

Here is Argonautia with a cup of his own fresh ink, and a self portrait inked by his own tentacle (and a chicken feather, since alas, he lost the pen of miscellany).

Additional references:
http://web.mit.edu/boojum/www/Octopus/Compete/tn/argoink2.jpg.html

Rank: 1 out of 4
Score: 10



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Defense

Some octopodes seem to think that various entries by others have not been given enough credit. Your octopus may submit a Spirited Defense of another's entry which it thinks should have been higher, and this contest will give it another chance at points.

Tentaculus must admit that Argonautia's balloon flight does not reach the same heights as those octopodes travelling in 747s. But, to see the lone octopus, brave and tiny against the vast blue sky - no steel case surrounding him, no burning jet fuel buoying him up, no pilot and flight crew to coddle him. One small octopus, slipping the surly bonds of earth, dancing in the skies, alone.

Tentaculus concedes that Argonautia's altitude is not, numerically, as great as those other entrants. But surely his spirit soars!

Additional references:
http://web.mit.edu/boojum/www/Octopus/Compete/tn/argofly3.jpg.html
http://web.mit.edu/boojum/www/Octopus/Compete/tn/argofly.jpg.html

Rank: 6 out of 6
Score: 1