On a Cartoon Cephalopod

Happy Cephalopod Day!

Squiddly Diddly isn’t an icon, but given today is Cephalopod Day, he is getting some love

Called a squid but looks like an octopus

Squids have 10 tentacles, octopus have eight, but Squidly had six legs – four for walking, two others like arms

Lives in an aquatic park called Bubbleland

The bossy antagonist was Bubbleland Administrator Chief Winchley (voice was done by John Stephenson)

Squiddly continually tried to escape so he could use his musical talents to pursue a show business career

Can simultaneously playing a saxophone, a guitar and a set of bongo drums

A short clip of Squiddly encountering the Queen of Hearts

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Created by Hanna Barbera

Seen as a segments on the Atom Ant/Secret Squirrel Show

Two seasons, 26 episodes (20 the first, six the second)

First episode: Way Out Squiddly; October 2, 1965

Last episode: Baby Squidder; October 15, 1966

Squidly is voiced by Paul Frees

Known in other languages as Lula Lelé (Brazilian Portuguese), El Pulpo Manotas (Spanish), Squiddly la pieuvre ((French), Inky de inktvis (Dutch), Squiddly Diddly (Italian), Squiddly Diddly (German), Tako no Roku chan (Japanese)

Had an LP, Squiddly Diddly’s Surfin’ Surfari (Hanna Barbera Records, 1966)

Squidly appeared in Yogi’s Treasure Hunt, Yo Yogi!, and a MetLife commercial
Enjoy this tribute to Squidly Didley to Octopuss’s Garden, written by Ringo Starr, performed by The Beatles, and released on Abbey Road (1969)

Opinions in the Shorts: Vol. 197

On Politics
Interesting that Tuesday’s government shutdown coincided with Yosemite National Park’s 123rd anniversary.

As the shutdown neared and ever since, it is interesting to see politicians dodge answering questions more than usual.

A reminder to Congress: Whenever pointing a finger at someone, three are pointing at you.

I wonder if federal workers in Tea Party districts are standing with their representative?

I continue to say the shutdown is a battle between Republicans.

Republicans are offering Democrats an interesting choice: Defund health care or fund everything else.

“If this health care law is forced upon this country, the young men and women in this audience are the ones who are really going to pay the price, and that, I will suggest to you, reaches to the point of being a felony toward them and their future. That is a criminal act, from my perspective, to put that type of burden on them, to mortgage their future like that. America cannot stand that. America cannot accept that.” – Gov. Rick Perry (R-TX)

From http://dictionary.law.comfelony“1) a crime sufficiently serious to be punishable by death or a term in state or federal prison, as distinguished from a misdemeanor which is only punishable by confinement to county or local jail and/or a fine. 2) A crime carrying a minimum term of one year or more in state prison, since a year or less can be served in county jail. However, a sentence upon conviction for a felony may sometimes be less than one year at the discretion of the judge and within limits set by statute. Felonies are sometimes referred to as “high crimes” as described in the U.S. Constitution.”

“America was designed by geniuses so it could be run by idiots.” —Anonymous

On This Week’s Headlines from The Onion
US Government of the verge of full-scale government hoedown
Company more like family whose members are desperate to join better family
Student reporter hits it out of the park with five accurate sentences
Fantasized argument getting pretty intense
Disgusting shower liner has another three years left in it

Interesting Reads
Quinoa
A book review about Woodrow Wilson
Congress, border sheriffs, and immigration bills
Actual science controversies
From Nicholas Kristof (NY Times) on the shutdown
Madame Weebs takes a bite out of Congress (language alert)
The Onion explains how health insurance exchanges work 

On Potpourri
Ever wonder what tacos, smiles, flutes, noodles, balloons, vodka, and cinnamon rolls have in common?

Did you know that Julius, Leonard, Arthur, Milton, and Herbert were known as Groucho, Chico, Harpo, Gummo, and Zeppo?

For me, baseball season is officially over.

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I saw this and immediately thought of El Guapo.

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While in Quebec City, it was interesting to observe reactions when I asked locals about Le Clown. Some bowed, while others brought food, drink, and gifts. Some screamed as they ran away in terror while others simply laughed. smirked, and muttered “Le Clown” and something in French. (They must be the anarchists.)

Reasons to celebrate this weekend

  • (Weekend) Storytelling Weekend, Fallen Firefighters Weekend
  • (Friday) Improve Your Office Day, Taco Day, Ten-Four Day, Vodka Day, World Animal Day, Smile Day, Lee’s Denim Day, Cinnamon Roll Day, Balloons Around the World Day, Toot Your Own Flute Day
  • (Saturday) Card Making Day, Cephalopod Awareness Day, Smile Day, Do Something Nice Day, Apple  Betty Day
  • (Sunday) Change a Light Day, Mad Hatter Day, Diversity Day, Noodle Day

Catching up has been difficult, so if I can get it together, a Saturday morning cartoon feature returns on the next post.

To send you into the weekend, here’s a jazzy song from a rock band during my 70s college days. Enjoy Blue Collar by Bachman-Turner Overdrive. Have a safe weekend and in the words of Garrison Keillor, Be well, do good work, and keep in touch.