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HDTV + Octopus = Love

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Posted December 23, 2008 - By Frank Meyer

You know, I have always said that the octopus is a boring, lazy creature. And finally I have been proven right. By science, no less!

Yes, a recent study by Australian researcher Renata Pronk says that the tentacled sea-beasts show no trait of individual personalities, even though they exhibit a high level of intelligence.

See, I told ya!

Actually, the really interesting part is that while they showed no personality, they did show signs of preferring HDTV! For her study, Pronk recruited 32 octopuses from the waters of Chowder Bay and had them watch HDTV.

Previously, researchers have reported little success when showing video to octopi, but Pronk discovered that the octopus eye is so refined that it might see standard PAL video, at 25 fps, as a series of stills, but at 50 fps HDTV caused reactions from them.  They especially responded to clips of a crab, another octopus, or a swinging bottle on the end of a string.

Wait, a swinging bottle on the end of a string? See, I told ya they were boring …

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