We can’t stop staring at the moving mouth tentacles on this incredibly awesome and rather disturbing animatronic Zoidberg costume. It was created by effects artist Frank Ippolito in collaboration with Tested and debuted at WonderCon 2014.

In addition to the nightmarish remote-controlled animatronic tentacles, the costume features foam-latex feet and claws that clickety-click just like they do on Futurama. Ippolito probably even recreated Zoidberg’s unforgettable odor. Let’s just hope they didn’t create an alternate costume depicting the Decapodian doctor out of his shell.

Click here for a fascinating making-of and demonstration video.

[via Technabob and the A.V. Club]

The Department of Awesome Parenting just discovered yet another amazing parent who turns their child’s school lunches into a mini art show. Minneapolis-based freelance designer and illustrator Bryan Dunn, aka The Bag Dad, has been illustrating his son’s brown paper lunch bags for two years now, ever since the boy’s very first day of school.

Each colored pencil drawing takes Bryan about 20-30 minutes to complete. He usually works on them during his own lunch break. Because the bags don’t always make it back home after school, Dunn started photographing each bag before filling it with his son’s lunch.

You can see them all over on The Bag Dad Facebook page. You can also follow his lunch bag artwork here on Tumblr.

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This tentacular octopus hairpiece is the work of Australian artist Kirstie Williams (deviantARTist Deeed), who created it as part of a magnificent costume for a steampunk ball she recently attended. Williams documented each step of the elaborate creation process, which involved sculpting a foam core, covering it in long artificial hair wefts and then enhancing it with copper-colored paint and a few obligatory brass gears. The hirsute cephalopod was then attached to an Arda Candy Striper wig. As you can see, the result of all her effort is nothing short of spectacular.

Williams is currently auctioning off a commission for one customized octopus hairpiece just like the one seen here. The auction ends June 15, 2014. Click here for details.

Top three photos by Gillian B Dragancaor.

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The octopus is an awesome and astonishingly intelligent animal. This beautiful underwater video, shot by of OceanShutter.com, gives us the opportunity to take an exceptionally close look at a few of our tentacular friends.

Entitled “Octopuses of the Night”, the video was shot during night dives that Adamson made in the Philippines. He was able to film these remarkable creatures in such fine detail that we’re able to really appreciate the texture of their skin, their awesome tentacles, amazing eyes and how they tuck themselves into cozy beds made of seashells.

Goodnight little octopus. Sleep tight.

[via The Presurfer]


"Nothing says “good morning” like a plateful of delicious tentacles."

Every time we think pancake artist Nathan Shields (previously featured here) has outdone himself, he goes and creates a scrummy new batch of pancakes that are even more awesome than the last. This time he’s made our jaws drop (and stomachs growl) with a mouthwatering batch of tentacular Cephalopod pancakes.
[via Saipancakes]

"Nothing says “good morning” like a plateful of delicious tentacles."

Every time we think pancake artist Nathan Shields (previously featured here) has outdone himself, he goes and creates a scrummy new batch of pancakes that are even more awesome than the last. This time he’s made our jaws drop (and stomachs growl) with a mouthwatering batch of tentacular Cephalopod pancakes.

[via Saipancakes]

We’re already huge fans of the indescribably awesome octopus, but that doesn’t mean we aren’t always ready to be astonished by them all over again. This amazing video shows an octopus freeing itself from a closed jar by twisting off the lid from the inside. It was originally posted to the YouTube account of the Enoshima Aquarium, which is located in the city of Fujisawa in Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan.

Further proof that octopodes rule.

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The Department of Teeny-weeny Wonders would like to welcome these incredibly tiny, ridiculously cute Caribbean pygmy octopus (Octopus mercatoris) hatchlings, born last month at the Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium in Sarasota, Florida.

Can you believe how small they are? Look at all those wee-bitty suckers on their eensy-weensy tentacles. When they’re full grown, these tentacular cuties will only be about the size of a silver dollar. The cuteness, it hurts!

Photos by the Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium

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Nothing says “Our love will last forever.” like a tiny gold squid encircling your ring finger. This tentacular little beauty was handmade by Portland, OR-based jeweler Cheyenne Weil of gin & butterflies. She custom-makes each Squid Wedding Band by hand-carving the ring in wax and then casting it using the lost-wax method.

"This ring is a highly detailed piece with the squid and water/wave design flowing all the way around the ring, leaving no particular part "up." It is a nice 8mm in width, over 2mm thick, and has a delicious weighty feel."

Click here for more information and then check out the rest of Cheyenne’s gin & butterflies shop.

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If you try reading by the light of this incredibly awesome Cthulhu lamp, don’t be surprised if the letters start to swim on the page and you hear eldritch whispers in your ear. It was created as a tribute to our favorite tentacular embodiment of ancient evil by Montreal-based artist Karl Dupéré-Richer using “the back of one PVC patio chair, 14 chair feet, one flowerpot, one umbrella base, two bike tires, 30 cans, many pieces of PVC pipes, one acrylic globe lights, some car body parts, a few pieces of garden hoses and about 1,000 devoured human souls.”

The Cthulhu light sculpture is currently on display at the EtOH Brasserie in Montreal, Canada.

Click here to check out more Karl Dupéré-Richer’s upcycled artwork.

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