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the story of an invisible girl
I was at a restaurant the other day, and noticed an appetizer: Charred Baby Octopus. "You know," I realized, "That doesn't sound like food. It sounds like a tragedy. Something you'd see on the news. 'Oh no, look at the charred baby octopus!'"

I don't know why for sure, but I'm guessing it's the use of the word "baby". Makes it seem too anthropomorphized. Sounds a bit like clubbing baby seals, charring baby octopuses....

It may have been delicious, but I couldn't order it. Poor charred baby octopus!


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From: bloggingchick Date: April 3rd, 2010 04:46 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yeah, for being on a menu that does sound rather off-putting.
anderale From: anderale Date: April 3rd, 2010 05:19 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh gosh! I couldn't have ordered that either. I think octopi are awesome though. I would feel guilty eating something that smart.
djinnthespazz From: djinnthespazz Date: April 3rd, 2010 08:04 pm (UTC) (Link)
Everything is smart. Even plants. Mushrooms. Microbes.
pstscrpt From: pstscrpt Date: April 5th, 2010 01:40 pm (UTC) (Link)
Mushrooms don't sneak up onto fishing boats, break into the holds to steal fish, and get away cleanly.
anderale From: anderale Date: April 6th, 2010 06:20 pm (UTC) (Link)
Precisely! I think it would be more frightening if a mushroom did do that, though.
xtatic1 From: xtatic1 Date: April 3rd, 2010 06:11 pm (UTC) (Link)
Baby was definitely a poor choice of words, although they probably meant it to indicate that the meat was fresh and tender vs old and stringy/rubbery.
djinnthespazz From: djinnthespazz Date: April 3rd, 2010 08:03 pm (UTC) (Link)
Heh. I've had something like this dish at a restaurant and I went into one of my game characters. It just looked like something one of Zelazny's Chaosians might eat.

And it was very good. And very baby. little intact octopi.
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