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I was first intrigued by octopi when I read ‘The Best American Science and Nature Writing 2004’, which offered a deliciously funny introduction into octopus life. I was recently reminded of how interesting these creatures are by multiple news flashes about Otto the Octopus, which lives at the Sea Star Aquarium in Coburg, Germany. It all started with a series of mysterious blackouts at the aquarium that brought electricians to their knees and resulted in their decision to take turns sleeping at the aquarium to figure out what was happening.  Otto was happening. The aquarium staff think that Otto had been annoyed by the bright light shining into his aquarium or simply bored and started busting the light by climbing onto the rim of his tank and squirting streams of water at it. More recent news claim that Otto’s been so bored by the lack of people at the aquarium (closed for the winter season) that he started juggling crabs in his arms. Otto’s been featured in the Telegraph and numerous blogs as well as being included on YouTube videos and Facebook through a fan group and page. I’m definitely a fan!