April 3rd, 2003

Edwin Starr is Dead,

CNN article

Motown singer Edwin Starr dies of heart attack

LONDON, England (AP) — Edwin Starr, the soul singer who produced No. 1 Motown hits such as “War,” died of an apparent heart attack Wednesday, his manager said. He was 61. Starr, who lived in England, died at his home near the central city of Nottingham, said manager Lilian Kyle.

Born Charles Hatcher in Nashville, Tennessee, Starr formed his first group, the Future Tones, in 1957, recording one single before his three-year army service. In 1965, he was offered a solo deal following two years of touring with another band.

Early hits included “Agent Double-O Soul” and “Stop Her on Sight (S.O.S).” But his biggest success came with “War,” a No. 1 hit in 1970 during a time of growing anti-Vietnam War protests. Other top 10 hits included “Contact” and “H.A.P.P.Y. Radio.”

I used Mr. Starr’s lyrics to start out my war-links.
Here is his website.

giant monsters.art

April 3rd, 2003

It’s Calimari Time!

image vacummed from CNN.

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (Reuters) — A rare and dangerous squid with eyes the size of dinner plates and scores of razor-sharp hooks to snag its prey has been caught by fishermen off Antarctica, New Zealand scientists said on Thursday. The half-grown female colossal squid is only the second intact example of the monster cephalopod known to have been found, said marine biologist Steve O’Shea of New Zealand’s national museum.

A trawler caught the 150 kg, 330-pound squid in the sub-Antarctic Ross Sea about 3540 kilometers (2,200 miles) south of Wellington. The squid was eating Patagonian Toothfish, which grow to two meters in length, when it was caught. It was dead when it was hawled into the trawler and the remains are now in the New Zealand national museum. The body of the colossal squid is much bigger than the giant squid, which can weigh up to 900 kg, 2,000 pounds when fully grown. A giant squid’s tentacles can be up to 13 meters long, compared with five meters on the recovered creature

American marine biologist Kat Bolstad said the colossal squid was a more dangerous animal than the giant squid, the mythical monster of the deep that attacked Captain Nemo’s Nautilus in Jules Verne’s “Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea.” “This is a very aggressive animal and moves quickly. If you fell in the water next to it you would be in big trouble,” said Bolstad.

The colossal squid finds food by literally glowing in the dark, deep waters to light up prey for its massive eyes — the biggest of any animal. But it is the colossal squid’s weaponry that marks it out from its giant cousin. Its eight arms and two tentacles have up to 25 teeth-like hooks — deeply rooted into muscle and able to rotate 360 degrees — as well as the usual suckers to ensure fish do not escape. The hooks not only hold fish for the squid’s two parrot-like beaks, but also are used to fend off attacks from hungry sperm whales, O’Shea said.

The species, whose scientific name is mesonychoteuthis hamiltoni, was previously thought to have lurked at least 800 meters down in the freezing waters near Antarctica, but the specimen found a fortnight ago was near the surface. O’Shea said the discovery raised questions about what else was down deep in the ocean. “We know so little about the marine environment in general. If animals like this are turning up, what’s going to be at 3,000-meters (10,000-foot) depth. We don’t know,” O’Shea said.

The BBC story has some good colossal squid photos.
Who you gonna trust? TONMO, The Octopus News Magazine Online, has yer octopi & squid–normal, giant & colossal–stories, photos, and a 4.5meg absolutely-amazing Squid fact-sheets stuffed fulla pictures, charts, graphs, &c.
A slightly-blurry AP photo on MSNBC.
There used to be a
Giant Squid Resource Center
but all seems gone but the Google-cache….
SlashDot is chattering.
A January article from the BBC on a Giant Squid Attack!. 7 or 8 metres long.
Dr. Steve answers question on Giant Squid in this 2002 feature from the Discovery Channel’s Chasing Giants.
Another 2002 Discovery Channel report sez Global Warming is “causing squid to grow abnormally large.” We we warned!
A 200kg giant squid washed up onto a beach in Hobart, Aus in July 2002, but nobody took any pictures (or put them online, anyway).
The LessonPlanLibrary has this Giant Squid pdf
to help you break the news of these friendly maurding montsters of the deep. Cool engraving, as well!

It may not have been colossal, but Jules Verne had a giant squid attack the Nautilus in
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
. Karen C. points out the the original English edition had more than 1/4 of it cut out. She provides a lot of links, including
to several complete public-domain e-texts.
C.B. Adams brings us some photos and text on the Walt Disney World Nautilus.

TurboSquid.com has absolutely NOTHING to do with real squid. “Founded in early 2000, Turbo Squid is a fully-featured digital media marketplace for 3D assets.” What a gyp.
Dr. Squidd isn’t a REAL squid with a doctorate, no! He’s a “Zine featuring b-movie reviews and articles about low-budget and no-budget movies, actresses, obscurities, sci-fi, comic books and other weird stuff.”
SQUIDLY has nothing to do with our colossal friend, other than another nod an article, but (s)he’s
got a relevant domain name & image at the top o’ the page. Tasteful.

God only knows why Google is throwin me up into the top-ten for c.s.p. searches–but you guys have been slamming my site all night! Weirdness. Anyway. Somebody was kind enough to read Egyptian Fax Chamber in the midst of all of this. EFC does not currently have any references to colossal squids OR alien mummies. But it WILL, mark my words, it WILL…..

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