Gutter #5

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Dig this. The shovel has the rare distinction as a tool that is in service of both starting life (planting) and finishing it (grave digging). It has been around since the beginning of time when the first scoop of dirt had to be extracted. Only improved by the use of steel in the blade—the shovel's design has been relatively unchanged over time. Next to the hammer, it may be the most essential member on the job site. Think about it—what house, bridge, building, ditch, golf course, park, garden, pipeline, electric grid, flagpole, stadium, or road has come to be without the help of the shovel? The mechanics and performance of the shovel are entirely dependent on its operator. 

The octopus is a cephalopod mollusk of the order Octopoda. It is bilaterally symmetric with two eyes and fours pairs of arms, (not eight legs)! They can have as many as 240 suction cups on each arm. The don't look all that bright but they are among the most intelligent and behaviorally flexible of all invertebrates. Octopuses feel a lot—have three hearts. Two branchial pumps pump blood through each of the two gills, while the third is a systemic heart that pumps blood through the body. Most octopuses can eject a thick, blackish ink in a large cloud to aid in escaping from predators. They also have a similar defense mechanism as the lizard—they can lose an arm to stay back and distract would-be predators. With eight to burn, that's a lot of distraction.