March 15, 2005

New Friend: Karl Mari

Sharon returned from a long weekend bearing gifts! It was her birthday last week, and because she is awesome she has given us all treats. I came in this morning to find a delicious Cow Tail, Pez Sours, a Coke Evil and a sticky slinky-bodied octopus. I’m sure I mentioned it before, but Sharon rocks.

I named the octopus Karl Mari. Ryan got an alligator and gave him a cool name: Icki-Bob, so I had to give Karl a cool name as well. Please don’t point out to me that Karl is not a squid. When you get your own slinky, sticky octopus, you can give it your own cool name.

When you throw them on to the wall, they stick, and then flip-crawl down the wall. Their crawling is very efficient and dramatic because their bodies are part plastic slinky.

Thinking myself clever, I threw Karl onto the ceiling so that he would stick up there for a while and then fall on the desk. I threw him… he stuck, but he got far too friendly with the ceiling.

He stuck up there pretty firmly. After a good 20 minutes had passed, he showed not the slightest signs of releasing from the surface. His stickiness was gripping the slightly rough, non-glossy ceiling paint with incredible strength. He was fairly bonded to it.

So Karl had to be carefully removed in a slow, manual process. It was not easy work. Karl has a couple of rough surface spots now, but he’s a trooper. Sticky as ever and he crawled down the wall immediately after. He got right back on that horse.

As you can see from the photo, he left a little stain. It’s Karl-shaped. Head, snout, tentacles and all.

No matter where Karl eventually goes, he will be forever remembered. He’s truly left his mark.

P.S.: I was warned

Posted by James at March 15, 2005 3:19 PM
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A similar effect was seen here, in our new multimillion-dollar office building, where everything is new and clean. Well, was. I am happy to say I had nothing to do with it, I was merely an observer.

Posted by: Patti M. at March 15, 2005 3:45 PM

"Toss and relase to avoid breakage"

Uh, as opposed to what? throwing it with my hand attached?

Posted by: Bob McCown at March 15, 2005 5:14 PM

I thought that odd as well. But I think it means not to throw the head part and hand onto the tentacles. If you swing it hard enough, the head will likely come apart from the slinky body.

And it's sticky enough that it isn't easy to throw. You have to hold on to the non-sticky parts.

Posted by: James at March 15, 2005 5:24 PM

Whip that squid
Catch it on the vid
Don't hold him back
Split your squid in half
When Karl Mari comes along
You must whip it
Before he sticks there for too long
You must whip it
Be sure you sing this song
When you whip it

Now whip it
Into glass
Toss it up
Throw straight
Throw forward
Try to unstick it
Itís not too late
To whip it
Whip it good...

Posted by: Chuck S. at March 15, 2005 5:59 PM

c-arack that whip!!

Posted by: ryan at March 16, 2005 9:33 AM

Chuck, you are GOOD!

Posted by: Patti M. at March 16, 2005 9:58 AM

yeah... we got to repaint a livingroom because of a froggy version of Karl Mari. :)

Posted by: beth at March 16, 2005 11:09 AM

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