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Attack of the giant unidentifiable cephalopod

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The incomparable Clive Thompson of Collision Detection has found an ad that outdoes anything seen at this year's Super Bowl (yeah, we know, we're setting the bar low), which he calls "a cautionary tale of precisely the sort of terrible cephalopod uprising that mankind ignores at its eternal peril." Click to watch it, and then check out the jump for some ideas on what that humongous tentacled thing might be...

1. The Kraken. 'Nuff said.

2. The beastie from The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring that tries to keep Frodo and company from entering the Mines of Moria.

3. Octaman. To quote 20,000 Tentacles Under the Sea: "Octaman is one of the unintentionally funniest of [the] cephalopod films. Scientists on the west coast of Mexico are studying a new small species of octopus (which lives in lakes!), possibly a hybrid from radiation. They have large eyes and make a loud keening sound. Of course big brother 'Octaman' comes to the rescue of its little buddies being 'tortured' by the nasty scientists, and the movie goes downhill from there. 'Octaman,' the monster, is really most amazing, having arms that can pierce human bodies, an amazing sucker mouth lined with teeth, compound eyes(!), and, like many other movie monsters, makes a roaring sound as it attacks people. Also, like many other movie monsters, it has an affection for the heroine of the movie, just like Fay Wray or Jessica Lange in King Kong. After various skirmishes and fatalities this monster is again relegated to the supposed depths of the lakes."

4. An actual octopus or squid. Kay, probably not. But if you want to know more about these fascinating (and yes, dangerous) creatures, here you go.

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A Hamilton-Themed Cookbook is Coming
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Fans of Broadway hit Hamilton will soon be able to dine like the Founding Fathers: As Eater reports, a new Alexander Hamilton-inspired cookbook is slated for release in fall 2017.

Cover art for Laura Kumin's forthcoming cookbook
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Called The Hamilton Cookbook: Cooking, Eating, and Entertaining in Hamilton’s World, the recipe collection by author Laura Kumin “takes you into Hamilton’s home and to his table, with historical information, recipes, and tips on how you can prepare food and serve the food that our founding fathers enjoyed in their day,” according to the Amazon description. It also recounts Hamilton’s favorite dishes, how he enjoyed them, and which ingredients were used.

Recipes included are cauliflower florets two ways, fried sausages and apples, gingerbread cake, and apple pie. (Cue the "young, scrappy, and hungry" references.) The cookbook’s official release is on November 21—but until then, you can stave off your appetite for all things Hamilton-related by downloading the musical’s new app.

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