As you may have heard, a giant octopus stranded right in the centre of Oxford Circus in central London caused havoc for commuters this morning.
It has now been revealed that it was part of a PR stunt for Betfair, presumably a tribute to Paul the “oracle octopus” who made headlines during the 2010 World Cup for having an 85% rate when it came to accurately predicting the scores of the football games, but that still doesn’t take away from the hundreds of Londonders taking snaps on Twitter as they walked past the surreal sighting on their way to work.
So, with Twitter being unsurprisingly packed full of octopus snaps and sea jokes, we’ve collected our favourite tweets together for your entertainment.
We need regular updates on the location of the giant octopus loose in London. This is what twitter was designed for folks…
— Dan Hodges (@DPJHodges) June 3, 2014
Some referred back to previous London PR stunts and events.
London’s gigantic duck is on it’s way to help out the octopus stranded at Oxford Circus pic.twitter.com/ik6dcYCWGb
— Will Black (@WillBlackWriter) June 3, 2014
— Alex Eeles (@alexeeles) June 3, 2014
Others were thinking about ways they could use it to their advantage.
— reed.co.uk (@reedcouk) June 3, 2014
There were the realistic people looking at the bigger picture…
This makes me happy, not for the people in traffic, but because it’s someone’s job out there to make giant octopi: http://t.co/BKnsnk44bQ
— Emma Lindner (@EmmaLindner) June 3, 2014
I like the way it’s being written up as “giant octopus brings London to halt”, like it’s the octopus driving the truck itself
— Jess Brammar (@jessbrammar) June 3, 2014
Then there were some who may need a bit of a calm-down.
Is it possible we’re all having a great laugh whilst a giant octopus is hijacking a truck in central London in broad daylight?
— Jason O’Mahony (@jasonomahony) June 3, 2014
But it’s alright, because the pessimists (and most likely, non-Londoners) were there for that very reason
OK, I get it – a lorry carrying a sculpture of an octopus broke down in London. Can we please move on? Are our lives that tragic & shallow?
— Paul Weatherley (@paulweatherley) June 3, 2014
You do know, London, that it’s not an actual octopus?
— paul (@thehatandbeard) June 3, 2014
And this guy…
People in London tweeting like they’ve never seen a giant octopus on the back of a truck. City folk…
— Alfie McWawa (@AlfieMcWawa) June 3, 2014