This infographic explains why the octopus is the mascot of steampunk in 6 points. If you are not aware, steampunk is comprehended as a subgenre of sci-fi incorporating technology along with aesthetic designs. In this context, the history of Steampunk movement and octopuses intersect. According to the infographic, Steampunk’s fascination with octopuses probably originated from the book 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1870).
Next, the movement of an octopus is powered by water called jet propulsion that makes octopuses the fastest marine invertebrates. Obviously, octopuses differ from steam powered vehicles.
Furthermore, it is believed that Steampunk is about creation. One example provided by the infographic gives the impression that octopuses are among the most inventive living creatures.
Another reason is derived from the fictional monster – Cthulhu. In the short story The Call of Cthulhu the monster is described as a chimera of an octopus and a dragon.
Considering the Industrial Revolution, the octopus was a symbol of the railroad and the Industrial Revolution. The aggressive policy of the Southern Pacific Railroad was the reason its detractors to call it the Octopus.
Finally, the infographic promotes the idea that octopuses look like they are wearing goggles and a helmet all the time. Such items you can find in a steampunk boutique.
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