National Geographic : 1942 May
The inventor of the "Blackout"has 8 arms IF YOU'VE EVER poked around pools left by the tide, you may have happened across the octopus. This unappetizing-looking creature is really re garded as a very choice morsel by many fish. So much so, that fishermen regard the octopus as excellent bait. His eight tentacles and parrot-like beak can be formidable to smaller fish. But unless he's a regular giant of his kind, he has precious little protection against the larger ones. Any time friend octopus gets caught away from his hole in the rocks by a barracuda, for instance, his fate would be sealed, if it weren't for his ace in-the-hole, the "Blackout." Within the leathery sac that is the body of an octopus, he carries another sac-full of ink. When danger threatens, he squirts out this ink. The ink diffuses through the water with amazing speed. It effectually hides him from attackers and gives him a chance to scoot away to safety. As the case of the octopus shows, Nature has been incredibly ingenious in devising protective apparatus for her creatures against the particular dangers that threaten them. But she has created nothing, perhaps, more ingenious than the device man has perfected for himself against the particu lar dangers that threaten him. That device is insurance. And there are, today, few threats against which insurance will not give you adequate protection. An accident may destroy your earning power but insurance will replace it until you're on your feet again. Life insurance will protect your family and give you an income in later life. An auto mobile accident may involve you in a lawsuit but you won't have to worry if you have insurance. Fire may destroy your home, but insurance will give you the money to rebuild it. Moral: Insure in The Travelers. All forms of in surance. The Travelers Insurance Company, The Travelers Indemnity Company, The Travelers Fire Insurance Company, Hartford, Connecticut.