Surprise, surprise, surprise!

Sha-zay-um, Jim!



  1. Hon Glad says:

    Looks a bit crabby.

  2. baby birdie says:


  3. the bug man says:

    (insert little doodly motions with antennae)

  4. (The Original) Mel says:

    I dunno why, but I love the colors here. That’s all I have to say about that.

  5. Cindy B. says:

    First time I’ve seen a hermit crab on CO, woo-hoo! So adorable. 🙂

  6. O NO He/ She/ It DI-unt!!! says:


  7. I love his eyes! Convenient how they can extend up over his shell for maximum peeping capability.

  8. O NO He/ She/ It DI-unt!!! says:

    also, he’s wearing one of these:

  9. Is that an eye? I thought crabs’ eyes were like this guy’s:

    That eye looks a little Sauron-ish to me *shudder*

  10. Well, I’m no expert (but I play one on TV – ba-da-boom *rim shot*!) but I think this guys eyes are on stalks, maybe so they actually can poke out of his shell? Since he has to rent one, so to speak.

    Have you guys ever seen that tiny octopus who picks up half of a small coconut shell and then carries it around with him until he finds another half, then *whoosh* pulls them together with himself inside? **I love my cephalopod friends**

  11. That’s right!
    Nice thinking alike with you!

  12. Shazaym Shazaym.
    But Sarge I was Just

    Loved Gomer Pile when I was growing up..

    and On Mayberry too.

    LOL when he and barney catch the bad guys with light bulbs. Snicker!

  13. Gigi (the original one) says:

    Never could reconcile Jim Nabors signing voice with his Gomer Pile character. It always freaked me out a little to hear him sing like he was possessed by somebody else.

  14. Wow!

  15. I think he’s been on CO.

  16. Killer Klown says:

    He looks a bit shell-shocked.

  17. I tell you who else he freaked out. Opera singers. Opera singers hate it when people would think Jim Nabors was an opera singer, because his production is all wrong. He was doing what a lot of people do when they try to sing that way– they get resonance from inside their faces and heads, instead of from lower down in the body. It was like singing backwards. *singing geek*

  18. You’re not alone Gigi. Nobody else can either! But I still tune into the Indy 500 each year just to hear him & at this point to see if he’ll show up.

  19. We shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall nevah surrendaaah (blusterblusterharumph)

  20. Martina says:

    I used to have two hermit crabs. I named them itchy and scratchy (yes, like off the Simpsons!). One day I came home and scratchys arm was sitting by itself somewhere and itchy was dead. Then scratchy died the next day. Ironic how they killed each other just like the cartoon cat and mouse on the Simpsons.

  21. Martha in Washington says:

    I spent entirely too much time one night on Youtube watching all of these commercials. Hilarious! Thanks for the reminder!

  22. Martha in Washington says:

    “From the Halls of Montezuma to the Shores of Tripoli…”
    *proud Marine Mom*

  23. Martha in Washington says:

    And yes, I know Gomer was in the Army.

  24. O NO He/ She/ It DI-unt!!! says:

    very nice!!!!

  25. O NO He/ She/ It DI-unt!!! says:

    pyrit SHALL RETURN!!!!
    *resounding Echo FX….*

  26. 260Oakley says:

    Is that you, Winston Church-shell?

  27. O NO He/ She/ It DI-unt!!! says:

    Today, “Hee-Haw” salutes CuteOverload, and pyrit!!!
    (please click below if it doesn’t embed. OK?Thksbye)

  28. ooh! ooh! ooh! pick me pickme!

    is that called “cranial resonance?” also known as the reason we can’t hear our own voices accurately?

    and didn’t he star in Gömerdämmerung?

  29. puddlepeppers says:

    Love “peeping capability”

  30. puddlepeppers says:

    Thanks for “maximum peeping capability”

  31. puddlepeppers says:


  32. @ Martha in Washington
    Gomer was in the Marines too – the show was Gomer Pyle USMC

    cute little crabby guy, BTW 🙂

  33. Yup.

  34. eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!

  35. I LOVED those commercials!

  36. Hermit crabs FTW! I used to keep them as pets when I was little. 🙂 I even had big ones.

  37. HA!

  38. Wasn’t it USMC?

  39. How big do they get? 😯

  40. Maribeth says:

    Ooh ooh ooh! I have a Jim Nabors story to share! During my first overseas trip, I went to Fiji for a week and on the way home, waiting in the Suva airport, there was Jim Nabors and his sweetie, dressed in matching Hawaiian shirts!
    I really hate it when people stare at celebrities so I tried hard not to but the shirts were pretty riveting.
    I think he has a home there with a macadamia nut plantation, or did, in the 80s (omigosh, the 80s….)

  41. i bet jim nabors made that hawaiian shirt look fantastic.

  42. MamaLana says:


  43. Absolutely. I’ve been watching and waiting for hermies to make their appearance here, they’re endlessly cute. More crabbies, pelase.

  44. darkshines says:

    I’m off for a scuttle….. *woop woop woop woopwoop*

  45. Cuddelfish says:

    My mom has some that are about the size of softballs. If you treat them right and give them lots of sand (not gravel!) to bury themselves in they can live for a very, very long time. We’re talking ~20 years.

    Twenty years ago, at a flea market in New Jersey, she invented the hermit crab kiosks that you see in malls today.

  46. Cuddelfish says:


  47. Cuddlefish says:

    *ahem* I mis-typed my handle. Woops.

  48. victoreia says:

    But if we saw more hermit crabs, would they still be hermits?

  49. victoreia says:

    A.k.a. “head voice”….

  50. victoreia says:

    Well, I don’t know about the macadamia nut plantation, but he is a local resident. He pops in on a local Saturday morning radio show a couple of times a year.

  51. victoreia says:

    *blush* Just realized Maribeth was referring to Fiji, not Hawaii. (Must learn to read comments twice before responding….)

  52. Ali-baba says:

    I dunno, crabby kinda reminds me of Maxine, that crabby senior character at Hallmark. Or at the very least he stole her visor! 😉

  53. Martha in Washington says:

    You are right! I’ve got to learn to stop second guessing myself!

  54. *snerk*

  55. Nope.

  56. perimeter is secure, SIR! {salutes}

  57. starling says:

    We’re gonna need a bigger shell.

  58. O NO He/ She/ It DI-unt!!! says:

    If a leaf falls in a forest and only a hermit crab hears it …..

    (See: Existentialist Philosophy 101 textbook)

  59. ouch. That reply left me shell shocked.

  60. O NO He/ She/ It DI-unt!!! says:

    *delighted giggle*

  61. Ali-baba says:

    I can hear Richard Dreyfus saying..”It’s a Pagurus Bernhardus! It’s a hermit crab!”