When does an octopus have only three legs? Well, when it has an accident or... when it's the Octopus Tripod from Japan's Strapya World. This seeming lack of appendages poses no problems, however, as the tripod bends to your will while holding onto your phone or cam at one end and pretty much anything else at the other end.
The Octopus Tripod is made of durable black ABS plastic accented with your choice of blue, green, pink, yellow or gray. It'll hold a cell phone or digital camera weighing up to 350 grams (about 12.5 oz.) but what's really neat is HOW it holds them.
The designers have gone for maximum flexibility to accommodate as many different types of cameras and phones as possible. Cell phones are gripped with a three-pronged, spring-loaded vise; digital cameras attach either by a 0.6cm diameter screw or via a handy slide deck.
The Octopus Tripod retails for 1,980 yen (about $21) at Strapya's website - color availability varies so check the site before you order.
EDITOR'S NOTE: This is no longer available on Strapya. Gorillapod is an excellent flexible tripod that offers similar features. You can see the Gorillapod here on Amazon.