By Mark Frauenfelder at 2:37 pm Mon, Apr 20, 2009
If, after watching this video, you want to see it played backwards, don't bother. You already did! (Via The Agitator)
Gah! The eating noises are just too much! I had to turn it off after a few seconds.
Here’s another “palindrome” movie.
Rather than just being bunch of visual tricks… it attempts to tell a story. Unlike the video above it takes into account that people talking in reverse directions can’t understand each other… but inevitably effect each others progress in time. Underneath the clip is a link to see it backwards if you wish. Please leave a comment.
Dimitri Martin would get such a boner over this.
Great video – I especially love how at the beginning the backwards guy agrees by saying something sounding like ‘Yes’, but at the end we hear it forwards & find out he was actually saying ‘See’. Really really clever.
Sugar Water broke my brain when I saw it a couple years ago, too.
Also of note, Douglas Hofstadter’s Crab Canon, as well as Bach’s version which it refers to.
Is anyone else reminded of the “Backwards” episode of Red Dwarf?
You’re wrong, Argelesplage.
Frauenfelder’s headline does not call this video/audio a palindrome but describes it as “palindromic.”
Your pedantry aside, a transcript of the audio would read the same backwards and forward and would itself qualify as a palindrome.
Michel Gondry did something similar a few years ago – one of my favorite music vids of all time:
Or this amazing Cibo Matto
beaten to it by seconds…………..
but the MTV canot be sen outside the USA so the rest of us can view it on Daily Motion
Great minds think alike, eh Joncro? Or twisted minds perhaps. FWIW I can view the MTV and am in Italy. But the dailymotion loads faster…
Also, Red Dwarf rocks, and that is one of the classic episodes.
this was pretty cool
after playing Braid, i had to resist the urge to hit the shift key and reverse everything
also i think that the Red Dwarf writers were the first to elaborate on the idea of a traumatic reverse-toilet experience, but i might be wrong
also, i have the tshirt he/they is/are wearing, and that pleases me for some strange reason
Was it a rat I saw?
If that’s the national headdress of Palindromistan, I know where I’m taking my next vacation.
Gave it a go, but I can’t handle eating noises.
Weird Al did it better:
i only got as far as noticing i have that same shirt (urban outfitters).
but then SMACK SMACK CHEW GURGLE SLURP *VOMIT* video closed.
With #7… yeah. I work with a guy who eats his lunch like that every day… He hasn’t caught on that I close my office door every day when he takes lunch…
John Callaghan says:
You are to be congratulated. By me. Very cleverly scripted and executed!
Top Secret, Swedish bookstore scene is still funny “in reverse”.
John Callaghan again. It occurred to me that one of my videos might appeal to those who’ve enjoyed yours:
All the best with your future projects!
With #7 and #8… Eating noises drive me up the wall. Glad to see I’m not alone in this.
A palindrome reads backwards the same way it reads forward, i.e. “Yo, Banana Boy”, or “a dog, a panic in a pagoda”.
Playing audio backwards is a different thing. Maybe it even has a name. Call this clip what you will, but palindromic it ain’t..
Yes, Red Dwarf rocks, big time…
That’s not a Palindrome movie. *THIS* is a palindrome movie:
thinkin’ of the man from another place and laura palmer…
This is great, but many people do not know that the written out lyrics of the entire song catalogue for the band “They Might Be Giants” is one long palindrome. It’s not obvious as they are not halfway through, and it’ll be a few years before they start the second half of their songs, which will be considered less accessible and clever and kind of odd and garbled sounding compared to the first half of their songs.
that cibo matto video has broken my brain.
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