A hyper-dimensional gelatinous blob begins to sing

Screen Test. Featuring Marganta. Voice: Marga Sardà. Design, direction and animation by Dvein. [via]

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Music: "Your Heart Is As Black As Night," Melody Gardot (2009)

None more black.

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Videos: how fake Japanese food is made

In central Japan's Gifu Prefecture, a man demonstrates the making of sampuru, the fantastic fake food seen in many Japanese restaurants.

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"Copy Me" episode 3: "Early Copyright History"

Alex writes, "It features censorship, hangings, dissent and criticism, a whole bunch of state and church control, angry queens, sad Stationers, and, of course, our terrible culprit: the printing press."

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Collector pulls mint Magic: The Gathering card worth $27,000

YouTube user OpenBooster uses his aptly-named account to open booster packs of Magic: The Gathering cards.

Witness his palpable delight when he pulls one of the Power Nine cards from an unopened  20-year-old Alpha set, a mint-condition Black Lotus.

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Woman accuses restaurant patrons of eating her "little girl"

Kelly Atlas, an activist with Direct Action Everywhere, delivered to diners at Bluestem in San Francisco a tearful, dramatic rant about her "little girl and her sisters."

The "little girl" is a chicken named Snow.

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Watch 6 second-graders eat dinner at a $220-a-plate fancy NYC restaurant

For the New York Times magazine’s fall Food issue, the publication treated six second graders from P.S. 295 in Brooklyn to dinner at Daniel, a fancy spot where a seven-course tasting menu goes for $220 a person.

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WATCH: The secret life of Velella jellyfish

Steve Haddock of the the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (and author of the fantastic book, Practical Computing for Biologists) sent me a link to MBARI's latest video, about the wonderfully weird Velella jellyfish, aka the by-the-wind sailor.

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Man startles, irritates colleague with Street Fighter II impressions

Was hoping for a tatsumakisenpukyaku, was disappointed. [PrankstersTV via Digg] More

WATCH: Sara X dances to a public domain recording of Mozart’s “Eine kleine Nachtmusik”

Sara X says: "This recording of 'Eine Kleine' is from the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra's 1936 performance. Yay public domain!"

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WATCH: New episode of 10 Amazing Bets You Will Always Win

I love Richard Wiseman's "10 Amazing Bets You Will Always Win" videos. Here's #12 in the series!

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WATCH: An Optical Poem (1938)

The short film "An Optical Poem," 1938, by the celebrated German-born abstract film-maker Oskar Fischinger, in its entirety, composed to Franz Liszt's "2nd Hungarian Rhapsody." Made entirely with paper in stop motion fashion.

(Thanks, Robyn!)

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WATCH: Aggressive turtle plays ball with a dog

Turtle employs unfair sportsmanship against dog to gain possession of ball.

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UFO sighting over Florida

CGI or physical special effect? I'm hoping for the latter!

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John Oliver with the truth on pumpkin spice

"I don't mean it tastes like a candle smells. Pumpkin spice lattés taste like a candle tastes. Don't ask me how I know that." More