A hyper-dimensional gelatinous blob begins to sing

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


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

None more black.


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.


"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."


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.


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.


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.


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.


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!"


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!


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!)


WATCH: Aggressive turtle plays ball with a dog

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


UFO sighting over Florida

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


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