The Aztec ‘Death Whistle’, An Ancient Instrument Used for Death Ceremonies and Marching Into Battle

YouTube user Mileán Ó Raghallaigh shot video of a man demonstrating a Death Whistle, an ancient Aztec instrument used to honor the deceased during Day of the Dead rituals and brought out in large numbers when entering battle. Multiplied by 100, it’s easy to imagine a downright terrifying sound.

And also they used [it] when they fight with other tribes. They played over 100 death whistles [while] marching and make a lot of noise to cause a big psychological effect to the enemy. So this is a very intimidating instrument.

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The 2014 ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ Film Retold as an 8-Bit Animated Video Game

CineFix has released a new episode of 8-Bit Cinema (previously) that retells the 2014 sci-fi action comedy film Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles as an 8-bit animated video game. It was written and animated by David Dutton of Dutton Films with music by Henry Dutton.

Extremely Rare Video of a Live Black Seadevil Anglerfish in Its Natural Deep Water Habitat

The Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute of Monterey, California has captured some extremely rare footage of a deep water black seadevil anglerfish alive in its natural habitat. Fewer than a half-dozen deep sea anglers have been videoed live, and this is believed to be the first time this particular species has been captured.

MBARI’s ROV Doc Ricketts observed this anglerfish for the first time at 600 m on a midwater research expedition in November 2014. We believe that this is the first video footage ever made of this species alive and at depth.

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A Map of the Most Googled ‘Distinct’ Thanksgiving Recipes Broken Down by State

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The New York Times has a map of the United States detailing the most “distinct” Thanksgiving recipes Googled by each state. The results were compiled by Google, tossing out obvious choices like turkey and stuffing, instead focusing on unique foodstuffs, such as “frog eye salad” in the Rocky Mountain States and the “pig pickin cake” of North Carolina. The map was created in part due to fallout from a recent Thanksgiving map designed by the paper to reflect “recipes that evoke each of the 50 states.”

image via The New York Times

Photos of Cute Cats With Anime-Style Cartoon Eyes Placed Over Their Face

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A group of Japanese cat owners posted a fantastic collection of photos on Twitter that display their cute felines with anime-style cartoon eyes placed over their face. They pull this off by simply drawing the innocent, confused, happy, and angry eyes onto a thin strip of paper and then placing it over the cat’s real eyes. Even more photos are available to view on Kotaku.

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Master Sommelier Demonstrates How to Open a Bottle of Vintage Port With a Feather

Master Sommelier Ronan Sayburn demonstrates how to open a bottle of vintage port wine with a feather, port tongs and a bit of ice water.

Why would we want to do something like that? Well, with the old vintage bottles of port, maybe something that’s fifty, sixty or a hundred-years-old, what happens is that the cork over time starts to degrade, starts to crumble and if we attempt to use our corkscrew on that, it’s going to fall apart, it’s going to get into the Port and it’s going to make a bit of a mess.

Sommelier Caleb Ganzer from Eleven Madison Park demonstrates a similar process, using a shaving brush in place of the feather.

Adrian Bridge, CEO of The Fladgate Partnership, explains to Potluck Video the process by which Port is made, the numerous pairings with Port and the various types of Port available.

A TED-Ed Animation Explains How Our Brains Process Sensory Data and the Theory of Ideasthesia

A TED-Ed lesson by Danko Nikolic and animation studio nenatv explains how our brains process sensory data and the theory of ideasthesia, which Nikolic introduced. The video points out how associations between unrelated stimuli rely on an intellectual understanding of each stimulus rather than the stimulus itself. One example of this is how an identical shape can be interpreted as either the letter S or the number five, and how that context can impact how a person with synesthesia, the phenomenon where data from one sense is interpreted as another such as tasting color or seeing sound, experiences the shape.