Stop-Motion Video Reveals the Intricate Patterns Inside Your Favorite Fruits and Veggies

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Toronto-based animator Kevin Parry has highlighted the beauty of ordinary fruits and vegetables in a way that’s oddly satisfying to watch. In a stop-motion video spotted by The Kids Should See This, various types of produce are whittled down to nothing (or next to nothing) as Parry makes thin slices to reveal the intricate patterns hidden within.

The video also offers a rare behind-the-scenes look at the animator’s process. After each laborious cut, Parry props up the fruit or vegetable and photographs it. Needless to say, it takes a lot of time and effort to create a 36-second clip. “This looks super tedious, but I actually had a lot of fun slicing them frame by frame and seeing the results come to life,” Parry wrote in the video description.

The individual frames were pieced together at the end and paired with sound effects. (He also created a similar video in February using Valentine's Day chocolate.) Check out the video below and visit Parry’s YouTube channel to see more stop-motion, animation, and illusion videos.

[h/t The Kids Should See This]

Watch: Woman Plays Violin During Brain Surgery to Help Doctors Avoid Damaging Her Fine Motor Skills

Violinist Dagmar Turner played George Gershwin's "Summertime" and other selections during her brain surgery performance.
Violinist Dagmar Turner played George Gershwin's "Summertime" and other selections during her brain surgery performance.
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When 53-year-old Dagmar Turner told neurosurgeons she was right-handed, they said that was no problem—the brain surgery they were planning to remove a tumor only ran the risk of affecting fine motor skills in her left hand. To Turner, a lifelong violinist and member of the Isle of Wight Symphony Orchestra, that was still very much a problem.

Turner told ITV News she suggested playing the violin during the procedure so the surgeons at King’s College Hospital in London could ensure they weren’t damaging coordination in either hand. They agreed.

According to NBC News, the violinist played George Gershwin's “Summertime” and selections by Gustav Mahler and Julio Iglesias while surgeons extracted the tumor from the right frontal lobe of her brain. BBC News reports that she’s been living with the growth since 2013, and doctors decided it was time to operate in November 2019.

You can watch her play in the video below. (The top of Turner’s head is completely obscured by plastic and other surgical materials, so there’s nothing graphic in the clip. Having said that, anyone who’s especially squeamish about the inside of an operating room should proceed with caution.)

Professor Keyoumars Ashkan, a neurosurgeon who helped plan the procedure, said in a statement from the hospital that the mid-surgery performance was a first for him.

“We perform around 400 resections (tumor removals) each year, which often involves rousing patients to carry out language tests, but this was the first time I’ve had a patient play an instrument,” he said. “We managed to remove over 90 percent of the tumor, including all the areas suspicious of aggressive activity, while retaining full function in her left hand.”

[h/t BBC News]

How to Make the Greatest Grilled Cheese Sandwich

A trio of kids attempt to make the ultimate grilled cheese sandwich in "Kids Vs Science."
A trio of kids attempt to make the ultimate grilled cheese sandwich in "Kids Vs Science."
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When it comes to comfort food, few sandwiches can beat the ooey, gooey deliciousness of an expertly made grilled cheese. But what makes the perfect grilled cheese sandwich? The answer, of course, is rather subjective: While some folks like nothing more than a fresh slice of tomato to add a little acid to their 'wich, others consider any ingredient other than cheese an abomination. To find an answer—or at least some semblance of one—we went to the experts: A cheesemonger, a food scientist, a professional chef, and a super-trio of grilled cheese-loving kids.

Kids Vs. Science is a new show from Mental Floss where we challenge a team of experts to complete a seemingly simple task—and compete against a group of kids to see who emerges victorious. Who will make the ultimate grilled cheese? Watch the full episode below to find out.

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