Japan is awesome

What other culture has invented a dish in which a squid is reanimated and dances as you pour soy sauce over it?

Comments

  1. I see a murdered animal stolen from the ocean.

  2. #2 Jim Kidder
    July 29, 2011

    I grew up in Japan. I see that and get homesick. I miss the food more than anything else.

  3. #3 Malek
    July 30, 2011

    I think it’s not quite dead for the following reasons.

    * Look up the anatomy of a squid. Only the upper part of the squid is cut off, which only amounts to a disemboweling, as PZ described it.

    * In another video (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jmur-9Ahcgg) we see the squid still moving around after it gets disemboweled. Therefore we cannot say for sure when it actually dies.

    * In the same video, even though soy sauce is applied to just one side, the squid launches itself directly upward. Thus some of the unsauced tentacles pushed downward.

    * All tentacles are moving around at the end, even the unsauced ones.

    * Salt produces a twitching effect on frog legs, not a “frog-like” motion. When the soy sauce poured, the tentacles move in a “squid-like” motion. (This is a minor point which might be explained by a squid’s neural wiring.)

  4. #4 Ernst
    August 1, 2011

    Do you really mean you enjoy seeing an animal being tortured?