I know, I know, PZ Myers at Pharyngula does a Friday Cephalopod thing, and I'm totally ripping him off here and it's not even friday yet, but still ..
(Below the fold. Not work safe if you work, say, in a Japanese resturant.)
Click here if you want to know the science behind this neat trick. Hint: The creature is NOT alive. And there are no strings attached.
Am I a bad person because this makes me hungry?
That's the coolest demonstartion of exactly how fresh the "Catch of the Day" is, I've yet seen.
.. Or so 'twould appear! ;-)
[Highly recommends the marinated octopus at the local Greek restaurant.]
Ooh, yes, octopus Greek-style in lemon, herbs and olive oil. One of the best dishes ever.
Cooooooool! Now I want to try to do that, except that involves having meat that is very very VERY fresh, and that might be impractical for me....
Num num - Zombies - neuronz - brainz - must eat ;)
Bad news, Greg -- PZ featured that video a couple of weeks ago. But it's still creepy/awesome/gross/fascinating.
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.)