Death Metal Animals

Whether or not you're a heavy metal fan, you're aware enough of the genre, I'm sure, to know it involves liberal amounts of headbanging on the part of both fans and performers, and -- more specific to death/black metal -- a peculiar kind of long, guttural scream that's apparently words being sung. If you've ever wondered where people came up with these bizarre forms of musical expression, I say to you now: I've found the answer. Look no further than the animal kingdom.

Exhibit A is this angry rooster, whose lungs must hold an unbelievable volume of air.

I've never seen any creature, human or animal, headbang with such conviction. He's even got a mohawk! As one YouTube commenter put it: "Why isn't this video ten minutes long?"

Though this clip doesn't use any of the original video's sound (a cat making strange noises), the intense-but-glazed expression on the cat's face is classic metal.

On the other hand, there's a slight possibility that the death metal style of singing may have been inspired by Cookie Monster.

Animals aren't content to stop at death metal, though. This parrot can beatbox.

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The Simple Way to Reheat Your French Fries and Not Have Them Turn Into a Soggy Mess
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Some restaurant dishes are made to be doggy-bagged and reheated in the microwave the next day. Not French fries: The more crispy and delectable they are when they first arrive on your table, the more of a soggy disappointment they’ll be when you try to revive them at home. But as The Kitchn recently shared, there’s a secret to making leftover fries you’ll actually enjoy eating.

The key is to avoid the microwave altogether. Much of the appeal of fries comes from their crunchy, golden-brown exterior and their creamy potato center. This texture contrast is achieved by deep-frying, and all it takes is a few rotations around a microwave to melt it away. As the fries heat up, they create moisture, transforming all those lovely crispy parts into a flabby mess.

If you want your fries to maintain their crunch, you need to recreate the conditions they were cooked in initially. Set a large pan filled with about 2 tablespoons of oil for every 1 cup of fries you want to cook over medium-high heat. When you see the oil start to shimmer, add the fries in a single layer. After about a minute, flip them over and allow them to cook for half a minute to a minute longer.

By heating up fries with oil in a skillet, you produce something called the Maillard Reaction: This happens when high heat transforms proteins and sugars in food, creating the browning effect that gives fried foods their sought-after color, texture, and taste.

After your fries are nice and crisp, pull them out of the pan with tongs or a spatula, set them on a paper towel to absorb excess oil, and sprinkle them with salt. Now all you need is a perfect burger to feel like you’re eating a restaurant-quality meal at home.

[h/t The Kitchn]

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