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.

The Simple Way to Reheat Your French Fries and Not Have Them Turn Into a Soggy Mess

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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