Classic Tetris World Championship / Chris Higgins
Classic Tetris World Championship / Chris Higgins

Stream The Classic Tetris World Championship Today!

Classic Tetris World Championship / Chris Higgins
Classic Tetris World Championship / Chris Higgins

Today, the sixth annual Classic Tetris World Championship takes place in Portland, Oregon. At the event, the world's best Tetris players duke it out using original Nintendo hardware, thrift-store CRT TVs, and live commentary by experts. If you dig Tetris, this is the event of the year.

If you can't make it in person, it's streaming on Hitbox, and embedded below (minus the live chat). The 32-player bracket begins Sunday, October 18, at 10am Pacific Standard Time (UTC-8). Here's the full schedule:

NES Tournament Early Rounds (Announcer: Chris Bidwell)

Round 1: 10:30am - 12:00pm (16 matches)

Round 2: 12:15pm - 1:15pm (8 matches)

Break: 1:15pm - 1:45pm

NES Tournament Top 8 (Announcer: Chris Tang)

Round 3: 2:00pm - 2:45pm (4 matches)

Round 4: 3:00pm - 3:30pm (2 matches)

Round 5: 3:45pm - 4:30pm (final match)

NES Award Presentation: 4:30pm

Note: If you are in Portland, come by the event and say hi! I'm the head referee for the championship this year.

Wait, What's the Classic Tetris World Championship?

If you're not aware of this game, it may be useful to watch Ecstasy of Order: The Tetris Masters, a documentary about the first competition of this kind. Here's the trailer:

Five years later, the event has gotten much bigger. More video, including previous years' streams of the final rounds, is available on the CTWC site.

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Meet Japan's Original (Not-so-Fresh) Form of Sushi, 'Funazushi'
toyohara, Flickr // CC BY-NC 2.0 (cropped)
toyohara, Flickr // CC BY-NC 2.0 (cropped)

When it comes to sushi, fresh is usually best. Most of the sushi we eat in America is haya-nare, which involves raw seafood and vinegared rice. But in Japan, there's an older form of sushi—said to be the original form—called funazushi. It's made from fermented carp sourced from one particular place, Lake Biwa, and takes about three years to produce from start to finish. The salt it's cured with keeps the bad bacteria at bay, and the result is said to taste like a fish version of prosciutto. Great Big Story recently caught up with Mariko Kitamura, the 18th generation to run her family’s shop in Takashima City, where she's one of the very few people left producing funazushi. You can learn more about the process behind the delicacy, and about Kitamura, in the video below.

Watch Koko the Gorilla Meet Her New Pet Kittens

Koko the gorilla passed away at the age of 46 this week. Though she was best known for her use of sign language, her love of cats is what made her a media darling.

In 1983, the western lowland gorilla reportedly told trainer Penny Patterson that she wanted a cat. Patterson and her fellow researchers at The Gorilla Foundation supported this idea, hoping that caring for a cat might prepare Koko for motherhood.

They gave Koko a lifelike stuffed animal and after she ignored that gift, she was given a gray kitten for her birthday in July 1984. Koko rejoiced. She named the cat All Ball and carried him around like a baby. All Ball got out of Koko's cage and was hit by a car just a few months later. Trainer Penny Patterson shared the news with Koko, who, Patterson said, began crying. “Sleep cat,” she reportedly signed.

For Koko's 44th birthday in 2015, Patterson let her pick out two new pets from a litter of kittens. The result was as cute as you might expect.

For more Koko videos, follow kokoflix on Youtube.

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