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Blindfolded Gamer Completes Super Mario Bros.

YouTube // きらめきでどーだい
YouTube // きらめきでどーだい

Picture this: You're playing Super Mario Bros. blindfolded. And you're trying to get through the entire game. And you're trying to do it in less than 15 minutes. Okay, now watch it actually happen:

I love watching the gamer orient himself using sound cues (especially as Fire Mario, shooting fireballs against pipes). I can only barely imagine the memorization required to make this work.

My favorite moments:

12:25 - He makes the ultra-difficult World 8-3 flag jump and fist-pumps.

15:00 - He wins the game and weeps with joy (eventually repeating, breathless: "Peach! Peach!").

If you'd like to pull our your SMB cartridge and play, check out 8 Super Mario Bros. Tips, Tricks, and Glitches.

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Watch an Antarctic Minke Whale Feed in a First-of-Its-Kind Video
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New research from the World Wildlife Fund is giving us a rare glimpse into the world of the mysterious minke whale. The WWF worked with Australian Antarctic researchers to tag minke whales with cameras for the first time, watching where and how the animals feed.

The camera attaches to the whale's body with suction cups. In the case of the video below, the camera accidentally slid down the side of the minke whale's body, providing an unexpected look at the way its throat moves as it feeds.

Minke whales are one of the smallest baleen whales, but they're still pretty substantial animals, growing 30 to 35 feet long and weighing up to 20,000 pounds. Unlike other baleen whales, though, they're small enough to maneuver in tight spaces like within sea ice, a helpful adaptation for living in Antarctic waters. They feed by lunging through the sea, gulping huge amounts of water along with krill and small fish, and then filtering the mix through their baleen.

The WWF video shows just how quickly the minke can process this treat-laden water. The whale could lunge, process, and lunge again every 10 seconds. "He was like a Pac-Man continuously feeding," Ari Friedlaender, the lead scientist on the project, described in a press statement.

The video research, conducted under the International Whaling Commission's Southern Ocean Research Partnership, is part of WWF's efforts to protect critical feeding areas for whales in the region.

If that's not enough whale for you, you can also watch the full 13-minute research video below:

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Mind-Bending Tape Art
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These surreal installations are made entirely of tape. They're the creation of artist Darel Carey, who has made it his mission to "dimensionalize" flat surfaces into 3D topographies. See more of his trippy tape art on Instagram

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