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April 1, 2014 1:55 PM   Subscribe

April Fools' Day, everyone's (least) favorite day on the Internet, brought a 73-minute movie to Netflix of a rotisserie chicken uncooking. What a waste of reversed video.

Reversing video can take the mundane and make it way cooler. Like, for example, eating cotton candy or watching fireworks. Hell, the the classic BBC show Red Dwarf based an entire episode ("Backwards") on reversing video (which you can then watch in reverse, er, forward, er, backwards, er, whatever.)

But perhaps my favorite example of this is a machine that creates anything.
posted by nbergus (22 comments total) 10 users marked this as a favorite

 
MAGICAL ANIMAL FACTORY!

also why nobody watches videos i post to facebook anymore
posted by spikeleemajortomdickandharryconnickjrmints at 2:01 PM on April 1 [17 favorites]


Neat post.


Am still pissed about this Netflix-related April Fool's joke. It was picked up by Jezebel's Groupthink and Moviepilot.

Those people are going to the special hell

posted by zarq at 2:02 PM on April 1 [6 favorites]


This being Metafilter, I'm surprised it wasn't Netflix's bacon video that was mentioned.
posted by aught at 2:04 PM on April 1 [3 favorites]


But perhaps my favorite example of this is a machine that creates anything

It's a little bulkier than the Replicator on the Enterprise, but the sounds it makes are way cooler.

(I also can't believe I watched that entire 5 minute clip... mesmerizing.)
posted by Debaser626 at 2:05 PM on April 1 [2 favorites]


APRIL FOWL'S
posted by Riton at 2:06 PM on April 1 [3 favorites]


releasing Gmail on April 1 was really game over
posted by thelonius at 2:09 PM on April 1 [2 favorites]


I tried reversing the strange text on that page, but "syap ertov snad elbinopsid erocne sap tse'n xilften" doesn't make much sense in any language I know.
posted by effbot at 2:17 PM on April 1


Why so serious, reverse Putin?
posted by Phatty Lumpkin at 2:23 PM on April 1 [1 favorite]


The video for God Lives Underwater's From Your Mouth.
posted by mkb at 2:28 PM on April 1


I am a big fan of How It's Made backwards - a well-narrated explanation of a factory harvesting cocoa and other raw ingredients from Oreo-style cookies.
posted by dreamyshade at 2:29 PM on April 1 [23 favorites]


Speaking of movies and April Fool's, will somebody please tell me that this isn't true?

'Top Gun 2' will feature Tom Cruise versus drones, says Jerry Bruckheimer


I mean how do you even try to play homoerotic volleyball with a robot?
posted by MCMikeNamara at 2:34 PM on April 1


Would've been more entertaining if they kept going back a few more days ...
posted by ZenMasterThis at 2:46 PM on April 1 [1 favorite]


Wow--dreamyshade's "how it's unmade" is really well done. They've got the cadence perfectly. Really funny.
posted by leahwrenn at 2:49 PM on April 1 [1 favorite]


This year, Google's auto-hoffsome thing is pretty clever. Its able to adapt for lighting, positioning etc, and sometimes place the hoff behind things.
posted by memebake at 3:03 PM on April 1


I feel your pain, zarq.

Flames...on the side of my face...
posted by blurker at 3:05 PM on April 1 [1 favorite]


'Top Gun 2' will feature Tom Cruise versus drones, says Jerry Bruckheimer

♪ INFORMATION HIGHWAYYYYYY TO THE DANGER ZONE ♪
posted by emptythought at 3:26 PM on April 1 [6 favorites]


Hodor? Hodor Hodor.
posted by The corpse in the library at 3:50 PM on April 1 [1 favorite]


This year, Google's auto-hoffsome thing is pretty clever.

I discovered the auto-awesome thing last night. I was horrified. I just had to delete a picture that had had animated snowfall crapped all over it, because I couldn't figure out any way to remove it after the fact. I turned it off in my preferences (on by default? Really?) with a shudder.

So this morning, when I heard about the auto-hoffsome thing, I initially assumed that the whole auto-awesome thing was a gag. That would have been impressive.
posted by gurple at 4:10 PM on April 1


I am a big fan of How It's Made backwards - a well-narrated explanation of a factory harvesting cocoa and other raw ingredients from Oreo-style cookies.

Well congratulations. You have discovered the single greatest video in the history of you tube. No one will ever be more clever and the denouement of what's left of modern civilization will be marked by the millions of suicides by people who realize they will never see anything funnier than this.
posted by Slarty Bartfast at 6:59 PM on April 1 [1 favorite]


So i just got home and watched both of these for a second... is anyone else REALLY unsettled by the lighting? the chicken one looks like some saw type torture porn because of it, and the bacon is just unappetizing and slightly disturbing.

They look like video clips of meat from some anti-carnist propaganda or something in how it almost seems like they were intentionally poorly lit. I realize they probably just handed a camera to some intern, but it's still weird.
posted by emptythought at 7:06 PM on April 1


I just had to delete a picture that had had animated snowfall crapped all over it, because I couldn't figure out any way to remove it after the fact.

You make it sound like you lost the picture, but deleting is all you need to do, Google saves the auto-awesomed version separate from the original. At least that's what it's done the few times Google has auto-ed my pictures.
posted by solotoro at 2:51 AM on April 2


O yea ha ha the Haselhoff thing was so funny. Got an early morning call from my mom, worried about a creepy middle aged guy suddenly showing up in pictures of her grandchildren.
posted by Dr Dracator at 5:31 AM on April 2


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