Fingering evolution

By Phil Plait | February 12, 2011 12:38 pm

I suspect the science in this may be a bit off, but it’s cool, and honestly, more than a little creepy.

If you like this — that is, if it doesn’t completely freak you out like it did me — then check out Cyriak’s blog and website which is loaded with such things. DO NOT MISS The Wall of Shatner. Very, very seriously funny and weird and freaky and messed up.

Tip o’ the finger (hahahah! Get it?) to Arthur Taylor.

CATEGORIZED UNDER: Cool stuff, Humor
MORE ABOUT: evolution, fingers

Comments (32)

  1. Cyriak’s a nutter. And an awesomely creative animation genius! Cheers for the link/embed, Phil. I think I still like Moo! (another Cyriak hit hosted at weebls-stuff) better, but this is quite sciencey.

  2. Oh my…

    That Wall of Shatner… I knew I was not supposed to… I knew it… but I did look down…

  3. Luke

    Okay, that is some freaky videos. I just saw one by Cyriak with cows morphed into all sorts of creepy shapes and acting really un-cow-like.

    The one with the fingers is as creepy but at the same time educating.

  4. kris

    I like the end. It reminds us that it’s turtles. All the way down.

  5. Carey

    That was…

    What was that?

  6. And here I thought you had a creationist post coming by the title. ;) I figure in their denialism, they are attempting to give the finger to evolution, which ironically is what gave them fingers…

  7. Digital Atheist

    fingering evolu… PHRASING!

  8. Thopter

    I’d say the cool factor outweighs the creep factor this time.

  9. josie

    i must say i had very different image come to mind based on the title.

    Cyriak is def a favorite of mine –my current favorite is cows and cows and cows…..

    spider cows ftw :D

  10. Joseph G

    I can still… see them… when I close my eyes. They’re still moving, marching, multiplying. Still! I can still see them moving when I close my eyes!!!
    AGHHH!!!1111sdaf g
    lkl';’

  11. Thopter

    Perhaps a better title should have been “Evolution of Things”

  12. marsjunkiegirl

    Maybe there’s something wrong with me, but I thought it was funny and cute XD

  13. Sir Craig

    I checked out a few more of his vids…

    I’m going to have nightmares, aren’t I?

    (Sick…twisted…definitely worth the visit.)

  14. Is this the kind of post where it’s OK to say “Geez, can’t you stick to astronomy?” Because that seriously gave me the willies!

  15. J. D. Mack

    Cyriak also does the music for his videos. He’s a frickin’ mad genius, and I’m glad you posted this.

  16. RedMolly

    Cyriak’s “Meow” video is the most terrifying thing I’ve ever seen on YouTube. Like, literal nightmares terrifying.

  17. Ah, I’d forgotten what it was like to see a whole bunch of non-into-weird-stuff people being introduced to Cyriak’s particular brand of brilliance. Thanks for the reminder.

  18. Keith Bowden

    I laughed at the asteroid/comet extinction… I was sitting in Starbucks so I got a few stares. :)

  19. shawmutt

    The LHC webcam is pretty hilarious.

  20. Liisa

    For some reason I decided to go through the entire archive. I’m pretty sure I’ll wake up screaming tomorrow.

  21. Joseph G

    @#4 Kris: Hah! He should really do one with turtles :)

    @21 Liisa: I need a hug already!
    Ok, the cow one is pretty funny :)

  22. Mike Torr

    Check out the music video “We got more” on his site. This guy is extremely talented!

  23. Nothing says, “Kahn!” like the Wall of Shatner!

    Seriously strange.

  24. Gary Ansorge

    Man, this guy should stay out of the wet Rye bread.

    2. Julio Vannini

    “but I did look down…”

    Yeah, me too,,, I guess somebody mentioned infinite recursion to him and he just HAD to run with it,,,

    Brrrrr,,,

    Gary 7

  25. Spence

    I’ve been a huuuugge fan of Cyriak for many years. He’s offered a bit of scepticism in some of his vids as well – including debunking Derren Brown’s ludicrous “I can predict the lottery” thing within a couple of hours of it appearing on TV. (A shame because Derren had done good stuff debunking hot and cold reading in the past, but his lottery thing was just garbage)

  26. Tom K.

    Keith, right on, I don’t remember a giant fist in “Death From The Skies!” as being something else to worry about.

  27. Aguz

    They’re still multiplying…

  28. John Sandlin

    Awesome. Great video. I’m obviously warped somehow, I didn’t find it creepy.

  29. Charlie in Dayton

    This deserves to be projected on a blank billboard at the last turnoff before the Creation Museum…

  30. stan9fromouterspace

    That We Got More video – just “some visual experiments using a short piece of video footage I had lying around.”
    !?!
    So, what happens if you really apply yourself?

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