Possibly The Most Disturbing Thing. Ever. [Video]

Submitted by: PreoSmo 7 years ago Science

What happens when you sprinkle salt on frog"s legs? Nightmares.
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Female 4
This belongs on Web Soup.
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Male 1,598
wth! zombie frog legs!
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Female 138
Wow, that`s quite disturbing, but I still want to cook `em and eat em. What`s your issue with seeing this? Don`t be so sensitive. If you`re eating meat, face what it is don`t try to think of something else when eating it. That`s offensive to the animals death.
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Female 115
OMG That is so weird, creepy, and gross all at the same time! These guys must have to much time on their hands. lol
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Male 181
Yeah, human legs do that too, when you skin them and salt them...I mean....so I HEAR....
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Female 4,039
Eeewwwww!
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Female 37
holy crap O_o that is soo weird. hahaha.
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Male 326
It`s science!
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Male 5,194
> Hello my baby, Hello my darling, Hello my ragtime gaaaal...

EPIC WIN!

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Male 213
"Hello my baby, Hello my darling, Hello my ragtime gaaaal..."

saaytin, you are too awesome.

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Female 176
Go legs go!
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Male 171
Hello my baby, Hello my darling, Hello my ragtime gaaaal...
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Female 124
Oh man that is all kinds of creepy...
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Male 199
imagin swallowing one whole, like just one leg or something, and then guzzle down some salt haha
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Male 795
Frog legs aren`t bad, but a bit gamey for my taste. Sort of taste like chicken. Drunk uncle of mine did this years ago and showed all us (kids at that time). I seriously had nightmares for weeks..
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Male 328
thesandwhich was spot on!
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Female 340
Most amusing thing i`ve seen all day
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Male 703
bahaha at belunan. well done.
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Male 163
"Everybody`s doing the Michigan Raaaaaaag!"
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Female 230
Oh god, NOOOoooOOOooo!
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Male 1,505
"btw i wonder if they still could feel that, like we feel salt in an open wound <-- ewww xD"

Really? Wow. In spite of the previous explanations of how this works, you really threw that out? Well, maybe I can help. Here goes. Repeat after me: paper or plastic? Good. Say it again. And again. Get used to it, because you`ll be saying that particular phrase many times every day for the rest of your life.

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Male 388
Awesome. Reminds me of that dancing frog character with the top hat from those old cartoons.
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Female 877
shut up explainers! i want to be amazed! :o

btw i wonder if they still could feel that, like we feel salt in an open wound <-- ewww xD

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Male 1,371
my morbid curiosity has yet to fail me.
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Male 734
Is this legit? That`s absolutely fascinating....
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Female 336
EWWWWW!!! That is absofrickinlutely disgusting. It took only 1:12 for me to feel like barfing.
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Female 63
I...I couldn`t stop watching...But I wanted to....I just couldn`t. X-(
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Female 224
im torn between barfing and laughing... im larfing
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Male 83
"O.o so weird....iv`e never tried them,but...they look rather appetizing..."

they`re quite delicious.

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Female 4,028
Creepy.
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Female 112
meh.
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Female 291
O.o so weird....iv`e never tried them,but...they look rather appetizing...
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Male 150
Nerve impulses are sent through a sodium/potassium pump in the all nerve cells. By have different amounts on one side of a gradient, electrical impulses are made. With these impulses and energy inside the cell that was not consumed before death, contractions could be made. Essentially the sodium caused the imbalance in the gradient, and sent the impulse.
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Male 203
Thx, Mkkloote, for that. No sarcasm. Serious.
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Female 324
I don`t get what`s so disturbing about that... it`s interesting to watch
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Female 126
Frankenfrog!!!!
That looks so weird D:
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Male 17,512
Frogs legs are great! Don`t be freaked out people it`s just a electro-chemical reaction with the muscles.
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Female 1,441
I don`t have the guts to watch it. Anyone want to fill me in?
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Male 275
yum yum yum
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Female 28
what happens, is that table salt (sodium chloride) is an ionic compound...meaning it conducts electricity. If there were still nerves left in the frog legs, or any portion of spinal cord, then the salt would have conducted electricity inside the cells of the nerves (neurons) and the neurons would have sent impulses to the muscles, causing them to contract. That`s what happened...making it look like the legs came back to life...there were still nerve cells left, and the NaCl ions activated them...
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Male 203
Hello, my baby, hello, my lovely, hello my rag-time gal, o baby, telephone, and tell me Iiiii`m yourr owwwnnnn......
In all seriousness, I think I heard about the reason why this happens. Has to do with the sodium chloride, aka table salt, creating a discharge of energy when combined with a chemical in the frog, resulting in electrical stimuli.
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Male 931
erm...
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Female 1,894
yeaaaaa i knew i shouldnt have watched this
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Male 801
Haha, it`s like they`re dancing.
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Female 71
I think I just threw up in my mouth.
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Male 77
I love the internet...
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Female 2,549
cute little frogs were killed, skinned, cut in half and then salted...

we are a cruel race
guess they gonna eat them too ;-(

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Male 535
Well I`m no neuroscientist like Topper, but I do like to cook and eat froglegs, so not really that shocking

All I kept thinking of is "Where`s the breading...let`s fry those suckers up." Frog legs are delicious.

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Male 51
disgusting... see, jews wouldnt eat that...
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Male 1,086
thank you random people below me : D
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Male 1,086
I don`t really find that creepy, but I should love to know how that happens. Any biologists here?
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Female 1,652
I guess Tiana and Naveen didn`t make it to midnight D:
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Male 454
I`m gonna have to smoke a LOT to try and forget that video. Yuck.
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Male 5,314
there`s barely any meat on them suckers.
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Male 9,306
"AC1: Can you imagine that sh*t moving in your mouth?"


YOU`RE NOT HELPING!

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Male 25
EWW DO NOT WANT!

Made me uneasy

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Male 848
topperhey, you just made yourself sound AWESOME 8-)
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Male 35
PELOOS XD XD XD XD
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Female 410
"hello my baby, hello my honey, hello my sunshine gaaal..."

This is what I heard in my head while watching this, also.

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Female 965
What the f*cking f*ck.

I never want to eat frogs legs. Ever.

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Male 3,819
I was waiting for this to happen:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i1vH2rjUs...

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Male 419
yeah this happened with a bass heart it was taken out of a freshly caught and dead fish but it was still beating
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Male 4,867
topperhey, you just made yourself sound like a prize tit.
merry xmas
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Male 1,929
Being a neuroscientist has somehow lessened my sense of awe.
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Female 676
I`m both horrified and fascinated at the same time...
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Male 35
Can you imagine that sh*t moving in your mouth?
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Female 25
creepy...but i bet they taste good
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Female 519
Urgh that is gross.. I remember being forced to eat that at my nan`s 75th Birthday party (family is French).. I picked up one of the legs and watched as it unfolded.. took a bite and yes.. it did taste like chicken.. slimey, garlicky, buttery chicken... Not bad but I couldn`t get my head around the fact that it was frog.. *shivers*
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Male 87
"When the electric impulse from the nerve reaches a muscle cell it depolarizes it, liberating sodium (which helps depolarize the whole muscle cell) which, in turn, causes the liberation of calcium into the muscle fibers, finally causing contraction.
My guess is that adding salt to the muscles cuts the whole nerve crap and directly depolarizes the muscle cells a tiny bit. This is just a wild guess though."

I suspect that this is the correct explanation. When the salt touches the damp tissue of the frog`s leg, it might dissolve a little into sodium ions and chlorine ions. As he says, an influx of sodium ions into a nerve triggers a nervous impulse - in fact, that`s pretty much what a nervous impulse is. No ATP energy is used until the axon is "reset", so dead tissue can twitch.

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Female 15,763
Sometimes I seriously consider being vegetarian...

...Fried chicken always lures me back.

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Female 4
did they skin them??
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Male 4,807
Mmmm.... they taste like chicken wings and have the same texture too.
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Male 317
HADOOOOUUUKEN!!!!
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Female 3,727
Some people will drating eat anything...
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Male 3,425
Whoa, that`s weird. I`ve only ever eaten frogs legs once, and they really don`t taste of much... A bit like chicken.
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Male 1,765
When the electric impulse from the nerve reaches a muscle cell it depolarizes it, liberating sodium (which helps depolarize the whole muscle cell) which, in turn, causes the liberation of calcium into the muscle fibers, finally causing contraction.
My guess is that adding salt to the muscles cuts the whole nerve crap and directly depolarizes the muscle cells a tiny bit. This is just a wild guess though.
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Male 10,440
Thats cool.
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Male 203
ZOMBIE LEGS!!!!
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Female 523
that`s gross. poor frogs.
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Male 7,585
physiologically speaking it makes sense; the Na and Cl ions cause an influx of ions in to the nerve cells causing action potentials. the nerves then transfer the AP to the muscle causing the muscles to contract.
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Female 16
AAAH *nightmares*
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Male 422
Must be the electrolytes. Almost as creepy as teh chicken dinner scene from Eraser Head!
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Male 730
LustHxC "Because these are fresh frog legs, the cells inside them are all still intact. The biochemical machinery still functions. There is still a source of energy for the muscles in the form of unused ATP molecules stored in the cells. All that the muscles need is something to activate them and they can still contract and relax (until they run out of ATP or something else shuts down the biochemical machinery)" here`s the site I got it from, http://blogs.howstuffworks.com/2009/12/2...
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Male 25,416
Gross!
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Male 5
@ luxx: you might be right.

I was thinking in the line of salt dehydrating, possibly making the meat contract...

you might be right though. I`m not that into biology ^^

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Male 3,060
They forgot to set it to music. :-(
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Male 2,199
"hello my baby, hello my honey, hello my sunshine gaaal..."
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Male 12,138
Go go gadget electrolytes!
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Female 16
When the Frog Legs are in contact with the iodized salt the nerves in the legs are reacting with electrical impulses.
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Female 16
dance dance dance.
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Female 30
Why does that happen? anyone care to explain?
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Male 2,344
Oh, barf!
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Male 133
ohhh, spasms. Would be awesome if one would actually jump out of the plate
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Female 472
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