A recent story in the Australian newspaper the Herald Sun examines a particularly disturbing form of sashimi called “odori-don,” or “dancing squid bowl.” It is exactly what the name implies: a fresh squid supposedly dead (since its head is cut off) “dances” on its serving platter to either entertain or gross out the diner. Apparently, the movement is an illusion of continued life. The animal actually is dead but its neurons are activated by the sodium in soy sauce that is poured on it to ...

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