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We sent a robot probe to Saturn, and it took some video. Here’s some of it arranged more for aesthetic than educational purposes; it’s hypnotic. Saturn, you guys!

This video is fantastic, but what I would really like is some handheld camera footage taken from the surface of Europa, a moon of Jupiter we’re fairly sure contains liquid water beneath an icy crust, vastly increasing the chances of the existence of life thereon. I’m just sayin’.

Folks, I’m in the mood for education — and out to correct an ancient injustice in the process.

Several million people out there on the internet have seen this impeccable Sesame Street overdub of “Ante Up” by now, or at least they did back in 2008, which seems so long ago it may as well never have happened. Here, bask in nostalgia with me for a second, or more like 88 of them:

But fewer — far fewer! — seem to have found this one, which uses a remix of the same track and brings back some of my favorite TV aliens of all time:

If you missed it back in 09 (and chances are good you might have, given their shockingly disparate view counts), well, my work here is done. Yip.

I need you all to know about this new art form I’ve just discovered.

It turns out you can find a bunch of these if you do a search for “Harlem shake” — I recommend this one — but this Norwegian(?) army one is, in my opinion, the purest possible exemplar, in that it can be viewed multiple times with no discernible drop in its humor yield. The two guys buttoned into one shirt in the foreground alone still make me chuckle, and I’ve watched this thing a lot in the last 24 hours.

Ladies, gentlemen: it’s been fun. This video is short and comes just about context-free, but it’s packed with excellence in the form of the craftsmanship of the robot, the choice of song, its oddly charming little dance, and the delight of the crowd. It makes me wish I’d thought of that, although I did once host a similar party once years ago where people dressed up as robots to dance to excellent music, though we didn’t generate it ourselves. Anyway. Happy Friday!

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