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True Facts: The Smartest Slime

  • Published on Jan 30, 2023 veröffentlicht
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  • Ze Frank
    Ze Frank  Month ago +901

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    • Jeremy Johnson
      Jeremy Johnson 5 days ago

      Your video is literally on the goonstation wiki for the blob.

    • Justin M
      Justin M Month ago

      I wish my teachers would have talked this way. I absorbed everything in that video so easily compared to weeks of talking and overhead projector nonsense.

    • Dahaka 4444
      Dahaka 4444 Month ago

      Can you do Volcano Snail?

    • Jono Hargreaves
      Jono Hargreaves Month ago

      @Ze Frank Just had someone trying to mimic your account claiming I just won a prize and to text a Telegram account! Reported the comment as spam.

    • Valli W
      Valli W Month ago

      You should do an episode about A sexual reproduction in multicellular organisms

  • John Cao
    John Cao Month ago +7477

    As a molecular biologist who worked with DNA for many years, can confirm the way ZeFrank read out the DNA sequence is exactly what we do in lab. All day. Everyday.

  • Drachenfrau
    Drachenfrau Month ago +291

    I was chortling throughout this whole video, but I absolutely lost it at "It looks like a Goth sinus infection..." You are a *TREASURE*, ZeFrank, you truly are.

    • Merip1214
      Merip1214 Month ago +4

      I loved the very last one xD
      "Looks like what happens when my dog gets into the blueberries" 😆

  • Sam Soledad
    Sam Soledad Month ago +621

    Can I get a ten minute video of ZeFrank just reading DNA sequences? It sounds like ASMR to me for some reason.

    • Tara Rousselle
      Tara Rousselle 27 days ago


    • Jafex
      Jafex Month ago +2

      People with polymastia listened to the whole thing :( F

    • Dawn Barber
      Dawn Barber Month ago +3

      I was taking a drink at that moment

  • Adam
    Adam Month ago +242

    "...but what's _a-maze-ing_ (kill me)" completely broke me down into fits of goofy laughter.
    Well, even more so than the constant stream of giggles already taking place.

  • Draco
    Draco Month ago +155

    ZeFrank, you are my childhood. Thank you for being awesome and hilarious for however many years it’s been!

    • english steve
      english steve Month ago +6

      The number of people in the "Teddy" vid comments saying similar is incredible. Man iz genius u huh youbetcha

    • Su Goral
      Su Goral Month ago +4

      Hear, hear! I feel we grew up together, he just doesn't know me. Feels weird. Kinda unjust.

  • shoulderBirb
    shoulderBirb Month ago +96

    so while i regret watching this while eating, this is by far one of the most fascinating subjects you've covered. more molds and fungi!!

    • blucat4
      blucat4 24 days ago +1

      Lol, I've been munching through pizza crackers and wine and I didn't even think of that! 😄

  • Momo
    Momo Month ago +6213

    It's impressive how it's 100% education and 100% comedy. They don't cut into eachother at all, perfect fusion cuisine of the two.

    • cartoon keeper
      cartoon keeper 23 days ago +1

      @theoriginalpauly yep when it's done right it can be absolutely amazing to see

    • theoriginalpauly
      theoriginalpauly 23 days ago

      Sometimes I have to go back several times to appreciate all the intricacies of educational comedy.

    • cartoon keeper
      cartoon keeper Month ago

      @Apsoy Pike yep but it can also be equally terrifying

    • Apsoy Pike
      Apsoy Pike Month ago

      Nature is comedy.

  • Rachel Webber
    Rachel Webber Month ago +78

    I do a lot of work in the woods in Oregon, and I always love coming across the different slime molds! I've mostly seen bright yellow ones, but occasionally I'll spot an orange one. I always take pictures of them, just in case I bump into the same slime mold again. I've got pictures of the same yellow slime mold from the morning and afternoon on the same day, and it's impressive how much it changed in a few hours!

  • David Castilla
    David Castilla Month ago +101

    Is this art, comedy, educational content? Or is this simply awesome? This channel is amazing

    • blucat4
      blucat4 24 days ago

      @Metal Mama Sue I like the one on celephods.

    • LucianCorrvinous Son of Hekaté
      LucianCorrvinous Son of Hekaté Month ago

      AND ...check out the Peacock spiders episode with the should be smash hit ..Shiney Hiney. It's true art and you can dance to it...I do...shakin my rear like it could knit a sweater...it's awesome... really...

    • Metal Mama Sue
      Metal Mama Sue Month ago +3

      Check out his video on Killer Surfing Snails and Tree/Leaf Hoppers. They're all so good, but those are personal favorites. Zefrank videos are always a treasure.

    • LucianCorrvinous Son of Hekaté
      LucianCorrvinous Son of Hekaté Month ago +2

      Answer ..yes..a thing can be more than just that one thing at any given time. And the best things like this, are..

    • icybrain
      icybrain Month ago +1


  • Alexavier Herbert
    Alexavier Herbert Month ago +36

    this whole series was so helpful in my "sex, evolution, and behaviour" course last semester I am so grateful for the oodles of examples to apply when discussing animal sexuality

  • 2006glg
    2006glg Month ago +26

    This is the first time ever I've been able to sit through nonstop images of amoeba because the desire to experience the content is greater than my squeamishness and disgust.
    Like, since a kid in school, I could not. Congrats, Ze Frank. Your comedy has cured a life long condition.

    • blucat4
      blucat4 24 days ago

      Don't worry, the slime-mould can give that back to you! 😄

  • Jeff Kindschuh
    Jeff Kindschuh Month ago +15

    I've been following Ze / True Facts for close to seven years now. I can't think of any other channel that has done a better job creating content of continually improving quality while keeping the spark that made it so great to begin with. Ze cracks me up just as much as the first video I ever say (True Facts about the Mantis Shrimp), but can now make me go slack-jawed with awe, or even tear up at times. Thanks for the great work you do!

  • Sofía Travieso
    Sofía Travieso Month ago +1534

    I remember when I was studying slime molds and our professor told us of a case where an intern of hers accidentally left the lab window open during the weekend and the mold "ran away", so to speak. I had trouble believing the story at first, but the more I learn about them the more I am starting to believe...

    • Drae Drae
      Drae Drae 6 days ago


    • LmaLuuker9
      LmaLuuker9 15 days ago +1

      This is just the plot of Venom

    • Zahn Rad
      Zahn Rad 25 days ago

      @kindlin Yep. Watched most of them.

    • kindlin
      kindlin 25 days ago

      @Zahn Rad Ever heard of The Blob? You basically just called it.

    • Moldy Cheese
      Moldy Cheese Month ago +2

      Ah, my father told me a story about how it once escaped a laboratory and then met some cheese. So romantic

  • Chevi c
    Chevi c Month ago +8

    It's great how the humor in these never fails. It hasn't grown old, become outdated, zefrank is just naturally funny. And you always learn something new!

  • Garden Rave
    Garden Rave Month ago +149

    I'm sorry, did you just call a DNA strand a book of spells?!! Ze Frank has officially become the mythical science side of Tumblr and I'm here for it ❤️

  • BeautyDaughtMom
    BeautyDaughtMom Month ago +4

    I have to say, you are truly brilliant! You have the most incredible way of teaching through humor! Thank you, Sir, for what you do. I haven’t laughed while learning this much in my entire lifetime! God bless you!❤

  • Robin
    Robin Day ago

    So happy to see you do a video on slime molds! Such beautiful and fascinating little blobs

  • A Laughing Wolf
    A Laughing Wolf Month ago +3206

    ZeFrank’s way of describing things is better than any nature documentary I’ve seen

    • El Duderino
      El Duderino Month ago

      @Raymond Fagan genius

    • Gandalf the Grey
      Gandalf the Grey Month ago +1

      Now imagine a script written by Ze Frank but spoken by David Attenborough
      now thats a cross over the world just isnt ready for

    • HE’S coming soon
      HE’S coming soon Month ago

      Dear friend, believe in Jesus. If you follow the Bible you will know that most all of the 1,800 prophecies has come to pass. Once the final few happen Jesus Christ will return. Jesus say, "But when the Son of man comes, will there be any faith on earth?"

    • Hazardous
      Hazardous  Month ago

      It's Jerry's work

    • Jack Hood
      Jack Hood Month ago +1

      Oh hey, i've seen you in a meme compilation or something before, I remember your name lol

  • Wock
    Wock 23 days ago +2

    Wow. I love slime moulds and I've seen quite a few videos on them, but you summed up pretty much everything in one video; and with extra information on their full lifecycle and great visuals. That plus comedy in under 12 minutes! Bravo

  • Fairweather Trains
    Fairweather Trains Month ago +9

    8:35 I think I watched this part 10 times over. What an angelic, beautiful sound to grace my sound holes.

  • Momma Monster
    Momma Monster Month ago +1

    Close tie to the hummingbeyrd episode for me. I have a serious fascination with slime mould - black slime mould to be exact.I have so many pictures of different mould in my phone, probably more than I have of my family. If I'm not rockhounding, I'm spore hunting. I already knew much of the information in the video, but zefrank, my man, you make me laugh out loud, and never disappoint. 😍

  • ~whoosh~
    ~whoosh~ 15 days ago

    The snail in the nursery (before it started eating) was one of the cutest Alice in Wonderland looking shots I've ever seen 😍🤩 so cute!

  • Kerry Pitt
    Kerry Pitt Month ago +10

    People learn at a faster rate if said learning is entertaining. I am in awe of you, because you figured this out and ran with it. I bet most of us who follow you hold you in a top position when it comes to videos we wait for.

  • TransNightWalker
    TransNightWalker Month ago +1191

    I did science fair projects with slime molds back in the early 2000’s, including seeing if they could navigate mazes for food. Unfortunately, my ability to build slime mold proof mazes was not good enough and the dang things cheated and just grew over the walls to go straight over to the food. I love these bizarre and wonderful little things.

    • kindlin
      kindlin 25 days ago

      @Kiara Smith One of the photos in this video, where he first show a wall, was labeled Acetate Trap.

    • Bonnie A.
      Bonnie A. Month ago +1

      @The Master of Blu Slime molds need to be held accountable for their behavior! 😂

    • HE’S coming soon
      HE’S coming soon Month ago

      Believe in Jesus Christ. He's coming soon

    • mdb45424
      mdb45424 Month ago

      @Kiara Smith basicaly water proof it. seal off everything but the input and out put

    • blahfasel2000
      blahfasel2000 Month ago +2

      @Sam Miller They aren't magic blobs that can devour everything. I'm fairly sure they aren't able to "eat" eg. cyanoacrylate (super glue; it basically turns into acrylic glass when it hardens/polymerizes) or epoxy. If they could we wouldn't have nearly as many problems with plastic pollution.

  • João Pedro da Costa Souza

    Hey, Ze, could you do something on rats? I always found it truly impressive how these mfs are everywhere, and they've adapted to every corner they're in (and they accompany us, humans, wherever we go)

  • Goot
    Goot Month ago +24

    2:27 I laughed so hard at this. I replayed this part way more times than I'd care to admit.

    • Mine Craft
      Mine Craft Month ago


  • Alison McCallion
    Alison McCallion Month ago +7

    In middle school I would watch zefrank videos and get excited to learn so much about animals, annoying my friends to death with fun facts. Now I’m getting a PhD in biomedical science, I thought I pretty much had the low-down on fungi (though it’s not what I study), and I am still in awe at how much I just learned and laughed from a zefrank video. Thank you! And sorry to my labmates who will learn about slime moulds against their will today.

  • Enraikow
    Enraikow Month ago +13

    God, i've always loved slime molds, but i never knew some of the things here, so, added with the absolutely beautiful and poetic ending, i almost cried. Yes, at zefrank of all people talking about slime molds of all things.

    • Pegged Yourdad
      Pegged Yourdad Month ago +1

      @Warded Thorn I feel like bees and ants would make great videos.

    • Warded Thorn
      Warded Thorn Month ago +1

      That's cute lol
      I'd probably do the same thing if he did a video about bees, I love them SO much

  • Louis Mamakos
    Louis Mamakos Month ago +1

    You should have got HBO Max to sponsor this video. You've just made that show even more horrific and scary! Well done!

  • Casual Bird
    Casual Bird Month ago +1296

    7:14 "But what's amazingkillme is that the solution it settles on..." the way that line is so smoothly spoken is wonderful

    • Blabla130
      Blabla130 Month ago

      @Kira Marie "butt what"

    • Mahammadou Tunkara
      Mahammadou Tunkara Month ago

      😂I thought I miss heard too.

    • ClaiohmSolais
      ClaiohmSolais Month ago +4

      OOOF. I feel quite slow, I usually try to be the one who catches stuff like this and WHOOSH right over my head. I didn't even catch the pun. Thank you!

    • Dammit Hogan
      Dammit Hogan Month ago


    • snarkamedes
      snarkamedes Month ago +7

      Delivered with all the lack of hope that Spy's head does in Valve's TF2 Meet The Medic video.

  • mike pearson
    mike pearson Month ago +8

    There's an old documentary called 'The Creeping Garden' where this is covered that you might find interesting. Incredible creatures!

  • Don Quarnstrom
    Don Quarnstrom Month ago +1

    these are always so entertaining, and informative, to watch. Thanks

  • Andrew DeVita
    Andrew DeVita Month ago +7

    The timing on the end with the "unless you're eaten by a snail" was so good.

  • Duke Shaver
    Duke Shaver Month ago

    Best videos on Clip-Share. Seriously so awesome that you teach us a ton while making us laugh so damn hard. Keep up the great work brother.

  • Luke Wellborn
    Luke Wellborn 27 days ago

    This episode was quite fascinating. I also rather dislike ads in general, but you manage to keep me interested. I hope you make millions.

  • Eric Southard
    Eric Southard Month ago +929

    “Butt food isn’t always plopped in front of you.”
    I swear, this joke never gets old. 😂

    • El Duderino
      El Duderino Month ago

      @Anti - Ethnic Cleansing 😂

    • Marcia Baker
      Marcia Baker Month ago


    • Raul Perez
      Raul Perez Month ago +1

      Had me choking on my breakfast

    • Anti - Ethnic Cleansing
      Anti - Ethnic Cleansing Month ago +3

      @Kelsey Williams
      My big brother would clown me all the times where he’d intentionally mispronounce dirty words so that I’d ask him or my mom what the word meant. “What’s a Pen-Is?” (Instead of “pee-nis”)

    • devon acuna
      devon acuna Month ago +4

      oh THAT'S what the joke was, thank you

  • Sonia bb
    Sonia bb Month ago +70

    I'm watching the Last of US rn and it's all I can think about. The slime molds going through the mazes??? So fucking dope, if you covered a video on how realistic the fungi are in the show/game I'd absolutely watch it

    • Muenni
      Muenni 24 days ago +3

      It really isn't realistic in any way. Adapting to a vastly different host species would take cordiceps hundreds of thousands of years. Every species has its preferred host species and can't even infect and control a slightly different ant species. Yet it somehow skips millions of more closely related animals and goes straight to humans, perfectly adapted in a few years (after it had already adapted to a higher mean temperature on earth).
      Add to that how it seems somehow mixed with slime molds, which is very very distantly related, all kinds of magical abilities, apparently not controlling living humans but killing and completely replacing them from the inside while retaining most functions, surviving dozens of rounds of assault rifle fire through its body (of that ridiculous multi-corpse mega zombie)...
      Just suspend your disbelief, accept the setting and enjoy the show (and game). It's not meant to be a realistic vision of a dystopian future. It's basically just the fantastic idea every single human that ever read or watched a video about cordiceps immediately had. I bet even cordiceps scientists had such a thought go through their heads, no matter how unlikely. It's just fun to imagine!

    • Grace Yeah
      Grace Yeah Month ago +2

      @Andnl ohhh! Thank you very much!

    • Andnl
      Andnl Month ago +10

      ​@Grace Yeah You misunderstood the temperature "theory". Human body temperature wasn't changing, their idea was that the warmer average temperature could cause the fungi to adapt to warmer temperatures similar to human body temperatures, allowing them to infect people without burning up

    • Sabine Gray
      Sabine Gray Month ago +15

      The show uses the imagery of slime molds but the mind control fungus that the premise Draws from is not actually a slime mold.

    • Grace Yeah
      Grace Yeah Month ago +9

      The fungus is so much more realistic in the game!! Mostly because the show decides to add fantasy elements but also try and explain it with real science? So it doesn’t totally add up. The game leaves a lot to the imagination! But in the show, the fungal network is as fast as Wi-Fi which isn’t how it works, the fungus has its own motor function & manages to grow its tendrils in under a day (??) totally fantasy! In the very first scene they say global warming would allow it to survive in humans, but global warming doesn’t change our core body temperature; there are no spores in the show despite the fungus clearly having sporangia??? Then in general there’s how mammals would be far harder to control from a engineering perspective with our internal skeletons, etc etc. There are so many things to expand on and go into the science & explore comparing the show to how things could happen IRL; I’d love to learn more about it too. Sorry for the big reply, I’ve been thinking the same stuff as you and got excited to see your comment!

  • Kiwi Pete
    Kiwi Pete Month ago

    Thanks for an entertaining, educational and excellent video as always Ze Frank.

  • Teresa H
    Teresa H Month ago

    I never understood slime molds, and now I do. Thank you!

  • 🥪Sandwich
    🥪Sandwich Month ago

    Props to one of the best Clip-Share channels, always providing the utmost entertainment.

  • ultimate deatrix
    ultimate deatrix Month ago

    Before i used to eagerly await his upload and watch them the second it's uploaded. Now ill go weeks restraining myself cause it's such a treat to watch! Man's a scientific & comedic genius.

  • Lucas Mendoza
    Lucas Mendoza Month ago +623

    I really like Ze Frank's model of quality over quantity, you may have to wait, but when he uploads, it is ALWAYS a treat.

    • Daryll Wilson
      Daryll Wilson Month ago

      Well worth the wait

    • Petrico94
      Petrico94 Month ago

      I prefer to call it the CGP Grey model but plenty of creators do something like it.

    • Emil Müller
      Emil Müller Month ago +5

      but i hope he never makes a 4 year break again

    • MendMyWings 7
      MendMyWings 7 Month ago +1

      Me too. I would totally eat up more episodes though
      They're so good

    • Maloxi
      Maloxi Month ago +1

      You must've grown several auxiliary heads by now 😲

  • Anna Andrews
    Anna Andrews Month ago

    When I was a kid my dad told me about slime molds and I was deathly afraid of one crawling across the yard and eating me in my sleep, I don’t know how I came to that conclusion😂

  • Chris Davidson
    Chris Davidson 28 days ago

    Anyone interested in more of this subject should read Entangled Life by Merlin Sheldrake, or get the audiobook, it's amazing. Almost as amazing as Zefrank's commentary.

  • Gaming Potatoe
    Gaming Potatoe Month ago +1

    you always make learning about these creatures really fun and entertaining. buried under all those other great comments but if you get to see this then thank you, for making all these great videos!

    • Gaming Potatoe
      Gaming Potatoe Month ago

      @ᴛᴇxᴛ ᴍᴇ ᴏɴ ᴛᴇʟᴇɢʀᴀᴍ @CuriousMarc I’m good man but way to ruin my nice comment

  • Tammy LaRonde
    Tammy LaRonde Month ago

    I wish I had these videos as a nature series in high school. 😆🤣🤣🤣
    I love them.

  • NWK NorthWestKings official

    So funny and your narration makes this so much better. Definitely recommend subscribing

  • Your Narrator
    Your Narrator Month ago +660

    7:15 "What's a-maze-ing, kill me-" got me so hard I lost my ability to take a full breath without it hurting. Thank you Frank, for delivering such good comedy. These documentaries are literally the only ones I can watch because otherwise I get bored.

    • Pronte
      Pronte Month ago +2

      @Call_Me_Mad it's just that he made a bad pun "maze / amazing" and then he insanely smoothly sneaked in the "kill me" to castigate himself

    • Call_Me_Mad
      Call_Me_Mad Month ago

      What was the joke though? Was this funny for a reason or just because random = funny. Asking because I don't know if I'm missing something

    • Pronte
      Pronte Month ago +1

      it was so damn smooth, a true masterpiece

    • Sactown Sacrament
      Sactown Sacrament Month ago +3

      This video got me so hard too but I'd see a urologist if it was messing with my breathing

    • Danielle King
      Danielle King Month ago +3

      I had to go back and listen like three times and read along with the comment to put two and two together. 😂😂🤦‍♀️

  • Sonnika Skytopaz
    Sonnika Skytopaz Month ago

    Omw how entertaining is this.....LOVED watching this! These documentaries are 1 In a billion. Keep those videos coming.im doing marathon on your channel xx

  • David Lee Kalb Jr.
    David Lee Kalb Jr. Month ago

    I can't get enough of this guy's content.

  • Jafex
    Jafex Month ago +3

    I was not ready to hear you read DNA sequences like that. I had to pause and laugh for a minute straight :D

  • Alan Sarthou
    Alan Sarthou Month ago

    Amazing footage, it's unbelieveable how much knowledge is out there that most people are unaware of! THIS is the way you get students intrested on studying differential ecuations haha

  • James McNew
    James McNew Month ago

    I absolutely love how he compares DNA as spells

  • Twisted_Rose
    Twisted_Rose Month ago +166

    I love how you use ACTUAL scientific terms such as "touchy touchy" and "food stank"

    • Le Broseph Artois
      Le Broseph Artois Month ago +6

      I seriously hope the science hippies use such terminology 🤣

  • Jemstone
    Jemstone Month ago

    This is just such a good show. Always looking out for the next true facts :)

  • Paul dela pena
    Paul dela pena Month ago +2

    The way he read that dna had me rolling! 🤣

  • BreadLoafBrad
    BreadLoafBrad 28 days ago

    I opened the video and thought to myself “these are cool but surely I’ll never see one in nature” and then you showed like 3 examples that I’ve absolutely seen

  • Victor Millen
    Victor Millen Month ago +3

    There's a blob of slime mold growing out of my sink once, unfortunately it's a rusty red and look exactly like dried blood spilling out of the drains.
    Later though I found another blob on the floor, and they're actually yellow when not dried, and they grow really really fast too. The tiny smear I found covered two tiles after just a few hours.

  • Gurgle Nurgle
    Gurgle Nurgle Month ago

    I've only discovered this channel today so maybe he already did this, but I would love to see a video like this on humans. :D

  • Bluecho4
    Bluecho4 Month ago +204

    Once again, ZeFrank giving all us Dungeon Masters more material to incorporate into our D&D campaigns.
    Imagine you venture into the Abyss, to fight Juiblex, Demon Lord of Slimes. Only to discover a forest of stalks, on which rest colorful spheres full of spores. But you better not touch them, lest the spores hatch into slimes that try to eat you. Or, worse, you better hope you didn't arrive when all the stalks dried out, and then the wind picks up. Spores all over your skin, in your hair, in your _lungs._
    If you survive all that, then you see, on the horizon, the _pulsing mass._ And it's coming right for you. Run all you like. Hide in the cyclopean structures dotted around the landscape. Juiblex WILL find you.
    So where do you take shelter in Slime Hell? Well, on the shell of the Titan Snail, of course. This beastie is more interested in eating the spore stalks to really be interested in humanoids. To the point where a whole city has been constructed on its shell. A moving refuge against the predations of Juiblex.

    • Sum Gue
      Sum Gue Month ago

      Bruh wtf did i just read?

    • Serron Serron
      Serron Serron Month ago

      Hopefully the ranger brought a giant slug

    • The Divine Siphonophore
      The Divine Siphonophore Month ago +2

      Better yet! What if Jubilexx and Zugamatoy got married and thier realms combined! Just a hellish fusion of slimes, molds, slime molds, oozes, and creeping fungel beasts. A place where all is a living pulsing *thing* and nothing ever truly dies because nothing is wasted and everything is eaten, digested, and ejected into a new hideous slimy tendriled grosseness. Now that's a hell, all is alive and cognizant at every stage of transformation, from viral host to digested sludge to fractured spores ect.
      This sounds fun imma go write this down.

    • CrunchyFrog
      CrunchyFrog Month ago +4

      I once used Physarum polycephalum (and the real life stories of mass appearances of its bright yellow mycelium and fruiting bodies having triggered UFO hysteria in small US-American towns in the 20th century) in a Call of Cthulhu pen-n-paper roleplaying game. It really freaked my players out. XD Despite the slime mould being just a normal slime mould and not even the Cthulhu mythos part of the story.

    • jac0b88
      jac0b88 Month ago +3

      Try zuggomoty the demon lord of fungi. Everyone just does mushroom folk, but a crawling mass of fungus is better. A cloud of spores descending on the city infecting everything not sealed off. Little mounds can be found in the streets once people panicking during the disaster now just nutrient nodes. The whole area is covered in a web of slimemolds, and as you fight it any surviving bit spreads the resistance around. There is no getting out from the city. There is no winning a fight only surviving. Sunlight causes the mass to be more dormant, but nightfall comes too soon and with too much of a cost. Bit by bit the areas of safety are lost as a single cell swallows a city and every scrap of protein within it.

  • Master Jim Dandy
    Master Jim Dandy Month ago +3

    I've first seen this series 5 years ago and it still feels the same, I love this series! Keep up the great work!

  • TheK5K
    TheK5K Month ago

    Brilliant - that perfect blend of education and entertainment. Thank you Ze Frank!

  • Witchy Poo
    Witchy Poo Month ago

    Thank you for this. I’ve been thinking a lot about slime molds lately

  • dark_neverland
    dark_neverland Month ago

    The most amazing thing about these videos amount of research and learning that has to be done just to be cut down into like a 10 to 15 minute video. And yet I never feel like there's any information left out

  • Berk Diggler
    Berk Diggler Month ago

    I was trying to nap and thought I'd listen to this while doing so. Kept giggling and you sir have earned a sub. Great vid 😄

  • Innersight
    Innersight Month ago +949

    You know this guy is a legitimately good teacher. We actually come back just to eagerly hear what he has to teach us each video. I only wish school teachers had his capability to make it interesting.

    • Ways of the Master
      Ways of the Master Month ago

      I found him oafish and lacking any admiration for the subject matter. And using "spells" as metaphor for DNA is derision.

    • Xander Warwick
      Xander Warwick Month ago

      @Drake Magnum no way! What subject did he teach?

    • Sally Henrehan
      Sally Henrehan Month ago

      Well, it helps to not be in a life-threatening situation.
      -An American teacher

    • The One And Only Sam Macchione
      The One And Only Sam Macchione Month ago

      Keep your mind open more and more through your life. You'll only discover further that you are your best teacher. Have a wonderful time.😁

  • Dadisman
    Dadisman Month ago +3

    This guy never ceases to make me chuckle and teach me at the same time.

  • Tara Rousselle
    Tara Rousselle 27 days ago

    This is one of the best of your videos I've seen in a while. Keep up the hilarity!

  • Bojan Dimitrieski Milenkovic

    Ah I love you guys. Allways make me smarter and happier with every new video. Thanks allot 🍻

  • Kiwi
    Kiwi Month ago +1

    PLEASE make a 10 minute video of you reading dna. I need it in my life.

  • Marko
    Marko 27 days ago

    Wow this was one of my favorites so far. This is incredibly interesting to learn about

  • Ogsu
    Ogsu Month ago +397

    I'm so happy Ze Frank didn't quit Clip-Share. I remember the hellish state of this platform 5 years ago with his 4 year absence

    • Saralo King
      Saralo King Month ago +1

      Agree, but I wish all of his old website was still functioning. The main page is there, but only a small number of the links still lead to pages. I miss the Pre-date Confidence Booster, How to Dance Properly and My Cat Annie, just to name a few... Oh, I just found out that someone uploaded How to Dance Properly. clip-share.net/video/bpRMsOYRQgI/video.html

    • Sponge man
      Sponge man Month ago

      Hold up... he's gone on Clip-Share about 4 years? Yikes!

    • Brian V
      Brian V Month ago +1

      Don’t talk about the dark times 😔

    • scipioninja
      scipioninja Month ago +3

      @Cen Ciende lmao what

    • Cen Ciende
      Cen Ciende Month ago +3

      Well it's still full of too many ads and runs on a platform of hypocrisy and sexist content rules. I'm not sure it's in much of a better state.

  • Kita M Williams
    Kita M Williams Month ago +7

    “Little moving splat”
    Oh the joy and humour and education of a ZeFrank video 😄

  • AllYourBase
    AllYourBase Month ago

    This is seriously the best channel . Just found it a week ago and I’m hoping he keeps making regular videos . Can’t get enough

  • RUNE261
    RUNE261 Month ago

    ive learned so much from ze frank. just the right blend of comedy to info.

  • Wildlife at home
    Wildlife at home Month ago

    Ze Frank is pure genius, his videos have come a long way from his originals. I now know the little red fuzzy balls on a stump are fungus and not eggs.

  • brother XII
    brother XII Month ago +1

    yo im so glad this series is back, pls make more! ive been enjoying these for literally years lol

  • Samantha Christopher
    Samantha Christopher Month ago +724

    I live near a forest where I often take walks and see slime. Never knew that slime was so smart. Going to take time to appreciate that now. Thanks you Ze Frank for the education.

    • Alec Marshall
      Alec Marshall Month ago +1

      If you find a good one, take pictures of it every time you pass. Would be fun to see how it grows and changes over the weeks and months

    • Esprero: On-Brand Soap
      Esprero: On-Brand Soap Month ago

      @William Klann You have disappointed me for not understanding a simple word and telling me it is wrong due to your useless statements which have no effect on me, I will stand by the fact that they're smart, because they have a method that works, and they use it effectively.

    • William Klann
      William Klann Month ago

      @Esprero: On-Brand Soap you should look up the definition of smart i think, perhaps there's just simply lingual confusion here and you aren't using the words you think you are using

    • purple_CAT
      purple_CAT Month ago +1

      Snort the slime when you find one🗿

  • Splitdream Epiphany
    Splitdream Epiphany 27 days ago

    I'm so addicted to your videos now. Best content I've found on Clip-Share in a long time.

  • Zoosmell Pooplord
    Zoosmell Pooplord Month ago +1

    I would have gone to school to study slime molds if I had seen this earlier in my life. Truly fascinating.

  • 🔹Lucid🔹
    🔹Lucid🔹 Month ago

    Had fun watching this with my sibling- I had no idea how cool slime mold is

    NHMO OYTIS Month ago

    In college zoology we got extra credit for growing a slime mold at home. I was proud of mine, even though he looked like Big Bird diarrhea. Looks aren’t everything.😊

  • W. Nettekoven
    W. Nettekoven Month ago +2

    I literally laughed out loud with the "grow a third nipple" line. Thanks for the educational humor!

  • William Reely
    William Reely Month ago +546

    I keep a worm compost bin, and I occasionally see little slime mold colonies in it! They are absolutely vital decomposers, just like worms, fungi, bugs, and bacteria. They are everywhere in outdoor environments, and because they're microscopic for 99% of their life cycles, they rarely get the attention or appreciation they deserve. Thank you so much for this video for our little blob friends! ^_^

    • gnarth d'arkanen
      gnarth d'arkanen Month ago

      @Gale Glad you had fun with your nerd brain! You're ALWAYS welcome... I had fun posting and contributing. ;o)

    • Gale
      Gale Month ago +1

      @gnarth d'arkanen this was really enjoyable for my nerd brain to read, thank you

    • Jamie Curran
      Jamie Curran Month ago

      @Pegged Yourdad reminds me of the film 'The Blob'😂✌️

    • Paul Taylor
      Paul Taylor Month ago

      Worm compost…and other first date ideas

    • gnarth d'arkanen
      gnarth d'arkanen Month ago

      @Gandalf the Grey Yep... I'm working my way farther from "fluff" and employing more non-fictional resource material for my D&D habit... and GURPS...
      I allow myself the indulgence of TTRPG's because as it turns out, even that the dialogue is clunky and the plot-lines resemble technicolor pasta thrown at walls and piled on the floor... There's a reward system for all the "work", and that makes the "work" seem more like play, even reading something as dry as a field guide or technical manual to get the details right...
      Of course, GM'ing for a Table with the likes of Force Recon' retirees or Electronics Engineers' kids has its encouragements about those damn details... haha...
      Just an idea... Keep it up, bro! It gets better! ;o)

  • Micah Hewlett
    Micah Hewlett Month ago

    This has to be my favorite zefrank video, absolutely hysterical

  • Space Cowboy
    Space Cowboy Month ago

    I learn so much from Zefrank's videos and the comedic timing is just excellent.

  • Socially Undead
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  • ASP3CT
    ASP3CT Month ago +8

    So I recently saw moving yellow slime mold during a walk in the woods. It was visually moving, so much so that I thought it might've been some sort of really weird caterpillar. Apparently the mold wasn't seen before in the "reserve" so I reported it to the people at the desk. Apparently it was non-toxic and not dangerous to the environment, but I was congratulated for finding it nonetheless.

  • Quincy Scott
    Quincy Scott Month ago +2

    At 7:08 I started to think, "this looks like lightning." Then at 7:18 he starts giving the same explanation that I recently saw about lightning. I find this crazy interesting.

  • dave
    dave Month ago +724

    This mans voice is so calming that if he was my doctor and told me that I had 4 weeks to live, I would be like oh sure. And leave with no knowledge of how serious the situation is.

  • MsLeenite
    MsLeenite Month ago +2

    Thanks, Ze Frank, that was a fascinating one. I believe these slime molds are smarter than a lot of people.

  • Dreamtheory
    Dreamtheory Month ago +1

    oh god damn it Ze Frank, no matter how bad my life is spiraling out of control, you always make me laugh and smile. Thanks for making these for so many years

  • Jason Crawford
    Jason Crawford Month ago +1

    Oh my God! That was a mind-expanding experience I've always loved this show! Have a wonderful year Jason c

  • Brandt Gill
    Brandt Gill Month ago

    "The scream of the night deamon" is a good metaphor for life and cell division in my opinion.

  • Kiroromay
    Kiroromay Month ago

    Never has a video made me ITCH this much before, but I cannot resist a Ze Frank video.

  • SumYun Guy
    SumYun Guy Month ago +661

    You know… even when life doesn’t seem like it’s worth living, it’s always worth sticking around for another Ze Frank video.

    • Starkada
      Starkada Month ago +2

      Hahaha best comment 🤣 😆

    • Tim Watt
      Tim Watt Month ago

      @LucianCorrvinous Son of Hekaté he always says "bebe's" in any video that calls for baby's....lol

    • The Camocampaindude
      The Camocampaindude Month ago +1

      Thats for sure

    • Austin Draa
      Austin Draa Month ago +1

      @SumYun Guy you too😂

    • SumYun Guy
      SumYun Guy Month ago

      @Austin Draa 😂 thanks man. Have a good night!

  • MW
    MW Month ago +1

    Wow, how interesting and funny can be a video at the same time?!? So good!!! Well done, keep going! 💪

  • ogoj2
    ogoj2 Month ago

    I died laughing when you read the chromosome "spells." Hilarious! Quite impressive accurate reading!

  • WhimZee
    WhimZee Month ago

    I was super nervous waiting for my first ever therapy session to start, then I saw this video
    Thanks for giving me smth to calm down and cheer up