Twitter allows us to retweet something if we like what someone else has done with their 140 characters, whether it be #funny, #true, #witty or #punny.
Facebook allows us to “Like” and “Comment” on friend’s pictures and status updates, while also allowing them to do the same for us.
Social media and other media sharing sites are helpful — at times.
Yet, as up-and-coming adults, we often utilize these tools for the wrong reasons. We share, we brag, and often — we flaunt. “What will other people think?” we ask ourselves. These sites are all about the reaction factor, if you will.
Take YouTube, for example.
YouTube, founded in February of 2005, is a site that allows billions of people to upload and share videos of whatsoever they should choose, with whosoever they should choose to share it with.
Luckily for viewers like you and I just looking for a good laugh, a “what the—” reaction, or just a few minutes of entertaining and inspirational talent — videos like those below exist.
Here, I’ve compiled a list of some of the more viral YouTube videos in my circle, past and present. They are collectively interesting, peculiar, funny and odd.
“Broadcast yourself,” you say?
Let’s see what we have to work with.
I don’t know if it’s the thrill he gets from the drag costume, or the anticipation of seeing whether or not people will figure out the truth behind the makeup and the wigs, but Liam Sullivan sure didn’t pull the wool over my eyes. According to his website, Time Magazine listed Shoes in their top 50 YouTube videos of all time. The triple threat actor/director/performer – in addition to his YouTube appearances — has even popped up in some episodes of Gilmore Girls, 8 Simple Rules and Alias. Google him!
This may or may not have been the first YouTube video I ever saw.
2. Allow me to introduce Marcel in Marcel The Shell With Shoes On
Some things in life are just oddly funny. Who would’ve thought that a tiny shell with a googly-eye glued to one side of its’ tiny “body” would hold the attention of millions for a few seconds, let alone almost three and a half minutes? Cute. Odd, but cute. I wonder what hang gliding on a Dorito is like.
3. Meet Harry and his little brother Charlie in “Charlie bit my finger — again!”
Why does everything seem better with a British accent?! Sit back and ask yourself what’s cuter: the “oooow-ooooh-ouchhh!” that Harry uncontrollably yelps out as his newly-armed little brother bites his finger, or the fact that Charlie laughs about it afterwards. Toughie, I know.
4. Puppet time in Potter Puppet Pals: The Mysterious Ticking Noise
In my opinion, one doesn’t have to be a Harry Potter fan to enjoy this. I would describe it much the same as Professor Snape refers to the mysterious ticking noise in the beginning: it’s “kind of catchy” (wannabe Wizard or not.)
5. Meet David in David after Dentist
If I had a dollar for every time a friend, or an inebriated passerby asked, “Is this real life?” I’d spread my wealth with some of you. We can agree on that one, right? I am almost positive that the number of videos uploaded under the keywords “wisdom teeth” after this video was, well, a lot. While my personal wisdom teeth videos came close, no mouth surgery could measure up to the aftermath of David’s drug-induced procedure.
6. The duo of the year in Nicki Minaj – Super Bass by Sophia Grace Brownlee
Sophia Grace and Rosie are adorable, the British card in their hand, or not. The two have been featured on Ellen multiple times, and have had more red carpet appearances than some minor Hollywood names. Though it is clear Sophia Grace carries the pair, Batman wouldn’t be Batman without Robin by his side.
7. Fred in FRED: on Halloween
This was among one of the first Fred videos I remember seeing. Fred Figglehorn, a high-pitched, hyperactive character played by 18 year-old Lucas Cruikshank takes viewers through the daily struggles of an adolescent boy, Fred, from episode to episode. Since his YouTube debut four years ago, he has starred in his own movie, and guest starred in episodes of shows such as Hannah Montana and iCarly.
8. Seeing what lies within in Susan Boyle – Britain’s Got Talent 2009 Episode 1 – Saturday 11th April
While hair can be combed, and eyebrows can be tweezed, Britain’s Got Talent contestant Susan Boyle showed us that no matter what predispositions we may conjure up about others, no one can deny true, heartstring-tugging talent. She was born on April 1 and that’s no joke — neither is her voice. Try not to cry.
9. Darrel in MADtv’s Can I Have Your Number?
First things first, “Darrel” is really a “Daria” — the part is played by actress Nicole Randall Johnson. Who would’ve guessed? Second, this isn’t an original upload. For those who don’t know, it was featured on MADtv, a past, late-night comedy show that was based around and took content from MAD Magazine. Nevertheless, its’ wordiness and cleverness is what makes it entertaining. So could I please receive the secret code that if entered telephonically it will pass me through to you?
Fine. I understand.
10. A dry-lipped friend in Where’s The Chapstick?!?
I’ll let you ruminate in your own thoughts for a minute.
Well, there you have it. Across the board, I think these are some of the most viral (and G-Rated) YouTube videos from over the years.
All of that considered, I’ll ask just one more time — can I have yo’ numba?
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