Monthly Archives: June 2016

The Horrors of Children’s YouTube, pt 3: An Unholy Discovery


This post is part of an extremely-occasional series on the worst of children’s YouTube videos. You can read part 1 here and part 2 here.

Imagine: you’re browsing YouTube when you come across one of the more recent videos from an account called Play Kids. The title of the video is “♫Nursery Rhymes♫ HULK Colors x4 riding Banana Colors cars & Lightning McQueen Cars (Songs for Kids).” The description of it reads as follows:

HULK COLORS With Their New Banana Colors Car & Disney Pixar Custom Flying Colors Lightning McQueen Cars. Popular Children Song With Action. Nursery Rhymes Fun Time.

You might be forgiven for thinking the account manager threw in a bunch of random words in a pitiful bid to enhance the video’s SEO. Only after clicking the play button would you realize that the description was entirely accurate.

Another thing you’d realize? You’ve just fallen into one of the strangest internet rabbit holes in existence. Continue reading


Pop Culture Abroad: Entertainment Magazines from Other Countries


No matter how much of an intellectual you fancy yourself, you’ve read an entertainment magazine. Maybe it was an issue of People at the hair salon. Maybe it was an old TV Guide in your in-law’s bathroom. Maybe it was an US Weekly perused sulkily while waiting in line at CVS behind an eighty-year-old couple who brought their weight in expired coupons and needed to be told, gently but repeatedly, that CVS can’t accept expired coupons. No, not even if she begs. No, not even if he was in the war.

Old man with gun

This argument is slightly more persuasive.

Pop culture periodicals might not be cerebral, but they can be educational, in their own way. Looking at entertainment magazines from other countries can help you understand what the average person in that country thinks and talks about. And since I have two such magazines at my disposal–one from England, the other from Japan–I thought I’d make a short post about them.

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