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Staging a Left-olution

Today's post features a bunch of sinister, leftist radicals, in honor of International Left Handers Day (August 13).

Also, check out the Bill of Lefts.
Posted By: Alex | Date: Thu Aug 13, 2015 | Comments (6)
Category: Riots, Protests and Civil Disobedience, Video, Poetry

Charlie meets the ice cream truck

Oh, Charlie!

Posted By: Alex | Date: Tue Aug 04, 2015 | Comments (5)
Category: Video, Dogs

Love’s Baby Soft, 1975 Commercial

Posted By: Alex | Date: Sun May 31, 2015 | Comments (4)
Category: Video, Advertising, 1970's

Air Jordan Review

One of the unwritten rules of weird news is that if you're trying to be weird, then you're not really weird. Instead, you're a comedian. And I suspect that this reviewer of Air Jordans is probably trying to be weird. Then again, maybe he really is a slightly awkward super-fan of Air Jordans. This is one of three videos he's posted to YouTube.

Posted By: Alex | Date: Wed May 20, 2015 | Comments (3)
Category: Video, Shoes

Sitting and Smiling

Benjamin Bennett has currently uploaded 84 videos to YouTube. They all share the exact same premise. In each video he sits in front of the camera and smiles — for four hours.

His unwavering adherence to the concept has, by now, earned him status as a minor Internet celebrity. (And what higher goal can one really seek in life than to be famous online?)

His most popular video is Sitting and Smiling #5 (below), because this includes a brief moment of drama. In Bennett's own words:

About 2.5 hours into the webcast, I hear someone come into the house, which is odd, because my only housemate is at work, and we aren't expecting anyone. I realize I didn't check to see if the doors were locked before starting the webcast. I hear the person stealthily moving around the house, and then I hear them stealthily climbing the stairs, towards my room. My door opens, and I hear an unfamiliar male voice say "Hello?". Then, after presumably seeing me sitting still and smiling in front of a camera, lit from beneath by a florescent bulb, he promptly descends the stairs and exits the house.

You can see this happen at 2:36:30.

As it turns out, the doors were locked, and he had broken one open. We found nothing missing, as there is not really anything of value in the house other than the laptop I was using to webcast.

Posted By: Alex | Date: Sun May 17, 2015 | Comments (6)
Category: Boredom, Eccentrics, Video

Star Wars and Taylor Wines

This 1978 marketing video starts off as a homage to Star Wars and then bizarrely segues into wine sales. Around 5 minutes in, the C-3PO character starts disco dancing.

Posted By: Alex | Date: Fri May 08, 2015 | Comments (7)
Category: Video, 1970's

My human time

Man sits in front of the camera for 24 hours. The result is 3 videos, each 8 hours long. Every minute his computer chimes, and he says what time it is. He claims this is the "most boring video ever." He's possibly correct.

I suppose that if you managed to sync the time in the video with the time in real life, you could have the video running continuously and use it as a speaking clock. Or you could just ignore the video, like the rest of the world.

Posted By: Alex | Date: Fri Apr 17, 2015 | Comments (9)
Category: Boredom, Video

Women’s Arm Wrestling


Posted By: Alex | Date: Sun Apr 12, 2015 | Comments (5)
Category: Sports, Video

Dogs demolishing a chair

This video comes with no explanation (and no sound). The action really starts around 2 minutes in, and I fast forwarded through much of it. But I'm curious to know, why exactly do these dogs so desperately want to destroy that chair?

Posted By: Alex | Date: Mon Mar 30, 2015 | Comments (5)
Category: Video, Dogs

Lady is a tramp

Posted By: Alex | Date: Sun Mar 29, 2015 | Comments (4)
Category: Music, Video
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