by Brandy D. Anderson
We all know BuzzFeed, right? Their articles go viral constantly, and you rarely can go more than a week or two without a new BuzzFeed article making the rounds on Facebook, Twitter, Yahoo/Gmail/Hotmail (wait, does anyone even use Hotmail anymore?). What you may be less familiar with is their growing slew of YouTube channels. Although there are more than four, these are the best of the bunch:
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You probably didn’t know you could learn a lot from BuzzFeed videos, did you? One of the best educationally fun videos is “Congressional Redistricting Explained With Pizza”. However, be sure to watch that one whilst actually eating pizza or you’ll find your stomach grumbling a few seconds in. You can also learn “Facts That Will Make You Change The Way You Look at LEGOS” (where you learn that all LEGOS are tested in warm ovens and other cool bizarre things).
“What A Human Body Does in 30 Seconds” tells you that within the next half-a-minute “you’ll take 8 breaths… produce seventy-two million red blood cells… your blood will travel four miles… you’ll shed 174,000 skin cells… [and] have twenty-five thoughts.” Now, “If The Artworld Had To Deal With YouTube Comments” is pretty hilarious. A photo of Michelangelo’s “David” bears the comment: “Fake and gay”, Dali’s “The Persistence of Memory”: “I wish I could get that time back”, Seurat’s “A Sunday Afternoon On The Island Of La Grande Jatte”: “WTF? IS DIS REAL?”, and Picasso’s “Three Musicians”: “DAFUQ? STOP DOING CUBISM!!!!” However, not all videos here are humorous or zany. “A Marijuana Arrest”, for example, is a thought-provoking video, one that discusses the horrendous problem of racial profiling, wrongful arrests, and the inexcusable misuse of government resources and funding.
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Blue gives you some of BuzzFeed‘s quirkier content such as “People Try ‘As Seen On TV’ Exercise Products’”. The (amazing?) products reviewed are Bender Ball (“This is definitely less effective than me doing my normal exercise routine, which is not anything at all”), The Kruncher (“Why is this bar right on my breasts?”, “This is more difficult than it looks”), Slimming Sauna Shorts (“Also doubles as adult diapers”), and Shake Weights (“At least I was smiling the whole time”).
There’s also a video exploring the old wives’ tale regarding whether or not “You Really Swallow Spiders In Your Sleep” (stay away from this if you’re at all arachnophobic). A “Spider Woman” places spiders on the Shane’s (the host’s) face with his mouth open (the Spider Woman says spiders “are like Santa with eight legs”). Another one: “Women Try On Vintage Bras”. You’ll see corsets, the early 1914 bra, and the 1950s’ bullet bra. “Americans Try Japanese Fashion Products”, “Women Try On Men’s Underwear For The First Time”, “Guys Try On Ladies’ Underwear For The First Time”, and “Guys Wear Bras For A Week” are a few more of the oddball titles. The Try Guys are particularly funny, and you can’t miss them trying “Motherhood”: “I think the hardest thing about being a mother is loving the thing that’s ruining your life unconditionally”, “It’s nice to know that your body wants to destroy you”.
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This is the channel where you can see videos expressing embarrassing moments you’ve probably encountered, only these gals make it all funnier. You can see “15 Awkward Moments In 72 Seconds” which covers “getting caught (doing silly walks), turning back (when you remember something you need mid-walk), wrong names (“Ben! … You’re not Ben, you’re…” – run away-), invisible stairs (when you’re in a groove, climbing stairs and mistakenly think there’s another at the top), wrong tube (when swallowing goes amiss), tethered (getting up when you’re still attached to something, like a headset), spill (spilling a drink on your shirt whilst chatting with someone)”, and a ton more.
“Weird Things Girls Do When They’re Alone” is probably my favourite one (“And that’s what I would look like pregnant”, “Is one boob bigger than the other?”). There’s also “Things Straight Girls Do That Drive You Crazy” (a lesbian asks “What does it mean when a straight girl calls you Bae?”) and the hilarious “7 Signs You’re A Bada*s Bi*ch” (“You can fix anything up”, “You can sleuth anything”, “You love dares”, “You don’t let people push you around”, etc). “What Your Phone Sees In A Day” is a fun one, “When Your Plans Are Cancelled”, and “Flirting Or Not Flirting” are more great ones definitely worth checking out.
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The Yellow channel is probably the most diverse of these four. “What It’s Like To Be A Hairy Girl” features women talking about their insecurities regarding the amount of hair on their body. If you have a long-distance BFF you’ll enjoy the bittersweet “When You Miss Your Friend” (two friends Skyping, “You look good, man, you look tired” – “You look well-rested and awful”). “Men Describe Their Perfect Wedding” gives you an – interesting – look at the inner workings of men. One man describes his perfect ceremony: “Vin Diesel is officiating, Casey and JoJo sing ‘All My Life’ as I walk down the aisle, a tea cup peki is my ring-bearer, um, it’s under water or in space, either of the two”, another says, “You know, I’ve thought about my wedding and, honestly, I’m just afraid I’m gonna cry.”
“What To Do When You Sleep Next To Someone Who Is Too Warm” is a funny thirty second montage, “When Everyone Is Engaged” explores the single person’s peeves, “You At Home Alone VS. With You Other People” (the host offers glasses of water to guests vs him bending down and lapping up water out of the facet). “Sex Now VS Sex For Your Parents” is a quick factoid check, and you may want to send that special friend in your life “Signs Your BFF Is Your Superhero” or the “7 Joys Of Having A Work BFF”. One of the strangest vids is where “Celebrities Guess What Chris Pratt Smells Like” (“Like unicorns and rainbows and marshmallows” or “cheddar cheese”).