One of the coolest websites around is Youtube, the video site that lets you find nearly anything, from Kennedy speeches to people getting hit in the nuts with baseballs.
Of course, the fact that the website literally gives anybody the ability to post anything they want makes for some pretty boring videos along with all of the interesting ones. Fortunately, I’ve compiled a little guide for newcomers to the Youtube phenomenon.
To get you started, here are a few absolutely spectacular Youtube picks that will give you an idea of just how powerful and fun the service is.
Bob Ross Paints a Pond
If you missed his show on PBS, you may not know how chill of a dude Bob Ross was; make fun of his white afro and pleasant demeeanor all you want, but when you have a bad day and you need to remember what’s great about life, click on this link to see Bob paint a Winter Pond. Youtube was made for this kind of stuff; it’s the most relaxing programming you could imagine. You may actually end up buying a set of paints.
Indian Version Of Michael Jackson’s Thriller
The Indian people have a fine sense of media. They have quite a few…uh, interesting videos on Youtube, but one of the most “what the hell?” moments comes from this one, a recreation of Michael Jackson’s Thriller using Indian words, music, and dancing. Your jaw will hit the floor and you’ll keep thinking it’s racist until you realize that Indian people actually made it.
John Lennon Discusses The Beatles
Ever wonder if the Beatles would have gotten back together if John Lennon hadn’t been assassinated? Youtube seems to think so.
This is a video of an interview with John Lennon shortly before his death in which he discusses the possibility of the Beatles reuniting. It’s refreshing to hear him speak fondly of the Beatles and say that all of his bad blood with his friends had been washed away; tragically, it would be one of his last interviews, but it’s a fascinating look at the peace that surrounded the darkest Beatle during his later years.
Muhammed Ali Vs. Joe Frazier in 1975
Got about 5 minutes? Use the Youtube to check out the end of one of the most electrifying fights in all of boxing. Muhammad Ali vs. Joe Frazier in the Thrilla in Manilla was the last of a trilogy of great fights, and many believe the greatest boxing match of all times. There are a lot of other great boxing matches on Youtube, too; if you’ve got some time, search for some of some Brown Bomber matches to get some more entertainment from seeing your fellow human beings receive vicious beatings.
Bear Falling Onto Trampoline
Sure, you could find your favorite moment from your favorite talk show or sitcom. Yeah, you can learn a lot by finding a few PBS documentaries and watching them. You could even find some presidential speeches and analyze the current direction of our government. Or you could watch this. It’s a bear being shot with a tranquilizer dart and subsequently falling onto a trampoline. Yep.
There is absolutely nothing better than the Internet.
Whether you’re looking for something stupid or something meaningful, chances are Youtube can help you out. If you find a cool video that you want to share, post it in the comments section of this article.