It’s funny, when I was a high school student, I can remember a few occasions where I claimed to be a being of the internet. I spent a lot of time on message boards and forums for musicians, because I was really into playing music. These message boards, like most, often veered into topics other than just music, exposing me to a lot of internet culture and memes I probably wouldn’t have known about otherwise.
The thing is, as far as beings of the internet go, I was a pretty late bloomer. Living in the country, and having parents who barely ever used the internet, I grew up using dial-up to access all my internet necessities. I know, and thank you for your condolences. Because of this, however, I missed out on a lot of the popular internet culture that my peers were all talking about at the time – simply because I didn’t want to wait 3 hours for that YouTube video to load.
So by the time I went away to college, and had a steady high-speed internet connection (thanks, mom!), I found myself discovering more and more hilarious and interesting content every day.
One night, I came across an absolutely hilarious flash animation that I watched on a loop for quite some time. I’ve had trouble finding the actual flash loop for some time now, but it has been immortalized on YouTube:
So imagine that, but on a loop for probably 20 minutes or so. No, there were no interesting drugs involved, I was just a dude with a lot of time on my hands and a pretty warped sense of humour. Even today, watching that video, I could recite the whole thing from memory.
For those of you who are curious, the whole thing originated on Yahoo! Answers, where people crowdsource answers to all the burning questions they might have. The original question was riddled with spelling and grammar mistakes (and so was the reply), so someone took that post and created a flash animation based on it, using pretty much the perfect voice to narrate the exchange.
I became so obsessed with that loop that at one point, after finishing a presentation in front of my class, I pulled it up on the computer in front of the whole class just to share it with them.
To be fair, anyone who is asking important questions about pregnancy on Yahoo! Answers probably isn’t the smartest person around. That is very clearly reflected in the variety of ways you’ll find the word “pregnant” spelled on the site.
One of my friends from those college days recently shared this hilarious video with me. Like the one above, it originates from Yahoo! Answers, and illustrates the lack of linguistic ability of these folks, who should definitely NOT be getting… “pregananant”.
It’s hard to stop laughing at this, and that could be partially because the style of the video itself really reminds me of this classic, “A Dramatic Reading of a Breakup Letter”:
A lot of things seem to be getting the Dramatic Reading treatment lately. For example, I found this clip of Allison Janney and Stephen Colbert doing their own dramatic reenactment of Foreigner‘s Hot Blooded:
And you know, after a little digging around (more like three clicks on Google), I found a whole treasure trove of dramatic readings of classic rock songs, courtesy of Consequence of Sound. The first one I came across was of Van Halen‘s Right Now:
The Dramatic Reading of Winger‘s Seventeen gives it quite a different feel from the original…
If you enjoyed those, there’s plenty more where they came from. Just type “Consequence of Sound Dramatic Readings” in Google or YouTube and there you go.
And remember, if you can’t spell “pregnant,” it’s probably in your best interests to avoid getting “pargent.”