By Robin Ngai, Staff Writer
Have you ever wondered what it would sound like if the Boy Who Lived could recite every word of Taylor Swift’s “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” heartbreak anthem? Well, thanks to the editing magic of YouTube team SilvaWare Productions we know exactly what that sounds like.
Just in case you forgot or don’t know who Harry Potter is (or you just want to relive the story), AVbyte did a fantastic “Draw My Life” video that will answer all of your questions. Also, because everyone needs a little more Harry Potter in their lives, check out this short clip depicting what it would be like if the boy wizard came to life.
While avoiding writing an essay, I stumbled upon a video that includes two of my favorite things: Harry Potter and Taylor Swift. This three minute video strings together clips of the cast saying words from Swift’s song in ways that will make you wish you had these editing skills.
Harry, Hermione, Ron and the rest of the gang come together to create the musical number. It even features Draco, who demonstrates how his seemingly menacing voice can actually churn out a beautiful melody. It’ll bring a good chuckle while you reminisce on scenes you’ve forgotten from Harry Potter.
So muggles, take a break from studying for your midterms (or procrastinate for another few minutes), and enjoy the wonderful voices of the wizarding world.
By Jacob Carter, Staff Writer
The 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games are coming to an end, but that does not mean an end to the glory that they inspire.
Last week, prank group Improv Everywhere orchestrated a fake torch run in New York City, complete with 400 willing participants to play the part of encouraging spectators. You may recognize this group’s work from their “no pants subway ride” prank.
Their video on the fake torch run was only posted Monday, but it will not be long before its joyfulness and patriotism inspires countless YouTube users everywhere.
The video opens with one of the group’s members posing as an injured Olympic Torch runner. She goes up to various people on the streets and asks them if they would be willing to complete her section of the run and pass the torch to its next recipient. Though the first few people sheepishly decline, the woman is eventually successful in obtaining several eager replacements.
As these new participants round the final corner of their run, they are greeted by the applause of countless supporters, all of whom are a part of the elaborate operation. The ruse is then continued via a fake news interview with an on-sight reporter from their team.
What I love most about this video is even though a joke is technically being played on the people who acquire the torch, the organization is not being mean-spirited in their prank or causing any embarrassment.
There are so many good feels in this video, especially when it comes to watching the runners proudly finish their leg of the run as they are cheered on. People of all ages are given the fake honor of passing on the olympic torch, including what appears to be a boy no older than 3. All of the American flags and balloons make me wish that I was around to be asked to run this fake passing of the torch.
Just as in the real Olympic games, this video is at its core about establishing a sense of joy and togetherness.
By Shivani Patel, Staff Writer
During the Super Bowl, Chobani aired a commercial in which a bear ransacks a mom and pop grocery store, leaving only a section of Chobani greek yogurt in tact. The bear even takes one of the yogurt cups and puts it on the counter, as if ready to pay for it. The bear then pushes a magazine with his “purchase” of a yogurt. After the police deem the store safe to enter, they survey the damage only to see that the yogurt is still perfectly fine in the store.
Last week, the yogurt company followed up on the ad by dressing up an actor in a bear costume, making him look as authentic to a wild bear as possible. The bear’s mission is to find food with natural ingredients (because it wouldn’t be an ad without some sort of agenda). The company places the bear at a street corner, ready to scare New Yorkers going about their daily routine (I think we can all appreciate the fun in this publicity stunt).
The terror in some people’s faces is so sad, but so, so funny. And of course you have the people who aren’t fazed at all by a bear on the streets of NYC. And there are even some people sneakily taking video on their phones of this incredible random stunt.
By Katrina Uy, Staff Writer
Kids will be kids, and cats will be cats.
Let’s face it – no matter how patient you are, sometimes young children annoy the best of us, especially when they hit their “terrible twos.”
Now let’s talk about cats. Anyone who has spent even a few hours alone with a cat will know that when someone or something is annoying them, they will snap and either walk away in irritation, or swipe with vexed paws.
A video compilation done by The Huffington Post, featuring clips of cats attacking toddlers, entitled “Cats Fight Kids, People Just Stand Around And Film It,” exposes just that.
It’s funny, albeit in a twisted way: if you saw your son rough housing with your cat, and then saw your cat fighting back, furiously swatting at his head with its paws, wouldn’t you be a little concerned and stop the camera?
Apparently not, seeing as these parents even went so far as to put them on the Internet.
After the initial shock and disbelief wears off, one can’t help but let a giggle or two sneak out while watching the video. Highlights include one cat pants-ing a boy, and another young boy falling back and lying on the floor in utter defeat after a cat leaps on him out of nowhere.
Maybe these cats were just playing, or maybe they had had enough and wanted to smack some sense into these kids.
No cats or toddlers were harmed in the making of these videos (we think).
By Katrina Uy, Staff Writer
What better way to get ready for Super Bowl Sunday than by watching Bad Lip Reading’s latest viral video?
Yep, you heard right – they’ve done it again and they’re back with a sequel to the original, entitled “More NFL – A Bad Lip Reading”.
I know nothing about football, but anyone with a remote sense of humor will find this hilarious. My own personal favorite Bad Lip Reading videos are its spoofs of “Twilight” and “The Hunger Games,” but the channel has also been known to do videos of the political variety, like highlights from the 2012 Presidential Debates, if that suits your fancy.
If you’ve never seen any of the ‘Bad Lip Reading’ videos, you may be asking, what the hell is it? The channel features different muted clips of scenes from movies, celebrities, and politicians and provides voice overs with a lip reading that totally fits their mouth movements but doesn’t always make sense. The result is completely ridiculous, yet totally hysterical at the same time.
Featuring numerous players and coaches with a handful of great lines such as “I will sing for you when you beg me. And you will beg me!” and Peyton Manning’s response to the question that scares you: “Just having somebody yucky like you, denim jeans, uh… Voldemort. Yes, I said Voldemort,” More of NFL Bad Lip Reading is sure to brighten your day.
By Katrina Uy, Staff Writer
Back by popular demand, each week we are bringing you funny online videos with even funnier commentary.
By now, we’re all familiar with popular reality television shows such as American Idol, The Voice, The X Factor, and So You Think You Can Dance. The list goes on, as does their endless void of talented contestants. America (and the rest of the world) just can’t get enough of what they bring to the stage, and for good reasons.
So what do you get when you combine an adorable kid with a great sense of humor and some killer dance moves? Eight-year-old Akshat Singh.
This week, Singh, the young contestant on “India’s Got Talent,” took the world by storm with a dance routine filled with animated and expressive facials, Michael Jackson-esque crotch grabs, pelvic thrusts, splits and impressive breakdancing moves that wowed the audience and judges alike.
The video of his performance quickly went viral (though the original was taken off of YouTube for copyright issues).
While Singh’s moves may not be worthy of “So You Think You Can Dance,” there seems to be a recurring pattern that the “cuteness factor” of children outweigh the skills of their dance moves. After all, not every kid can be as good as Ruby and Jonas from “America’s Got Talent”
If Singh doesn’t have you laughing out loud at least once or twice, he’s sure to leave you with a smile on your face at the very least.
By Amira Francis, Staff Writer
I’m sure you’ve heard of the latest dance move gone viral, ‘The Harlem Shake.’ But what’s equally as entertaining as watching thousands of people making dancing fools of themselves on the Internet? Watching Harlem’s reaction to the dance.
Five minutes of pure gold ensue as Harlem residents pick apart all of the wannabe-Harlem shakers. And c’mon… aren’t we all kind of wannabe Harlem-shakers? Even if you haven’t attempted the dance, I’m sure you’ve spent time laughing at all of the remakes.
But back to the reaction video. First of all, their faces give away their distaste for the imitation dance. You don’t even have to listen to what they’re saying. The first screenshot of the guy with the absolutely puzzled face sums up the video perfectly. These residents? They are shocked. Horrified. Disgusted.
Oh, and then there are the consistently annoyed comments:
“Find a new hobby,” said one viewer.
“Stop your bullsh*t,” said another.
Though the video starts with disbelief, it ends in genuine loathing from the residents of Harlem.
They hate us.
And may I say, with good reason. How would Boston residents react if a silly-stupid ‘Boston Shake’ emerged nationwide?
And then the residents describe what this version of the Shake looks like in these homemade videos.
“That’s not the harlem shake at all, that’s humping,” said one alarmed resident.
“No good,” decided another.
One man said it looked like “Zombies going crazy.”
Sooo…do you feel ashamed yet? All I know is: if you’re one of those famous dancers in the ‘Harlem Shake’ YouTube video, you should consider taking the advice of Harlemites and “Stop that sh*t.”
Check out Harlem’s reaction here: