YouTube pulls The Nun ad for being too scary (and also cheap and infuriating)

Back in the day, before internet pranks involved ruining someone’s life or tricking them into watching a cheesy music video, we all got our kicks with jump scare videos. It was a simple gag: You tell someone to find the secret object hidden in a “photo,” and after a minute or so of silence, a scary face would appear…

YouTube is obsessed with abandoned shopping malls

If you take a look at the top trending list on YouTube today, you’ll find the above video. For anyone familiar with creepypasta or the type of stuff on the r/NoSleep subreddit, this video isn’t particularly noteworthy. It’s a trio of spooky, “true” stories that capitalize on people’s fear of dark places and erratic…

For almost a decade the internet has quietly maintained an obscure Futurama joke

Once in a very long while, strangers on the internet will put aside their differences in the name of an important cause. It’s never something so divisive as humanitarian aid or the restoration of our democracy. That’s the stuff you’re supposed to fight over. No, the collective energy of internet users should be saved…

YouTuber DaddyOFive is back, pulling more "pranks" that look a lot like child abuse

Last year, a YouTuber named Mike Martin who posted on a channel called DaddyOFive came under fire when viewers began to point out that the wacky “pranks” he and his wife played on their kids were definitely child abuse. The Martins had amassed nearly 800,000 subscribers with videos about screaming at their kids,…

Someone is assembling a critical history of every Nickelodeon show ever on YouTube

Most people’s relationship with Nickelodeon is a little different than other cable channels. You watch an insane amount of it during a few years of your life, you become intimately familiar with the programming during that time, and then, one day, you leave it all behind. This can lead to feelings of intense nostalgia—…

Did YouTube’s Karate Kid follow-up Cobra Kai sweep us off our feet?

Though we would have much preferred to dub this discussion of the new YouTube Red series, Cobra Kai, a “Roundhousetable,” we didn’t have enough participants available to attend a Fathom Events advanced screening on a weeknight. But the series premiere, which was screened at select theaters nationwide last week via…

YouTube is full of massively popular videos from self-professed “time travelers”

The scientific possibility of time travel has been dismissed over the years by one simple line of rhetorical questioning: If time travel is possible, then where are all the time travelers? Why haven’t they made themselves known? Why aren’t they warning us about the future? Well, according to a recent article on Mel,…

YouTube wants to use ads to "frustrate and seduce" you into paying for its subscription music service

Sounding a little bit like a pick-up artist pitching his latest “sure fire” scheme to trick women into sleeping with him, YouTube’s Head Of Music announced this week his intentions to “frustrate and seduce” the service’s users into paying for its planned subscription music service. Specifically, Lyor Cohen says he…