YouTube is down, so please stand by for the total collapse of human civilization

Look, we don’t know about you, but we rely on YouTube for a lot of shit over the course of a day. What was the theme song to that TV show we watched three times in the 1980s? YouTube’s got it. Need to watch another human being play through the entirety of Chex Quest? YouTube has your back. Children having annoying…

Surely the large-headed baby and his talking refrigerator are the worst thing on YouTube 

Last year, YouTube announced that it would be making a concerted effort to combat the influx of weird and disturbing videos passing as children’s entertainment on their site. So far, however, it seems they’re doing a pretty shitty job of it. These repetitive, CGI nightmares are still so prevalent that they’ve begun…

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…