Greg Veis, YouTube Hunter: 4 Moments in Human Awesomeness

Today, it's gloomy in New York. It's been like this for days now, some queer stretch of the August blues, and there's not much to say about it other than it's only slightly worse than the human clambake that typically occurs on the streets this time of year. Days like these, staring out the window into the gray menace, one feels an acute desire for transcendence, for a reminder of what man is capable of at his best, when he's not busy diddling his fiddle or drinking himself dumb. So I bring to you four individual acts of genius.

First stop: JUGGLING! That's right, my panda bears! Juggling! Chickity-check this out:

Nuts, right? How does he do it?! Dance and juggle and occasionally lip-sync, all at once? That's it, I'm pre-booking him for my unborn children's Bar Mitzvahs.

Now, this one I'm not so sure about. It's a Nike ad starring Brazilian soccer star (and world-class smiler) Ronaldhino. Watch it and let me know what you think: is it a hoax, sort of like LeBron James' Powerade commercial where he makes all those shots from the opposite side of the court, or are his feet really possessed of laser-like precision? I'm feeling charitable today, so I'm going with the latter, but tell me if I'm being snowed. It's happened before.

I find this one below particularly impressive because this kid is neither a superstar or a demigod, like the two above. (Yes, the juggler is a demigod. Watch it again and try to disagree with me. Try.) This kid is just a dork, like you and me, but mostly you -- and he pulls off an extraordinary trick. Is it all by sense of touch? Can he see through his blindfold? Again, I'm left with more questions than answers.

And no list of human greatness would be complete without... a young Geraldo Rivera, baked out of his gourd. Note the 'stache.

Anyway, sorry to disappoint, but I'm going to be on a different continent next week and will be unable to post. I'm pretty sure there'll be a substitute poster, so be sure to show him [editor's note: or her, ahem] the same respect you do me. I'll see you in two weeks. I love you.

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Netflix's Most-Binged Shows of 2017, Ranked

Netflix might know your TV habits better than you do. Recently, the entertainment company's normally tight-lipped number-crunchers looked at user data collected between November 1, 2016 and November 1, 2017 to see which series people were powering through and which ones they were digesting more slowly. By analyzing members’ average daily viewing habits, they were able to determine which programs were more likely to be “binged” (or watched for more than two hours per day) and which were more often “savored” (or watched for less than two hours per day) by viewers.

They found that the highest number of Netflix bingers glutted themselves on the true crime parody American Vandal, followed by the Brazilian sci-fi series 3%, and the drama-mystery 13 Reasons Why. Other shows that had viewers glued to the couch in 2017 included Anne with an E, the Canadian series based on L. M. Montgomery's 1908 novel Anne of Green Gables, and the live-action Archie comics-inspired Riverdale.

In contrast, TV shows that viewers enjoyed more slowly included the Emmy-winning drama The Crown, followed by Big Mouth, Neo Yokio, A Series of Unfortunate Events, GLOW, Friends from College, and Ozark.

There's a dark side to this data, though: While the company isn't around to judge your sweatpants and the chip crumbs stuck to your couch, Netflix is privy to even your most embarrassing viewing habits. The company recently used this info to publicly call out a small group of users who turned their binges into full-fledged benders:

Oh, and if you're the one person in Antarctica binging Shameless, the streaming giant just outed you, too.

Netflix broke down their full findings in the infographic below and, Big Brother vibes aside, the data is pretty fascinating. It even includes survey data on which shows prompted viewers to “Netflix cheat” on their significant others and which shows were enjoyed by the entire family.

Netflix infographic "The Year in Bingeing"


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