Greg Veis, YouTube Hunter: 4 International Superstars (and 1 Drunk Orson Welles)

Gladsome times here at YouTube Hunter HQ! And how could we be wearing anything but a frown turned upside down after the recent YouTube/Google merger worth $1.65 billion in stock? Think about it: before this column started about three months ago, YouTube was an abandoned internet backwater, barely more influential than this guy's little blog. And now (significant thanks to us) the company's founders could, if land were still worth the same as it was during the Louisiana Purchase, buy the world 893 times over. (Someone with more time on her hands should see if my math is right.) Anyway, point is: Chad Hurley, Steven Chen, other people who made ungodly sums on this deal... we expect our due. I think our readers will testify to our deservingness. Right, readers? Right?

Whatever then. To the Tubes!

This week, we're going with a hodgepodge of merriment from our international friends (the people we always claim to have if someone corners us in a conversation like this:

Idiot Accuser: Hey, why do you hate international people so much?
YouTube Hunter: I'm shocked you'd say that. My best friend is international.)

Well, now that that aside is done, we can carry on. The first video has become something of a phenomenon--the page views on this are incredible, and with good reason. Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls...Little Superstar!

Also from the Subcontinent, we bring you TRAFFIC PATTERNS. No, really, it's much cooler than it sounds, and hypnotic in a "staring at a lava lamp because the cottonmouth is too much to bear" sort of way.

This contortionist, however, is a friend to no one. In fact, watching her wax her body elastic acts curiously like a laxative. But the random Santa Claus cameo at the end makes it worthwhile (hat tip to Reader NC):

We can't say enough about this video. Unlike the three above (and the one to follow), it truly is amazing. I won't push it anymore, just check it out:

Feel better about the human race again? Man's capacity for genius even in the most difficult circumstances? This should fix it:

PS: I realize the Orson Welles video isn't international and doesn't come even remotely close to our week's theme, but, c'mon, it's hilarious. And if there's anything I've learned from my share of the $1.65 billion, it's that people love to see a drunken movie star at the end of his rope.

Next week: Screech Engaged In An Ethically Dubious And Overtly Racist Sex Act!

College Board Wants to Erase Thousands of Years From AP World History, and Teachers Aren't Happy

One would be forgiven for thinking that the Ides of March are upon us, because Julius Caesar is being taken out once again—this time from the Advanced Placement World History exam. The College Board in charge of the AP program is planning to remove the Roman leader, and every other historical figure who lived and died prior to 1450, from high school students’ tests, The New York Times reports.

The nonprofit board recently announced that it would revise the test, beginning in 2019, to make it more manageable for teachers and students alike. The current exam covers over 10,000 years of world history, and according to the board, “no other AP course requires such an expanse of content to be covered over a single school year.”

As an alternative, the board suggested that schools offer two separate year-long courses to cover the entirety of world history, including a Pre-AP World History and Geography class focusing on the Ancient Period (before 600 BCE) up through the Postclassical Period (ending around 1450). However, as Politico points out, a pre-course for which the College Board would charge a fee "isn’t likely to be picked up by cash-strapped public schools," and high school students wouldn't be as inclined to take the pre-AP course since there would be no exam or college credit for it.

Many teachers and historians are pushing back against the proposed changes and asking the board to leave the course untouched. Much of the controversy surrounds the 1450 start date and the fact that no pre-colonial history would be tested.

“They couldn’t have picked a more Eurocentric date,” Merry E. Wiesner-Hanks, who previously helped develop AP History exams and courses, told The New York Times. “If you start in 1450, the first thing you’ll talk about in terms of Africa is the slave trade. The first thing you’ll talk about in terms of the Americas is people dying from smallpox and other things. It’s not a start date that encourages looking at the agency and creativity of people outside Europe.”

A group of teachers who attended an AP open forum in Salt Lake City also protested the changes. One Michigan educator, Tyler George, told Politico, “Students need to understand that there was a beautiful, vast, and engaging world before Europeans ‘discovered’ it.”

The board is now reportedly reconsidering its decision and may push the start date of the course back some several hundred years. Their decision will be announced in July.

[h/t The New York Times]

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