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How To Dance While Barely Moving: the "Fishstick"

It's a big deal when a new dance is invented. Whether it's the Lindy Hop, the Electric Slide, or the immortal Crank That (Soulja Boy), a new dance can invigorate a nation and bring us together. So I kindly offer you the next dance craze sweeping the nation: the Fishstick.

The Fishstick was invented last week by dance experts Adam Lisagor, Merlin Mann, and Scott Simpson on their podcast You Look Nice Today (warning: some profanity and fart jokes). The Fishstick has simple rules:

1. Beginners should perform the Fishstick to the tune "Tighten Up" by Archie Bell & the Drells. "For presentation and learning purposes, you would want ['Tighten Up'] going." -Adam Lisagor

2. The Fishstick should be subtle. "Unless you're really staring at someone doing the Fishstick, you wouldn't know that they were dancing." -Scott Simpson; "...the Fishstick is mostly happening in your head." -Merlin Mann

3. Performances may look like minor neurological disorders. To an untrained observer, "it might look like somebody was thinking about something...maybe trying to remember something, or that they're having a very slight palsy." -Merlin Mann

4. While generally done as a solo dance, the Fishstick can be performed "alone, with a study partner, or while [...] waiting for something to finish cooking." -Merlin Mann

But of course, it's simplest just to show you the Fishstick in action. Here's a video of Adam Lisagor, one of its creators, performing the Fishstick in public (be aware that he's a master of the dance, so some moves are in fact visible to observers):

More Fishstick videos after the jump.

For you beginners, here's an instructional video explaining step-by-step how to do the Fishstick:

This Fishstick performance primarily involves blinking:

Ladies also do the Fishstick:

And this last one is particularly moving due to its extreme lack of movement:

Can you do the Fishstick? Check out some more awesome Fishsticks on Vimeo, and soon you too will be able to dance while barely moving.

Update: Fishstick co-creator Scott Simpson has published his Fishstick performance with a special "finishing move" as the music fades out. Apparently he also offers lessons.

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Watch 18 Minutes of Julia Louis-Dreyfus Seinfeld Bloopers
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Sometimes you just need to settle in and watch professional actors cracking up, over and over. That's what we have for you today.

In the two videos below, we get a total of 18 minutes of Seinfeld bloopers, specifically focused on Julia Louis-Dreyfus. When Louis-Dreyfus cracks up, Seinfeld can't help but make it worse, goading her. It's delightful.

Sample quote (during an extended break):

Seinfeld: "We won an Emmy, you know."

Louis-Dreyfus: "Yeah, but I didn't."

Her individual Seinfeld Emmy arrived in 1996; the show started winning in 1992. But in September 2017, Louis-Dreyfus—who turns 57 years old today—set a couple of Emmy records when she won her sixth award for playing Selina Meyer on Veep.

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The Funniest Word in the English Language? 'Booty,' According to New Survey
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Some words, regardless of their meaning, are simply more chuckle-worthy than others. To determine which expressions in the English language are truly the most comical, Smithsonian reports that psychologists at the University of Warwick in the UK conducted a survey in which they asked people to rate the “humor value” of a sampling of chosen words. They recently published their findings in the journal Behavior Research Methods.

The researchers selected nearly 5000 words, and then used Amazon’s online crowdsourcing tool Mechanical Turk to ask more than 800 individuals to rank the humor value of 211 randomly chosen words from the list, on a scale from 1 (humorless) to 5 (humorous). Likely not surprising to anyone with younger siblings, the funniest word ended up being “booty,” with an average ranking of 4.32. In descending order, the remaining top 12 words—which all received a score of 3.9 or higher—were “tit,” “booby,” “hooter,” “nitwit,” “twit,” “waddle,” “tinkle,” “bebop,” “egghead,” “ass,” and “twerp.”

Why these words are so funny remains fuzzy. But when they analyzed their findings according to age and gender, the researchers did find that sexually suggestive words like “orgy” and “bondage” tended to tickle the funny bones of men, as did the words “birthmark,” “brand,” “chauffeur,” “doze,” “buzzard,” “czar,” “weld,” “prod,” “corn,” and “raccoon.”

Meanwhile, women tended to laugh at the words “giggle,” “beast,” “circus,” “grand,” “juju,” “humbug,” “slicker,” “sweat,” “ennui,” “holder,” “momma,” and “sod.” As for people under the age of 32, they were amused by “goatee,” “joint,” and “gangster,” while older participants liked “squint,” “jingle,” “burlesque,” and “pong.” Across the board, all parties were least amused by words like “rape,” “torture,” and “torment.”

Although humor is complex and dependent on elements like syntax and delivery, the study's researchers say that breaking comedy down to single-word units could demystify its essence.

“The research initially came about as a result of our curiosity,” said Tomas Engelthaler, the study’s lead author, in a press release. “We were wondering if certain words are perceived as funnier, even when read on their own. It turns out that indeed is the case. Humor is an everyday aspects of our lives and we hope this publicly available dataset allows future researchers to better understand its foundations.”

[h/t Smithsonian]

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