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The Late Movies: Ten-Hour Videos

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YouTube user TehN1ppe has figured out a way to get YouTube to host 10-hour videos. Apparently he's "a 17 year old boy from FInland [sic]," according to his YouTube profile. The long-video thing is actually not a big secret -- you just have to abide by YouTube's guidelines (no copyright infringement, etc. etc.), then eventually you'll be granted long-upload privileges; those who don't abide by the rules are limited to 15 minutes. Read more on that here. Anyway, this kid decided to shoot for TEN HOURS and managed to get a lot of videos posted before YouTube disabled his ability to add more. Here are some good ones. Yes, they're rather repetitive. See you in 50 hours, people!

Epic Sax Guy

Apparently a 1080p version is coming, though it may take "ages" for YouTube to process the massive source file. Given that this video was uploaded roughly a month ago, I'd say "ages" is about right.

Trololo (Eduard Khil)

The magic almost literally never ends. I can promise you that your mind will melt before you hit the ten-hour mark. (Please don't try. Please.)

Badger Badger

Watch out for that snake!

Taking the Hobbits to Isengard

Based on this video, this rides the line between annoying and kind of catchy.

Hypnotoad

"Hypnotoad also has its own television show called 'Everybody Loves Hypnotoad'. It consists of a stationary camera filming the Hypnotoad and its noise continuously. Despite the odd premise behind the show, it ran successfully for over three seasons, possibly because it hypnotises the audience." - Futurama Wiki.

Tetris

You've certainly played ten hours of Tetris before, so this should be no problem.

More, if You Dare

Check out TehN1ppe's channel for tons more. He has almost 11 million views. I guess this proves that a YouTube video doesn't need to be viewed through the end in order to rack up a "view." Also note that this guy apparently can no longer upload videos longer than 15 minutes due to "stupid FOX" (presumably a copyright claim related to Hypnotoad?), so he may have to find another channel for his ten-hour masterpieces.

Disclaimer: these videos are posted for entertainment and brain-melting purposes only. And by "entertainment" I mean "pain"; also you may be hypnotized by the Hypnotoad and made to watch more videos. Um. Enjoy!

(Via Kottke.org.)

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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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Watch the Original Spinal Tap Short Film
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Spinal Tap formed in 1979, five years before the classic film This is Spinal Tap premiered. They performed on TV and began developing their personas as idiotic heavy metal monsters.

When the band, along with director Rob Reiner, went to pitch their mockumentary to production companies, nobody "got it." It wasn't clear what an unscripted comedy pseudo-documentary would feel like. So Reiner asked for the screenplay fee—$60,000—to be paid up front as a budget for a short proof-of-concept film.

That skimpy budget went a very long way, allowing the group to produce The Last Tour, a 20-minute Spinal Tap film exploring some of the plot (and many of the songs) that appeared in the later film This is Spinal Tap. There's a surprising amount of concert footage, as various bits that were repeated in Tap (some interview clips were even used in Tap unaltered).

The Last Tour is delightful because it shows a well-developed idea being implemented on the cheap. The wigs are terrible, the sound is spotty, but the vision is spot-on. The characters and the core story of the group (including a string of dead drummers) is already in place, and we get to see the guys improvise together. Tune in (and be aware there's plenty of salty language here):

(Note: Around 4:38 in the clip above, we see Ed Begley, Jr. as original drummer John "Stumpy" Pepys in the "Gimme Some Money" video. Stumpy died in a gardening accident, of course.)

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