‘Gap Yah’ comedy sketch wins YouTube online prize

A satirical sketch which parodies the student gap year has been named as one of the online hits of 2010 according to the annual YouTube list of most popular videos.

‘Gap Yah’, which showed Orlando calling his friend Tarquin about his life-enhancing trip around the world, was named top UK comedy video of 2010.

As Orlando describes several of his experiences  in Peru, Tanzania and Burma each story results in him vomiting—or ‘chundering’—everywhere.

Scroll down to watch the ‘Gap Yah’ video

Actor Matt Lacey as posh twit Orlando in his ‘gap yah’ YouTube video

A spoof of British upper-middle-class public school students, the video spawned a musical remix and T-shirts, with ‘gap yah’ becoming an instant catchphrase’

It was created by theatre group The Unexpected Items, and Matt Lacey, the actor that played Orlando, said: ‘It’s a satire on the great number of people who seem to be leaving these shores to vomit all over the developing world.’

The most watched YouTube video worldwide was the dramatic TV interview given by 24-year-old Alabama student Antoine Dodson in the U.S.

Cher Lloyd’s X Factor audition was the most viewed talent show clip in Britain while Justin Bieber’s promotional video for the single ‘Baby’ was the single most viewed clip in the UK in 2010.

This year, more than 13 million hours of video — approximately 1,500 years worth of viewing — were uploaded to YouTube and more than 700 billion videos were viewed via the site.

A song based on Antoine Dodson’s furious TV interview became the internet’s most viewed video in 2010

When Dodson gave an angry TV interview about an attempted rape against his younger sister he became a viral hit. When a video turned that rant into an auto-tuned song, ‘Bed Intruder Song,’ he became a full-fledged internet sensation.

Top 10 videos worldwide

1. BED INTRUDER SONG!!! (now on iTunes)

2. TIK TOK KESHA Parody: Glitter Puke – Key of Awe$ome #13

3. Greyson Chance Singing Paparazzi

4. Annoying Orange Wazzup

5. Old Spice | The Man Your Man Could Smell Like

6. Yosemitebear Mountain Giant Double Rainbow 1-8-10

7. OK Go – This Too Shall Pass – Rube Goldberg Machine version


9. Jimmy Surprises Bieber Fan

10. Ken Block’s Gymkhana THREE, Part 2; Ultimate Playground; l’Autodrome

The ‘Bed Intruder Song’ is the top YouTube video of the year. YouTube added the view counts for two versions of the video, which put its total at over 61 million views.

YouTube separated commercial music videos from their top-10 list. Otherwise, all the top 10 videos would have been by either Justin Bieber, Shakira, Eminem, Rihanna or Lady Gaga.

With more than 406 million views, Bieber’s video for ‘Baby’ trumped all others.

The ‘Bed Intruder’ video was remixed by New York musicians Evan and Michael Gregory who are also known for their Web series ‘Auto-Tune the News.’ The song charted on iTunes, with profits being split between Dodson and the Gregorys.

The second most-watched video was another made-for-YouTube riff: a parody of Ke$ha’s ‘Tik Tok’ by the musical sketch Web series Key of Awesome. More than 50.6 million have watched the mock version of the popular pop song.

In the third most-watched video, a potential new pop star was born. In it, 13-year-old Greyson Chance (who has been compared to Bieber) sings Lady Gaga’s ‘Paparazzi’ while playing piano at a sixth-grade music recital.

The top 10 also included: a video from the ‘Annoying Orange’ series; a viral ad from Old Spice; the hysterically happy ‘double rainbow’ guy; OK Go’s video to ‘This Too Shall Pass’; the trailer for the ‘Twilight’ film ‘Eclipse’; Jimmy Kimmel surprising a 3-year-old Bieber fan with the young star; and a stunt driving video by rally racer Ken Block.

YouTube said it made an exception in its rankings for OK Go’s music video because the band is no longer on a major label. In March, the band left EMI’s Capitol Records to start Paracadute Recordings.

Mia Quagliarello, YouTube community manager, noted that several of 2010’s top videos were made by people or companies that attempt to create YouTube videos for a living. YouTube shares advertising revenue with uploaders who are ‘partners.’

Many of the so-called amateurs that helped build YouTube have gone pro.

‘More and more people are seeing YouTube as a place they can make it their career,’ said Quagliarello. ‘We try to give them the tools and the financials to make that

¿Gap Yah’ comedy sketch wins YouTube online prize | Mail Online.

Crazy theory of the day: Simpsons writers masterminded September 11 attacks

All these years you thought the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001 were the work of terrorists. Well, you’re about to learn the scarifying truth: The Simpsons did it.

At least, according to some nutjob conspiracy theorists (pretty sure that “nutjob” is a tautology), who reckon that the long-running cartoons writers predicted the terrorist attack and inserted secret messages into the show. Check out the video for the stunning proof!

In the 1997 ep where Our Favourite Family heads to New York City, Lisa holds up a magazine cover advertising $9 bus fares to the Big Apple. The “9” is placed in front of a silhouette of the Twin Towers — so that it looks like it’s saying 9/11. Dun dun dun!

And apparently there’s secret messages hidden in recent episodes, too: in the 2010 episode ‘To Surveil With Love’, an exploded clock proves that Freemasons/the Illuminati had another attack planned for November 6, 2010. Or something.

“I know it seems a stretch to base this all on an episode of The Simpsons,” the video concludes. No kidding.

via Crazy theory of the day: Simpsons writers masterminded September 11 attacks – TV news and gossip.

Wheel of Fortune winner denies cheat claims

The Wheel Of Fortune contestant who stunned the world by solving a puzzle with just one letter has laughed off suggestions she cheated.

Caitlin Burke picked the seven-word, 27-letter phrase — “I’ve got a good feeling about this” — after selecting a lone letter “L”.

US show host Pat Sajak was stunned, asking whether it was “the most amazing solve we’ve ever had”. (Read more: Puzzle solved with one letter)

Viewers were also shocked. The video of Ms Burke’s freakish effort spread quickly across the internet after airing last Friday.

But as online debate raged as to whether it was too good to be true, one expert has suggested the 26-year-old contestant had an unfair advantage.

“I think she cheated with help from someone on the inside who simply gave her the information beforehand,” FOX411 reported professional casino cheating expert Richard Marcus as saying.

“What I can tell you is that the spinning of the wheel had nothing to do with it, nor was this a similar scam to what happened a few times on the show Who Wants to be a Millionaire? where contestants were getting help from the audience.”

Ms Burke maintains she won her $900 prize and Caribbean holiday fairly and squarely.

“For those who think I cheated, I say, ‘How?’ I don’t understand,” Ms Burke was quoted as responding.

“I would love to know how people think I cheated at that game — like what, I had it written on my hand? How would I even know it would be a puzzle? Or what, I snuck backstage?

“I don’t even know how that stuff works. I mean, if I was cheating, I probably would have cheated in a smarter way and rigged the wheel so I made more money.”

The New York resident was even happy to give future hopefuls some tips.

“If you look at the end of a word and understand how letter endings work, you can work from there,” she was quoted as saying.

“For example, if there’s an ‘N’ in a word, there’s usually a ‘G’. If there’s a three-letter word, it’s probably ‘T-H-E’ — things like that.”

“Common sense is underrated — you can really solve a lot by understanding the way words are formed.”

The Goodies relaunch Funky Gibbon song to save the endangered ape


    The Goodies’ classic ode to the ape The Funky Gibbon is to be relaunched to raise cash to help protect the primate.

Comedians Bill Oddie, Tim Brooke-Taylor and Graeme Garden originally scored a top ten hit with the novelty song in 1975.

Now 25 years on, the track has been given a revamp and will by re-released to boost the coffers of the International Primate Protection League’s Save the Gibbon campaign.

Funky Gibbon: The Goodies - from left to right, Bill Oddie, Graeme Garden and Tim Brooke-Taylor - first released the song in 1975 when made the top 10 in the charts

Striking a pose: Comedians Bill Oddie, Tim Brooke-Taylor and Graeme Garden originally scored a top ten hit with the novelty song in 1975

Oldies but Goodies: Brooke-Taylor, Oddie and Garden now, 25 years after first releasing The Funky Gibbon song

Oldies but Goodies: Brooke-Taylor, Oddie and Garden now, 25 years after first releasing The Funky Gibbon song

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Gibbons rank among the most endangered primates in the world

Gibbons rank among the most endangered primates in the world.

Since the 1950s, numbers of the Hainan gibbon have plummeted from more than 2,000 to fewer than 25.

All 16 species of gibbon are threatened with extinction.

But the IPPL hope that with the help of The Goodies, the profile of the forgotten ape will receive a boost.

Helen Thirlway, director of IPPL, said: ‘Gibbons are often overlooked because, due to their small size, they are classified as lesser rather than great apes.

‘This means they don’t receive the same funding and protection and yet they are equally at risk from poaching, illegal trafficking and habitat destruction.’

The Funky Gibbon will be available for download from tomorrow at www.savethegibbon.org.

The Goodies relaunch Funky Gibbon song to save the endangered ape | Mail Online.

‘The Hangover’ star smokes pot on live TV

The Hangover movie star Zach Galifianakis has shocked US audiences by smoking marijuana on live television.

Galifianakis was appearing on Bill Maher’s HBO show Real Time to discuss Proposition 19, a new law being considered in California that would legalise marijuana.

During the panel discussion the comedian said he thought people might be opposed to marijuana legalisation because smoking marijuana was still considered “taboo”.

He then reached into his suit pocket, pulled out a joint and proceeded to light up as the audience broke into laughter.

The other four panellists reacted with shock and laughter.

Galifianakis generously offered the joint around and the woman panellist, who was laughing the hardest, reached across and took it.

She sniffed the smoke and then nodded, saying: “Oh it’s real, there you go”.

Galifianakis took the joint back and continued smoking, leaning back in his chair and smiling.

The panel discussion continued for a few minutes until Galifianakis suddenly yelled out: “Oh my goodness look at those dragons!”

“I think that’s what people think it (smoking marijuana) will do,” he said, as the other panellists laughed.

via ‘The Hangover’ star smokes pot on live TV.

Celebrant arrested after mocking foreign couple during ‘hate’ ceremony – video

Police in the Maldives have arrested a marriage celebrant who abused a foreign couple as “swine” and “infidels” during a luxury ceremony in the holiday paradise, an official said. Maldivian police spokesman Ahmed Shiyam said the celebrant, who conducted the ceremony in the local language at an upmarket resort fringed by white sand and turquoise water, had been arrested with another hotel employee on Thursday. A video of the ceremony, during which the hapless couple are taunted and subjected to a series of insulting and religious-tinged abuse, was posted on YouTube and has sparked fears for the country’s tourism-dependent economy. The hotel had initially identified the victims as Swiss, but a highly placed tourism source in the Maldives told AFP said they were in fact French. Police declined to confirm their nationality. “We started investigations and treat this as a very serious matter,” Shiyam told AFP by telephone when contacted in the capital island Male. He said the two men were taken before a magistrate who ordered them to be detained for five days. “Both are being held at a police station in Male,” he added. The Vilu Reef hotel, where the ceremony took place, said it was “unforgivable” that a staff member had read out the sexual and religious slurs in the Dhivehi language and apologised for his conduct. “You are swine,” the couple were told. “The children that you bear from this marriage will all be bastard swine. “Your marriage is not a valid one. You are not the kind of people who can have a valid marriage. One of you is an infidel. The other, too, is an infidel and, we have reason to believe, an atheist.” The wife, wearing a white dress and carrying a bouquet, and her husband smile shyly through the ceremony, which was to renew their marriage vows at a cost of $1300. In front of a table decorated with incense sticks, the English-speaking couple bow their heads in prayer through the torrent of accusations, curses and swearing from the celebrant. At the end of the 15-minute routine, they exchange rings as the staff clap, before heading onto the beach to plant a coconut tree in the sand. The Islamic republic of the Maldives, a nation of palm-fringed islands scattered in the Indian Ocean, is one of the world’s most exclusive honeymoon destinations and its economy relies heavily on tourism.

‘Time traveller’ caught at 1928 Chaplin film premiere

For years, humans have wondered if time travel is a possibility – a possibility that’s caught the fancy of many a writer and theorist.

But if vintage footage from a Charlie Chaplin film premiere is any indication, that fantasy may well have been actualised.

Belfast filmmaker George Clarke, a keen collector of Charlie Chaplin memorabilia, has made a bizarre discovery in a DVD of the premiere of Chaplin’s ‘The Circus’ made in 1928.

In the footage, he noticed a person dressed like a woman walking by the camera, talking into a flat black object that appears uncannily like a mobile phone.

The only catch – there were no mobile phones or towers back in 1928.

Clarke screened the intriguing footage for a select audience but did not find any convincing answers – except time travel – to explain what he saw.

The clip, also posted on YouTube, has already received a massive half-a-million views and members have offered up possibilities like microphones, hearing aids, walkie-talkies and even alien communication technology.

A time traveller, an alien or just someone with hearing trouble? Watch and decide for yourself.


‘Time traveller’ caught at 1928 Chaplin film premiere – Yahoo!7.

Hiccup Girl, Jennifer Ann Mee, arrested for murder

Floridians frequently become famous either for heinous crimes or odd achievements, like building the world’s largest rubber-band ball. Rarely, however, do they become famous for both.

By The New York Times and The Associated Press

Defendant Jennifer Ann Mee, standing at center, appears via video in court in Pinellas County Monday, Oct. 25, 2010 for the first time after being charged with firdt degree murder in the death of Shannon Griffin, 22, a male in St. Petersburg. Mee, 19, of St. Petersburg and two others are charged with first-degree murder in the death of Griffin, on Saturday. (AP Photo/St. Petersburg Times, Scott Keeler) FLPET102
MIAMI — Floridians frequently become famous either for heinous crimes or odd achievements, like building the world’s largest rubber-band ball. Rarely, however, do the two intersect, which is why the Sunshine State marveled Monday at the sad life of Jennifer Mee.

Mee, one may recall, was the “hiccup girl” of 2007 — the teenager from Tampa whose nonstop hiccups, up to 50 times a minute for six weeks, caught the attention of the nation. Now she is back in the spotlight, facing murder charges.

Police in St. Petersburg say that Mee, 19, lured Shannon Griffin, 22, to a home there Saturday, where two male accomplices — Laron C. Raiford, 20, and Lamont Newton, 22 — tried to rob him. When Griffin resisted, he was shot four times and killed, the police said

Mee, Raiford and Newton are all charged with first-degree murder. A judge ordered them held Monday without bail.

The police said in a statement that the three had admitted their involvement, but the authorities did not divulge who was accused of pulling the trigger.

Mee’s unusual condition landed her on NBC’s “Today Show” in 2007 and got her a hug from country star Keith Urban.

She tried home remedies and consulted specialists, a hypnotist and an acupuncturist, until the hiccups stopped on their own.

But her life fell into disarray when the hiccups finally stopped five weeks after they started. She ran away from home twice and her family has sued a hiccup-cure company for allegedly using her image for profit without permission.

“I’ve said for a while now, her case of the hiccups wasn’t a case of the hiccups, it was a curse of the hiccups,” Rachel Robidoux, Mee’s mother, said in a radio interview in Tampa.

“I don’t think she knew what was going to happen, because that’s not Jennifer,” Robidoux said. “She’s not out to hurt anyone.”

“All of a sudden people knew her name and she would talk to them on different chat sites, and they would act like they knew her when they didn’t,” Robidoux said. “She’s very naive, and I just think she was getting herself into stuff when she didn’t know what she was doing.”

On her MySpace page, Mee describes herself as a “female version of a hustla” and adds that “her heart is still in Vermont,” where her father lives. She last logged into her page Sunday.

From one pig — bacon and 184 other things – CNN.com

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How pig parts make the world turn
  • Dutch artist Christien Meindertsma catalogued all the uses to which one pig was put
  • She found it was used in everything from toothpaste to dough improver
  • The pig’s heart valves can save a life and its collagen can fill a wrinkle
  • She says the project showed “we have no clue of what is in the products that surround us”

Editor’s note: TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to “Ideas worth spreading,” which it makes available through talks posted on its website.

(CNN) — At first, Dutch artist Christien Meindertsma thought she would pick one cow and document all of the uses to which it would ultimately be put.

“But when I thought about it more, I realized that in the Netherlands you see a lot of cows still standing outside in the landscape, but you never see a pig. I thought that was strange, because there are 12 million of them this very small country. “

So she wound up spending three years tracing the products made in part with pieces of a 228-pound (104-kilogram) pig, known only as number 05049.

Watch an interview with Christien Meindertsma

Meindertsma, who spoke at the TED Global conference in Oxford, England, in July, published a book, essentially a product catalog of pig 05049’s products — 185 in all.

The book, “PIG 05049,” is now in the collection of the Museum of Modern Art. Museum staff supervisor Paul Galloway says the book illustrates “the level of disconnect, physically and psychologically, consumers have from the production of objects we use on a daily basis.”

For an earlier project, Meindertsma catalogued and photographed more than 3,000 items confiscated at airport security in the Netherlands after the 9/11 attacks.

TED.com: The brain in your gut

Among the uses of pig 05049, according to Meindertsma, are certain varieties of the following products:

Video: Products made from a single pig

• Soap, shampoo, conditioner, cosmetics and toothpaste;

• Dough improver, which uses proteins from pig hair;

• Gelatin, which is used in low-fat foods as well as in cheesecake, vanilla pudding, chocolate mousse and tiramisu;

• Beer, wine and fruit juice, which can be filtered by using a gelatin sieve to clear out impurities;

• Bone china and paint, paintbrushes and sandpaper;

• Collagen to remove wrinkles and pig heart valves to replace defective human valves.

“What I learned from doing it is that the product world is more complicated then you can imagine and that we have no clue of what is in the products that surround us,” she told CNN. “Even if you are genuinely interested in what is in your products, it is extremely difficult and often impossible to find out.”

TED.com: The roots of plant intelligence

“The reason that I find this important is because I think we have a responsibility in what we consume, but it is hard to make a good choice when you have no idea of what is in a product.

“But, even without this knowledge, consumers could have a lot of power to change these systems if they wanted to. Companies just want to make a profit so if the demand changes they will start making other products.

“If consumers would make a choice to buy products that are transparent in what they are and who made them, that could be the standard.”

From one pig — bacon and 184 other things – CNN.com.

YouTube – It Gets Better: Google Employees Reach out to GLBT youth

A video contribution for the It Gets Better Project from Google Employees.



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