The past week has been kinda a bummer for me, and I’ve hit the point where I’ll search for a little happiness just about anywhere. When I saw that someone had asked the Reddit community “What is the best feeling in the world?”, I clicked expecting to see a mix of classics (like peeling the protective plastic off of new gadgets) and the obvious sexual things (which, of course, were there).
What I didn’t expect was to have my heart basically melt out of my body by one user’s completely spot-on list of 86 absolutely perfect pleasures. Read them all on College Candy…
I never get tired of “Happy” videos – they’re just too much fun! The city of Fukushima, Japan, is the latest to join the party with their own version of Pharrell’s hit music video, and as the area has seen a lot of tough times these past few years, it’s especially poignant. Tsunamis, earthquakes and radiation have rocked the community, but local Hitomi Kumasaka put together this video to remind the world that Fukushima is determined to keep smiling. [RT]
Police in Iran arrested six young adults over the weekend for posting a music video on YouTube in which they dance and lip synch to “Happy.” Tehran’s police chief reportedly called the video “obscene” and said it “offend[ed] public morals.” Particularly problematic was how the women were not wearing headscarves and men and women are shown dancing together.
After an outcry from human rights groups, the six were released yesterday and have posted appreciation for the worldwide support they’ve received over social media. However, the director of the amateur music video is still in police custody. Keep reading »
I have seen a lot of animal videos in my time on this earth, but none of them have made me smile bigger than these dogs frolicking around in time with Pharrell Williams’ “Happy.” Didga the skateboarding cat even makes an appearance amongst all the canines. Pharrell should have put more overjoyed puppies in his original music video, because what’s more cheerful than that? And where do I show up to play on the beach with dogs all day? Sign me up! [CBS San Francisco]
It might sound crazy what I’m about to say … but the video for Pharrell Williams’ “Happy” is a bit creepy without any music. Here are parts of the video with Pharrell and others singing the song without any musical backing, which sounds less like a cappella than you would expect. I’m fairly certain that this is how musical numbers on TV shows and movies are formed — actors sing the song live, but the real singing and musical accompaniment is added later — but I didn’t realize it could be done for music videos, too. How strange! [AV Club]
If you’ve been anywhere with a radio these past few months, you know Pharrell’s song “Happy” has started something of a movement. He sat down with Oprah Winfrey and watched a clip of how his song has touched people all over the world. He can’t help but cry some happy tears! Oprah tends to have that effect. “It’s overwhelming because I love what I do and I appreciate the fact that people have believed in me so long to the point [where I can] feel that,” he cries. Try not to tear up yourself when you watch! [The Grio]
There is no such thing is too many excellent covers of Pharrell’s hit song “Happy,” and this jazzy, acoustic cover proves it. Enjoy the instrumentals by David Wong, Clerida Eltime, Bryan Mulholland and Josh Kinzler! I dare you to listen without smiling. (And then listen — if you haven’t already — to this adorable children’s choir from Detroit cover “Happy” with vocals. I think we have 2014′s new “Call Me Maybe” and “Somebody That I Used To Know”! [YouTube]
Bad news for those who believe homosexual parents can negatively affect their children: a study of 17-year-olds who were raised by lesbian mothers found that they did well in school, with grades ranging from A- to B+, and were overall happier with their lives.
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