Meet Emily Graslie, the Chief Curiosity Officer of the Field Museum in Chicago. (Now that’s a job title I’d like to have!) She’s also the host of a YouTube series called The Brain Scoop which investigates cool scientific topics like how octopi have sex and the differences between moths and butterflies. Emily is one of the few women to host a STEM-related (science, technology, engineering, math) YouTube series, which is not entirely surprising, because those industries are all dominated by men.
In Graslie’s most recent Brain Scoop video, Emily asks why that might be. While she personally feels completely supported by her employers and colleagues, she pointed out how there is a larger culture that is unsupportive of women in STEM fields. So she illustrated this in the starkest way possible: by reading sexist comments. Keep reading »
“YouTube pranks” is one of my least favorite word combinations in all of the English language lexicon, so I couldn’t tell you why I deigned to watch this one. Roman Atwood is what people here on the Internet are apparently calling an “infamous” “YouTube” “prankster” who pulls “classic” “nasty” “pranks.” Keep reading »
YouTube yanked an explicit trailer for Lars Von Triers’ latest film, “Nymphomaniac,” in which Shia LaBeouf (or, er, his body double) performs oral sex on an actress, citing an abuse of the site’s rules on sexual content. The very NSFW trailer, called “Little Organ School,” has got actress Stacy Martin getting eaten out by LaBeouf and fucking another male actor … and some random leopards and organ music. It’s just one of five teaser trailers von Trier has released. After briefly being removed from YouTube, it was reposted with a warning. But don’t worry, we ripped the NSFW clip for you little minxes, so you can watch it here! [Guardian UK]
“Orange is the New Black” fans, prepare to fall even harder for the amazing Laverne Cox, the transgender actress and activist who plays Sophia on the breakout Netflix show. In this fantastic interview for Meredith Viera’s Lives YouTube channel, as part of their Overshare series, Laverne speaks openly about her gender transition, shares photos from her past and discusses the activism she does on behalf of the trans community, which recently won her a Courage Award. ”Trans people’s lives matter,” she says. “They deserve love, accepting and belonging.” You go, girl. (Oh, and Laverne will be answering questions on Lives’ Twitter today at 3 p.m. EST, so follow them!) [YouTube]
Mahat the Magician Prankster is Internet famous (to the tune of about 2.4 million YouTube followers) for his seemingly endless stream of prank videos. Some of his very best are part of the Drive Thru Magic Prank Series, which documents Rahat, or in some cases no Rahat (we’ll get to that later), playin’ tricks on fast food drive-through employees. The reactions, while certainly a heart attack liability, are almost always excellent. Just in time for the Halloween season to begin, Rahat cast a moving, driving skeleton in his latest video … [via Gawker]
It’s one of those almost 100-degree days when you feel so sweaty that your brain kind of shuts down and you experience ennui that can only be cured by frozen yogurt, Prancercise gifs or old clips of the “Maury Povich Show” (thank you, Julie). It was in this state that found myself in a dark corner of the internet searching for “how to” sex videos…oh, just cuz that seemed like the right thing to do today. IT WAS. From an animated, dancing penis with a face to how to make sexual bird calls at a hobo, watching these videos is the equivalent of rubbing ice cubes on your brain. Please enjoy the weirdest instructional sex videos YouTube has to offer. While they are not of the hardcore variety, they may still be a little NSFW, so proceed with caution. Keep reading »
This video has been around for a few years, but it’s making the rounds again and I think it’s always worth watching–and thinking about. The premise? An interviewer asks a number of straight people for their thoughts on the whole “Do gay people choose to be gay?” debate, and then follows up with a version of the question gay people get asked all the damn time: “When did you choose to be straight?” Reactions range from surprised to confused to genuinely thoughtful. A few people even change their answers entirely. Hit play to check it out. [YouTube via Upworthy]