Everyone learns as a child how back in the day, scientists thought the world was flat. People really assumed if a ship sailed too far it would literally fall off the Earth. Of course today we know the truth that the Earth is round. Or is it?? Dun-dun-duuun! Michael of Vsauce discusses this and much, much more in his latest educational video that may just blow your mind.
Read more: http://www.viralviralvideos.com/2014/12/05/is-earth-actually-flat/
Most people don’t realize, but there are still countless people who have no access to the Internet. Google wants to help fix this problem with their latest project, Project Loon.
The concept is to create a network of high altitude balloons for data sharing in areas that fiber optic cables just aren’t cost effective. Using the Stratosphere’s consistent wind patterns, the balloons can be ‘steered’ per say into the the correct positioning.
Users simply use a special Internet antenna to connect and ‘talk’ to the balloons in the sky, which in turn talk to other balloons, which talk to an Internet service provider.
Read more: http://www.viralviralvideos.com/2013/06/16/how-googles-project-loon-works/
A bad cameraperson can ruin even the greatest video. It’s so frustrating, but in this case, the video is so grand, it doesn’t matter. At Comic-Con 2011, a nerd proposed to his girlfriend on the convention floor. We can’t really hear what he says until, ‘will you marry me.’ She happily says, ‘yes,’ and they turn to their side.
Sitting at his convention table is Sir Patrick Stewart, most famous, of course, as Captain Jean Luc Picard of the U.S.S. Enterprise. He takes both of their hands, gives a beautifully genuine smile and say, ‘Engaged.’ As a nerd, I’m touched.
Read more: http://www.viralviralvideos.com/2011/08/13/patrick-stewart-adds-cute-note-to-nerd-proposal-at-comic-con/
Foodie Alton Brown loves peanut butter. He loves it so much, he eats the nutty spread right out of the jar. But he confesses that the store bought stuff just doesn’t cut it anymore. So for a true peanut-lover’s experience, he demonstrates how to make homemade peanut butter by frying the nuts in a wok. Looks good!
Read more: http://www.viralviralvideos.com/2014/05/21/alton-brown-makes-wok-fried-peanut-butter/
A Song Scout caught a fantastically nerdy scene in an O’Hare airport. A pianist was set up in one of the courtyards to play holiday music.
After a long session of Christmas tunes, he played a slew of viral Internet favorites, ranging from Never Gonna Give You Up, to Chocolate Rain, to Nyan Cat.
How many do you recognize?
Read more: http://www.viralviralvideos.com/2012/12/16/airport-pianist-plays-viral-internet-songs/
As if the IRS wasn’t hated enough before, news has just broken out that the IRS has made an official apology for spending $60,000 on this ridiculous excuse for a Star Trek parody. That’s over $10 grand for each minute of video!
The officially commissioned video was made at an IRS studio in New Carrollton, Maryland, and was played during the opening of a training and leadership conference in 2010.
Obviously, viewers are outraged over the wasteful spending, not to mention how pathetic the parody came out for such a large budget.
Read more on WashingtonTimes.
Read more: http://www.viralviralvideos.com/2013/03/23/irs-star-trek-parody-was-sadly-made-by/
Chancellor David R. Peterson‘s term at the University of Toronto will come to an end on June 30, 2012 after serving for six years.
The Chancellor was obviously dearly cherished by the University as when he was about to speak at the convocation ceremony, a flash mob erupted. Students from the Faculty of Music burst into Swing Low, Sweet Chariot, and quickly the entire auditorium was singing and clapping along.
David Peterson was obviously touched as he shed a tear during the performance with his best poker face. He opened his speech with, “I’ve changed my mind, I’m not leaving.”
The video is featured on YouTubeTrends.
Read more: http://www.viralviralvideos.com/2012/06/26/gospel-flash-mob-at-university-of-toronto-convocation-ceremony-in-honor-of-departing-chancellor/
1. Attempting to reconcile two very distinct cultures which is, often times, difficult.
In other words “too black for the nerdy kids, but too nerdy for the black kids.”
2. When people realize you’re not the “cool black kid” of lore.
Sorry guys. My input on what’s going on in hip-hop culture is severely limited.
3. You know all too well that your parents kinda don’t get it.
4. Dealing with the people who expect you to always have strong feelings on the casting of traditional superheroes as POC.
5. And when they realize you actually like the original Peter Parker, they treat it as if you’ve disrespected your people.
Just because I don’t care that the next Spider-Man is black doesn’t mean I don’t support the cause, people.
6. The realization that there are not a lot of POC options to cosplay as.
7. So you say “Fuck it,” and just do you.
8. Having to call out people for making racist slurs on Xbox Live is just a typical day.
9. Not to mention the racist remarks on online forums and in fan chat rooms.
10. And you always have a weird sense of camaraderie with any other POC at conventions.
11. You have to bite your tongue when people insist that historically, black people wouldn’t be in things like Lord of the Rings.
12. Or assume that the black character in a series must be your favorite.
13. Then there are those times when you read a novel and imagine a character as a POC…
14. … but then you watch the movie and realize they’re actually white.
15. Or worse, when you know a character’s a POC, but the movie casts them as white anyway.
16. Then you notice that every main character in a video game is white.
17. POC superhero figures were so few that seeing them at all made a huge impact on you as a kid.
18. Which made meeting your childhood POC idols the greatest treat because of how much they made you believe that you could be special, too.
19. It’s always upsetting when you watch all the POC die or leave your favorite show.
20. And you’re reminded, yet again, how much representation actually matters.
21. But you can’t deny the comradeship that comes with being a part of the blerd community.
Thumbnail photo credit: Warner Brothers Television via http://starcrush.com/then-now-alfonso-ribeiro/
Read more: http://www.buzzfeed.com/moniquesteele/realities-of-being-a-black-nerd