BuzzFeed's One Redeeming Quality Is This Series

BuzzFeed's One Redeeming Quality Is This Series

One of BuzzFeed's most popular series is easily my guilty pleasure

Ask any of my friends, I am horrendously awful at starting and keeping up with TV shows. I either watch with a friend (or with my mom if it's Downton Abbey) or fall in love with the first episode and watch the show all at once. It can't be a casual watch either. It's hyperfixate or bust.

That being said, I also do not go out of my way to look for new shows to watch, so when YouTube recommends me a video to watch that looks interesting, I decide to go for it, for better or worse. While perusing YouTube one day, I was recommended a video from BuzzFeed, more specifically one of their subchannels BuzzFeedBlue, which left me hesitant. I do not watch their other series (Try Guys, etc.) and do not care much for BuzzFeed in general, both their site content and videos. I poke fun at them every opportunity I get.

But this particular video caught my attention. It was a video about the Black Dahlia murder case, a story I have always heard about but never explored further. So I figured, "Hey, what not give this a watch? If anything, I'll learn something new." Little did I know that I would fall into a rabbit hole of a show full of murder mysteries, paranormal exploration, and unsolved crimes. Appropriately enough, the series is called BuzzFeed Unsolved, and it is one of my favorite webseries to date.

Each episode features two hosts: Ryan Bergara and formerly Brent Bennett until Brent was replaced by Shane Madej halfway through the first season. New fans of the show might be confused to see that BuzzFeed Unsolved has two Season ones and two Season twos. Why they do not choose to give them different season numbers I'm not sure, but the sub-seasons (if you will) are split so that one sub-season focuses on crime stories called True Crime and the other explores the paranormal and aliens called Paranormal (genius names, guys).

Confusing season lineup aside, one of my favorite aspects of the series (and what I think makes them stand out in comparison to other ghost hunting shows) is the contrasting points of view the hosts share. Ryan, an avid believer of ghosts and advocate for the possibility of alien encounters on Earth, allows us to learn about theories that seem a little out there (no pun intended).

On the other side, Shane the skeptic scoffs at the idea of ghosts existing and often jokes about the supernatural, bringing the voice of logic to the discussion. Each episode entertains me with their constant banter, often showed as typed out dialogue on screen.

New BuzzFeed Unsolved episodes are uploaded every Friday and follow the same formula with Ryan giving the story or historical background of any case or haunted entity and each episode ranging anywhere from 8 to over 45 minutes although newer episodes tend to be more consistent. Starting in Season Two, Ryan and Shane also host a Q&A session BuzzFeed Unsolved Postmortem after every new episode. In the True Crime episodes, Ryan offers a number of theories that serve as possible answers to the unsolved cases to which both Ryan and Shane discuss the most probably theory. The Supernatural episodes have them visiting the haunted places themselves, attempting to pick up any unnatural audio, typically followed by Shane's skepticism.

They really do their research for each episode, reading news stories, finding scientific reportings, and giving interviews to support their topics. In fact, one source they cited came from a professor at my university! Go Big Red!

Other than their misleading season lineup structure, BuzzFeed Unsolved serves as an educational and entertaining series for anyone interested in crime stories, the paranormal, and conspiracy theories. The dialogue and comedic chemistry Ryan and Shane share add a bit more personality to the show, and the episodes have great rewatchability. I always catch a different piece of information that I missed before.

BuzzFeed Unsolved is currently on Season Two of True Crime, so if this sounds like the show for you, then I'll see you this Friday where we can talk about theories of real world whodunnit stories.

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9 Reasons Crocs Are The Only Shoes You Need

Crocs have holes so your swag can breathe.

Do you have fond childhood objects that make you nostalgic just thinking about your favorite Barbie or sequenced purse? Well for me, its my navy Crocs. Those shoes put me through elementary school. I eventually wore them out so much that I had to say goodbye. I tried Airwalks and sandals, but nothing compared. Then on my senior trip in New York City, a four story Crocs store gleamed at me from across the street and I bought another pair of Navy Blue Crocs. The rest is history. I wear them every morning to the lake for practice and then throughout the day to help air out my soaking feet. I love my Crocs so much, that I was in shock when it became apparent to me that people don't feel the same. Here are nine reasons why you should just throw out all of your other shoes and settle on Crocs.

1. They are waterproof.

These bad boys can take on the wettest of water. Nobody is sure what they are made of, though. The debate is still out there on foam vs. rubber. You can wear these bad boys any place water may or may not be: to the lake for practice or to the club where all the thirsty boys are. But honestly who cares because they're buoyant and water proof. Raise the roof.

2. Your most reliable support system

There is a reason nurses and swimming instructors alike swear by Crocs. Comfort. Croc's clogs will make you feel like your are walking on a cloud of Laffy Taffy. They are wide enough that your toes are not squished, and the rubbery material forms perfectly around your foot. Added bonus: The holes let in a nice breeze while riding around on your Razor Scooter.

3. Insane durability

Have you ever been so angry you could throw a Croc 'cause same? Have you ever had a Croc bitten while wrestling a great white shark? Me too. Have you ever had your entire foot rolled like a fruit roll up but had your Crocs still intact? Also me. All I know is that Seal Team 6 may or may not have worn these shoes to find and kill Osama Bin Laden. Just sayin'.

4. Bling, bling, bling

Jibbitz, am I right?! These are basically they're own money in the industry of comfortable footwear. From Spongebob to Christmas to your favorite fossil, Jibbitz has it all. There's nothing more swag-tastic than pimped out crocs. Lady. Killer.

5. So many options

From the classic clog to fashionable sneakers, Crocs offer so many options that are just too good to pass up on. They have fur lined boots, wedges, sandals, loafers, Maryjane's, glow in the dark, Minion themed, and best of all, CAMO! Where did your feet go?!

6. Affordable

Crocs: $30

Feeling like a boss: Priceless

7. Two words: Adventure Straps

Because you know that when you move the strap from casual mode chillin' in the front to behind the heal, it's like using a shell on Mario Cart.

8. Crocs cares

Okay, but for real, Crocs is a great company because they have donated over 3 million pairs of crocs to people in need around the world. Move over Toms, the Croc is in the house.

9. Stylish AF

The boys will be coming for you like Steve Irwin.

Who cares what the haters say, right? Wear with pride, and go forth in style.

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From One Nerd To Another

My contemplation of the complexities between different forms of art.


Aside from reading Guy Harrison's guide to eliminating scientific ignorance called, "At Least Know This: Essential Science to Enhance Your Life" and, "The Breakthrough: Immunotherapy and the Race to Cure Cancer" by Charles Graeber, an informative and emotional historical account explaining the potential use of our own immune systems to cure cancer, I read articles and worked on my own writing in order to keep learning while enjoying my winter break back in December. I also took a trip to the Guggenheim Museum.

I wish I was artistic. Generally, I walk through museums in awe of what artists can do. The colors and dainty details simultaneously inspire me and remind me of what little talent I posses holding a paintbrush. Walking through the Guggenheim was no exception. Most of the pieces are done by Hilma af Klint, a 20th-century Swedish artist expressing her beliefs and curiosity about the universe through her abstract painting. I was mostly at the exhibit to appease my mom (a K - 8th-grade art teacher), but as we continued to look at each piece and read their descriptions, I slowly began to appreciate them and their underlying meanings.

I like writing that integrates symbols, double meanings, and metaphors into its message because I think that the best works of art are the ones that have to be sought after. If the writer simply tells you exactly what they were thinking and how their words should be interpreted, there's no room for imagination. An unpopular opinion in high school was that reading "The Scarlet Letter" by Nathaniel Hawthorne was fun. Well, I thought it was. At the beginning of the book, there's a scene where Hawthorne describes a wild rosebush that sits just outside of the community prison. As you read, you are free to decide whether it's an image of morality, the last taste of freedom and natural beauty for criminals walking toward their doom, or a symbol of the relationship between the Puritans with their prison-like expectations and Hester, the main character, who blossoms into herself throughout the novel. Whichever one you think it is doesn't matter, the point is that the rosebush can symbolize whatever you want it to. It's the same with paintings - they can be interpreted however you want them to be.

As we walked through the building, its spiral design leading us further and further upwards, we were able to catch glimpses of af Klint's life through the strokes of her brush. My favorite of her collections was one titled, "Evolution." As a science nerd myself, the idea that the story of our existence was being incorporated into art intrigued me. One piece represented the eras of geological time through her use of spirals and snails colored abstractly. She clued you into the story she was telling by using different colors and tones to represent different periods. It felt like reading "The Scarlet Letter" and my biology textbook at the same time. Maybe that sounds like the worst thing ever, but to me it was heaven. Art isn't just art and science isn't just science. Aspects of different studies coexist and join together to form something amazing that will speak to even the most untalented patron walking through the museum halls.

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