8 YouTube Channels That Bring Me Joy

8 YouTube Channels That Bring Me Joy

There is something for everyone and I like a little bit of everything.

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1. SuperCarlinBrothers

"J" and Ben Carlin are brothers who are both Slytherins and dive into the wizarding world with theories, quizzes, and explanations of how items and creatures work. They also cover Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, and Disney. My favorite thing to do is play a Ben vs. J quiz while getting ready for school and test my Harry Potter knowledge.

2. BuzzFeed Multiplayer

Though watching people play Dream Daddy was entertaining and funny, the reason I watch this channel is for Kesley Impicciche. She plays The 100 Baby Challenge on the sims and every episode that comes out is filled with effortless humor, joy, and just adorable content.

3. Jenna Marbles

Jenna Marbel videos are never clickbait. Her titles are upfront with the content in the videos. She posts wholesome videos about her dogs or daily life with her boyfriend that I love to follow because of how normal they are. At times though, she will post random videos like following a Bob Ross tutorial.

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4. The Infographic Show

From serial killers to what happens when you die, learning is visually enjoyable as much as it is easy. Less than 10-minute videos answer questions that have never piqued your interest until you saw them across your screen. I began watching them as crash courses to pick up new information while walking down the street or taking out the trash.

5. MovieFlame

Morgan Ross has taken his time to tell the entire lives of beloved characters. The Last Airbender and The Wizarding World are personal favorites I love to relearn about. They are great videos that help viewers understand a character better if it's been awhile since watchig the shows.

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6. Wotso Videos

Isaac Carlson has so many wonderful original Disney theories that are amazingly backed up by canon details. He covers the princesses, their villains, Disney shows and movies and of course, the Wizarding World.

7. DissocialDID

Chole Wilkinson, the host, and at times other members of the system, educate and debunk the way society sees Dissociative Identity Disorder. With actual scientific sources and first-hand experience, this channel beautifully debunks stigma many people had. The channel is filled with beautiful people from the system at times just talking to the audience through the camera. Even though it is mainly an educational channel, we get to see another side by watching them unbox mail and start live chats to talk to their subscribers one-on-one.

8. Barbie

Barbara Millicent Roberts, better known as Barbie to the world, is also a YouTuber vlogger. From funny challenges with her friends to heart-to-heart lessons with her sisters, Barbie truly is becoming a role model for little girls. A cheerful optimistic, she allows us to see her with her guard down and talk about matters that mean something to the child inside us and those growing up in this new world. Even as a 21-year-old, this loveable character never fails to bring a bright side to life. Her motto, "P.A.C.E," is an anagram for positive attitude changes everything and that is a message we all need to hear.

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10 Abnormally Normal Things About College

Some stuff just doesn't fly in the real world.
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College is a weird, weird place. For whatever reason, the young adults who are supposed to be cultivating their minds with all of the worldly knowledge available to them, seem to get away with quite a bit using the justification "it's college." Even the best students live abnormally while on the alien planet that is a university. So, while to us college students it may just seem like another day, here are ten things that are only normal in college.

1. Straight up theft.

In the future, if I walk into my forty-something-year-old neighbor's home and see a collection of stolen signs, stuff from the local restaurant, and property from the construction site down the road, I would definitely be concerned about the character of my neighbor. However, in college, people proudly display campus signs, traffic cones, or dining hall napkin dispensers that they have impressively commandeered - it's a cheap decoration and a great conversation starter.

2. All-nighters.

Maybe with the exception of parents of little babies, very few people willingly stay up for close to 24 hours on end. In the real world, if a friend came to you and said that they literally did not sleep the previous night, it's completely logical to be worried. On the other hand, when a friend in college says that he was up all night you laugh a little, give him an understanding pat on the back, and walk with him to the coffee line.

3. Atrocious eating habits.

Sometimes you don't have time to eat. Sometimes you order pizza at 2 in the morning. Sometimes you eat three dinners. Sometimes you diet. All I can say, is thank goodness that our metabolisms are decently high at this age.

4. Breaking and entering.

In high school, you hopefully knew everyone who entered your home. After college, hopefully, that's still the case. However, when you live in the middle of thousands of bored college students, people knock at your door, walk into parties, cut through your yard, and stop by without invitation or hesitation. It keeps life fun, but still not normal.

5. Calling mom when stuff goes down.

I really doubt a time will ever come that I don't need to call my mom for guidance on how to do something. But, hopefully the frequency of those calls with go down a little bit post-graduation. Maybe after four years of doing it on my own, I'll know how to fill out government forms, cook real dinners, and get stains out. But for now, I'm going to keep calling while I still can without seeming totally pathetic.

6. Being intoxicated at weird times.

Drunk at noon on a Friday is the quintessence of an alcoholic at any time - unless it's college. Not that this is necessarily a good thing, and it certainly doesn't apply to everyone, but there aren't many other places where people would instantly assume someone is intoxicated if they're acting even a little weird. I've even seen people drink in the library....

7. The messed up dating scene.



There are people who meet the love of their life at college and live happily ever after. They are people who meet the supposed love of their life at college and never talk to them again after Sunday. There are people who use Tinder. Hormones are high, freedom is bountiful, and football players are cute - what else needs to be said?

8. A warped sense of time.

The career I'm pursuing will require me to be at work by 7 am, five days a week. I am fully aware of this. Now, will I enroll in an 8 am next semester? Absolutely not - I'm not a demon. In college, nights often start at 10 p.m., dinners are eaten at 4, and mornings can begin anywhere from 8 to 2. We don't get that whole 9-5 idea.

9. Costumes... for no apparent reason.

High schoolers have a dress code. Adults have dignity. College students have fun. Here, people will wear a corn costume to get on ESPN, a fanny pack to get into a fraternity, or a tutu to match a theme party. Is it actually a weird thing, though? No one even blinks an eye.

10. Insanely close friends.

Name another point in your life when you live with your friends, study with your friends, drive with your friends, eat with your friends, go out with your friends, and even grocery shop with your friends. I'll wait. At college, it's easy for friends to seem like family because you're with them constantly. Love it or hate it, it's weird about college.

So, enjoy this weirdness while you can - it won't last forever!


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10 Reasons You Should Be Watching 'Tickling Giants' Right Now

Are you brave enough to tell a joke?

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The streets of Cairo, Egypt erupt with protests over politics. There's one man giving a voice to those without power. He is representing the people through satirical comedy, directed at the ruling elites. That man is Dr. Bassem Youssef, and he is the subject of Sara Taksler's extraordinary documentary; "Tickling Giants".

"Tickling Giants" follows Bassem Youssef (the proclaimed "Egyptian Jon Stewart") as he pushes the boundaries of Egyptian regimes in a political satire comedy show. As the only one of it's kind in Egypt, "The Show" garnered over 30 million views each week, accounting for more than 40% of the Egyptian population (to put that in perspective, "The Daily Show," Americans ultimate political satire comedy, only reached 2 million views at the height of it's popularity)!

Egypt is not a country known for their freedom of speech and tolerance of dissent, so Taksler, the film's creator, was fascinated by the work Bassem Youssef, a heart surgeon turned YouTube comedian turned late night television host, was doing in Egypt. She could never have predicted what was to come.

Find the trailer here, and think I hope you get the chance to then watch the film, because...

1. It's funny.

"Side-splittingly funny"

If you're at all familiar with "The Daily Show" with Jon Stewart/Trevor Noah, then you know it's a comedy show based on intelligent and sometimes scathing satire. And as someone who used to watch it almost daily, I can tell you, it was hilarious.

Bassem Youssef models his comedy show, aptly titled "The Show," or "AlBernameg" in Arabic, off of "The Daily Show," but the stakes are much higher in Egypt's authoritarian regime. That doesn't stop Youssef and his team from giving comedy their best effort, and the result is a laugh-out-loud journey of jokes, success, and some of the hardest setbacks in the history of comedic television.

2. It's interesting.

"The Show" with Bassem Youssef

"Tickling Giants" not only tells the story of Youssef, it also chronicles the efforts of his staff, the evolution of his show and the changing political environment of Egypt. With beautiful and eye-opening footage, as well as a collection of interviews with both supporters and protesters alike, there is not a second of the documentary's 111 minutes wasted. Fans of satire and drama, political news and late-night tv alike will find something to love in Taksler's masterpiece.

3. It’s a cautionary tale.

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"This show is about holding authority accountable, regardless of who's in charge." Youssef can be found saying in the trailer and publicity events beyond. This documentary and Youssef's journey perfectly show the dangers of a regime that is afraid of comedy and demonizes/tries to limit the press. It quickly shows the erosion of rights that we take for granted in the Western world and clues us in on just what we need to notice in order not to lose those rights.

Words are powerful. And when an authority in power tries to inhibit control, it may be time to start "tickling giants".

4. It's got some fun animation.

Flappy Giants

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On staff at Youssef's "The Show," there was an expert animator who contributed his talents to the film. These drawings perfectly encapsulate what the documentary, and Youssef's actions, are about. With huge Godzilla-like dictators stomping on cities to Youssef's character running around the streets brandishing his feather like a weapon, these little scenes add a whole new element unique to many documentaries that come before.

5. It's professional.

Everything about the documentary is well-put together, well-said, and all around expertly done. With clear film from interviews, snippets of Youssef's show and footage from many riots and protests throughout the streets of Cairo, it is no secret that this film is built to last. And last it should, because it's messages and ideals are a privilege for anyone to learn (more on that below).

6. It's powerful.

"If your regime is not strong enough..."

"There's a lot to laugh at, and to learn from, in Tickling Giants," says New York Times critic, Ken Jaworowski. Director Sara Taksler would agree.

I got the chance to meet her, and besides her well-spoken ideals about the power of comedy in the political sphere, she told me that if nothing else, the main lesson she wants to impart on people through her film is this: "Find creative, nonviolent ways to express yourself when you see an abuse of power."

This is what Bassem Youssef is doing through his show, and as you observe his journey from surgeon to late-night comedian, you'll begin to fully appreciate the life you have and hopefully come away with these 5 takeaways.

7. It's eye-opening.

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It's obvious to many that Western powers largely possess a certain stereotype and stigma around the Middle East. These prevailing generalizations many hold, from ideas of Middle Eastern culture, religions, peoples, etc., can prevent us from really attempting to learn about different parts of the world. "Tickling Giants" gives Western audiences, who Taksler often stated was her target audience for making this film, a chance to peer into this other area of the world and realize that culture and people are not something to be stigmatized, but something to be appreciated and understood.

Not only is it opening eyes to another culture, the film also reminds audiences how lucky they are to have free speech, an idea that's under attack in many areas of the world. Youssef's struggles throughout making this show (of which we see plainly through the lens of the documentary camera) remind us just how powerful our words are, and to not take them for granted.

8. It's really good.

"First rate documentary"

I've watched the entire thing, and would do so again in a second. Every part of it is engaging and it's hard to know what comes next. Everyone I've talked to in my life has loved it, but don't just take it from me or my community. Take it from these well-known reviewers:

""Tickling Giants" is a terrific movie that leaves you cherishing (a little more) the freedom we have, and holding in contempt (a little more) those who would compromise it."-Variety

""Tickling Giants" surprises us on several levels."-LA Times

"A beautiful, funny, charming, insightful, laugh until you cry, and then cry until you laugh film."-Huffington Post

"A first-rate documentary"-The New York Times

And more! (Plus it has a 100% on Rotten Tomatoes "Tomatometer" so you can't really argue with that)

9. It's easy to get.

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Note: these dates are for 2017 so you can get the movie now without waiting

After you watch the trailer (and finish this article), you can find "Tickling Giants" almost immediately wherever you are. Here are some of the best places you can find this extraordinary documentary:

Tickling Giants Website

Amazon Prime

YouTube

Vudu

Google Play

Itunes

10. It's human.

I'll let that point speak for itself.

I hope this article has convinced you to watch "Tickling Giants", or if you have already watched it, reflect on the many positive aspects of the movie.

Tickling Giants is daring, funny, and more timely than ever. I hope you get a chance to witness it.

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