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Then I don't need a jacket! (Videosift link) From start to finish, the most inexplicably joy-inducing 9 seconds the internet has to offer.
posted by ghastlyfop (102 comments total) 43 users marked this as a favorite

 
Thanks, Arthur.
posted by chrismear at 8:28 AM on March 27, 2008


Hah, I thought your name was ghastlyfpp and I thought 'Most eponisterical post evah!'
posted by sfts2 at 8:30 AM on March 27, 2008 [1 favorite]


?
I feel stooopid.
Please explain?
posted by Dizzy at 8:30 AM on March 27, 2008


I've been watching this multiple times per day for about two weeks. It just gets more surreal with repeated viewing.

That said, I never thought "hey this would a great one-link post on MeFi!"
posted by bobot at 8:36 AM on March 27, 2008


This will be remixed.
posted by everichon at 8:36 AM on March 27, 2008


It's gonna rain!
posted by rusty at 8:37 AM on March 27, 2008 [6 favorites]


With HEAD ON.
posted by everichon at 8:37 AM on March 27, 2008


I want a video of Arthur dancing the Numa Numa dance while interviewing the I Like Turtles Kid. And then we can turn off the Internet and go home.
posted by Astro Zombie at 8:37 AM on March 27, 2008


Arthur's laugh is infectious. This video will now have to move to second place for joy inducement.
posted by Ber at 8:37 AM on March 27, 2008 [2 favorites]


That laugh is in my head now, for the day. I don't know how I feel about this yet.
posted by everichon at 8:38 AM on March 27, 2008


?
posted by adamvasco at 8:39 AM on March 27, 2008


*pause*

AHahahaha!
posted by quin at 8:40 AM on March 27, 2008 [1 favorite]


Best weather report ever.

I was perplexed at first, but finding myself watching it five times in succession and grinning more broadly each time revealed that there's something about the simplicity of the report and the way Arthur responds to the jacket comment.

That and the way they just kind of dismiss the whole thing when they move on like it never happened. Totally normal for most programs of this sort, but stands out because of the exchange.

IOW: Plate. Beans. Laugh.
posted by batmonkey at 8:41 AM on March 27, 2008


Does one ever need a yellow TV jacket?
posted by R. Mutt at 8:41 AM on March 27, 2008


Ber - I don't know, the farting preacher made me laugh out loud.
posted by MythMaker at 8:46 AM on March 27, 2008


Please. If this gets deleted, I'm deleting me. This is what MeFi is all about.
posted by chrismear at 8:46 AM on March 27, 2008 [2 favorites]


This sucked and so did the farting preacher!
posted by delmoi at 8:49 AM on March 27, 2008


Is the farting preacher actually farting?

Either way, I didn't find it funny, but I'm really curious about what's going on there.
posted by batmonkey at 8:55 AM on March 27, 2008


That was actually pretty charming, but this is still the most joy-inducing video on the interwebs.
posted by Armitage Shanks at 8:55 AM on March 27, 2008 [8 favorites]


Arthur seems stoned.
posted by Pecinpah at 8:59 AM on March 27, 2008 [1 favorite]


Overselling your post is not a good idea.
posted by jouke at 9:03 AM on March 27, 2008


fopje flauw mopje.
posted by Dave Faris at 9:06 AM on March 27, 2008 [2 favorites]


Here's my take on it: Before the day's filming, the news crew is approached by one of the producers.

"Okay everyone, we got a new sponsor. It's the tailor downtown. So from now on I want you guys to wear these jackets on the air."

All of them respond, "All right, boss."

Satisfied, the producer leaves.

They then spend the next fifteen minutes ridiculing the heck out of these jackets. They don't match what they're wearing, they're too hot, they're itchy, etc.

Flash forward to the moment in the video--

When the newscaster makes the joke about not needing a jacket, it at first seems like pretty normal banter to Arthur. But after a moment, it clicks. She just gave the finger to bureaucratic pudding heads like their producer. On the air no less. Hence the crack-up.

Just my impression of it. YMMV.
posted by Dr-Baa at 9:06 AM on March 27, 2008 [25 favorites]


Nice to see it here in th' blue. Count on Hilary to reference this in the Pennsylvania debate.
posted by Kinbote at 9:11 AM on March 27, 2008


What just happened?
posted by the littlest brussels sprout at 9:12 AM on March 27, 2008


What.
posted by DU at 9:14 AM on March 27, 2008


Ooh, ooh, are we posting bizarre YouTube videos today?

Here's one that I like: Super Smash Brothers: Brawl characters dancing to a Swedish song called "Caramelldansen."
posted by JDHarper at 9:18 AM on March 27, 2008 [2 favorites]


Is this from a real newscast? Or like some community college newscaster class? It all seems put upon and unfunny to me. [not JamesTaylorist]
posted by 23skidoo at 9:21 AM on March 27, 2008 [1 favorite]


"Thanks, Arthur," indeed.
posted by Alvy Ampersand at 9:24 AM on March 27, 2008


Very funny. Thanks Arthur!
posted by Outlawyr at 9:26 AM on March 27, 2008


Dr-Baa: Interesting.
posted by Alvy Ampersand at 9:26 AM on March 27, 2008


The laughing babies videos always make me happy.
posted by theora55 at 9:34 AM on March 27, 2008 [1 favorite]


Surrealness by bullet:
--The weather report seemed blindingly obvious and ended with the weatherman about to bust up.
--Everyone was wearing the same uncomfortable looking gold jackets
--The laugh came after a beat that was held too long and in the end came off more maniacal than not.
--The cuts suggested the entire thing was scripted and then edited badly.
posted by aaronscool at 9:34 AM on March 27, 2008


Whoa.
posted by Dr-Baa at 9:38 AM on March 27, 2008 [1 favorite]


It's funny, but... really.
posted by sonic meat machine at 9:39 AM on March 27, 2008


Is this from a real newscast?

Well, it's Haiti. Not exactly TV market numero uno. And notice it's in English.
posted by smackfu at 9:40 AM on March 27, 2008


In the same vein, giggly German weather lady.
posted by aerotive at 9:48 AM on March 27, 2008 [3 favorites]


Sorry, no time to watch. Can someone give me a summary?
posted by Paid In Full at 9:49 AM on March 27, 2008 [2 favorites]


Let me explain... No, it's too much. Let me sum up: Jackets are hilarious.
posted by Horace Rumpole at 9:59 AM on March 27, 2008 [3 favorites]


No. It's too ephemeral for me to even type it out.
posted by chuckdarwin at 9:59 AM on March 27, 2008


Plus, the silent section is the funniest part.
posted by R. Mutt at 10:01 AM on March 27, 2008


Well, everyone's seen it. But this is the best youtube video.
posted by bonecrusher at 10:05 AM on March 27, 2008 [2 favorites]


When it comes to live news broadcasts, for me, nothing tops the great Wine Stomping Incident.
posted by Devils Rancher at 10:13 AM on March 27, 2008 [2 favorites]


Jesus, a bit of looking on YouTube reveals that there's an entire genre of videos consisting of various Japanese characters dancing to "Caramelldansen".

This one is apparently the progenitor
Here's another, better done than most
And another
And more
This guy made a live-action video for it

The song is awesome, which is why I searched for it. It makes me want to start taking ecstasy again. I thought Sweden only produced black metal and Gert Jonnys.
posted by DecemberBoy at 10:14 AM on March 27, 2008 [1 favorite]


its like an internet haiku. its short and doesn't really make any sense until you try to read between the lines. then it becomes almost sublime. and you watch it over and over again, analyzing each part of it to see how it all works together.
posted by cazoo at 10:15 AM on March 27, 2008


bonecrusher, I hadn't seen that. I am now chuckling uncontrollably.

The dramatic hamster and this weather forecast, however, are mere amuses bouches for the sublime feast of awkward strange surprising redemptive magic that is "Boom Goes the Dynamite." I don't care how many times you've seen it, you haven't seen it enough.

That moment around 2:25 where it all suddenly, briefly, inexplicably, magically comes together? A gentle crescendo. Sublime. Wins the internet.
posted by gompa at 10:18 AM on March 27, 2008 [2 favorites]


I watched this once, didn't get it.

Went "what the hell," and watched it again. This time, I burst out laughing.

Amazing!
posted by sarahsynonymous at 10:22 AM on March 27, 2008


Ohhh, "wine stomping incident" gets a little to visceral for my taste.
posted by elwoodwiles at 10:26 AM on March 27, 2008


I encountered this last night, laughed my ass off, and then went about my merry way. A few hours later, I was lying in bed trying to fall asleep, thought of it again, and started laughing hysterically. My girlfriend was not amused.
posted by ghastlyfop at 10:27 AM on March 27, 2008


Wow, that wine lady made the worst noise I've ever heard.
posted by Alvy Ampersand at 10:31 AM on March 27, 2008


I'm not feelin' it.
posted by acetonic at 10:33 AM on March 27, 2008


I would like to point out the Dramatic Tarsier*. It's a little slow for the first couple of seconds, but bear with it.

*The video is titled "Dramatic Lemur," but it's a tarsier.
posted by jedicus at 10:37 AM on March 27, 2008 [8 favorites]


My father, LORD LOL, COLLECTOR AND PROPAGATOR OF ALL INTERNET MEMES thunder! will love this thread.
posted by spikeleemajortomdickandharryconnickjrmints at 10:39 AM on March 27, 2008


Well, it's Haiti. ... And notice it's in English.

I'm confused by that. Does Haiti produce local English language TV?
posted by Nelson at 10:46 AM on March 27, 2008


It's not often that a video forces me to get up and walk around a bit to stop from laughing inappropriately at work, but the tarsier video that jedicus linked is one of those. It is absolutely sublime.
posted by quin at 10:48 AM on March 27, 2008


The song is awesome

Damn straight!

Dansa med oss
klappa dina händer
Gör som vi gör
Ta några steg åt vänster
Lyssna och lär
Missa inte chansen
Nu är vi här med Caramelldansen!

posted by soundofsuburbia at 10:54 AM on March 27, 2008


In my expert opinion the weatherman is stoned. If I was a Haitian weatherman I would also appear stoned when giving the weather report.
posted by Meatbomb at 11:03 AM on March 27, 2008 [3 favorites]


its meme-tastic
posted by sswiller at 11:12 AM on March 27, 2008


I fully hated on this, but it was so short, so I watched it again, still nothing. After about 5 times it worked. It's awesome, I love these people.
posted by Stonestock Relentless at 11:18 AM on March 27, 2008


The most fully joyful video on the web.
posted by Navelgazer at 11:24 AM on March 27, 2008 [2 favorites]


You guys are missing the actual subtext, here. The news lady is never funny. Not ever. Every time she attempts to be cutesy on camera it totally bombs. She's terrified of losing her job and she worries that she's just not a funny person. The other day, she broke down in tears... on camera... when her now legendary attempt at a joke ("but wait'll you see THESE corns!") fell dead the moment she uttered it. Rumor has it that babies born at that very moment were born incapable of laughter. Off camera, she was visibly upset at all times after the incident, and Arthur was the one who assuaged her grief, telling her that she's really not that bad and that she just gets too nervous on camera to deliver the jokes well. He told her that so long as she believed in herself and let those jokes rip like they were made out of solid gold awesomeness, she'd be fine. If she acted like it was funny, the world would laugh with her. It seemed to brighten her mood a bit, and she promised she'd try to be a little more confident from then on.

The next day witnessed the video in question. The news lady, too terrified of her own failure to speak with authority and confidence, weakly blurted out her line about not needing her jacket. No one said anything for a good second or so. Arthur watched as her eyes welled up, the tears about to burst forth. One thought passed through Arthur's mind: Holy fuck, she's going to blow her brains out. Desperately, with whatever was left of his strength after witnessing that terrible joke, Arthur let out a maniacal guffaw, a madman's broken laugh as full of wild pleading as the news lady's eyes were of tears.

It was fake, it was terrible. She could tell. But somehow it made things a little easier for her. She was comforted by his need to comfort her. She could make it through the show, and that hard little pistol in her purse could stay where it was for a little longer. No caps, as it were, needed popping just then. With relief, she looked at Arthur across the studio.

"Thanks Arthur," she said.
posted by shmegegge at 11:28 AM on March 27, 2008 [16 favorites]


The weatherman is definitely stoned. Not just because of the way he laughs; because of the way he says "pretty much everywhere, it's gonna be hot". And the guy on the right starts laughing sympathetically at how stoned the weatherman is. And yeah, wearing identical blazers is obviously a topic of discussion among these three. This has become clear to me upon repeated viewing.

It's after the third or fourth viewing that the funny kicks in.
posted by creasy boy at 11:31 AM on March 27, 2008


The jap characters to caramelldansen is a 4chan thing (99.9billion% sure).
posted by Submiqent at 11:32 AM on March 27, 2008


also, I defy anyone to keep from smiling watching this.
posted by shmegegge at 11:33 AM on March 27, 2008


Did anyone else notice the backgrounds in that SSB/Caramelldansen video? There's a KFC logo... and then one with "META!" ... weird
posted by spiderwire at 11:43 AM on March 27, 2008


This really does just get better and better, doesn't it. I think I'm going to make anyone who walks in here today watch it a few times before they can talk to me about anything else.
posted by echo target at 11:48 AM on March 27, 2008


shmegegge: I was really waiting for the kid to accidentally smash it. I was most disappointed. Shrieking children do not make me smile.
posted by echo target at 11:52 AM on March 27, 2008


I can't stop looping it. Different parts get funnier -- at first I was laughing at how awesome that laugh was, then at the bizarre pause before the laugh, then the chirpy jacket comment, and now I'm onto thinking "Thanks, Arthur" is hilarious. In an hour, "it's gooonna be hot" is going to be sidesplitting.

This is kind of like looking at a brick up close and pretending it's a sculpture -- with the right frame of mind, everything can be funny (except things that deliberately try to be funny, and fail).
posted by Shepherd at 11:58 AM on March 27, 2008 [2 favorites]


Fresh from my 99th viewing, I am now convinced it's a sly Monochrom climate-change warning.
posted by everichon at 12:08 PM on March 27, 2008


This is awesome and thank you.
posted by jasonsmall at 12:22 PM on March 27, 2008


Who is Arthur? What station is it?
posted by R. Mutt at 12:28 PM on March 27, 2008


"Boom goes the dynamite" is very hard to watch. Gods, I feel so sorry for that guy. Why did they have him in front of the camera? I keep thinking he's going to cry. Agh. So uncomfortable!

He only comes alive when doing play-by-play, and even that was halting and awkward. The desk anchors at the end both sound like they're rescuing him from some punishment.

Between this and the two farting ones, I'm dubious about clicking any other others proffered...

But I'm going to do it anyway:
Super Smash Brothers: Brawl characters dancing to a Swedish song called "Caramelldansen." - I guess I need to click through the rest of the "Caramelldansen" vids before I decide about this one. So far, no giggling.

giggly German weather lady - also no giggling. Maybe I've overtapped the gigglebox?!?

laughing babies - makes me laugh until I get sad. The last clip in the set is from AF(h)V and they actually won the grand prize based on that crazy laughing. The baby in the second clip is the one that captured my heart, though. The whole falling over thing just slays me.

Wine Stomping Incident - not funny, but wasn't billed as such, so what the heck was I expecting? That "too visceral" comment should have warned me.

"Caramelldansen" series - only the live action was interesting to me, but not funny, per se. Am starting to wonder if there's something fundamentally wrong with me.

Dramatic Tarsier (aka "THX for your monitor") - cute, but not funny or really sublime. Could be because I've seen too many of these critters and so the eye opening thing isn't funny? Should I get myself checked out at some humour clinic somewhere?

The most fully joyful video on the web. (aka Yuki-Joy) - I see what you did there. I want my 4.5min back :(

also, I defy anyone to keep from smiling watching this (aka Nintendo Boy) - Not when it was on AF(h)V, and not since. There's a better, earlier "OMG I GOT WHAT I WANTED!" vid that has a kid basically break down sobbing because they can't believe their good fortune. That one actually makes me kinda wistfully happy each time.

ps: DecemberBoy, this article will help catch you up to Sweden's decades-long dancefloor influence.
posted by batmonkey at 12:31 PM on March 27, 2008


Her delivery has something weirdly PBS kid show about it...
posted by Ogre Lawless at 12:41 PM on March 27, 2008 [1 favorite]


Fantastic. The whole thread, really.

Is there an easy way to get this video on auto-repeat?
posted by Perplexity at 12:50 PM on March 27, 2008


Dramatic tarsier for the win. The choice of the dolby sound was sublime.
posted by ArkhanJG at 1:00 PM on March 27, 2008


"Scorchio..."
posted by aldus_manutius at 1:03 PM on March 27, 2008


That's just the way zombies laugh, and I don't know why all of you have to get up in Arthur's face about it. The guy's dead, for Chrissakes, and reanimated by a hougan so he can work as a Haitian weatherman. Things are already rough enough for Arthur. His coworkers avoid him because of the smell. Religious folk try to slip salt into his food so his body will go back into the ground and his soul meet with Baron Samedi at the crossroads. It's very hard to open a bank account when you're legally deceased. All sorts of little hassles and headaches, and now he has to put up with this shit? Now he's an internet joke, just because he's a zombie.

Man, fuck y'all.
posted by Astro Zombie at 1:05 PM on March 27, 2008 [2 favorites]


with the right frame of mind, everything can be funny (except things that deliberately try to be funny, and fail)

I disagree wholeheartedly. I think there's nothing in the world funnier than someone who tells a joke with the highest expectations, puts their whole heart into it, looking for a solid belly laugh, and then bombs horribly and miserably. That will keep me giggling for hours...
posted by Aversion Therapy at 1:30 PM on March 27, 2008


everytime i see that nintendokid video, i get really sad. i identify too much with his little sister, who acts as if she's just as excited even when she doesn't know what's going on. she just wants someone to love her as much as they love him. little does she know that it only goes downhill from there.

wow, i need a vodka shot. not how i expected to feel at the end of this thread.
posted by CitizenD at 1:37 PM on March 27, 2008 [2 favorites]


Now he's an internet joke, just because he's a zombie.

When I'm a zombie I hope my teeth stay as nice as his.
posted by Burhanistan at 1:56 PM on March 27, 2008


After reading this (NSFW!) on WFMU this morning (Take that Cortex!), I have sworn off internet movies and simultaneously predicted that the downfall of mankind happened many years ago and no one noticed. Therefore, I'm not watching any of these links. So there. Your hopes for my smiles are wasted.
posted by 1f2frfbf at 1:58 PM on March 27, 2008 [3 favorites]


Scorchio!
posted by Jon Mitchell at 2:05 PM on March 27, 2008 [1 favorite]


Wow, that video on the WFMU blog was...awesome!
posted by ghastlyfop at 2:10 PM on March 27, 2008


"When I'm a zombie I hope my teeth stay as nice as his."

Those teeth aren't his.
posted by Henry C. Mabuse at 2:31 PM on March 27, 2008


Oh, so it's still ok to have fun at the expense of zombie weather people? I thought this was the year MeFi was going to be progressive and shit.
posted by everichon at 2:39 PM on March 27, 2008


I ask you, Henry C. Mabuse, would you be dropping little quips like that if you were actually at dinner with a zombie weather person?
posted by everichon at 2:40 PM on March 27, 2008


Scorchio!

Nümberwang!
posted by Armitage Shanks at 3:19 PM on March 27, 2008 [1 favorite]


The diharrea weatherman! How could he ever show his face again?
posted by meanderthal at 6:07 PM on March 27, 2008


My father, LORD LOL, COLLECTOR AND PROPAGATOR OF ALL INTERNET MEMES thunder! will love this thread.

And this.
posted by Durn Bronzefist at 7:37 PM on March 27, 2008


Oh, Durn. Thank you so much. If I had never seen that. And then googled for "sneezing pandas". And never seen this:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FzRH3iTQPrk
posted by bonecrusher at 7:55 PM on March 27, 2008


Yeah, this video made me LOL after a few viewings, whereas most of the others made me chuckle grimly and not want to see them again.

I think the first clip seems somehow innocently funny, without a hint of schaddenfreude. Or rather, part of what makes it funny is that, due to the clip's brevity, we don't know who we should be laughing at. Thus the moment or situation itself becomes "existentially" funny. However, there can be no ultimately existential humor -- ultimately, there has to be a *what* that we're laughing *at* . . . but our inability to find a focal point for our laughter just creates more tension which, because we're already laughing, is immediately resolved in more laughter. I think this sort of existential/surreal/absurd dislocation is part of what makes some of those Tim and Eric shorts so inexplicably funny.
posted by treepour at 8:33 PM on March 27, 2008 [1 favorite]


These always disappoint me, but this didn't. Bravo!
posted by dirtdirt at 9:02 PM on March 27, 2008


1f2frfbf: After reading this (NSFW!) on WFMU this morning (Take that Cortex!)...

Wow.

Here's the trailer (probably SFW).

Wow.
posted by painquale at 9:10 PM on March 27, 2008


great, Bonecrusher. I need you to fire fourteen people.
posted by Navelgazer at 9:42 PM on March 27, 2008


Joo've unleashed the fuckin' fury!
posted by bunnytricks at 10:04 PM on March 27, 2008


1f2frfbf: Thank you.
posted by Alvy Ampersand at 11:18 PM on March 27, 2008


painquale: You're a jerk.

*Shudders, watches the jaunty box of cream of wheat get sucked off again to make the scary jack in the box go away*
posted by Alvy Ampersand at 11:21 PM on March 27, 2008


For some reason, the apparent need for repeating viewings to convince you it is funny reminds me of the David Sedaris line: Everyone looks retarded once you set your mind to it.
posted by troybob at 12:05 AM on March 28, 2008


Thanks everyone - you made my weekly 'compile funny Youtube videos to stick in the end of the company newsletter' task a ton easier this week.
posted by Happy Dave at 2:21 AM on March 28, 2008


This gave me a happy, and happened today: BBC Radio 4 news presenter Charlotte Green gets the giggles.
posted by Drexen at 5:01 AM on March 28, 2008


Treepour is awarded the plate of beans for this thread!
posted by mwhybark at 6:48 PM on March 29, 2008


Here's how I read it. I'm assuming the following: The weather guy is probably still a little stoned. Those bad jackets are likely a running joke in the studio. No one EVER needs a jacket where they live. The weather report is always the same, day after day, Arthur intoning those same words, "Pretty much ever-where, is gonna be hot."

Now, one day the stoned weather guy has just about had it up to here with the ugly jackets, so he hatches a plan to make them look even more ridiculous. He gets all the on air people to agree to try to work in a reference to the jacket in each newscast. The way it works is you get points based on how much news has gone by at the time that you make your jacket joke. But if you wait too long, someone else gets to it first. There can only be one score per newscast. The theory being that as the program progresses, the tension mounts, and the jacket-reference brinksmanship starts to build up to unbearable levels.

The lady newscaster thinks this is stupid. So she makes a point to say every day after the early weather, "Then I don't need a jacket." In this way, she ends the game early in each program, so that they can all get down to the serious business of reading the news.

It backfires, though, because since the weather guy is a stoner, he thinks this is hilarious.
posted by Area Control at 9:21 AM on March 30, 2008 [2 favorites]


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