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Area Girl Very Amused By Webcam Special Effects

Possibly the antidote to this (Previously on MeFi).
posted by hermitosis (126 comments total) 80 users marked this as a favorite

 
I laughed, but not as long as she did.
posted by marxchivist at 3:38 PM on November 3, 2010 [1 favorite]


That was funny, but her response literally made me pee myself.
posted by Cat Pie Hurts at 3:41 PM on November 3, 2010 [22 favorites]


Literally??
posted by hermitosis at 3:43 PM on November 3, 2010 [6 favorites]


Even better/creepier!
posted by Cat Pie Hurts at 3:45 PM on November 3, 2010 [2 favorites]


literally. *shame*
posted by Cat Pie Hurts at 3:45 PM on November 3, 2010 [10 favorites]


This is why Prop 19 failed.
posted by crunchland at 3:47 PM on November 3, 2010 [31 favorites]


Whoa, my wife has that necklace. (My wife is not in the video)
posted by boo_radley at 3:50 PM on November 3, 2010 [2 favorites]


also what are her feelings in regards to the pokemans
posted by boo_radley at 3:50 PM on November 3, 2010


I'd say she's more of a volume girl than an area girl.
posted by kuujjuarapik at 3:54 PM on November 3, 2010 [5 favorites]


I'll have what she's having.
posted by oddman at 3:54 PM on November 3, 2010 [3 favorites]


If, at about 1:00, she had bellowed "SLOTH LOVE CHUNK" she would now be my internets forever girl.
posted by elizardbits at 3:58 PM on November 3, 2010 [21 favorites]


I found that hilarious. Also, someone figured out a way to remove the effects, and the result is a video of a (what appears to be) a lunatic. Or really high
posted by delmoi at 4:00 PM on November 3, 2010 [41 favorites]


Oh, fuck - I was trying really, really hard not to laugh here at my desk, in the middle of my dead-quite agency, but near the end when she did that, "Em-em-em-em-em-em," thing I couldn't hold it in any longer. In an effort to stifle an outright guffaw, I put my hand over my mouth and let out what must have sounded like a whimper of profound emotional agony, because now no one in the office will look at me.

Holy shit, I needed that. Thanks for posting.
posted by Pecinpah at 4:06 PM on November 3, 2010 [13 favorites]


You beat me to it, crunchland.
posted by PareidoliaticBoy at 4:06 PM on November 3, 2010


Help! I've fallen into the uncanny valley and can't get out!
posted by googly at 4:11 PM on November 3, 2010 [6 favorites]


Doesn't she know that if you do that for too long, YOUR FACE WILL STAY THAT WAY? At least that's what my mother said.
posted by oneswellfoop at 4:11 PM on November 3, 2010 [2 favorites]


Er...'dead-quiet'.

Hilarity got the better of my spelling skills, it seems.
posted by Pecinpah at 4:13 PM on November 3, 2010


...but... this is me, like, all the time.
posted by functionequalsform at 4:24 PM on November 3, 2010 [4 favorites]


Oh damn. My link above got borked. Doubled!
posted by Cat Pie Hurts at 4:25 PM on November 3, 2010 [1 favorite]


LSD is a hell of a drug.
posted by empath at 4:30 PM on November 3, 2010 [3 favorites]


Oh my shit that just killed me. Tears running down my cheeks here.
posted by cortex at 4:33 PM on November 3, 2010 [1 favorite]


Swirl face isn't laughing anymore. To unswirl, flip the image vertically, and run the same swirl effect again.
posted by StickyCarpet at 4:33 PM on November 3, 2010


I had to stop watching that. There's a part of my brain that was created during a really bad mushroom trip once, and that just brought it back.. I need to go outside.
posted by hanoixan at 4:34 PM on November 3, 2010 [4 favorites]


I liked Alice the Goon at 1:48.
posted by darksasami at 4:43 PM on November 3, 2010 [3 favorites]


This is why "don't look in the mirror" is common advice for the lsd/mushroom novice around here.
I never understood why, and used to have similarly great fun like the girl in the video. Until that one time when my reflection transformed into what resembled a skull with a rather nasty grin and would not for the hell of it change to any of the other fun shapes i had been so fond of during previous attempts. The rest of the night went downhill from there.
posted by morizky at 4:44 PM on November 3, 2010 [9 favorites]


It's kind of funny the first time, with effect. Then without the effect, the funniest thing ever.
posted by djduckie at 4:59 PM on November 3, 2010 [2 favorites]


Countdown to Rule 34. 3....2....1....
posted by chavenet at 5:00 PM on November 3, 2010 [4 favorites]


It seems like the unswirled version is still a little distorted. Like hour 9 of a good trip.
posted by keratacon at 5:01 PM on November 3, 2010 [1 favorite]


what
posted by jquinby at 5:02 PM on November 3, 2010


jquinby: what

wrong thread
posted by found missing at 5:12 PM on November 3, 2010 [1 favorite]


Every time I feel bad about the world I'm going to watch this.
posted by supercrayon at 5:17 PM on November 3, 2010 [3 favorites]


That's an oddly infectious laugh.
posted by ChurchHatesTucker at 5:19 PM on November 3, 2010


I spotted Quagmire, Montgomery Burns, and the goon from Popeye.
posted by sourwookie at 5:27 PM on November 3, 2010 [3 favorites]


...all with a touch of Picasso. What kind of webcam did Picasso have anyway.
posted by Namlit at 5:32 PM on November 3, 2010 [1 favorite]


I ♥ Cubism
posted by scody at 5:33 PM on November 3, 2010


Oh my god, she is so high. That's hilarious.
posted by ThatCanadianGirl at 5:34 PM on November 3, 2010 [1 favorite]


This is awesome.
posted by odinsdream at 5:36 PM on November 3, 2010


Alyson Hannigan be trippin'!
posted by dirigibleman at 5:44 PM on November 3, 2010


This is literally one of the best thing I've ever seen. It's so good it makes me discouraged that no artist could ever intentionally create such a good thing,
posted by cmoj at 5:48 PM on November 3, 2010 [6 favorites]


That was funny. I liked the parts when she went all Curly Howard.

Is an Area Girl like the opposite of Valley Girl?
posted by uncanny hengeman at 5:48 PM on November 3, 2010


Was anyone else reminded of the cover to MAD magazine #11?

(or half of the Family Guy cast?)
posted by not_on_display at 5:50 PM on November 3, 2010 [5 favorites]


Also reminded me of this sordid tale.
posted by uncanny hengeman at 5:52 PM on November 3, 2010 [1 favorite]


I cannot stop laughing. I am trying, I am failing. That girl is having such a great time.
posted by Nedroid at 5:54 PM on November 3, 2010


Is an Area Girl like the opposite of Valley Girl?

I believe it's an Onion reference.

posted by ChurchHatesTucker at 5:56 PM on November 3, 2010


Is it very bad that this mostly made me want to play around with my webcam?
posted by craichead at 5:59 PM on November 3, 2010 [1 favorite]


Jeebus that is a harsh laugh. Sounds like a goose on a choke chain.
posted by Inspector.Gadget at 6:04 PM on November 3, 2010 [2 favorites]


Well played, mutant lady!
posted by Greg Nog at 6:11 PM on November 3, 2010 [2 favorites]


It seems to me that laughing records helped to ease anxieties about a potentially disturbing new medium.
posted by RobotVoodooPower at 6:20 PM on November 3, 2010 [2 favorites]


I laughed. What a goofball.
posted by defenestration at 6:21 PM on November 3, 2010


Apparently, Inspector.Gadget has never heard the sound of pure, unselfconscious joy before. It is, indeed, a bit surprising at first, but if he's very, very lucky, he'll get used to it.
posted by MrMoonPie at 6:26 PM on November 3, 2010 [7 favorites]


Possibly the antidote to this

For her next video, we need to get this girl costumed by Jean-Paul Goude.
posted by mykescipark at 6:27 PM on November 3, 2010


I think everyone who is feeling low ought to smoke a doob and do this.
posted by bwg at 6:33 PM on November 3, 2010


I was all geared up to hate this and I usually find loud, excessive laughter irritating as hell but this was fucking hilarious. I was laughing along with it too.
posted by MaryDellamorte at 6:34 PM on November 3, 2010


I love her. I love her and will marry her. I cannot stop watching this. I may be damaged by it in some way.
posted by lumpenprole at 6:43 PM on November 3, 2010 [4 favorites]


Please don't say you want to have her babies.
posted by found missing at 6:53 PM on November 3, 2010 [12 favorites]


because they'd be very funny looking
posted by found missing at 6:55 PM on November 3, 2010 [2 favorites]


The best thing about this is that every single one of us has done this. It's just that the rest of us were lucky, in that it wasn't recorded for everyone to see.
posted by koeselitz at 7:03 PM on November 3, 2010 [1 favorite]


HEEEEY YOOOOOOO GAAAAAAAIIIIZZZZZ!

i laughed so fucking hard at this
posted by spikeleemajortomdickandharryconnickjrmints at 7:04 PM on November 3, 2010 [2 favorites]


Did you know that, with exact enough titration, one can ingest the exact dose of acid which cancels this effect out?
posted by pompomtom at 7:10 PM on November 3, 2010 [2 favorites]


I'm crying. In a good way. That was just not long enough. I'm gonna go watch it again.
posted by wv kay in ga at 7:15 PM on November 3, 2010


James Cameron needs to work this into the next AVATAR film. Maybe they all get high off of some alien plant and see their reflections on some shiny surface. In 3D. I would never leave the theater.
posted by Quasimike at 7:44 PM on November 3, 2010 [2 favorites]


Oh good god I needed that.
Everyone at this coffee shop is staring at me. Whatever, I don't care.
posted by special-k at 7:45 PM on November 3, 2010


Did you know that, with exact enough titration, one can ingest the exact dose of acid which cancels this effect out?

Yeah, but the pharmacokinetics on that are a bitch.
posted by exogenous at 8:06 PM on November 3, 2010


OMG the unswerled version is so funny I laughed until I cried. Woke the DH up I was laughing so hard it was shaking the bed. Thanks, I needed that. I will go days where just thinking about it will crack me up.
posted by tamitang at 8:07 PM on November 3, 2010


Holy crap, that is truly impressive technology. Not so much the visual swirl effect, which is pretty basic really. But the ability to calculate the volumetric distortion of her vocal tract and process - in real time, mind you! - what it would do to her voice? That's pretty astonishing!
posted by Naberius at 8:09 PM on November 3, 2010 [1 favorite]


Waiting for the Gregory Brothers to turn this into our generation's "Flight of the Bumblebee."
posted by BT at 8:10 PM on November 3, 2010 [5 favorites]


So every time someone laughs hard they're high? What did people do before acid and mushrooms?
posted by mecran01 at 8:14 PM on November 3, 2010


Naberius: hamburger?
posted by odinsdream at 8:19 PM on November 3, 2010 [1 favorite]


Unalloyed, unrestrained pure joy. Not enough people remember how to do that (me included, unfortunately). Boy, I needed that. Trying very hard not to wake up the family by laughing silently. It hurts, in a good way.
posted by Devils Rancher at 8:21 PM on November 3, 2010


Oh fuck. I needed that today. Thank you.
posted by elmer benson at 8:26 PM on November 3, 2010 [1 favorite]


So every time someone laughs hard they're high?

Not just the laughing, but how improbably good she is at it, infers some kind of performance enhancement drugs. When she first brings her hand in, she realizes right away that it doesn't work, and pulls her hand back almost as if she's been electrically shocked. Then she explores the "safe hand zone," while still mugging and laughing. All you robot AI sentient wannabes can now go cry in the corner.
posted by StickyCarpet at 8:32 PM on November 3, 2010 [1 favorite]


this is what it looks like when you're beat hard by an ugly stick
posted by pyramid termite at 8:33 PM on November 3, 2010


I'm pretty sure it would ruin someone permanently if he or she was peeking on acid while viewing this.
posted by fartknocker at 8:41 PM on November 3, 2010


I haven't laughed this hard since the Dad at the Comedy Barn video (give it time, it's a blast).
posted by Addlepated at 8:42 PM on November 3, 2010 [8 favorites]


I think everyone who is feeling low ought to smoke a doob and do this.

and then when the doob is gone go cry in the corner because you can't have fun anymore without one?
posted by setanor at 8:46 PM on November 3, 2010


mecran01: “So every time someone laughs hard they're high? What did people do before acid and mushrooms?”

Er. Were there people before mushrooms?
posted by koeselitz at 8:52 PM on November 3, 2010 [13 favorites]


geez, setanor.
posted by mindsound at 9:04 PM on November 3, 2010 [1 favorite]


I haven't slept for 30 hours and I found the video to be absolutely fucking terrifying, tapping into some of my deepest primal fears, and now I am traumatized. Thanks a bunch, internet.
posted by The Discredited Ape at 9:12 PM on November 3, 2010 [2 favorites]


There is a secret minimalist version which sometimes leads to similar overamusement, but requires no video devices.

You just need two mirrors
posted by billb at 9:30 PM on November 3, 2010


My wife just came storming into the room with her laptop and told me I needed to see this.

My first thought was "Oh, so that's what madness looks like... seems fun."

That's when I noticed something... awesome; my wife was watching the video, completely in the throes of hilarity, cackling just as crazy as the woman in the clip.

And I knew that life was good.
posted by quin at 9:32 PM on November 3, 2010 [6 favorites]


I spotted Quagmire, Montgomery Burns, and the goon from Popeye.

Bevis and Sloth from Goonies
posted by jpdoane at 9:35 PM on November 3, 2010


and then when the doob is gone go cry in the corner because you can't have fun anymore without one?

buzzkill, man.
posted by spikeleemajortomdickandharryconnickjrmints at 9:38 PM on November 3, 2010


and then when the doob is gone go cry in the corner because you can't have fun anymore without one?

I dunno man I'm laughing my ass off at this video and mostly I'm chemically unaltered. I did have a little bit of that vodka I bought after the election results yesterday, though.
posted by delmoi at 9:39 PM on November 3, 2010


Yogi Ramesh

I AM HAPPY, I'M ERECT!
posted by carsonb at 9:47 PM on November 3, 2010 [2 favorites]


All you robot AI sentient wannabes can now go cry in the corner...

...and then when the doob is gone go cry in the corner because you can't have fun anymore without one?
posted by setanor


I wasn't calling you a robot AI sentient wannabe, setanor. Perhaps thou dost protesteth too much?
posted by StickyCarpet at 10:05 PM on November 3, 2010


Francis Bacon's little sister.
posted by effluvia at 10:08 PM on November 3, 2010 [2 favorites]


OMG!
posted by special-k at 10:10 PM on November 3, 2010 [1 favorite]


Er. Were there people before mushrooms?

According to Terence McKenna, possibly not.
posted by shinynewnick at 10:25 PM on November 3, 2010


Holy crap. About 3 minutes or so in and my eyes are watering and sides are sore. Hi-larious.
posted by speedo at 10:35 PM on November 3, 2010


Man, that was hilarious. At the beginning I thought, man this is stupid, what kind of an fpp is this but then I just started laughing UNCONTROLLABLY--you know, the kind when you start crying and shreiking and maybe almost peeing yourself a little. This silly little vid just made my day, so thanks for posting! :)
posted by 1000monkeys at 10:53 PM on November 3, 2010


I found that completely terrifying in an Aphex Twin "Come To Daddy" kind of way.
posted by webmutant at 10:55 PM on November 3, 2010


Where do I purchase this Basil Wolverton webcam filter?
posted by dgaicun at 11:10 PM on November 3, 2010 [1 favorite]


Delightful. Great to see someone so happy and enjoying themselves!
posted by JtJ at 1:30 AM on November 4, 2010 [1 favorite]


I found that completely terrifying in an Aphex Twin "Come To Daddy" kind of way.
posted by uncanny hengeman at 1:47 AM on November 4, 2010


setanor: "I think everyone who is feeling low ought to smoke a doob and do this.

and then when the doob is gone go cry in the corner because you can't have fun anymore without one
"

Hell no; after laughing your ass silly for so long you'd be happy for quite a while.

And have the munchies.
posted by bwg at 3:33 AM on November 4, 2010


That...that was too fucking creepy and it will haunt my mid morning and afternoon naps.
posted by nomadicink at 4:26 AM on November 4, 2010


I haven't laughed this hard since Hans Moleman Productions Presents: Brett Favre Getting Hit by Football.
posted by giraffe at 6:25 AM on November 4, 2010


Mom?
posted by srboisvert at 6:28 AM on November 4, 2010


Unswirled
posted by Perplexity at 6:32 AM on November 4, 2010 [1 favorite]


I love all the different voices/laughs she does to try to match what her face is looking like in the video. Just too funny.
posted by antifuse at 8:10 AM on November 4, 2010


Perfect for online dating.

Better than my tactic to ward off the pervos on IRC--when they ask you "so what do you look like/what are you wearing?" I sent them autopsy photos.

Take that Chris Hanson!
posted by stormpooper at 8:11 AM on November 4, 2010


An appropriate TubeDub
posted by codacorolla at 8:58 AM on November 4, 2010 [1 favorite]


Better than my tactic to ward off the pervos on IRC--when they ask you "so what do you look like/what are you wearing?" I sent them autopsy photos.

I could see that backfiring spectacularly.
posted by ChurchHatesTucker at 9:10 AM on November 4, 2010


"How you doin'"...

Thank god I didn't watch this from work!
Now, I'm giggling just thinking about this.

posted by bitteroldman at 9:33 AM on November 4, 2010


my god this is like a fucking wes anderson film for me now. every time i watch it i find some new detail to focus on, and it has yet to start to get old for me.
posted by spikeleemajortomdickandharryconnickjrmints at 9:52 AM on November 4, 2010 [1 favorite]


I could see that backfiring spectacularly.

Never did. They went "ew" and called me a freak. Yet I saw they were also on #horsesex channels, etc.

Glass houses.
posted by stormpooper at 9:58 AM on November 4, 2010


These kids today. No imagination.
posted by ChurchHatesTucker at 10:02 AM on November 4, 2010


in the unswirled on you can totally tell she's high... and loving it. this was awesomely silly. thanx!
posted by liza at 11:35 AM on November 4, 2010


I couldn't tell she was high, i just thought she was having fun.
posted by djduckie at 12:31 PM on November 4, 2010 [1 favorite]


in the unswirled on you can totally tell she's high... and loving it.

Or is it just that seeing someone laughing hysterically with no visible object of their delight makes them look high?
posted by John Cohen at 1:04 PM on November 4, 2010


Why is it so typical to assert that she's "high"? Do people think that it's astute or amusing to claim this?

'Hurf Durf, on crack', or 'X is a hell of a drug' seem like the lowest category of wit in response to silly people.
posted by dgaicun at 1:10 PM on November 4, 2010 [1 favorite]


From what I've heard tell from friends who have been exactly that high that's what being exactly that high is like. I'm sure she can be silly just as God made her, but I think she had some help on this one.
posted by codacorolla at 1:12 PM on November 4, 2010


I'm pretty sure it would ruin someone permanently if he or she was peeking on acid while viewing this.

That's not tru at all and what the hell the computer is implantinating red worms under my WORDS when I speak the way they can't tolerat spell check YOURSELF before I wreck yourself with a hammer where's my hammer
posted by FatherDagon at 1:53 PM on November 4, 2010 [2 favorites]


I imagine this would be the reaction of almost anyone who had lived, say, 200 years ago, and was magically transported into the present day, upon seeing something like a webcam. It's almost human nature to take all the comforts of modern life for granted, and it's really refreshing to see someone who clearly understands just how fucking amazing the modern world really is and can be.
posted by notswedish at 7:34 PM on November 4, 2010


notswedish, the first thing we should do once we get a time machine is go get blazed with Benjamin Franklin. We should also bring along an iPhone or lava lamp or Funyuns. I bet Franklin would lose his shit over some Funyuns.
posted by spikeleemajortomdickandharryconnickjrmints at 6:44 AM on November 5, 2010


dgaicun

My comment was related to the fact that this is pretty close to how people on LSD react to just looking at themselves in the mirror.
posted by empath at 6:45 AM on November 5, 2010


Hell, I react like this when looking at myself in the mirror, period.

"HONK HONK HONK! wuggawuggawuggawugga... Hello! Hello? Hello! I know YOU! i KNOW you. WAUNK WUNK hahahah"

If this person were looking at herself on acid, she'd probably be like this:

O_O

o_O

O_o

>_<

O_o

>_<

o_o
posted by not_on_display at 10:11 AM on November 5, 2010 [3 favorites]


I still can't tell if this is visual effects or just....wow...odd.
posted by stormpooper at 11:25 AM on November 5, 2010


After watching this for, like, the fifth time, the funniest part to me is how she changes her laugh for each new face.
posted by danb at 7:37 PM on November 5, 2010 [2 favorites]


in the unswirled on you can totally tell she's high...

I must have missed that part of the video, the one where someone administers a drug test and shows the results. Can you point me to that part of the video, otherwise, how could you tell for certain that she was high?
posted by MaryDellamorte at 4:19 PM on November 7, 2010


Because she totally set off our highdar.
posted by spikeleemajortomdickandharryconnickjrmints at 5:40 AM on November 11, 2010 [3 favorites]


That was the best. I really wish I could see her reaction video. And I laughed just as much at the unswirled version (after seeing the swirled one of course).

(I've been cackling in my dorm house kitching this fine Saturday morning for about 10 minutes now.)
posted by iamkimiam at 2:36 AM on November 13, 2010


Related.
posted by ChurchHatesTucker at 7:02 PM on November 13, 2010


If anybody's high it's those grannies.
posted by cmoj at 9:23 PM on November 13, 2010


Those Grannies are like something from an alternate Jim Woodring universe, where everything he draws is not scary at all.
posted by not_on_display at 11:15 AM on November 15, 2010


iamkimiam: if you're referring to the "response" that Cat Pie Hurts posted near the top of the thread, that was actually the unswirled version. Not sure why it was pulled...in any case, don't worry -- you didn't miss anything!
posted by danb at 9:14 PM on November 18, 2010


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