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March 19, 2019 7:15 PM   Subscribe

[Jon] Harchick (previously) is the godfather of “the Drinkers”—a niche community of YouTubers who just… drink water. […] The Drinkers’ channels are simple and the videos short—typically clocking in at under a minute. Most channel’s just feature video after video after video of the YouTuber looking at the camera, pouring a glass of water or taking the top off a bottle, and slamming that H2O— that’s it. At times the number of these videos per channel can climb well into the thousands.
posted by Johnny Wallflower (37 comments total) 16 users marked this as a favorite
 
I was going into this thinking "geez, I hope they're not drinking enough to be at risk of hyponatremia," but then the article leads off with the guy drinking some bleach and now that concern seems feeble in comparison.
posted by invitapriore at 7:41 PM on March 19 [8 favorites]


Jesus, major warning that the opening paragraph is about a guy who drinks diluted bleach until he pukes. What a strange world we have made for ourselves to live in.
posted by vogon_poet at 7:42 PM on March 19 [3 favorites]


The rest of it is far stranger though less frightening than merely drinking bleach as a stunt, btw.
posted by vogon_poet at 7:44 PM on March 19


And here I thought this wasn't referring to anyone in particular.
posted by Zalzidrax at 7:45 PM on March 19 [6 favorites]


Knocking back half a litre in fourteen seconds isn't a regularly great idea
posted by scruss at 7:48 PM on March 19


Huh.
posted by jcreigh at 7:58 PM on March 19 [3 favorites]


The cultivation of discipline meets Youtube.
posted by solarion at 8:00 PM on March 19


H2Uh-oh!
posted by It's Raining Florence Henderson at 8:02 PM on March 19 [11 favorites]


Counterpoint (YT, 0:59)
posted by bonehead at 8:05 PM on March 19 [2 favorites]


People are morons.

Entertaining morons, because I am not Good, but morons nonetheless.
posted by aramaic at 8:10 PM on March 19 [5 favorites]


Is this a sex thing?

please just someone tell me the answer, I don’t have the patience to read this whole tepid Vice piece about people drinking water
posted by The Toad at 8:21 PM on March 19 [5 favorites]


Damnit, Zalzidrax, you beat me to it!!!
posted by praemunire at 8:31 PM on March 19 [1 favorite]


Tepid is precisely the temperature you don't want your refreshing water to be.
posted by turbid dahlia at 8:32 PM on March 19


"Bleach Boys"
posted by Marky at 8:59 PM on March 19 [3 favorites]


It was cute when there was one lonely coffee pot being streamed to the world.

I guess I shouldn't be so surprised that the banality of banality would be so... banal.
posted by symbioid at 9:03 PM on March 19 [10 favorites]




But, why?
posted by Homo neanderthalensis at 9:32 PM on March 19


Lawrence Fishporn, no, I was going to say 16 oz of water in 14 seconds is my usual. I fill my 16 oz mug with room temperature spring water and drink it, all of a sudden, that is exactly how I consume water. ( for a moment there, I had a typo going about roo. Temperature spring water, that is too warm for me. As a concept, it came out of nowhere, g'dday!)
posted by Oyéah at 9:39 PM on March 19 [2 favorites]


People are morons.

Entertaining morons, because I am not Good, but morons nonetheless.
posted by aramaic


I must thank you for this. I sometimes feel that I am a bad person for laughing at the didoes and capering of some "personalities".

Now I do not.

Freedom!
posted by Splunge at 12:32 AM on March 20 [1 favorite]


It's all fun and games until they reveal that most of those views come from some modern-day dystopic region where YouTube is readily accessible but clean drinking water isn't.
posted by CheesesOfBrazil at 2:18 AM on March 20 [10 favorites]


some modern-day dystopic region where YouTube is readily accessible but clean drinking water isn't

Detroit?
posted by GeckoDundee at 3:13 AM on March 20 [21 favorites]


So this is sort of like American Gods, except for the Japanese hydration badgers, isn't it? Times changed, and they had to change with them.
posted by Naberius at 4:04 AM on March 20


It's all fun and games until they reveal that most of those views come from some modern-day dystopic region where YouTube is readily accessible but clean drinking water isn't.

Some sort of neo-Sisyphean, Harlan Ellison-inspired version of the Minnesota Starvation Experiment meets Running Man.

Except instead of scarcity we're really just living in the last days of Rome, coming up with newsways to entertain ourselves through competitive orthorexia.
posted by Telf at 4:07 AM on March 20 [3 favorites]


Please note, for posterity, that I just coined competitive orthorexia. When those jerks at the APA put it into their next DSM, I want full credit.

See also tele-orthorexia and and Fear Of Dietary Outweirding. (FODO)

We're only about 2-3 fad cycles away from people who profess to only eat fresh placentas. They'll start bidding on them through a specially made app only available to inner circle members Gwyneth Paltrow's GOOP membership.
posted by Telf at 4:11 AM on March 20 [6 favorites]


I prefer pickled.
posted by dudemanlives at 4:36 AM on March 20


IN MY DAY we were too busy documenting meat left to rot in the backyard to fool around with this sort of idiocy
posted by thelonius at 4:42 AM on March 20 [16 favorites]


I guess if you have to find an experience that every mediocre boob can participate in filming thousands of times, drinking water is better than pinching one off. Which, given the the internet, is probably also a UTub “sensation.”

Back in the olden days, I used to read Ann Landers in the “paper”, wearing an onion on my belt, not because I enjoyed the writing, but for the feeling of superiority over at least a subset of my fellows. This definitely occupies a similar niche, except now I can read an article summarizing the tens of thousands of letters... okay, I just skimmed the article, because i think it would have compressed to around six bytes.
posted by Gilgamesh's Chauffeur at 5:34 AM on March 20 [2 favorites]


People want to connect. It's odd but also a little sweet that these guys connect with support for each other over something so dull.
posted by theora55 at 6:42 AM on March 20 [11 favorites]


Thank you theora55 for that gentle reminder.

People want to connect.
posted by Foci for Analysis at 8:35 AM on March 20 [3 favorites]


This is the other side of the coin to the 40 drinking community.
posted by atoxyl at 9:12 AM on March 20


This seems as good a place as any to draw your attention to @HydrationCat.
posted by DevilsAdvocate at 10:30 AM on March 20 [2 favorites]


MetaFilter: 2-3 fad cycles away from people who profess to only eat fresh placentas
posted by Foosnark at 12:14 PM on March 20


Knocking back half a litre in fourteen seconds isn't a regularly great idea

Not all the time but I'll have a large glass of tap water at the sink and it just feels right to basically pour it down the throat, not really chugging just flows smoothly and refreshing.

But at one who has been on the internet since well before the internet youtube continues to ... not exactly astound, more like huh..ok, what???... you'vegottobekidding, no really... no no really, why?
posted by sammyo at 12:31 PM on March 20


I bet their poop is type 3 on the Bristol stool scale.
posted by bendy at 12:57 AM on March 21


Is somebody blaming feminism for this yet?
posted by Mr. Yuck at 5:38 AM on March 21 [1 favorite]


@thelonius What... what are you referring to there? It sounds really familiar, but just out of reach of my memories.
posted by Imperfect at 10:09 AM on March 21


I assumed it was a reference to the Stinkymeat Project, circa 2000.
posted by jedicus at 8:39 PM on March 21


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