The main thing that separates children from the elderly is not the technological divide or that children have not fully internalized the inevitability of their own death. It’s because young people have so much more time on their hands than we do. The freedom of not having to fend for yourself and clean everything leaves plenty of time to participate in a grassroots movement around a silly kid’s movie, discover the benefits of “brown noise,” and eat at every damn rainforest cafe in North America.
Why are #Gentleminions banned from cinemas?
Last week I brought you the news that children worldwide planned to put on suits and dresses to see Minions: The Rise of Gru. Spring, The crazy bastards actually did it. Spurred on by TikTok videos and rocking chic clothes, hordes of “gentleminions” attended The Rise of Gru above that Weekend. They responded enthusiastically with cheers and shouts, increasing box office receipts and releasing about seven million videos too #gentleminions on TikTok to prove it happened. They even brought bananas, the minions’ favorite food.
So some kids had a good time at the movies, and a studio made a tremendous amount of dough – everyone should be happy, right? Of course not. Some theater owners, obviously upset by the influx of paying customers enjoying a film, began evicting Gentleminions from their theaters. In some places the The police were called to evict the well-dressed thugs. Some theaters in the UK are pre-emptive Ban on “unaccompanied children” from demonstrations by The Rise of Gru if they are dressed too neatly.
I’m sure some of the teenagers were incredibly obnoxious and ruined the nuance of Minions: The Rise of Gru for other cinephiles, but maybe people need to loosen up? At least Universal Pictures is happy. The enterprise tweeted: “To everyone who shows up at @Minions in suits: see you and we love you.”
Brown noise takes over TikTok
I’ve heard of the “brown note” before, the mystical frequency that causes anyone who hears it to defecate, but brown noise is new to me. Unfortunately, the audio trend taking over TikTok has nothing to do with forcing people to shit uncontrollably. Instead, it resembles the “white noise” that plays to drown out other distractions and aid sleep. The difference: White noise consists of tones that cover a wide frequency range from very low to very high. Brown noise contains only the mids and bass and omits high tones entirely.
According to Brown-Noiser, the sound drowns out inner distractions and allows for more focus and relaxation, especially for those with attention deficit disorders. I was ready to dismiss this as just another silly trend, but it exists current science to support the benefits of white noise for people with ADHDso it’s not that far fetched to think of brown noise work too. But the real kicker came when I visited #brownoise hashtag and played some videos. Damn if it’s not relaxing!
Plastic wrap treehouses and ridiculous food: the online viciousness of willful incompetence
This week, a video that appeared to show a camping hack went viral on Twitter. In the clipIn a wooded wilderness, a woman begins building a tree house out of rolls of plastic sheeting. It’s mesmerizing, but commenters almost everywhere have pointed out that this is a terrible idea :IIt’s expensive, wasteful, time consuming, a suffocation hazard, why not just buy a tent and so on.
The video doesn’t provide any context, but I’m pretty sure an incredulous reaction is the point and no one really thinks building a plastic sheet construction in nature is a good idea. You should comment “This is the stupidest thing ever” before sharing it on your feed. It blends “food no one would ever make or eat” and “life hacks no one would ever use” in that sub-sub genre of displays of willful incompetence like this one Guy’s Cat Food in aspic recipe, this stupid life hacksand many 5 minutes tinkering Content (although they might not do it on purpose.) I’m sure nothing like this has ever been posted on Lifehacker.com…
Viral Video of the Week: I drove to every Rainforest Cafe in North America
I love travel documentaries, mindless challenges, and pop culture ephemera that should go away but somehow survive. This week’s viral video has them all. In the “I drove to every rainforest cafe in North America,” YouTubers Ted Nivision and his partner Eddy Burback do just that. They drive nearly 10,000 miles to visit malls from California to New Jersey to Canada only to be immersed in the inexplicable atmosphere of the Rainforest Cafe, where the animals are animatronic, the food is mediocre and there is an indoor thunderstorm every 22 minutes.
The chain was founded in 1994, in the midst of the themed restaurant craze, and somehow it’s still alive, as opposed to closed-loop bad food ideas The Fashion Cafe, Mars 2112, Dive! (Steven Spielberg’s submarine restaurant chain), and WWF New York (a restaurant about professional wrestling). Unfortunately, the writing for the Rainforest Cafe can’t be on the wall. There were once 34 locations in the US but only 17 now so don’t delay a visit.
This video is one of those projects that divides people into two groups: Those who say, “But why would you do that?” aAnd those who say, “Why would you do anything else?” I’m totally in the second camp because like Nivision said it: “It’s the dumbest, most ridiculous restaurant there is and I love it so much.”