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Marcel the Shell (With Shoes On) Is Back

Comedy on the half shell.

Marcel the Shell has put his shoes back on and marched on over to YouTube to take the Internet by storm — again.

The adorable mollusk is the brainchild of comedian Jenny Slate, who tweeted about the surprise third installment of his YouTube series this morning.

In the video, Slate’s earnest little shell with shoes is joined by her husband, Dean Fleischer-Camp, who plays Marcel’s exceedingly patient off-camera interviewer. Fleischer-Camp keeps the camera rolling as Marcel talks about how shrimp “are the idiots of the sea,” explains that his “shell gets tight” when he gets worked up, sings a sweetly sad song and announces his favorite saying, which is, of course, “life’s a party, rock your body.”

It’s Marcel’s first video since 2011 and it seems that the happy little univalve was brought out of retirement to help promote his latest children’s book, Marcel the Shell: The Most Surprised I’ve Ever Been.

 

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Watch a Bulldog Puppy Try to Howl in an Adorable Video

Puppy love.

In Walt Whitman’s “Song of Myself,” the poet wrote about letting loose with a “barbaric yawp.” This little bulldog puppy is doing its best to live up to Whitman’s edict and sound its own barbaric yawp from the rooftops. But there’s one little problem— it doesn’t quite know how to do it. (Maybe it should take a page from the Dead Poets Society playbook?)

Drop everything you are doing, and watch this little bundle of joy try its best to master that whole howling thing now. Once this adorably wrinkly ball figures out how to let loose, it will undoubtedly be sounding it yawp from the rooftops and driving the neighbors batty. For now, though, the clip is 100% adorable.

 

 

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Watch a Tiny Chipmunk Try Really Hard to Finish a Slice of Pizza

Watching it might make you hungry

What’s cuter than a tiny hamster eating a tiny slice of pizza or for that matter, a tiny hamster eating a tiny burrito? A chipmunk eating a honking huge piece of pizza, of course.

In some adorable footage captured by YouTube user Gary Johnson, the wild beastie manages to best a slice of pizza that’s at least twice as big as he is. One thing that is clear about the chipmunk: He is committed to the task, and common sense, stomach capacity and just being full, won’t stop him from downing that whole slice. We’ve all been there, furry friend.

“I think this little fella gained about 6 pounds in the 3 days we were in Vermont,” Johnson said in the description of the YouTube video. Looks like at least one chipmunk will be ready for winter.

 

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The Motown Version of “Shake It Off” You Didn’t Know You Needed

Taylor Swift's song goes retro

It’s a sign of good songwriting that “Shake It Off” is as catchy in Taylor Swift’s head-bopping pop version as it is in a new retro take on the song by Postmodern Jukebox.

The video from the talented crew is filled with vintage glamour, Motown style and undeniably catchy harmonies courtesy of the back-up singers and horn section. Debonaire singer Von Smith belts out the tune, gleefully reminding the world that players are gonna play play play. YouTube poster and pianist Scott Bradlee accompanies him to deliver a jazzy rendition that will have you wanting to shake shake shaking it off on the dance floor (or at your desk).

The smooth remake of Swift’s song somehow manages to sound even more upbeat than the original. The retrofitting of the song is so seamless it’s easy to imagine that “Shake It Off” will be a jazz standard soon enough.

 

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When a Corgi and a Lamb Race, Everyone Wins

Take a cute break

Before they were populating the internet with their adorable antics — and costing businesses millions of dollars in lost revenue as their employees waste working hour watching corgis surfing, riding merry-go-rounds, or twerking — Welsh Corgis were bred to herd sheep. But that doesn’t mean that they can’t be friends with them too.

While Fashion the Corgi could be getting in touch with her deep-bred instincts to herd Tansy the Lamb into a corner, after watching this clip, there’s no doubt that the two are good buds as they race around the yard at a hot clip.

Watch now, but don’t tell your boss we said you should spend your time watching instead of filling out a spreadsheet.

(h/t Daily Picks and Flicks)

 

 

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Watch a Cat Ruin a Game of Mini Golf for Everyone

Seriously. What is it even doing there?

In case you were considering taking your cat for a few holes of mini golf this weekend: Don’t.

In this video making the rounds, a cat actively works to ruin the game for some people just trying to have a good time.

It’s all the proof you need that even if you name your cat Bagger Vance, you still shouldn’t take him to the local putting green. While cats may love the sound of birdies and bogeys, as it turns out, our feline friends struggle to master their golf swing, occasionally mistake the sand trap for a litter box, or use a nine-iron when a wood club is called for. They are also really bad sports. If they can’t play the back nine, no one can.

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Orange is the New Black Gets The Golden Girls Treatment in This Mashup

Golden is the new black

In the latest gift from the Internet, YouTube user Robert Jones mashed up Orange is the New Black with The Golden Girls to make an entirely enjoyable new viral video, perfect for watching with friend and a slice of cheesecake. Speaking of which, there’s little doubt that the inmates at Litchfield Penitentiary would have some great conversations over a cheesecake, especially one with cigarettes or a file baked into it.

To make the video, Jones replaced the Orange is the New Black theme song (Regina Spektor’s “You’ve Got Time”) with Andrew Gold’s “Thank You For Being A Friend,” and the song swap magically transforms the smartly dark prison drama into a screwball jail comedy, which is not a genre that has been explored in-depth.

The combination of the ’80s comedy and the Netflix show is fodder for the imagination, and hopefully some great fanfic will come out of the mash-up—think of the trouble Sophia and Red could get up to.

Thank you for being a friend, Internet.

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Competitive Eater Kobayashi Faces Off Against a Hungry Hungry Hamster

Tiny hamster, giant appetite

The Internet’s latest darling is a hungry, hungry hamster. First the hamster took on tiny burritos, then tiny pizza slices and then tiny breakfasts in a tiny mansion. Now the fluffy little rodent has turned its beady little eyes on a larger target — professional eater Takeru Kobayashi.

Kobayashi made a name for himself on the competitive eating circuit, taking down all comers at the annual Coney Island hot dog eating contest. He is capable of eating 69 hot dogs in 10 minutes, but can he compete with a tiny hamster with giant mouth pouches who can tackle tiny fake hot dogs made out of hamster food in only a few dozen mouthfuls?

The only way to find out is it watch the latest installment of HelloDenzien’s adorable videos, but get on the edge of your seat now and brace yourself for a drama-filled face-off between the two eaters.

 

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Grab a Hanky and Watch This Video of “Sad Dads” at One Direction Concerts

It's what makes them beautiful.

In his memoir Hitch-22, Christopher Hitchens wrote, “To be the father of growing daughters is to understand something of what Yeats evokes with his imperishable phrase ‘terrible beauty.’ Nothing can make one so happily exhilarated or so frightened.” This quote clearly applies to the experience of a good father, make that a really good father, taking his tween daughter to a One Direction concert.

Nothing encapsulates the lonely-in-a-crowd phenomenon so much as the face of a father staring in blank horror as the sound and the fury of a stadium packed with young women screaming the names of Harry, Liam, Niall, Louis and Zayn at the top of their lungs washes over him. In a video with photos by The Spin’s Angelina Castillo, the faces on these fathers say it all — they’ve seen things and they are reflected in their blank, staring eyes, but they would do it again and again for their beloved daughters. In the words of One Direction, it’s what makes these fathers beautiful.

These dear old dads have put up with so much that they clearly deserve this moving tribute set to Gary Jules’s haunting cover of “Mad World.” Terrible beauty, indeed.

 

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Watch Professors Read Their Own Reviews on Rate My Professors

Don't call your professor "awefull," kids.

Taking a nod from Jimmy Kimmel, who likes to torment celebrities by making them read mean tweets about themselves, Lehigh University had some of their professors sit down and read some highlights (and some lowlights) of their reviews on Rate My Professors, a websites where students write their honest opinions of teachers. Not surprisingly, the professors seemed unmoved by evaluations accusing them of “rambling about relevant topics” or being “awefull”—yep, that’s how one student spelled it.

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