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This Impromptu Subway Singalong Will Brighten Your Day

All these commuters want is "A Little Respect"

London subway riders just want a little respect, apparently.

A new video circulating the web not only proves that Aretha Franklin, Rodney Dangerfield and Madonna were right and everyone does want a little respect, but the video also proves that everyone loves Erasure (and “The Circle of Life”) .

Almost exactly a year after Erasure’s first Christmas album came out, the band gave the world a new Christmas miracle by way of a subway rider who got in touch with his inner Vince Clark in the best way possible.

The intrepid and bold London commuter—a local singer named Neil Francis (who admitted to the BBC to having had a few drinks to “wet the whistle”)—belted out a few lines of Erasure’s “A Little Respect” on a crowded North London subway platform. Soon enough commuters up and down the platform were singing along, asking the world at large—or perhaps just the transit authority— for “a little respect” during their travels.

[H/T Death and Taxes]

 

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Watch All of the Year’s Funniest, Scariest and Cutest Viral Videos In Seven Minutes

Dogs, dancing, daredevils and more in 2014's greatest viral moments

As we all know, YouTube is just a big, scary, overwhelming jumble of videos, some of which go viral in a major way (see: the Ice Bucket Challenge videos, the Apparently Kid videos, etc.)

To help make things a bit more manageable for all of us, director and video editor Luc Bergeron went through all the year’s viral videos — 233, to be exact, — and then crammed all the best moments into one digestible supercut.

It’s been quite a year. There were cute animals. There were dumb animals. There were daredevils who risked their lives just to make a cool video. There was an impressive amount of dancing. There was awkward kissing. There was ice being dumped on people’s head. And so, so much more.

Enjoy.

 

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This Baby Is Extremely Confused by the Concept of Twins

So there’s this one, and then there’s that one, but then there’s this one…

This baby, flanked by even smaller twin babies, is not quite sure what’s going on here. There’s one baby in a headband and strawberry romper to his left, and another baby in a headband and strawberry romper to his right. And they are, remarkably, two different people.

One twin is chilling contently while the other seems quite perturbed by the confused baby’s inability to recognize her individuality. Or maybe she’s hungry. Either way, it’s Friday.

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Here is a Cat Playing Whac-A-Mole with Its Owner’s Fingers

They don’t allow cats in Chuck E. Cheese’s, after all

Today in pet owners who love their animals enough to risk losing digits, a cat plays Whac-A-Mole with its owner’s fingers as she pokes them through holes in a cardboard box. The cat seems to be having fun at first, but when the owner begins to increase the challenge, the cat gets a look on its face that we can only assume to mean, “why would you do this to me?”

It’s not clear whether this is a creative, homemade scheme for cat entertainment or a form of very benign torture. Either way, the cat’s going to have to try again for a better score.

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Watch SNL’s Un-Aired Sketch About Ferguson

Two morning anchors try and keep up light, fluffy dialogue in the face of the grand jury's decision not to indict Darren Wilson

Saturday Night Live released an unaired sketch from this week’s episode and it’s a doozie.

In the sketch, two Ferguson-area morning anchors — one black, one white, played by Cecily Strong and Kenan Thompson —are faced with sustaining their upbeat, inane chatter in the wake of the protests over a grand jury’s decision not to indict police officer Darren Wilson for the death of teenager Michael Brown. Their patter is filled with uncomfortable slips of the tongue and clear race divides that only get worse when guest chef Daryl Wilson (played by host James Franco) stops by to cook up a healthy meal.

While the sketch is uncomfortable and difficult to watch, it’s a shame that it was cut from the episode. Comedy has a long history of turning a lens on difficult situations and challenging people to think about events and circumstances we would rather avoid.

The SNL sketch also bears a striking similarity to NBC’s decision to focus on the annual lighting of the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree rather than show the streets surrounding the building, which were filled with protestors angered over the grand jury’s decision not to indict a white NYPD officer in the death of Eric Garner.

[H/T Uproxx]

Read next: Watch Tina Fey Joke About Bill Cosby Rape Allegations on SNL in 2005

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Watch All of the 2014 Movie Trailers in One Glorious Mashup

Grab the popcorn

The Sleepy Skunk has just released the annual movie trailer mash-up and everything from Boyhood to Birdman to The Lego Movie, Guardians of the Galaxy to The Imitation Game, Lucy to Annabelle to Belle is included in the mix. Even films not in theaters yet are represented, including Tim Burton’s Big Eyes and the assassination comedy The Interview, raising the ire of North Korea.

Boasting a soundtrack made up of Dario Marinelli’s score from V for Vendetta and songs by The Prodigy and OneRepublic, the trailers are seamlessly woven together to not only remind viewers of the individual films seen this year, but also of everything we watched on the big screen in 2014. It’s a mesmerizing step back to see the greater whole of the stories we were told this year.

Whether you’re working on a year-end list (here’s TIME’s list of the best movies of 2014), or trying to get a jump start on your Oscar ballot, the video takes you on a helpful, fascinating and beautiful stroll down movie memory lane.

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Listen to the Hit Songs of 2014 in Just 2.5 Minutes

The Vine phenomenon covers all the songs.

Us the Duo, the Vine phenomenon that covers hit songs in social-media friendly six second loops known as #6SecondCovers, has expanded their time frame to cover all of the hits from 2014 in just two-and-a-half minutes.

In the video, the husband and wife team of Michael and Carissa Alvarado seamlessly blend parts of Taylor Swift’s “Shake it Off” with Coldplay’s “A Sky Full of Stars”, Sia’s “Chandelier”, Meghan Trainor’s “All About That Bass”, and more. Remember way back at the beginning of this year when Pharrell’s “Happy” was inescapable? It’s in the mix along with John Legend, Ariane Grande, Nico & Vinz, Magic!, Clean Bandit, and Maroon 5.

Us The Duo signed a deal with Republic Records in March, becoming the first Vine artists to get picked up by a major label.

MORE:

Top 10 Best Songs of 2014

Top 10 Worst Songs of 2014

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Watch Jane Krakowski’s “Leaked” Audition Tape for Peter Pan Live!

The 30 Rock star gives it her all

Funny or Die has managed to get its hands on 30 Rock star Jane Krakowski’s audition tape for Peter Pan Live! and “leaked” the reel to the press. In the clip, Krakowksi make it clear that she is willing to do whatever it takes to play Peter Pan in NBC’s upcoming live production of the play—and if that means hooking up with Wendy, then she’s down for it.

Krakowski came in full costume to the audition, bringing along the Tony Award she won for her portrayal of Carla in Nine, as a helpful reminder to the producers that she’s legit. She showed off her stage skills by playing Peter Pan as an oversexed British pixie dust addict who might be afraid of heights and have a lot in common with Tinkerbell. While it would have been a fascinating take on the beloved childhood character, NBC opted to cast a safer choice, Girls star Allison Williams, in the role instead.

Peter Pan Live! airs on NBC on Thursday.

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When It Comes to Frozen, This Dog Can’t ‘Let It Go’ Either

Whether he hates it or loves it, he just can't stop singing it

Oakley the dog is no fan of Charli XCX’s “Boom Clap” and has an uncanny ability to sleep right through the catchy track. But, the pup’s catnap comes to an abrupt halt when the opening dulcet strains of Frozen track “Let It Go” start up.

On the first note the dog’s ears perk up, turning this way and that like adorable satellite dishes seeking a signal. By the time the opening bars have started, Oakley’s eyes are wide open and when Idina Menzel begins to sing, the pup’s head is up and he is seemingly trying to sing along with the chorus of the omnipresent song.

While in the commentary on the video, the puppy’s owner claims this is Oakley’s favorite song, it’s unclear whether he is actually enjoying the tune or trying to make the dreaded earworm stop — at least until the Frozen sequel, which is still only a rumor, hits theaters.

Either way, Oakley is still better at singing “Let It Go” than Ben Affleck.

 

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Bad Lip Reading Retells The Hunger Games: Catching Fire as an Absurdist Musical

“I know you stole my yellow fanny pack”

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part I is striking box office gold this holiday week but it’s the trilogy’s second installment, Catching Fire, that has a new retelling from the ventriloquists over at Bad Lip Reading. In this version, the drama is driven not by President Snow’s sadistic murder games but by stolen fanny packs, pet iguanas and Peeta’s shocking admission that he’s a druid.

With numbers like “I Sing When I Eat Fruit” and “Smack Your Doctor,” the video reimagines the Katniss-Peeta-Gale love triangle as a batty musical. It may not make any sense, but then again neither does pitting 24 children against each other in a fight to the death.

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