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This week’s potpourri of nonsense you may not know about takes us from 19th century whaling ships to the hottest hype houses of 2021, with a pit stop in Lental to catch a few Pokémon.

TikTok trend of the week: Sea Shanties

Future sociologists and cultural historians will write dissertations discussing exactly why songs originally sung by seafarers in the 19th century are the hottest trend on TikTok this week. But here we are: Sea Shanties are the craziest of the moment.

The hype machine for seafaring ditties seems to have started with a video in which the Scottish postman Nathan Evans sings: “The Wellerman“And exploded from there. Others started record their own songs, Adding their voices to Evans’ video, Create parodies, try to find outand otherwise to honor / hack and screw this almost forgotten musical form. But it really started This funny video from Beertheist That shows in 44 seconds how ridiculous, then glorious and ultimately irresistible sea shanties are.

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This week in Games: Pokémon Snap release date announced

Nintendo is popular for transferring its worn out intellectual properties from console to console, making souped-up versions of older titles, and then releasing almost the same game on newer computers. (I’m not complaining – that’s all Nintendo is ever supposed to do). However, the gamers-preferred Pokémon Snap has not been seen on a Nintendo console since the Nintendo 64 in 1999. Snap missed out on the GameCube, DS, Wii, and Wii U, but to celebrate Pokémon’s 25th anniversary, it’s coming to the Nintendo Switch on April 30th.

In case you didn’t replay it that day, Pokémon Snap is for the best: you’re a photographer and your job (I think it’s your job?) Is to walk around taking photos of Pokémon. That’s pretty much it. You catch shy pocket monsters in desserts, jungles and other environments and your photos are awarded points based on the composition. If it’s as good as the original, it is way better than anything you’ll ever do in your life. Check out the new trailer and you will see.

Definition of the week: “Hype House”

Meme-based presidential candidate and New York City Mayor Andrew Yang recently said part of his plan for Gotham is to encourage “hype houses” to move into the city. If you’re too busy “having a job” and “living your life” to know what a hype house is, here’s the explanation: Young influencers and social media content containers are expensive Villas moved to collaborate artistically and post tons of post TikTok videos and otherwise annoy their wealthy neighbors. Think of it like Andy Warhol’s factory, but with less heroin and nothing nearly as cool as The Velvet Underground.

“Hype House” was coined in December, if 19 of the most influential The folks at TikTok all moved into a Spanish-style mansion in Los Angeles and called themselves “Hype House”. Now it’s the umbrella term for one of the hundreds of similar arrangements across the country, whether it’s a group of gamers on YouTube, a pride of Instagram influencers, or a TikTok aviary. The trend of internet people living together dates back to 2014 when YouTubers invaded posh neighborhoods of LA and never left. Like everything young people do, it is annoying and terrible. Hold up i mean it’s great and the best!

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This Week In Internet Cats: Cats vs. Technology

Cats have been a staple of the internet since the late 1940s, and this week our cat friends are putting on a big show on Reddit. The Cats vs. Technology subreddit was originally founded in 2014, but for reasons known only to the internet gods, it will explode in January 2021. This fast-growing subreddit features videos and pictures of cats sitting on warm laptops, find out how water coolers work, or try to outsmart their automatic feeder. In other words, there are cats in it, and cats are pretty good. Especially when they’re on the internet and I don’t have to dig their shit out of a box in the laundry room.

Viral Video of the Week: Ultra Unboxing

The viral videos people really share this week are of Capitol rioters bragging about crimes, grinning silly, stealing lecterns, and inciting violence, but that’s anything but depressing. Instead, let’s calm our nerves down with some Unbox therapy! Unboxing videos are an oddly hypnotic subgenre of YouTube videos where someone opens a box with a new product and demonstrates the contents The latest version of Unbox Therapy is an epic. It contained the entire Samsung Galaxy S21 line of products, including the Ultra 5G S21, Galaxy S21, S21 + and S21 +, as well as the Galaxy Buds headphones. It’s 22 minutes of uncensored hardcore unboxing where phones are stripped of their packaging and displayed in crystal clear HD. You can see every connector, every charging cable, every camera lens … my God, when he peeled that plastic protective film off the display …