Throwback Thursday: Giving Thanks

Today is a day to reflect on the things you’re most thankful for. For us here at NMR, that’s YouTube videos. Okay, no it isn’t (good lord, we HOPE not) but we are grateful the following videos exist. Anyway, right now we’re all at home eating and drinking too much and we didn’t want to put much effort into this article, so here you go.

Jeff Klima

I am thankful for this video. It makes me feel better about my own tragic existence and drinking habits. Plus, how f**king great was Beetlejuice? Man, I can’t believe they’re making a sequel. I’m looking forward to it. There: short and sweet. Happy Thanksgiving.

Sara Parra

Around this time of year, I get to looking back on the things I’ve done and usually some form of existential crisis. This year has been particularly hard on me, and for times like these I am thankful that people have uploaded the wisdom of Alan Watts, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Carl Sagan, and Stephen Hawking.

This video in particular, along with several others provide the reminder of how incredible it is to be a person. Living, breathing, matter that thinks on itself and the world around it. It’s kind of awesome. So, I express my appreciation to those who took the time to create these beautiful and inspiring pieces.

Rachel Kiley

I’m not sure there’s really much of anything I can say about this that I haven’t already said. But I am very, very thankful it exists and that YouTube has provided the world access to it.

Cat O’Grady

So, if you have a Tumblr at all, you’ve probably seen this floating around as a GIF set. It’s one of my favorite scenes on television, full stop. What can I say, I’m one of those wacky liberals your parents warned you about. Sometime in the middle of my junior year of college I decided I wanted to watch all of The West Wing on Netflix. I don’t quite recall why, though I suspect it had something to do with Dule Hill and how he was on this before he was on Psych. Or possibly it was seeing a GIF set of this exact scene on Tumblr.

The point is that I watched The West Wing and I really liked it. Despite all the people telling me I should also watch House of Cards because “It’s the same but without all the stupid optimism!” which really just shows that those people had no idea why I like The West Wing.

So, I’m thankful that The West Wing is a thing, because goddamn do I love shows about good people trying to do good things and making stupid mistakes along the way. So maybe this scene is a bit heavy handed, but I don’t care a bit. If you, like me, are spending the weekend with your homophobic extended family, you’ll have a few things to say when they pull out their Bible.

Evan DeSimone

I make no secret of my love of wacky K-Pop and J-Pop videos. Sometimes when I need to cleanse my mental palette it helps to watch something that makes absolutely no sense. Sometimes you just need to see a bunch of lights and colors strong together by absolutely nothing that resembles a narrative. Some people like videos of car accidents or animals doing human things, but for me it’s only possible to achieve true zen with something more intense. That’s why I’m thankful for this off the wall J-Pop classic from Kyary Pamyu Pamyu the Japanese popstar who makes Lady Gaga look like a sleepy grandma.

Christine Linnell

This year, I am thankful for this crack!vid of “Captain America: The Winter Soldier.” I don’t even know how to explain what a crack!vid is, but this one is hysterical and has been a bright, comforting little corner of the internet for me ever since September. Bisexual Steve Rogers for the win.


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