Video Digest: May 9, 2008

The best of April's viral videos, culled by Meave Gallagher: Erykah Badu's advice for young women, Jon Stewart's advice for presidential candidates, and lots more.

I hear April was a good month for viral video. Having spent the majority of it in New Zealand, I missed all the good stuff, or so it seems. This week, a roundup of the more popular videos of the past few weeks.

Superstar Erykah Badu gives some (unsolicited?) advice for women trying to advance their careers in the music industry, which can be summed up in two words: Get naked.

Did you know that Republican presidential candidate John McCain is old? He was born in 1936! The next year, Amelia Earhart disappeared, and the Hindenberg exploded. Suspicious.

“My story begins in 19-dickety-two. We had to say ‘dickety’ because the Kaiser had stolen our word for ‘20.’ I chased him down the road but gave up after dickety-six miles…” Ladies and gentlemen, Grandpa Abe McCain.

Of course, neither Democratic presidential candidate is an old coot. Some have been accused of being young, rich, female, and even elite. Here, Jon Stewart, New York Jewish person of questionable class himself, endorses a presidency of elitism.

The elite Mr. Obama has a lot of younger supporters, many of whom are also Facebook users. The B.B.C. would like to change that, if I catch the meaning of this PSA correctly.

You’ve seen Johnny Lee’s videos by now, right? You know, the guy with the muppet voice who turns Nintendo Wii remotes into digital whiteboards, touchscreens, and head-mounted 3-D viewer. He’s a Ph.D. student in the Human-Computer Interaction Institute at Carnegie Mellon University (shout-out to Bob Kraut!), and presented some of his really awesome hacks at the latest T.E.D. Conference.

Tom Dickson has a really great sense of humor—the lab coat, the bright gloves, the flat affect—and his videos always deliver. He caused a minor scandal when he subjected the iPhone to the K-Tec test, and now he tosses in a strapless Wii remote to answer the question for the ages: will it blend?

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