This collection of ways to avoid that 10-page research paper doesn't include your average five-second dramatic rodent YouTube clip. Instead, we merged minds to bring you the most creative options for wasting your time on YouTube and beyond. All you need is a lack of academic concentration and the Internet (possibly headphones too, depending on where you are).
Oh, and if you've got a favorite time-waster not listed, share it with the rest of us by commenting below.
The YouTube time-out
• Colorado Girls (a remake of the summer's most annoying song):
• Christian the Lion:
• "Total Eclipse of the Heart" (like you've never heard it before):
• The Waldo Ultimatum (they need to make this movie):
• Starter of the choreographed wedding:
• Sheep + LED lights = Art:
• Blu's Latest Masterpiece — Big Bang Big Boom (a stop-motion street artist):
• Miss Teen South Carolina:
• Kittens, Inspired by Kittens:
• T-Pain Obama Auto-Tune:
• Old Spice channel (Look at your friend. Now look back to me. If you haven't watched most of these videos, you're way out of the loop.):
• PES Film channel (Tons of stop-motion shorts that are always entertaining. You will never look at pasta or chairs the same way again.):
• Improv Everywhere channel (Prepare to get good ideas on how to make lots of new friends.):
• Potter Puppet Pals channel (Great parodies on the book/movie series our generation grew up on.):
The 30-minute-to-an-hour break
• Arrested Development (Netflix,
If you haven't seen it yet, tune in. You'll ask yourself, "Why didn't I watch this sooner?" Really. We've been there.
An animated show on FX that all guys adore and girlfriends hate to love. You'll realize why after two minutes of the first episode.
• Modern Family (abc.com):
Well-written and hilarious, fans have praised the true-to-life families the show features: a gay couple with their newly adopted baby; a mom with three kids and a dad who tries to act hip and ends up more like a kid himself; and a grandpa married to a young, hot Colombian woman with a smart-as-a-whip son.
• Pushing Daisies (Netflix, thewb.com):
A unique, overly saturated show too quirky for TV (only lasted two seasons), but perfect for the off-beat, pie-loving romantic in all of us.
• Eddie Izzard stand-up shows (Netflix, YouTube):
Start with Dress to Kill. A smart kind of comedian, Izzard doesn't rely on crude or gross humor to get you on his side.
• National Geographic Channel (channel.nationalgeographic.com/channel/videos):
You'll be learning something, even if it's not helpful for that research paper.
• Ink (YouTube, iTunes, Netflix):
OK, so this is about an hour-and-a-half-long break, but this sci-fi film will shatter your mind. It was one of the most illegally downloaded movies of 2009, which, once released to iTunes and Netflix, jumped to the top of the legal charts. You may even recognize some of the locations and actors, since the indie was filmed in Denver for $250,000.
The reliable website option
This isn't really a website. Rather, it's a gateway to millions of random websites that range from informative to hilarious and sometimes both. Many Facebook wall links have stemmed from this site. Click once and, magically, hours are gone.
In case you couldn't tell from the choices above, Netflix is a pretty time-consuming site. Why spend loads of money for cable when you can pay only 9 bucks a month for tons of instant streaming and one DVD at a time?
A new, soon-to-be-popular, and usually stupid, video every day.
Never fails to satisfy with a wide range of interesting, out-there posts courtesy of the art world.
Like music? Like remixes? This is your gold mine. It lists songs found from all corners of the Internet and most you can easily download. It's fun to browse, but better to use when you have a song or two in mind to search for.
• Addictinggames.com/theimpossiblequiz. html:
Ready to be really annoyed? Try this challenge.
A thrice-weekly comic that's hard to describe. A look at its archives shows remarkable variety.
Relive that great week when Google paid homage to the 30th anniversary of Pac-Man. Also, yes, this did happen: youtube.com/watch?v=E3FhJocDLKg
A photo blog courtesy of the New York Times. Need we say more about the quality of photos you'll find here?
A different kind of photo blog ... about cakes ... gone horribly wrong.
Kind of like todaysbigthing.com, but with links to lots of random things.
Competing against fellow study group members makes this game more fun. And try throwing in obstacle pages to make it harder. (Example: Getting from "Lady Gaga" to "Cold War" might be challenging, but the true test would be for players to hit on "peanut butter" somewhere in between.)