I remember the first video I watched on YouTube. It was also the first I saved to my Favorites playlist.
“Muffins” is an absurdist ad for a bakery, whose long list of muffin flavors descended into bird, fire, and blood. I was 13 years old and it was the funniest thing I ever watched.
That was of course before I came across Charlie the Unicorn.
YouTube became a home where I collected countless creations. I’d later share these discoveries with friends at sleepovers, watching their faces, awaiting cackles of approval. We’d then go off to look for more. …
Early on in the pandemic, I looked at Google Trends and found that you could see signs of the pandemic from Google searches such as “loss of smell.” Here is the most recent trend for the United States, where anosmia is the general topic for these types of searches.