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    With more than 72 hours of footage uploaded every minute, it’s physically impossible to keep track of the content on YouTube. But in YouTube Guide, the Daily Dot will curate its five favorite finds for each workday.

    1) Extremely Decent Films, "Gollum vs. Smeagol Rap Battle"

    Smeagol is stuck in his cave with no one to talk to but himself, so after fighting with Gollum he reluctantly accepts a rap battle challenge for bragging rights and ownership of the One Ring of Power.

    2) MinutePhysics, "TOP 10 REASONS Why We Know the Earth is Round"

    We know that the earth is round, but just how do we know? MinutePhysic's Henry Reich offers a number of reasons from history, geometry, the horizon and the one indisputable reason: there's photographic evidence.

    3) LAHWF, "Best of LAHWF 2012"

    The pranksters behind LAHWF are looking back at 2012, and with an average of two hours of footage a week for their pranks, they’ve put together a collection of their favorite moments from the past year.

    4) BoredShortsTV, "Kid Snippets: 'Co-Pilots'"

    What does a co-pilot do? The kids behind Kid Snippets have a long flight ahead of them and they fight for the wheel while they figure that out. If you've ever wondered why your flight has so much turbulence, these guys might be your pilots.

    5) Diagonal View, "Amazing Woman Writes With Two Hands Simultaneously"

    Diagonal View introduces us to Chen Siyuan, an ambidextrous Chinese woman who can not only write with both hands, but she can use both of them at once—and in two different languages.

    Photo via ExtremelyDecentFilms/YouTube

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    Every evening, the Daily Dot delivers a selection of links worth clicking from around the Web, along with the day's must-see image or video. We call it Dotted Lines.

    Above: Parkour and breakdancing on top of a moving car brings a whole new meaning to “ghost riding the whip.”

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    It is safe to say that topical Twitter parody accounts are literally the funniest and most epic thing in the entire “cyber-verse.” Remember all those Big Bird jokes from a couple months back? Trite, unoriginal garbage, right? OK, now hold on a second. What if the person telling those jokes—was pretending to be Big Bird? I’ll give you some time to process that.

    These days, it seems like every major news story has an accompanying topical parody account. Kate Middleton is pregnant? Parody account. Kanye West wears a skirt? Parody account. A natural disaster devastates the Eastern seaboard? Parody account.

    If 2012 was “The Year of the Meme” (a phrase I am working to trademark) then 2013 is shaping up to be “The Year of the Topical Parody Account” (again, working to trademark). Here are my predictions for the Twelve Funniest Topical Parody Accounts of 2013:


    News Item: A 15-second video of a cat using a fire extinguisher goes viral, gaining 10 million views in a matter of days.

    Parody Accounts: @CatFireExtngshr, @FireExtngshrCat

    Sample Tweets: 




    News Item: Kirk Douglas suffers a heart attack at the Academy Awards.

    Parody Accounts: @DyingKDouglas, @KirkDouglasHeart

    Sample Tweets:




    News Item: Scientists successfully clone a baby wooly mammoth.

    Parody Accounts: @BabyMammoth, @ClonedMammoth

    Sample Tweets:




    News Item: President Obama is overheard saying “Weed is cool” at a state function.

    Parody Accounts: @ObamaSaysWeedIsCool, @ObamaWeedCool

    Sample Tweets:



    News Item: Guy Fieri crashes his Lamborghini into the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

    Parody Accounts: @FieriTombLambo, @UnknownTombFieri

    Sample Tweets:



    News Item: Kanye West and Kim Kardashian get engaged.

    Parody Accounts: @KimsRing, @KanyeProposal

    Sample Tweets: 



    News Item: The Royal Baby is born to William and Kate.

    Parody Accounts: @RoyalBaby, @BabyRoyalty, @REALRoyalBaby

    Sample Tweets: 



    News Item: Bottlenose dolphins go extinct.

    Parody Accounts: @LastDolphin, @ExtinctDolphin

    Sample Tweets: 



    News Item: Joe Biden shits his pants at a White House press conference.

    Parody Accounts: @BidenShitPants, @PoopyBidenPants

    Sample Tweets:




    News Item: A pug runs on the field at a World Series game.

    Parody Accounts: @WorldSeriesPug, @BaseballPug, @PugSelig

    Sample Tweets: 



    News Item: Hurricane Sebastien ravages the east coast, leaving hundreds dead and causing billions of dollars in damage.

    Parody Accounts: @HurricaneSebastien, @RealHurricaneSeb

    Sample Tweets:



    News Item: Psy releases “Gangnam Style, Part II.”

    Parody Accounts: @GangnamTwo, @GangnamDeux, @GangnamStyleII, @Gangnam2, @GangnamStyle2, @SecondGangnam, @GANGNAM_PART2, @GangnamSequel, @GangnamPsyquel, @GangnamTheSecond, @PsyGangnam2, @GangnamToo, @GangnamStyle2, @2ndGangnam, @Psy2Gangnam, @GangnamPartII, @GangnamPart2, @GangnamPartTwo, @TwoGangnam2, @DoubleGangnam, @Gangnam2tyle, @Gangnam2Gangnam, @GangnamStyleTwo, @Part2Gangnam, @Gangnam2Parody, @Gangnam2Official, @REALGangnam2, @REAL_Gangnam2, @REAL__Gangnam2, @REAL___Gangnam2, @REAL____Gangnam2, @REAL_____Gangnam2, @G2ngn2m2ty2e, @GANGNAM2REAL

    Sample Tweets:


    Remember, these are just one man’s predictions. Who knows what 2013 will bring? One thing is certain, though: whenever a news story breaks, there will always be an asshole running to his laptop to lazily anthropomorphize it.

    Read more by Boring As Heck on Tumblr and on Twitter.

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    Here at the Daily Dot, we swap GIF images with each other every morning. Now we’re looping you in. In the Morning GIF, we feature a popular—or just plain cool—GIF we found on Reddit, Canvas, or elsewhere on the Internet.

    The title on the Rainbow Hands Tumblr is “Spider Webs - No Doubt,” the title of a major 1995 hit from a major band, one that formed back in 1986 and is still performing and releasing albums. Yes, at least one ska band made it big.

    The great thing about abstract art, however, is that titles may or may not relate to the actual visual content of the artwork in question.

    So, on the one hand this may be a straightforward representation of layered spiderwebs. A straightforward representation of layered spiderwebs that has been rainbow-ified and animated in a psychedelic, throbbing tunnel of RGB-enhanced madness.

    On the other hand, this may be your frontal cortex neurons this morning. Our condolences.

    GIF via Rainbow Hands/Tumblr

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    If there’s one thing Abigail learned in 2012, it’s that scarfing down her bowl of food in seconds flat isn’t always best practice.

    “It’s not very polite,” says etiquette expert Carmen Sellick. “There’s also the issue of disappointment when the food disappears so quickly.”

    That’s why Abigail has resolved to pace herself in the new year, taking manageable bites and chewing everything thoroughly before swallowing.

    “I think she’ll enjoy it more that way,” Sellick adds.

    Via Natalia Carrasco.

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    It's well-known that you shouldn't mess with Anderson Cooper on Twitter, but apparently some of us haven't gotten the memo.

    Twitter user Natasha Markakis ruffled the CNN anchor's silver feathers after calling his New Year's Eve cohost Kathy Griffin "trash." Markakis offered an olive branch to  Cooper himself, calling him a "spectacular news reporter." But the damage had been done.

    Cooper lashed back and defended Griffin—one of his closest friends. Markakis, who does press relations for Victoria's Secret, found her job in crosshairs of Cooper's sassy barb.

    "you do pr for Victoria secret and you are daring to call other people "trash?," replied Cooper. "Sweetie, seriously."

    Seriously. Cooper's jab was retweeted 800 times and earned him 1,200 favorites.

    Markakis didn't reply to Cooper but retweeted one of her friends defending her: "as much as I admire you I don't respect you belittling someone's perfectly dignified job..."

    In November, Cooper's sass-powered insult deflection shield was deployed when a viewer slammed his reporting in Gaza City. He dug deep through the insult-hurler's Twitter feed to concoct an insult about her flan recipes. That was retweeted and faved 3,000 times.

    For the past six years, Cooper and comedian Griffin have been hosting CNN's yearly New Year's Eve celebration that consists mostly of Cooper laughing nervously as Griffin badgers him with jokes. The campy countdown show has brought high ratings for the struggling network.

    Photo via Anderson Cooper/Twitter

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    In 2012, Redditors loved asking President Obama questions and laughing at pictures of cats licking their paws.

    That's the word from Reddit's Top Posts of 2012, a list finalized by the site on late Dec. 31. Coming on the heels of the site's best Photoshop Battles, the Top Posts of 2012 listed the 10 most-viewed posts from the over 30 million that were submitted throughout the past year. According to site statistics posted with the list, 400 million unique visitors provided Reddit with over 37 billion pageviews and over 260 million comments.

    Here is the final list, complete with pageview counts.

    1) I am Barack Obama, President of the United States -- AMA (5,598,171 pageviews)

    In August 2012, a few months shy of his re-election, President Obama's hosted a half-hour-long AMA on Reddit. Not only did it attract tons of redditors to the session, but also earned the site nationwide attention. To this very day, redditors still comment in the thread, with the most recent comment being a simple "Happy New Year President Obama!" from user greiten.

    2) What's your "picture you can't see without laughing"? (2,450,140 pageviews )

    User TimmayB wanted to create an album full of the Internet's funniest—and happiest—pictures to look at when he was feeling sad. The resulting August 2012 thread saw over 130 images uploaded to compliment his initial submission of a kitten licking its paw.

    3) What's your favorite picture on the whole Internet? (2,148,400 pageviews)

    A month prior to TimmayB's request, redditor yojdizzle asked fellow users what they considered to be the Internet's funniest picture, SFW or not. He provided a meme that highlights the mixup of the name Jesus to get the ball rolling. Fellow redditors responded with close to 150 images, including Probably_on_Reddit's submission of what photobooths would produce in the early 20th century.

    4) reddit, what do you look like before and after makeup? Is there a real difference? (2,142,071 pageviews)

    When user RepostsForKarma asked both male and female redditors alike the question in August 2012, picture proof was requested. Redditors replied with 140 images and over 11,000 comments, with RepostsForKarma calling the reaction a "ridiculous amount of responses." Some took the question seriously; others, not so much.

    5) Today, a homeless looking man handed me $50 and this note. Do any of you have any idea what it means? (1,756,748 pageviews)

    In early July 2012, a redditor requested the site's help to decipher a note given to him by a homeless man. As Reddit sleuths provided their insight, the redditor suddenly received a phone call threatening violence against his family unless the post was deleted. After a July 13 update, the mystery user deleted the account.

    6) What GIF makes you laugh every single time? (1,749,185 pageviews)

    Before TimmayB and yojdizzle's requests for hilarious pictures, redditor rubenraid requested the Internet's funniest GIF files. Over 160 GIFs were supplied by fellow users, including the collapse of a basketball mascot.

    7) I've been playing the same game of Civilization II for almost 10 years. This is the result. (1,651,956 pageviews)

    In June 2012, redditor Lycerius revealed the end result of playing Civilization II for the better part of a decade: multiple instances of the ice caps melting, an elimination of 90 percent of the world's population, and an almost total eradication of the world's resources through nuclear wars.

    8) I am South Korean Singer, Rapper, Composer, Dancer and Creator of Gangnam Style PSY. AMA (1,514,034 pageviews)

    After PSY's "Gangnam Style" exploded on YouTube, it was only a matter of time before the South Korean performer addressed his Internet fanbase. When he hosted an hour-long Reddit AMA in late October 2012, over 13,000 redditors replied. Addressing fans' many different questions, PSY did not hint at his eventual retirement of the song.

    9) What's your secret that could literally ruin your life if it came out? (1,482,935 pageviews)

    In late April 2012, ohgoshwheretobegin asked fellow redditors to reveal their biggest life secrets. The resulting 41,000+ comments inspired ohgoshwheretobegin to collect the entries in a book, no doubt starting with ThrownAway2389's highly-voted reveal of how he met his wife.

    10) I'm Snoop Lion! Ask me anything!! (1,467,071 pageviews)

    When rapper Snoop Lion hosted a Reddit AMA in early December 2012, he expressed his desire to smoke with Bob Marley and agreed to adopt redditor jennybearyay. Interestingly enough, the most-upvoted question was asked by none other than himself.

    Photo via Simon Blackley/Flickr

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    The stars really do live the good life.

    While you were busy holding back your friend's hair, celebrities rang in 2013 by splashing around in St. Barts, attending exclusive concerts, and dipping in relaxing bubble baths in Dubai. A stark difference from you who paid cover to attend a bar to drink a half-filled plastic flute of cheap champagne.

    But while you nurse your hangover and percolate in self-pity, we've collected some celebrity snapshots posted on Instagram. There's always next year to book that private jet to the islands.

    Photo via adamjosephj/Instagram

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    With more than 72 hours of footage uploaded every minute, it’s physically impossible to keep track of the content on YouTube. But in YouTube Guide, the Daily Dot will curate its five favorite finds for each workday.

    1) Ryan James Yezak, "2012 In 4 Minutes"

    How do you sum up 525,600 minutes in a single recap video? Ryan James Yezak pulls off the feat in just a fraction of the time, covering the world's biggest news stories, scandals, trends and viral hits.

    2) Beat Down Boogie, "Mario Warfare Part 2"

    Bowser's army already invaded the Mushroom Kingdom, but now they've taken Luigi hostage. Now it's up to Mario to infiltrate the Hammer Base and get him back while Luigi tries his best to mess up the hostage video.

    3) AVbyte, "New Year - The Musical"

    A gorilla reflects on the major events of 2012 for humanity, and while we've been through a lot, he knows we'll embrace it. He also looks ahead to the next year and warns us not to mess things up.

    4) Slacktory, "Training montage montage"

    Instead of taking up the time to show the hero train in real time, movies will often make montages. As Slacktory shows, there are a lot of them—and paired with Joe Esposito's "The Best Around," it makes the perfect movie montage of movie montages.

    5) Epic Meal Time, "New Years Hangover Cure"

    Sauce Boss and the boys have massive hangovers after being unconscious for a few days, so naturally they cook up the ultimate hangover breakfast, including pancakes, doughnuts, liquor and of course, bacon.

    Photo via Ryan James Yezak/YouTube

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    Every evening, the Daily Dot delivers a selection of links worth clicking from around the Web, along with the day's must-see image or video. We call it Dotted Lines.

    Above: Zooey Deschanel and Joseph Gordon-Levitt ring in the new year with a duet.

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    Here at the Daily Dot, we swap GIF images with each other every morning. Now we’re looping you in. In the Morning GIF, we feature a popular—or just plain cool—GIF we found on Reddit, Canvas, or elsewhere on the Internet.

    It's a mod, mod, mod, mod world. Let's face it, once synthetic drugs went mainstream and André Courrèges invented white go-go boots, the world couldn't help but bend to the irresistible force and become a little more mod and a lot more fabulous. Just ask Austin Powers.

    And at the turn of 2013, nothing is more contemporary than vintage, if it's the right year. Clearly, GIF artist dvdp has his finger on the digital pulse with this brash black and white work, earning more than 61,200 notes in the first 24 hours of 2013. For at least that one Tumblr, it's already a very good year.

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    Long work hours and other commitments didn’t leave a lot of time for Max and Cooper to relax in 2012.

    “The stress was really getting to them,” says Cliff Townsend, a family friend. “Everyone was worried about it.”

    As such, the two kitties have resolved to make more time for play in the new year.

    “They’re already off to a great start,” says Townsend.

    Via Jeremiah Warren, image via jeremiahjw/YouTube

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    With nothing to do before his new CNN show premieres sometime later this year, travel pioneer Anthony Bourdain has to find a way to entertain himself. 

    So he's live-tweeting iCarly.

    If you're as confused as Bourdain is, the recently ended Nickelodeon show is about a girl (Miranda Cosgrove) and her BFFs creating a Web show. Think Rocketboom but with an actual business plan and more intolerable tweens.

    Bourdain is utterly confused as to why Freddie (a "technical producer" for the Web show) is the target of Carly and Sam's abusive barbs, why Spencer (their "legal guardian") doesn't hang out with people his own age, and why Carly uses Freddie's obvious sexual attraction to her to get free stuff. 

    Please, CNN, start Bourdain's show sooner—he needs the work.

    Photo by Neeta Lind/Flickr


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    Late Tuesday evening, comedian Patton Oswalt got into a Twitter scuffle with Dave Anthony, best known for cohosting the Walking the Room comedy podcast with Greg Behrendt.

    Though some users saw only bits and pieces of the two men's spat, causing them to erroneously conclude they were really mad at each other, it was anything but: The two are clearly friends; Oswalt has guested on Walking the Room nine times. Instead, this was two comedians on their A-game, ringing in the new year with a master class in late-night insult comedy tweeting.

    Photos via @pattonoswalt and @daveanthony/Twitter

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    The waterworks are flowing freely for many after watching the film adaptation of Les Misérables, but one family's endearing reaction has gone viral after their two children posted the video to YouTube.

    "The aftermath of our family trip to the Les Mis movie starring Hugh Jackman and Anne Hathaway," Ryan and Kevin Ferguson wrote in the video description. "Enjoy. We love our parents and we hope you will too."

    The Fergusons of Long Island, N.Y., saw Les Misérables shortly after its release, and while the entire family was affected by the story, the parents were still crying after the closing credits. Once they got into the car, Ryan Ferguson, who sat in the backseat with his mom, started filming as he asked his parents about the film.

    "Wasn't it better than the play, George?" Ryan and Kevin's mom asked her husband in between sobs. "It was better than the play."

    She further explained that it was the end of the film that affected her, and even then she had trouble putting her thoughts into words.

    At one point Ryan and Kevin started laughing, but they were quickly scolded.

    "How could you laugh?" their mother asked.

    Ryan and Kevin's father, George, was also clearly upset as well, and while he might not have thought the film was better, he was still touched by the actors' performances.

    "We've been to funerals where we're less upset," George noted. "We've been to funerals of family members and have cried less."

    The video has over 100,000 views since the Fergusons posted it Dec. 28, including a few by past and current cast members of Les Misérables. Russell Crowe, who plays Javert in the current film adaptation, tweeted another version of the video to over 696,000 followers, and Rebecca Caine, who played Cosette in the original London production, responded to Ryan personally on Twitter.

    "@Ry_Ferg All the ex cast are enjoying it on my Facebook too. Glad to have been part of making something that is so meaningful to people," she tweeted.

    Photo via rf24music/YouTube

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    With more than 72 hours of footage uploaded every minute, it’s physically impossible to keep track of the content on YouTube. But in YouTube Guide, the Daily Dot will curate its five favorite finds for each workday.

    1) Pleated Jeans, "10 Most Common New Year's Resolutions as Illustrated by Cats"

    At the beginning of every year we always have our list of resolutions we want to accomplish (but rarely keep), but now that we have visuals of our goals with cats, it might make things easier for 2013.

    2) Walk off the Earth, "I Knew You Were Trouble Feat. KRNFX"

    The band Walk off the Earth has already had success with their previous covers (including a collaboration with Julia Nunes), and now they're back with an a capella cover of Taylor Swift's insanely popular hit with a little help from Canadian beatbox champion KRNFX.

    3) DeStorm, "2012 Rap Up!"

    YouTube rapper DeStorm Power tidied up the past year's major events in one "rap-up" video as he tackles everything from celebrity deaths, successes, shakeups and tragedies, pointing out that the Mayans were wrong and through it all "we're still here."

    4) NOC, "Every Fan of the NHL"

    We're still in the middle of the NHL lockout, and it's even more noticeable with the lack of a Winter Classic, but hockey fans everywhere are still going strong as the NOC portrays each team's stereotypical fan.

    5) Julian Tay, "Fireworks In Reverse [NYE 2012 Melbourne]"

    We love watching the fireworks displays around the world on New Year's Eve, but once you put the show in reverse it's an entirely different experience, as Julian Tay did with the fireworks display in Melbourne.

    Photo via Pleated Jeans/YouTube

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    Every evening, the Daily Dot delivers a selection of links worth clicking from around the Web, along with the day's must-see image or video. We call it Dotted Lines.

    Above: The inimitable Paul F. Tompkins covers Adele’s James Bond theme song, “Skyfall.”

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    Here at the Daily Dot, we swap GIF images with each other every morning. Now we’re looping you in. In the Morning GIF, we feature a popular—or just plain cool—GIF we found on Reddit, Canvas, or elsewhere on the Internet.

    How would you like to get paid to walk? Top international model Karlie Kloss does, and today's Morning GIF makes it clear why.

    At 20, she's already been a professional model for six years, having signed with Elite in 2007. She's said that her background in ballet has helped her enormously on the catwalk, but there are some things that just can't be taught. Kloss has a lot of them.

    The catwalk is the greatest test of a fashion model; you have to show off the clothes, yes, but you have to inject some personality, some showbiz, and when your instructions are, "Walk to the end, pose for a second, turn, pose, and walk back," that's not an easy assignment. You try it.

    Kloss is famous for her powerful walk, a stalk like a jungle cat—but a jungle cat made out of adamantium, with the ability to fly or shoot lasers or god knows what—and you know she's going to be fabulous every time. If you sent her down a catwalk lined with Bond girls, they'd all be in tears by the time she got to the end, knowing themselves vanquished.

    And that is why she gets paid to walk.

    Ladies and gentlemen, Karlie Kloss, photographed by Nick Knight, as featured on the My Kokoro is Brokoro Tumblr.

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    How many times has this happened to you?

    You enter a public restroom. Just before you do your business, you suddenly have a difficult dilemma: "Do I sit on the toilet or crouch atop it?" As you rack your brain trying to remember the proper procedure, fate smiles upon you in the form of a sign:

    Reddit user jadevoisin's submission (pictured below) is just one of hundreds available for your viewing pleasure at r/funnysigns, a section on the social news site dedicated to odd instructional visuals.

    After seeing such a post on r/funny, moderator silverboyp took the submission as his own sign to start a new subreddit. In April 2012, he kicked things off with a sign detailing the dangers of discarded cigarette butts on a river's duck population.

    "r/funnysigns has the ability to attract more users, because it's more general, and everyone wants to laugh a bit from time to time," silverboyp, who also moderates r/mercedes_benz, told the Daily Dot.

    Fortunately, larger subreddits, including r/humor and r/jokes, were able to help the r/funnysigns community grow to its current level of 2,400-plus subscribers by linking to the subreddit.

    "I think this sign was very important for the growth of the subreddit, because it made the public aware that we existed when it got on the frontpage of r/funny marked as "from r/funnysigns," silverboyp revealed.

    So, aside from Star Trek-inspired roadways and proper toilet procedures, what kind of content makes it onto r/funnysigns? Well, sometimes, the signs themselves can be strange:

    Photo via specialk3/imgur

    Other submissions display signs that have been hilariously vandalized:

    Photo via missa986/imgur

    Occasionally, the signs are merely victims of unfortunate—or clever—positioning:

    Photo via Trustfire/imgur

    While the subreddit largely features physical signage, other examples of hilarious text in the wild have been submitted, such as a note addressing a local parking enforcement officer. As long as a post is not majorly offensive, spam, or hosted on a non-Imgur site, chances are it is safe for inclusion—and upvotes.

    "I let the community decide what's good and what's not," silverboyp explained.

    That’s a good sign for the future of this subreddit.

    Photo via muristheword/Imgur

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    More than 800 million YouTube users need their YouTube news. Andy Smith is determined to give it to them. 

    Since 2007, the Ohio-based YouTuber has delivered the latest in community news, with stories ranging from the alarming to the heartwarming. Smith is on the topics that you want to know and the stories that you need to know, and he'll tell you how they'll both affect your time on site. 

    Every Wednesday, the Daily Dot spotlights a video from Smith's triweekly updated Lion's Den channel.

    This week, Smith offers a few predictions for the YouTube year in 2013.

    Photo via The Lion's Den News/YouTube

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