Great Things I Found On The Internet This Week – 23/07/17-29/07/17

Hi-diddly-ho, Reader-inoes!

…I’m sorry.

Let’s get right into it, shall we? Here are the Great Things I found this week.

First off, let me just say that, to my complete and utter shock, there is nothing Harry Potter-related in this list. How is this possible, on just my second week of doing these Saturday afternoon posts, you might be asking yourself? Friend, I wish I knew.

But I can assure you that there are some other fabulous things to enjoy instead, and each of them is well worth your time.

  1. Anna Kendrick goes K-Pop with F(x)

    This came out four years ago and I only discovered it this week, so I’m obviously hideously behind the times, but OH WELL.

    I know that more people are into K-Pop than ever before (especially since Gangnam Style came out), but it has always felt a bit like a secret club; the sort of thing that I have had the relatively exclusive chance to learn about because I speak a South-East Asian language.

    So it’s always a bit of a thrill when I see K-Pop combining with something that is more mainstream in my culture. In this 5-minute-long, behind-the-scenes parody video, Anna Kendrick (who, in agreeing to do this, has once again proven that she is at least 50 flavours of awesome), goes to Seoul to meet and join K-Pop group F(x).

    Despite being a parody video, the girls obviously took it very seriously. It’s well-acted (with Anna’s bewilderment contrasting nicely to F(x)’s bitchiness) and a heart-warming take on what it’s like to get completely absorbed in modern Korean culture (there’s one great bit where Anna is playing Starcraft in the middle of the night that had me going ‘girl, been there’).

  2. Happiness Co

    I’m such a believer in the importance of happiness, and it was great to find that I am not the only one who thinks so. Happiness Co is a social movement started by Perth-based entrepreneur Julian Pace in an effort to help people through the unhappiness in their lives.

    Happiness Co aims to inspire people to bring happiness to other people’s lives, and, coincidentally, their own. They believe that happiness comes from within, and that there are “planned, purposeful changes” everybody can make to live happier, more satisfying lives.

    Whether you yourself find this sort of self-help stuff beneficial, I am just glad to know that an organisation like this exists at all. I’m glad that there are a group of people who not only care about happiness, but they care about it so much that they’ve devoted their careers to helping other people find it. That’s a beautiful thing, as far as I’m concerned.

  3. Little Things You Should Absolutely Go to Jail For

    You know… there is so much joy to be found in solidarity.

    I spend way more time hanging out on Buzzfeed than I probably should. I love it, though – there’s something about reading lists of cool gadgets, pretty meals, and shitty quizzes that determine what 90s stereotype I am by making me order a meal at a diner (or whatever… I think I mixed those up), that is oddly cathartic.

    Anyway, this one is one of the most satisfying Buzzfeed lists I’ve ever come across. You know those irritating things people do, with what seems to be NO consideration of the others around them? This is basically a list of all those grievances. I found it satisfying as hell to read that these annoyances I feel, but don’t necessarily mention to anybody, are felt by many of my fellow humans aswell.

    Let’s all be mildly inconvenienced together!

  4. Catherine the Great Had Stacks of Naughty Furniture

    You know how some people are so awesome that their awesomeness can only be adequately expressed by inserting the word ‘fucking’ into their name? “Patrick. Fucking. Stewart.” “Nikola. Fucking. Tesla.” “Norman. Fucking. Borlaug.” I’m sure you all have your own examples.

    Well, when I say to you all, “Catherine. The. Fucking. Great.”, that ‘Fucking’ has more meanings than one. For not only was Catherine the Great a bad-ass mo-fo who ruled Russia for 34 years (longer than any other female monarch) and do her job very well indeed, but she was also one SUPER horny freak between the sheets. And considering how she lived in the 18th Century as a member of the aristocracy, and she was a (*gasp*) older woman during her reign as well, that fact is doubly, triply, quadrupley impressive.

    And since having all sorts of crazy sex was one of Her Emperial Maj’s favourite hobbies, it makes perfect sense that there would be an entire section of her castle decorated in a way that fit her hobby.

    I won’t spoil the surprise for you. I will instead highly encourage you to click the link above, make sure the kids and others of delicate disposition are out of the room, and marvel at the beauty.

See you all next week!

Posted by Gillian

Hello. My name is Gillian Brown. I'm a freelance writer living in the UK, with an Australian accent to offer as a starting point of conversation. As a writer, my main areas of interest are social activism, ethical consumption, linguistics, comedy, and marketing. My other interests include dancing, tabletop role-playing, crocheting and cooking.

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