A mommy blogger's post about her son is going viral for all the wrong reasons

This episode of Black Mirror sucks.

In the ultimate backhanded compliment against her own son, mommy blogger Katie Bower took to Instagram to wish her child a happy sixth birthday, and to lament the fact that “his photos never got as many likes.”

“From a statistical point of view, he wasn’t as popular with everyone out there,” she complained in the caption, before musing over whether people liked her younger children better because they were babies. “I saw all that because I want to believe that it wasn’t him … that it was on me. My insufficiency caused this statistical deficit because obviously my Munch should get ALL the love and squinty eyes are totally adorable.” 

Yikes. Here’s the rest of the post, where Bower admits she’s worried that her son will “see the numbers” one day and “have to learn that his value is not in online approval.” 

Both Instagram and Twitter users responded, horrified that she would put so much value on her kid’s internet popularity.

Instagram users were not here for Bower's favoritism.

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Imagine being this self-involved!

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Yikes all around.

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Some were supportive, but still gently criticized her for her caption.

“All my love, Katie …” one follower said. “But maybe some things are better left off Instagram.”

Some Instagram users were supportive.

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Some of her followers still criticized her, though.

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Bower also faced backlash in September, when she admitted that she “had literally no idea what the deal was with 9/11” and that she “didn’t realize that people were actually in the buildings.”

“It didn’t hit me until a year later that so many people died,” she captioned a photo of her sons patriotically sitting on a bale of hay.

“Unfortunately there is always backlash when things are twisted and taken out of context,” Bower said in an Instagram DM, but said that the messages of support she’s received “makes being vulnerable worth it.”

Bower says that Weston doesn’t know what Instagram is, but knows that “Mommy has a job on the computer that means we have friends all over the world that we have never met in person.” 

At least he doesn’t care about clout!

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This bookstore just sold a book that had been on a shelf for nearly 28 years

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Indie bookshops are often great places for book lovers to browse for hidden gems. Some gems, though, remain hidden for a pretty long time before anyone picks them up and gives them a home.

Broadhurst’s Bookshop, an independent bookshop in the English town of Southport, just sold such a gem after having kept it on their shelves for nearly 28 years. 

The tweet announcing the sale currently has 134,000 likes. 

It wasn’t exactly a current title that went off the shelf after nearly three decades. The book in question was a children’s book about the first Norman King of England, William the Conqueror.

The bookseller was clearly very pleased when the title finally got picked up from the shelf. 

The viral tweet from Broadhurst’s Bookshop inspired other booksellers to tweet about that one book in their store that lives there for years without being sold. 

The Larger Moths of Warwickshire sounds like a hoot, though. 

This one’s perhaps not such a surprise:

Never throw out a book, guys. Well, maybe that Piers Morgan one. 

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Chrissy Teigen and *the* Jan Levinson bonded over 'The Office' on Twitter

Chrissy Teigen and one of her idols, Melora Hardin.
Chrissy Teigen and one of her idols, Melora Hardin.
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Everyone who follows Chrissy Teigen on Twitter knows she loves The Office including Melora Hardin, the actress who plays Jan Levinson on the show.

On Saturday night, while Luna was asleep and John Legend was performing, Teigen decided to spend her evening in bed, watching re-runs of The Office and tweeting. An extremely relatable thing she does quite often.

But this time, when Teigen tweeted a photo of Jan from her favorite episode, “Dinner Party,” JAN REPLIED.

Here is Teigen’s original tweet: A photo of Jan showing off her “Serenity by Jan” candle collection and explaining that sometimes she just needs to relax and smell all her candles.

Then, Melora Hardin (Jan) saw the tweet and replied, “Omg! Glad you’re enjoying this episode!” The absolute ultimate goal.

Teigen played it cool and directly replied to Hardin’s tweet with a very subdued and witty reference to Jan’s assistant Hunter’s infamous song, “That One Night.” 

“That one night, you made everything everything alright, melora. I love you so much,” Teigen tweeted.

But on the outside, she was FAAAAAA-reaking out, as any true fan of the show would be.

And in the end, Jan Levinson’s presence was so powerful it neutralized Chrissy Teigen’s period.

Wonder if they saw the mini The Office reunion on Saturday Night Live…

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Gritty was the face of Philadelphia's protest against the alt-right

Gritty continues to be the chaotic voice of resistance. 

The colorful Philadelphia Flyers mascot, also our collective son whom we love and cherish, was the face of an anti-Proud Boy protest on Saturday. 

About two dozen members of the misogynistic alt-right Proud Boys showed up for a “We the People” rally, according to the Daily Beast. They were met with hundreds of protestors who wielded Gritty signs like a crucifix against a vampire. 

The Proud Boys, a group cooked up by Vice co-founder Gavin McInnes, promote violence and preach masculinity above all else; the Southern Poverty Law Center calls the group an alt-right “fight club.” Although McInnes has attempted to distance the Proud Boys from white supremacist groups, its members have attended violent rallies like the one in Charlottesville. One of the group’s more notable rules includes not allowing its members to masturbate more than once a month. 

In response to the conservative rally, organizers pulled together a counter protest called the PushBack Campaign

“The residents and allies of Philadelphia must stand in opposition to this escalation of the far-right’s push into the city’s culture and politics,” the event’s description declares. 

And Gritty, who’s already been embraced by the left as an antifa hero, was beautifully represented by PushBack protestors. Let’s just take a moment to appreciate these heart-warming Gritty-inspired signs. 

“No white supremacy in our Gritty city!”

The crocheted Gritty costumes

A vintage Gritty spotting

Gritty eats the rich (and the Proud Boys)

“Get fucked forever racist Proud Boy trash.”

Gritty preaches love, and also crushes fascists 

The Gritty puns are amazing

The people have spoken: The alt-right isn’t welcome in Philadelphia, and Gritty is here to protect his city. 

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Did you lose a pigeon dressed in a tiny bedazzled vest? He's been found.

Hey, if you lost your bedazzled pigeon, he’s safe and sound at a bird sanctuary in Arizona. 

A young male pigeon, inexplicably dressed in a rhinestone-studded vest, was found in Glendale, Arizona on Nov. 10. He’s been under the care of Fallen Feathers ever since. 

“He’s very friendly and fits on your finger,” Fallen Feathers director Jody Kieran told AZ Central.

She posted a photo of the bird and his impossibly tiny get up on the sanctuary’s Facebook page on Sunday. 

“If you know the owner we have your friend here waiting,” the post says. 

A later post shows the little pigeon rocking his vest. Just putting it out there: This bird knows his angles. 

Just look at how fashionable this pigeon is!

If nobody claims him after a month, Kieran says the shelter will put him up for adoption. Although Fallen Feathers will do its best to “wild up” the bird so he can be released back into nature, Kieran believes this bird is accustomed to a certain well-dressed lifestyle. Apparently, he enjoys watching TV — particularly Westerns — with his human companions. 

“They’re really very tame and they’re actually really smart,” Kieran said. “This was a bird that was well loved.”

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Texas schools make slavery a 'central' fact of the Civil War and no one can believe it

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Kids in Texas will finally learn that slavery was the primary reason for all the fighting during the Civil War, and people can’t believe it took the state this long to decide that. 

The state Board of Education confirmed that starting in 2019, public school curricula will include the fact that slavery played a “central role” in the war. During the vote Friday, the board also added Hellen Keller and Hillary Clinton back to the lesson plans. The two women were controversially removed in September in an effort to “streamline” the statewide standards. 

The previous curriculum listed sectionalism and states’ rights before slavery in statewide social studies standards. According to NPR, Republican board member David Bradley wanted students to learn about the other causes because “each state had differences and made individual decisions as to whether or not to join into the conflict.” 

“I mean, that’s the definition of states’ rights,” he argued.

Although Democrats on the board pushed for slavery to be the only taught cause of the Civil War, the majority-Republican board drew up a compromise. In the new set of standards, public schools will teach students about “the central role of the expansion of slavery in causing sectionalism, disagreements over states’ rights, and the Civil War.” 

Lawrence Allen Jr., the only black member of the board, hopes the new standards will reinforce the connection between slavery and the Civil War since there’s no “consensus” over the war’s causes.

“And so if we can’t drive it to a consensus in our state, we need to let our students look at it from all points of view,” he said. 

The wider population of Americans (and other social media users), however, can’t believe that it took Texas this long. Although it’s a step forward in acknowledging the country’s dark history, many believe it isn’t enough. 

The changes will take effect in August 2019 for middle and high school students, and 2020 for elementary schoolers, more than 156 years after the Emancipation Proclamation freed slaves in the United States.

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Fed-up moms respond to 'Can I cook a turkey in the microwave?'

The “How do you microwave a turkey?” prank is breaking our mothers’ hearts.

With Thanksgiving just around the corner, young people are pranking their poor mothers by asking them for advice on one of the greatest sins against the holiday season: microwaved turkey.

Microwaving a turkey, by the way, is totally possible — Mashable tested it, and made a surprisingly good Thanksgiving dinner a few years ago. But to many mothers, who wield family recipes like a sword, microwaving a turkey is an abomination to tradition. 

Which is why people are poking fun at their moms by asking. 

“That’s all I ever wished for,” one mother lamented over text. “A kid who is famous for cooking a rubbery salmonella-ridden carcass in an idiot microwave.” 

Another was more blunt: “Don’t ever get married.”

When one person told their mother that they were assigned the turkey for their neighborhood friendsgiving, their mother did not hold back. 

“U should be in charge of napkins or something,” the mom ranted. “Clearly these friends don’t know you.”

Here are a few exasperated mothers’ responses to “How do you cook a turkey in the microwave?”

Though some mothers didn’t have time for the foolishness. 

Pro tip: Follow this handy step-by-step guide to actually cook a turkey in the microwave.

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50 things to be thankful for in 2018

The bright spots of 2018.
The bright spots of 2018.
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There’s no denying 2018 has absolutely tested our patience, but it turns out the year hasn’t been complete trash.

Beyond some of the most important aspects of life like your loved ones and your health, 2018 has truly given us a lot of good. From social justice initiatives like Time’s Up and March for Our Lives, to pop culture masterpieces like Queer Eye, Mamma Mia 2: Here We Go Again, and thank u, next,” the year had its share of hopeful, joyous, entertaining, and positive moments.

So when times get tough and it feels like there’s not much to be happy about in the world, here are 50 things to be thankful for.

1. Time’s Up launched. 2018 started off strong with a group of more than 300 women in the entertainment industry coming together to form Time’s Up — an initiative dedicated to standing up against sexual harassment.

2. Laverne Cox made history on the cover of Cosmo. In January, actress and producer Laverne Cox also made history as the first ever trans covergirl for Cosmopolitan Magazine. Cox graced the cover of Cosmo South Africa’s February issue.

3. The Fab Five came into our lives. It may feel like Jonathan Van Ness, Tan France, Karamo Brown, Bobby Berk, and Antoni Porowski have been inspiring us all to eat, dress, groom, self-love, and decorate to the best of our abilities for a lifetime, but Netflix’s Queer Eye reboot only premiered in Feb. 2018.

4. Drake’s “God’s Plan” music video. Remember pre-Meek Mill beef when Drake gave away nearly one million dollars and filmed himself doing all those good deeds like paying for people’s groceries? That was nice!

5. The Parkland teens. Though 2018 was full of an unfathomable amount of tragedy and gun violence,  the year also inspired a heartwarming amount of youth activism in America. After the deadly Parkland shooting in February, a group of teen survivors from the Florida high school shooting has consistently stood up to government officials and publicly advocated for gun control.

Parkland teens at March For Our lives rally.

Parkland teens at March For Our lives rally.

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This year alone they’ve formed March for Our Lives, led school walkouts, inspired others (both young and old) to register to vote and protest gun violence, and even inspired the Obama’s to write a heartfelt entry in the Time 100 issue.

6. Mirai Nagasu landed a triple axel. The Winter Olympics also took place this year! There were many standout moments but Mirai Nagasu absolutely slayed, making history by becoming the first U.S. woman to land a triple axel in the Winter Olympics. Thankful we got to witness this moment.

7. Black Panther came out. We were truly blessed this year by the arrival of the record-breaking Marvel’s cinematic masterpiece, Black Panther, and the talented actors, fierce as hell soundtrack, and on-screen representation it brought to our world.

8. Jordan Peele’s Oscar win. Speaking of movies, Peele’s film Get Out won “Best Original Screenplay” this year, making him the first black screenwriter to receive the award.

9. The Super Smash Bros. Ultimate wait is almost over. The highly anticipated video game is set to come out for Nintendo Switch on Dec. 7.

10. Beto O’Rourke. 2018 was the year of Beto, burgers, and a Beyoncé midterms endorsement.

11. A Quiet Place. John Krasinski directed and starred in a horror film alongside his IRL wife that was so quiet and terrifying people were too nervous to eat snacks in theaters. What a time to be alive.

12. Kendrick Lamar won a Pulitzer. Remember when the rapper was awarded the 2018 Pulitzer Prize in Music for his fourth studio album, DAMN? Hell yeah!

13. Beyoncé at Coachella. Beychella was THIS YEAR. We knew she would slay but nothing prepared us for the sheer magnitude of her powerhouse performance, or Destiny’s Child, or the movement she inspired.

14. The Royal Wedding. When the world needed a distraction from the bad and an escape from reality, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry were there for us. And for that we thank them.

15. Brooklyn Nine-Nine was saved. For several terrible, horrible, no good, very bad hours Brooklyn Nine-Nine was cancelled. But thankfully, after a whole lot of love from fans, NBC picked it up for a sixth season.

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16. Won’t You Be My Neighbor reminded us of Mr. Rogers’ magic. We needed a heavy dose of Fred Rogers’ pure and wholesome goodness to get us through the year and this film did just the trick.

17. Ava DuVernay made history. DuVernay’s adaptation of A Wrinkle In Time led her to become the first black woman to direct a film that grossed more than $100 million at the box office.

18. The world is finally taking action against plastic pollution. Plastic straw bans are spreading across the U.S., Canada, and Europe. Businesses like McDonald’s and Starbucks are even getting on board the movement

19. We still have dogs. No matter how bad things get we still have furry companions to turn to, and play with, and occasionally throw cheese on.

20. Eighth Grade filled us with middle school anxiety. Bo Burnham’s Eighth Grade reminded adults how stressful growing up can be and gave teens an emotional look at middle school through a more relatable lens.

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21. Crazy Rich Asians was a smashing success. The film dominated box office sales and served as an important milestone for Asian representation in American pop culture. And guess what? It’s getting a sequel.

22. Mamma Mia 2: Here We Go Again! Love. Pregnancy. Death. Flashbacks. Dancing. Singing. Abba. Meryl. Cher. Andy García. Help!

23. Nick Jonas and Priyanka Chopra. 2018 has seen the rise (Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin) and fall (Ariana and Pete) of celebrity relationships. But through the ups and downs of the year Nick Jonas and Priyanka Chopra’s love never seemed to waiver. We’re thankful this nice, soon-to-be-wed couple is here to restore our faith in love.

24. LeBron James opened up a school. The NBA star opened his “I Promise” school in Akron, Ohio, to give 240 third and fourth grade students a life-changing educational opportunity.

25. To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before captured our hearts. Netflix introduced the world to the film adaptation of Jenny Han’s young adult book and after Peter Kavinsky’s “woah woah woah,” our hearts will never be the same. Not to mention it inspired dozens of Lara Jean Halloween costumes.

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26. That quirky, super high-maintenance cat was adopted. Remember Bruno, the thicc, polydactyl cat that Wright Way Rescue Animal Shelter in Morton Grove, Illinois, was trying to find a home? He found one :’).

27. A sixgill shark was discovered. This is cool because most sharks have five gills. It’s also a reminder that we should be thankful for oceanographers, researchers, and all those who explore the our vast and mysterious oceans.

28. India strikes down gay sex ban. On Sept. 6, members of India’s Supreme Court unanimously voted to make the landmark ruling that eliminates the ban on consensual gay sex.

29. Moth memes lit up our lives. The year was filled with good memes but those moth/lamp memes? Pure joy.

30. Amy Sherman-Palladino and all those Emmys. Amy Sherman-Palladino has always been genius. Gilmore Girls? Bun Heads? Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life? It’s about time she’s properly celebrated, so we’re thankful The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel won four Emmys. We are also thankful for her husband, Dan Palladino.

Amy Sherman-Palladino (L) and Daniel Palladino post-Emmy Awards.

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31. Twitter did one good thing. We have no edit button and there’s still bots and harassment a-plenty, but at the very least, Twitter brought back the chronological timeline.

32. Gritty came into our lives. Can anyone even remember a world without the Philadelphia Flyers’ new hairy orange mascot?

33. The Office is back … sort of. While fans of the NBC comedy are still holding out hope for a revival, 2018 treated those nostalgic for the days of Dunder Mifflin to a charming off-broadway musical.

34. Speaking of The Office — be thankful for Steve Carell. He stars with Timothée Chalamet and Amy Ryan (Holly Flax) in Beautiful Boy. He’s got Welcome to Marwen coming out, which looks, uh interesting. He’s on SNL. And he’s making his triumphant return to television!

35. Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper gave us life. A Star Is Born came out this year, along with a kickass soundtrack and some perfect memes. We will never be the same.

36. Fat Bear Week ran our lives for 7 days. Much love to all the fat bears out there who distracted us for an entire week just by living their lives. 

37. This throwback baked potato costume. Halloween costumes are great but this throwback baked potato get-up really made us smile.

38. Thankful for the hot duck in Central Park. We thought we lost him, but he’s back again. <3

39. We have a new anthem: “Party For One.” How did Carly Rae Jepsen know we were in desperate need of a song to dance in our underwear and eat a large pizza alone to? And the music video! UGH!

40. And there’s no musical praise without discussing Ariana Grande. The warrior of 2018, Ariana Grande, has given fans so much love, inspiration, and hope throughout the year. Not to mention, the ultimate independent BOP: “thank u, next.”

41. BDE came to be. Speaking adjacently of Pete Davidson, for better or worse 2018 also gave us Big Dick Energy and that’s something we’ll never forget.

42. Netflix still delivers. Netflix has an entertaining social media presence and continues to create quality original shows and movies.

43. There was an increase in voter turnout. 2018 proved Americans are standing up for what they believe in and exercising their right to vote. Voter turnout for midterm elections reached a 50-year high, and young people voted at historic rates.

44. Midterm results showed a refreshing amount of diversity. It was a night of historic firsts — from over 100 women elected to Congress (the highest number ever) to wins for the LGBTQ community and more.

45. The Detective Pikachu trailer looks delightful. Another cute as hell movie to look forward to? Yes please.

46. Cher’s Twitter is hilarious. Twitter is sometime awful but not Cher’s account. That’s always good.

47. All of the books. The world has so many books just waiting to be read — books for when you’re mad at the patriarchy, books for hikers, books all about pride. And some great books written this year.

48. All of the great TV shows. Streaming aside, there are dozens of phenomenal shows airing on television this year, like Superstore, The Good Place, This Is Us, Killing Eve, and more.

49. Sports are still a thing! We’ve got football, we’ve got soccer, we’ve got basketball, baseball, hockey, and so many more. Sports bring people together!

50. All the people working to keep others safe, informed, and up-to-date with the news. It’s been a tough year for news, mass shootings, and natural disasters, which is why we’re thankful for all the hard working journalists, reporters, news anchors, first responders, weather forecasters, and hurricane scientists.

So remember: No matter how bad things may seem there are always some bright spots in the world.

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Someone tried roasting Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez' wardrobe, and got meme'd

Another man tried delegitimizing Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, and ended up getting both brutally ratio’d and beautifully meme’d.

Eddie Scarry, a media reporter for the Washington Examiner, tweeted a photo taken from behind the newly elected Democratic representative and wrote, “Hill staffer sent me this pic of Ocasio-Cortez they took just now. I’ll tell you something: that jacket and coat don’t look like a girl who struggles.” 

His smug attempt wasn’t received well by a majority of Twitter users.

In a New York Times interview last week, Ocasio-Cortez admitted that since she won’t receive a salary until she’s inaugurated into Congress in January, she can’t afford an apartment in Washington, D.C. yet. 

“There are many little ways in which our electoral system isn’t even designed (nor prepared) for working-class people to lead,” she later tweeted

Although many Americans supported her on social media, older conservatives have been ridiculing her and trying to poke holes in her claim. Fox News reported that she had “at least” $15,000 in savings, and then joked about her pricey clothing during a segment

Scarry’s absurd tweet — aside from being wildly invasive, because who even takes pictures of people just walking through their workplace? — became a copypasta as Twitter users paired his claim with hilarious photos.  

Other Twitter users pointed out how unnecessary Scarry’s tweet was. Just because she has a sense of style doesn’t mean Ocasio-Cortez has stacks!

Ocasio-Cortez, however, chose to take the high road. In a quote tweet, she reminded her followers of the double standard women in politics face. 

“Dark hates light,” she tweeted. “That’s why you tune it out.” 

And while we’re all here, can we stop referring to grown women as “girls?” Thanks. 

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These senior citizen YouTubers are better than anyone else on this hellscape internet

Just another Pasta Granny hard at work
Just another Pasta Granny hard at work
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The typical YouTuber is young, obnoxious, and speaks at an above-average decibel level. They love pranks. They love covertly selling you *products.* Even though they’re your age or vastly younger, they have more money in their bank account than you ever will.

Thankfully, not all YouTubers like that. This Thanksgiving, I’m grateful for the dedicated community of senior citizen YouTubers, here to make homemade pasta, deconstruct mechanical toys, play lullabies on their guitars, knit, apply make-up, and show you how to properly take a dip in the public pool.

If you’re going to be an influencer, at least use your power to show Xennials like me how to make proper tagliatelle.

For all their wisdom and *actual content knowledge,* senior citizen YouTube celebrities are nonetheless a rarity. The demographic data tells the story: 96% of youth aged 13 to 17 have used YouTube, compared to just 51% of those 75 and older. Just 67% of seniors aged 65 and over use the internet, and only 4 in 10 own smartphones.

So we shouldn’t be shocked that of the biggest names in YouTube — Fernanfloo, PewDewPie, Germán Garmendia, Rubén Doblas Gundersen i.e. El RubiosOMG, VanossGaming, and so on — all are male, and none, absolutely none, are above the age of 30.

That doesn’t mean senior citizens are absent from the platform, or that younger generations don’t love to watch older folks on screen. I know that I, for one, am not alone in not wanting to hear this guy opine about suicide prevention:

You just have to look a little harder to find the elders of the community, which we kindly did for you. Here are some of the leading senior personalities on the platform:

70-year-old Tricia Cusden formally kicked off her YouTube account and her personal make-up business, Look Fabulous Forever, five years ago. Cusden specializes in make-up made specifically for older women. 

Cusden remembers when her manufacturer told her to put videos of her products on Twitter:

“I thought, that’s a really stupid idea,” Cusden told Mashable. “Millions of videos are uploaded to YouTube, people just won’t see them.”

Pretty quickly, however, Cusden’s videos started picking up real traffic: 1,000 views one day, 1,500 views on another. It was clear that Cusden had tapped into a real need — and that older women were (gulp!) using YouTube.

Cusden believes she was able to access this demographic because her product line was written up in print publications, which have older followers. These women presumably then followed her to YouTube.

In comparison to other brands that market token “anti-aging skincare” to older women, Cusden hopes to create a positive, stigma-free YouTube space:

“The beauty industry disdains and marginalizes this age group … [but] we won’t disparage you here,” Cusden says. “We won’t be negative.”

Cusden’s channel currently has 28,340 subscribers.

In recent years, knitting has had something of a comeback among the millennial Etsy set. But why learn from some dumb book when you can learn from *THE* Judy Graham? 

Graham is a knitting legend. She’s now in her 80s, and she’s still producing videos nearly every week. In 2015, Graham complained to her son that it was a myth that all seniors hated technology.

“Seniors do know about tech, and they do use it,” Graham told her son, who later published her comments in USA Today

Not everyone who watches “Knitting Tips by Judy” is older. She has plenty of younger fans (points at self).

If there’s anything that Judy proves, it’s that you don’t have to be a young, terrible California bro in order to be successful on this nightmare platform.

For all the optical illusion and unusual toy fans out there (I’m assuming that’s everyone on this list), Tim Rowett is your man. 

Rowett’s YouTube channel, Grand Illusions, collects and reviews dozens of random toys. It’s whimsical and strange and exceedingly, unexpectedly popular: The channel currently has over 881,000 subscribers.

In 2015, the Telegraph named Rowett one of the best YouTubers over 50 years old. 

The award was well-deserved. Is there anything more soothing than hearing a handsome older British gentleman with a BBC accent examine the mechanics of a bubble blower?

There’s no such thing as a dream job, except for Vicky Bennison’s. Bennison is the founder of Pasta Grannies, a YouTube channel featuring Italian grandmas making their best homemade pasta. 

Bennison, who is 60, literally travels all around Italy hunting for the country’s most talented grandmas. Every episode, she highlights a particular grandma and their specialty pasta.

Pasta and Italian grandmas are universally beloved, which is why Bennison’s show has such a diverse, cross-generational audience. These women aren’t trained chefs, but they’re exceptionally talented and they know what a good pasta serving size is: one gallon per person.

“What you see on television requires armies of food stylists … These are things all people can do,” Bennison told Mashable. “[It’s why] I do have a broad audience … My demographics for Pasta Grannies is 25 to 65 years old.” 

Some of these grannies are in their late 90s. Yet with more 341,913 subscribers, Bennison has nonetheless been able to build a digital fan base for these women.

Pasta Grannies, you are welcome in my home anytime.

Though he probably wouldn’t classify it this way, Bossa Nakane makes lullabies for stressed-out adults. This man is a nightingale. His music is delightfully tender: Think Nick Drake, but sung by a human robin.

Why would you ever sing “Happy Birthday” yourself when you can have the Bossa Nakane version instead? He’s better.

He currently only has 3,174 subscribers. Everyone, please follow now.

ElderGym is the only YouTube fitness series on the web I’m capable of completing. A 4-minute session on how to get off the floor? This I can do. March in place for 1 minute? Hell freaking yeah. ElderGym isn’t just for seniors, it’s for everyone. 

Squeeze your shoulders for 1 minute. Congratulations! You’ve exercised.

Anyone who’s anyone in the senior YouTuber world knows Grandma Shirley, an 82-year-old gamer who records herself playing games for YouTube, among other places. She’s best known for playing Skyrim and currently has over 410,000 subscribers.

I’ve never understood the appeal of watching other people play games (why watch strangers play Grand Theft Auto when you can watch … anything else) but if I’m going to watch anyone, it will be Grandma Shirley.

Grandpa Kitchen operates a YouTube channel where he cooks enormous amounts of Indian food and feeds if to local orphans. The channel currently operates a Patreon page in order to fund their operations; however, I was unable to independently verify how that money is spent.

That being said, Grandpa Kitchen runs an excellent show. Look at all those potatoes. How can they not make you happy?

Gramma and Ginga are two sisters, one 104 years old, the other 99. They live a few blocks from one another in Clarksburg, West Virginia. If you’re the type of person who loves to see two charming older women bicker non-stop about nothing, this is for you.

Think Seinfeld, but with Grandmas.

Imagine a comedy podcast but the podcast were … actually funny. That’s Gramma and Ginga.

These women currently have 325,684 subscribers. In 2016, they made it to Jimmy Kimmel Live

I tend to be skeptical of anyone on YouTube who has more than 500,000 subscribers and says they create “comedy.” Historically, YouTube comedy is an art form lower than improv.

Kevin and his objectively charismatic grandma Lill are an exception to the rule. We talk a lot about YouTube personalities but Grandma Lill actually has one. 

As the kids say, she destroys me.

Look at her make chocolate chip brownies with her grandson Kevin, then try to pick yourself up off the floor. 

Perhaps my favorite part of the series is when she introduces the episode, saying, “Hi fellas and girls.”

Just listen to it instead of reading my far inferior copy.

Grandma Lill says she didn’t really know much about YouTube before her grandson turned on his camera one day in the car:

“I was surprised, but I said, ‘Hey that’s good!'” Lill told Mashable.

You’d think that Grandma Lill would be an inspiration to her friends, many of whom are in the same age bracket.

Grandma Lill doesn’t think so.

“My girlfriends if they don’t have grandchildren [with access to technology] — they could care less about what I do! They don’t care where I’m going. They don’t have YouTube, Instagram.”

She also doesn’t particularly care how they feel. If there’s someone out there she can inspire — even if it’s not her best girlfriends, even if it’s just herself — she’s happy these videos exist.

“It keeps me younger,” Lill told Mashable. “I feel like 65 instead of 88 now. Nobody can believe I’m 88 … We’re just so good.”

A heartfelt thanks to *65*-year-old Grandma Lill and all the YouTubers like her.

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