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Before There Was YouTube, There Were Lobster Magnets

Before There Was YouTube, There Were Lobster Magnets

In the realm of internet time-sucking devices, there are few things more powerful than YouTube. We're willing to bet that you've experienced it firsthand. One minute you're giggling at cat videos, singing along to the musical bizarre-itude of the Trololo guy, and watching "Downfall" parodies poking fun at the size of Hitler's... um, moustache... and then suddenly, it's dark outside and your mouse-clicking finger has gone numb and your parents are knocking on your door to inform you that (a) you have missed dinner, and (b) are you DEAD in there?!

That's the power of YouTube.

But contrary to popular belief, the e-trading of funny video-related ephemera did not originate with YouTube. NAY! In fact, the forwarding of links to odd videos created by sick minds predates YouTube by a good five years, at least. Which means that way back when, at the dawn of the 21st century, your SparkNotes editors spent an awful lot of time glued to our monitors and watching some of the weirdest, saddest early Flash animation ever to grace the internet.

And today, in a throwback post to honor the infancy of the web, we've put together a top six list of our long-ago favorites for your perusal.

Note: In hindsight, we are perplexed as to how or why some of these videos ever became popular.
Warning: End of Ze World contains bad words.

I Can Smell Your Brains
Cute cat, disturbing fixation: simple, elegant, and to the point.

End of Ze World
"Fire the nukes!"
"But I am le tired."

All Your Base Are Belong to Us
We still have no idea what is going on here.

Lobster Magnet
This "educational" film teaches you about lobsters, magnets, and what they're made of. Includes sing-along lyrics for easy memorization. Does not make any freaking sense.

Homestar Runner
Incredibly, Homestar is still producing original content after ten years on the web. Even more incredibly, we still think the Teen Girl Squad and Fluffy Puff Marshmallow ad are hysterically funny.

Got any favorite throwback flash vids?

Related post: Awesome Thing of the Week: Teen Girl Squad

Topics: Entertainment, Celebs & Stuff
Tags: youtube, lobsters, teen girl squad, videos

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