Friday Fun with furry things

As I predicted last week, thanks to the theme of this week’s Great British Bake Off quarter final, I have been craving biscuits. (Specifically gingerbread, which is oddly hard to find in shops at the moment – unless the entire capital was suffering the same craving.) It has therefore made me happy that two items in today’s Fun are cookie related…

Firstly, a delightful set of Dr Seuss – Star Wars mash ups:

Talking of furry things with cookies, you can never have enough of Cookie Monster. Especially when he’s doing a parody of Call Me Maybe:

Which leads me nicely to another YouTube treat, also involving characters from the Jim Henson workshop. Ben Folds Five and the Fraggles anyone? Yes, I thought so…

Whilst we’re talking song parodies and hairy creatures, regular blog readers will be familiar with my love of Josh Groban. Honestly, the man can do nothing wrong in my eyes. At the recent Emmy’s he did a fabulous job of paying (mock) tribute to comedian Jimmy Kimmel via a parody of One Direction’s What Makes You Beautiful. [Incidentally, I actually think that’s one of the best pop songs ever. Can’t stand the band itself, but the lyrics are incredibly empowering and I do like to dance around the lounge to it.] 
Finally, something genuinely furry and a little bit more intellectual. Have you ever encountered Henri, le Chat Noir? A delightful creature who continually seems to be fighting ennui in a typically French and feline fashion, it’s not your average cat YouTube video, but a step above the usual fodder. Below is the first of three gems:

Friday Fun with two of my favourite men

I’ve said it before and no doubt I’ll say it again, but Josh Groban has to be one of my all-time favourite men. He’s got a beautiful voice, a ridiculously fantastic sense of humour and a Twitter feed to die for. When he writes a tweet that begins with: “On this day, remember it well, the Internet reached it’s peak.” you can be virtually certain that the attached hyperlink contains a gem.

When that sentence is followed by the words “And it starred Alan Rickman.” then quite frankly I couldn’t click on the link fast enough. Alan Rickman is a legend – end of story. And thus, watching eight minutes of Rickman making a cup of tea in slow motion becomes a thing of utter beauty…

Quite frankly, that’s almost too much fun for me on an otherwise quiet Friday, but I do appreciate that some will not be satisfied with it. So, for your fun and amusement, I present you with an educational game that incorporates technology and sex education – can you tell an android phone from a condom?  Yes, I’m serious. Recently, someone created a chart illustrating the similarities in nomenclature between the two products, so it was only really a matter of time before it became a game. Informative, educational and fun – what’s not to like about that?

Friday Fun with molluscs

Last Saturday, I sat on a sofa with a group of friends and watched a couple of YouTube videos on TV. [This in itself is still something of a novelty…] There was much squealing and ahhhing, followed by impressions of the lead character over dinner. Instantly I knew what the next Friday Fun would have to be…

The first Marcel the Shell with Shoes video came out over a year ago, but I only discovered it last weekend when a friend who was already a fan discovered that a second one had emerged. They’re beautiful shorts, about a little shell called Marcel who wears shoes – he drives a bug (though he can’t control where it goes); he sleeps in bread; has a raisin for a couch; and is petrified of a pet dog. Watch both, you really won’t be disappointed!

Interestingly, when asked how my friend first discovered Marcel, it turned out to be because it’s Josh Groban’s favourite YouTube video. [Not that she’d asked him, you understand – it was a question in an interview.] Mentioning Josh Groban and YouTube in the same sentence allows me to also feature this genius video which combines two of my great loves – Groban and Twitter…

I feel Josh Groban is often mis-labelled as simply an easy-listening, beloved by grannies, singer. In fact, he’s utterly hilarious, willing to make fun of himself at the least opportunity – witnessed in his Glee appearances and his legendary hosting of Never Mind the Buzzcocks. Love him. [And for this reason am insanely jealous of one of my oldest friends who got to meet him at his recent Birmingham concert – no fair!] Could someone get me him for Christmas? Cheers.