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Wow, You Really Can Learn Stuff from PBS! Perhaps I'm being hasty, but the online teaser videos that Pretty Boring Station has been rolling out to promote its multi-part special Make 'Em Laugh: The Funny Business of America, premiering this Wednesday at 8 PM, bodes pretty well. Of course, as you'll learn from this informative video hosted by my favorite little comedy magpie Amy Sedaris, the internet is a lot quicker and dirtier than conventional media, so it may well be that these hip little clips end up being vastly more entertaining than the TV shows proper.

In either case, you ought to check out this little supplemental video, "Teh Interwebs," which features various guerilla comedy talking heads describing the unique charms of viral videos, commentors' spelling and other useful nuggets for navigating the ever-metamorphosing information superhighway. It is rather long, but some of Amy's key points include the following:

- "The internet is like a big cave."

- "What is a blog? .... You've got 'B' as in 'bandits.' And bandits rob you. Rob you of what? Rob you of logs."

- "'Vlog' comes from the Greek word for head cheese."

- "Teepees are a lot like volcanoes in shape."

- Keys to making your stuffed animals famous (hint: it involves pleather capes that bring out their eyes).

- What exactly a Dramatic Chipmunk Cupcake and an All Your Bundt Cake Are Belong To Us looks like.

- An academic explanation of LOLCats.

- Computers were originally intended as "brains for robots hellbent on destruction of humans."


My only problem with this is that they forgot to consult us here at TWoP, but hey, no one's perfect.

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