Look, we’ve been through some shit lately. If it’s not nuclear threats, it’s angry racist dickholes and a President who is more concerned with FAKE NEWS and the state of some statues than he is about the health and safety of his own people. There is no doubt that we have every right to be angry, and sad, and any other emotion under the sun. We have a right to #resist, and a duty to pay attention and speak up and support each other.
But sometimes we also owe it to ourselves to indulge in distractions — not as an act of avoidance, but as a way to refuel so we’re ready for the next avalanche of awfulness. With that in mind, I wanted to put together a quick list of things that cheer me up, or give me a laugh. Little everyday lifelines I can grasp when I feel like I’m drowning in a sea of retweets and headlines. The world is a scary place, but it’s important to remember that not EVERYTHING sucks.
Actual Goddamn Sea Unicorns
Making the world more magical, one narwhal at a time.
If you are ever in a bind and just need a quick fix of animals looking ridiculous, head over to the Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards page and check out their gallery of past nominees. It’ll soothe your soul.
Funny Talking Animals
The only thing better than pics of animals doing funny things is video clips of them doing funny things… overdubbed to make it sound like they’re talking. Thanks, BBC.
Taika Waititi’s Romper
We live in a world where a man this good looking wore an outfit this fucking awesome. We’re not worthy.
Speaking of not being worthy… we share a planet with this incredible human being.
Troy and Abed
Literally just a 14 minute compilation of Troy and Abed hijinx from Community. You’re welcome.
Carly Rae Jepsen
To be fair, her Call Me Maybe music video is a fucking revelation that defies expectations at every turn, but I’m still gonna go with the video for I Really Like You because duh — Tom Hanks lip syncs.
Richard Ayoade & Paul Rudd Go To A Burger King Sauna
What happens in Helsinki stays in Helsinki…
The Songs on Steven Universe
This show gives me hope.
Dogs Playing With A Balloon
Alan Cumming Without Pants
When a picture speaks for itself.
Miike Snow, Genghis Khan
It’s ok if you hate this song. But if you’ve never seen the music video, you owe it to yourself to give it a chance. It’s basically a homoerotic James Bond musical, complete with a twist ending. And at only 4 minutes long, it’s my favorite movie ever.
Ok, so otters can also be little assholes, but holy fucking hell are they cute:
That Time Clive Owen Used A Carrot To Kill A Dude
The film was called Shoot Em Up, and actually - he did it twice. Two separate carrots, two separate scenes. Here is one of them:
That Time A Bed Ate Johnny Depp
In case you needed a reminder, A Nightmare On Elm Street is a goddamn masterpiece.
Dancing Chance the Rapper
Because it never gets old.
How about you? Feel free to share the things that are getting you through each day in the comments, because we need all the help we can get.