Now here’s something we hope you’ll really like

(Read that title in the voice of Rocket J. Squirrel.)

My daily traipse through YouTube got me a row of recommendations from something called “Society,” which looked like this:

Five YouTube recommendations, perhaps chosen randomly

1. September 11th As It Happened: The Definitive Live News Montage (4.7 million views)

2. How Much Cheating Is OK For Japanese Girls? (300,000 views)

3. The American Kilogram (1.1 million views)

4. Funny Liverpool accent of this amazing girl (2.4 million views)

5. Stephanie Ruhle greatest leg cross ever (2.4 million views)

I dunno how representative these videos are of my typical YouTube viewing, but somebody’s algorithm came up with them somehow.


  1. Holly H »

    18 May 2017 · 10:05 am

    1. Hard to blame any red-blooded male for having the leg-crossing one on his playlist. 2. Accident? I imagine it was choreographed right down to number seconds of exposure, color of underwear, etc. Why DO we become so cynical?

  2. CGHill »

    21 May 2017 · 1:30 am

    There’s always a reason to be cynical.

    As for my presumed red-bloodedness, well, there’s this:

    Maybe it was those last three years in Catholic school. During the Sixties, at least, the girls were not allowed anything remotely resembling pants: plaid skirt in the winter, solid-color in the fall and spring, and Sister Metrica would check for acceptable lengths, so girls, don’t get any ideas. The boys, of course, got all sorts of ideas, most of which would cancel out a whole fistful of indulgences, and I, despite being the youngest and dumbest (at least in this regard) of the lot, was no exception. I certainly wouldn’t have wanted to fetishize any of my classmates — well, not more than a few of them — but this was, to my pathetic little limbic system, a tremendous amount of flesh on display, and I went through enough neck cranes and pencil droppings to make sure I didn’t miss any of it.

    Been a while since I dropped a pencil.

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