Thursday, June 27, 2013

The Puppy Song, or The Inexplicability of Internet Funnies



by LJ (bio)

One Friday night a friend watched our kids for a few hours so we could go out and eat ourselves into a meat coma for our date. When we came back she was calmly rocking our squalling won't-take-a-bottle infant and letting The Boy play on her iPhone, which is to say she was being the greatest babysitter ever.

In the course of our post-date debriefing she said The Boy had kept asking for "puppy song." Since she  didn't understand that "puppy song" means "old Muppet Babies reruns on YouTube," she patiently searched the internet and found a video of a puppy dog singing an off-key and lightly creepy version of Happy Birthday. Which The Boy watched four dozen times in a row.

I don't know what it was about this video ... the Chipmunk voice? My state of constant sleep deprivation? Whatever it was, I laughed until I was palming tears of mirth off my face. Last time that happened was reading a Tumblr post of all the creative butcherings of Benedict Cumberbatch's name, and before that was listening to goats yell like humans.

So here's your chance, gentle readers. Pitch me the last Internetty thing that made you laugh until you cried, and I hardly need add I won't judge you. I couldn't, not after the Puppy Song incident. Plus I figure we could all use a good laugh.

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