As Seen Online!

More of your favorite Web finds.

Last week, I asked you — my friends and readers — to submit more of your suggestions of the best things you had seen on the Web, even if (especially if) they came out a good while ago. Here’s what you came up with:

  • This is Why You’re Fat,” another submission from Crunchable contributor Rob Roan, is a photographic, user-generated chronicle of culinary excess. Users upload photos of their favorite gut-busting creations such as “Corn Dog Pigs In A Blanket” and “Bacon Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup.” A few of the submissions look like they might actually be fairly tasty (that was my first reaction to the “Corn Cheddar Bacon Pancakes,” anyway), but most of them are pretty stomach churning — like the aptly named “Hurler Burger,” a “burger topped with Easy Cheese in a jelly donut.”
  • The Red House Furniture Store of High Point, NC, sells furniture “to all people,” regardless of the color of their skin. That’s the message of the store’s actual TV commercial, submitted by Crunchable contributor Andy Brame; the ultra-low-budget clip, created with a strange earnestness by Web “Internetainers” Rhett&Link, features lots of Red House employees and customers saying things like “I’m black, and I love The Red House” and “I’m white, and I love The Red House.”
  • In response to Andy’s Red House submission, Pete Lesko chimed in with the similarly low budget “Flea Market Montgomery” commercial from back in 2006. The ad features owner Sammy Stephens rapping and not-quite-singing and doing some wan (but earnest!) dance steps, showing off his merchandise and emphasizing that his establishment “is just like a mini-mall.” The video got Stephens on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, and it’s been featured or parodied in all sorts of places; Stephens now even has a channel on last.fm.
  • And finally, Crunchable contributor Annie Woodall recommended the 16-minute short film “Validation,” a “fable about the magic of free parking.” It’s very sweet, reminding us that, really, we’re all just looking for in life is a little validation.
Article © 2009 by Michael Duck