American Room

The first time I noticed the room was in the Numa Numa video of 2004, circulated pre-YouTube, in which a New Jersey man named Gary Brolsma danced in his chair to a Moldovan pop song called “Dragostea din tei.”

The video is blurry; it’s from the world of the 2000s. We can’t see Brolsma’s computer because he’s facing an outward-peering webcam. The camera never moves. Behind him there is an aquarium, maybe for a reptile. Also: The edge of a doorframe. He dances in his chair as music plays. In its YouTube incarnation the video has been played 54,207,045 times.

The curtains are drawn. Some light comes through, casting a small glow on the top left of the air conditioner. It’s daytime. The wall is an undecorated slab of beige. That is the American room.

The American Room

Backwards Televangelists

These backwards televangelists are the funniest thing I’ve seen in a while; they brought back all the hysterical, uninformed paranoia of the late 60s, early 70s.

Not, ya know, that we weren’t worshipping Satan…’cause we totally were. 1

Backwards Televangelists

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  1. And not gentle like before… but bad.