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The Problem with the “New” Harlem Shake // Artifacts Journal

By Kathryn Bailey (Third Winner)

Over the course of the past few months, yet another viral trend has taken over YouTube. This time, though, the name rang familiar for many people, who were soon disappointed to find out that the Harlem Shake they were hearing so much about had very little semblance to the move popularized by the likes of Sean “Diddy” Combs (formerly Puff Daddy). Rather, these short videos are full of nonsensical costumes, pelvic grinding, and a general sense of confusion for viewers not in the loop. And, for some reason, up to 4,000 of them are uploaded a day.

The Harlem Shake video trend began at the beginning of 2013 when YouTube user Filthy Frank uploaded a short video of himself and some friends gyrating to a dance track on January 30. The video is simple: four boys in strange costumes, pelvic thrusting to a song, but for some reason it inspired others. The trend was truly considered “viral” within the first few days of February, and by February 14 the trend was receiving mainstream media coverage. At this point, there seems to be every possible incarnation of the video; armies, professional athletes, and even the University of Missouri have uploaded their own take on what is actually an incredibly simple trend. To make his or her own Harlem Shake video, one simply sticks to the formula: 14 seconds of music building up as one person dances alone in a seemingly oblivious crowd, a quick cut to 14 seconds of everyone (usually now in costume) grinding and shaking their bodies as the music continues to play, and then 2 seconds of slow-motion video with slurred audio. Of course, the overarching connection between all these videos is the song, titled “The Harlem Shake.”

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One may wonder what this beat-heavy instrumental track has to do with the hip-hop dance, or even Harlem itself. The track was released by Baauer in 2012. It samples a few different things – most notably a line from rap group Plastic Little’s 2001song “Miller Time,” in which Jayson Musson says “Punch you in the face/and then do the Harlem Shake,” in reference to success after a fight with a rival graffiti artist.

The Harlem Shake that Musson is referring to, by the way, is a dance move popularized in the 1980s and 1990s. The “Harlem Shake” was coined in 1981 by a Harlem resident known as “Al B” who claimed that the dance is meant to imitate the shake of an alcoholic. The dance was initially even called the “Albie” after its creator, but the name Harlem Shake caught on, and it soon became a symbol of the hip-hop of the time. Baauer’s dance song, titled “Harlem Shake” after the sample from Musson (which, incidentally, Musson received no credit for, nor even knew had been used until a fellow Plastic Little member contacted him, meaning that he has not been receiving compensation), received little attention until Diplo put it on a mixtape, which is presumably where Filthy Frank first came across. Of his video, Frank said that the way they were dancing was really just how they were reacting to the music, and that he had no idea it would take off so quickly.

A simple reason so many people have latched on to this trend is that it gives them a chance to be famous, even if only for a few minutes. Because the formula is so easy to follow, anyone with a camera, editing software, and at least two friends can make their own Harlem Shake video. This is, in and of itself, not at all problematic. Latching on to trends is certainly not unheard of in the age of digitized folklore; however, the problem lies in the name. I asked 10 friends what their first thought was upon hearing the phrase “Harlem shake,” and every single one of them thought first of the videos. I then asked each of them what they thought the connection might be between the videos and Harlem itself, and none of them had any clue, though some did guess at the original dance.

This is the issue with the video trend: the fact that because the song has adopted the name, people are now associating the phrase “Harlem Shake” with something that is truly a bastardization of what it once was. Whether or not the dance in the videos is meant to be an imitation of the true dance – which it isn’t – is not the point; the point is that people hear this phrase and no longer associate it with a ubiquitous part of hip-hop culture.

This, by itself, perhaps wouldn’t be so bad if there was not already a trend of people taking things away from black culture and giving them new meaning. This video trend is an example of appropriation – not of the dance itself, but of the name. The trend has taken “Harlem shake” from hip-hop (a predominantly black community) and given it to teenagers in the Internet. The race of the people using the folklore does not necessarily matter; what matters is that the community that is being cheated has been systematically oppressed for centuries based on their race.

In this case, people see the Harlem Shake videos and even though the videos have nothing to do with their namesake, the connection is made. They may make a subconscious decision that this is their impression of Harlem, and they definitely decide that this is what it means to do with the Harlem Shake. In the expository video “Harlem Reacts to the Harlem Shake,” residents claimed they felt mocked, disrespected, and that “they’re basically taking our dance, what we do, and making a joke of it.

This functions not only to entertain the people making the videos but also to continue the cycle of colonization. When the majority is able to absorb something that the minority has created, they also take away power from the minority. In this case, it does not matter who makes up the majority (because, of course, not every single person that has made one of these videos is white or even American), but the fact remains that the hip-hop community is losing this piece of social commodity.

The pattern of appropriation of black culture is certainly not new; minstrel shows were a very early way of white performers taking black music and performing it. They portrayed black people in this way as inferior, immoral, hyper-sexual, and so on.On the blog Philosophy of Hip Hop, Ben Brubaker writes:

Minstrelsy also seemed to mark the beginning of a deliberate (albeit, covert) attempt by dominant white culture to appropriate Afro-Amerian cultlure through popular music, as a means of extending white hegemony through racist narratives that reinforced the status quo.

Hegemony has been developed in the United States after many years of racial dictatorship. The appropriation of the Harlem Shake falls in line with this pattern, because it continues the trend of a majority ruling over the minority based on race. Brubakergoes on to say that “whites have appropriated hip-hop, both structurally and personally … this appropriation has exploited and misrepresented hip-hop through commodification and decontextualization from its original source.” Herein echoes the problem with the Harlem Shake videos: they take away that commodity, that cultural capitol, which the black community has.

While some may argue that it’s just a dance, and it does not matter, I would counter that dismissing it as “just a dance” indicates that there is a little respect for the fact that this is nothing new. As above, minstrel shows are the earliest example of cultural appropriation of black music, but allow me to present a more recent (and still-celebrated) offender: Elvis Presley. Black musicians were almost always rejected because of the allegedly hyper-sexual, animalistic stereotypes surrounding them in the 1950s.

However, when Elvis covered these songs and moved those famous hips, girls swooned and records flew off the shelves. Record labels knew that white teenagers were interested in the “Other,” and the easiest way to make the Other accessible was to make it white. And so, by covering Arthur Crudup, Big Mama Thornton, and countless other black musicians, Elvis simultaneously built an empire and proved Hooks’ (1992) right: “Certainly from the standpoint of white supremacist capitalist patriarchy, the hope is that desires for the ‘primitive’ or fantasies about the Other can be continually exploited, and that such exploitation will occur in a manner that reinscribes the status quo” (p. 22).

This function – to experience the Other without having to actually immerse oneself in it – is another reason that Harlem Shake videos continue to be made, viewed, and shared. The people participating in this folklore – and I say people because it is hard to pinpoint one singular group that participates – wish to experience a taste of Harlem, as incorrect as that taste may be.

Sam Phillips, owner of Sun Records, famously said, “If I could find a white man who had a Negro sound and a Negro feel, I could make a billion dollars.” In “Harlem Reacts to the Harlem Shake,” an unnamed man says, of the video trend, “This would just be another thing, another vehicle for America to take and make money on. I’m sure there’s gonna be a corporate person somewhere that’s gonna capitalize on this and gonna make money off this.” These quotes are two sides of the same coin, and that coin is the unfortunate fact that white artists have – and will likely continue – to take the artistic property of black artists and gain more money and fame than their black counterparts.


Reference List

Brubaker, B. (2009, June 2). White Appropriation of Hip-Hop in Post-Modern America. Philosophy of Hip-Hop. Retrieved from

Hooks, B. (1992). Eating the other: Desire or resistance. In Black Looks: Race and Representation. (pp. 21-39). Boston: South End Press.

Kids YouTube Star “Blippi” Previously Made A NSFW Viral Harlem Shake Poop Video

If you’ve come across Blippi, the wildly popular YouTube kids entertainer, you might dismiss him as an eccentric 30-year-old man in an orange bow tie and bright orange glasses, a guy in a blue and orange cap who dances wildly and speaks in a cloying, over-enunciated voice for kids on the internet. But to 3-year-olds, Blippi is the Greatest Fucking Thing They Have Ever Seen, and they will cry and beg to see more of Blippi’s adventures with tractors and fire trucks. It’s this raw kinder-fervor Blippi cultivates among his fans that has grown his YouTube channel to 3.5 million subscribers.

Blippi’s real name is Stevin John, and before he began performing as a twee, 21st-century clown, he was a filmmaker in LA. He created comedy videos under the moniker “Steezy Grossman” (he changed his name legally from Stephen J. Grossman to Stevin John) including low-budget, low-brow comedy videos with titles like “Turdboy” and “Underwear Man.” And Blippi is hardly John's first brush with internet fame.

In a hard R–rated twist, in a 2013 video that BuzzFeed News has viewed, Stevin "Blippi" John takes an explosive diarrhea shit on his nude friend’s ass in a truly shocking rendition of the “Harlem Shake” meme.

“Yes, I did make a gross-out comedy video when I was in my early twenties, long before I started Blippi,” John said in a statement to BuzzFeed News.

Everyone has a past — Blippi’s just happens to involve a widely viewed, comedic video of him taking a deuce on another man. It seems that even in his former incarnation, Stevin John was destined for viral fame, but no one could have foreseen the dancing poop guy’s pivot to mainstream children’s entertainment.

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In a typical video, Blippi — speaking directly to the camera, straining to project childlike wonder — explores things like buses, excavators, and jungle animals. Each episode ends with Blippi encouraging young viewers to ask an adult to follow him on social media; ever helpful, he spells out his name (“B-L-I-P-P-I!”). Clearly, he knows how to build a following. The videos end with Blippi’s theme song: “So much to learn about / It’ll make you want to shout: Blippi!” The result is a uniquely millennial hybrid of Mister Rogers and Jake Paul.

On some level, parents see Blippi — a harmless, educational show — as a welcome reprieve from the flood of low-quality animated kids videos on YouTube, or the disturbing or exploitative videos targeted at kids that prompted a crackdown by the platform last year. And while some may have seen Blippi throw the first pitch at a 2018 Arizona Diamondbacks game, they’ve almost certainly never heard of Steezy Grossman.

"My son is always asking to check if there's a new Blippi episode,” Joy Rumore, a tattoo artist living in Los Angeles, told BuzzFeed News.

“He uses places that the kids can relate to such as the supermarket, his home, parks etc…” said Michelle Davey, a parent who runs a parenting and lifestyle site Cockney in the Countryside. “His songs are really catchy and not to that point of annoyance.”

The result is a uniquely millennial hybrid of Mister Rogers and Jake Paul.

The Blippi empire — based in a production and distribution warehouse in Las Vegas — is vast. In addition to the main Blippi channel, which has almost 3.6 million subscribers, there is a Blippi Toys channel (mostly videos of Blippi with toy trucks or at a play gym, also over 3 million subscribers) and Spanish-dubbed Blippi (with almost 4.3 million subscribers).

The Blippi channels have a combined 7 billion views, and get around 400 million views per month, John said in his statement to BuzzFeed News. YouTube ad payouts vary widely based on multiple factors, but, based on a back-of-the-envelope calculation based on a range of YouTube rates from Social Blade, that volume of traffic could earn $100,000 to $1. 6 million per month in ad revenue. Again, this is a rough guesstimate. The point is, the channel is potentially very lucrative. John did not comment on Blippi’s ad revenue.

Then there’s the dizzying array of Blippi official merchandise: dolls, books, action figures, bikes, T-shirts, a replica of his hat and glasses. There are Blippi birthday party plates and decorations. There’s a licensing deal with K-Swiss to sell Blippi-branded powder blue and orange kids sneakers. (Not to mention a vast cottage industry of unauthorized “Blippi-inspired” merchandise — blue and orange cake pops, and knit caps, and tutus — that he doesn’t profit from.) It’s quite an empire to have developed in just five short years.

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The “Harlem Shake” meme went viral in early 2013. One person dances to the softer part of the techno song “Harlem Shake” by Baauer; then when the beat drops, a jump cut reveals a whole crowd of people dancing wildly, maybe in costumes. WWE wrestlers did one, BuzzFeed staffers did one, the hosts of the Today show did one, FCC Chair Ajit Pai did one to promote the end of net neutrality.

The entertainer then known as Steezy Grossman put his own spin on the meme: In “Harlem Shake Poop,” set in the interior of a sparse bathroom with a shower stall, you see him sitting on the toilet, pants down around his ankles. He’s wearing a tank top, sunglasses, and, for some reason, a bicycle helmet. He gently shrugs his shoulders, rolling his arms to the beat.

The beat drops, and suddenly the video cuts to Steezy standing sideways on top of the toilet seat, fully nude now except for the helmet and sunglasses.

On the floor, a friend — whose identity is not known — leans against the wall in a contorted shoulderstand, his head and neck on the floor, his hips in the air, his legs dangling down. He is also fully nude except for goggles and a swim cap. A black bar has been edited over his genitals, blocking out not just his penis and scrotum, but also the full taint and b-hole.

After a few seconds of dancing on the toilet, it happens. Steezy emits an explosive stream of shit, a cacophonous eruption that sends feces splattering across the room in a shotgun-like spray of poo pellets. Shit hits the wall, the glass shower door, the floor. And a sizable chunk hits its intended target: the spread-cheeked ass of his friend.

Steezy giggles and continues dancing, as does his friend — for a few seconds, until you can hear the unmistakable sound of gagging, though he never stops attempting to wiggle his legs in a dancing motion.

It is undeniably, unequivocally, fucking hilarious.

An attorney for Stevin John sent BuzzFeed News a cease and desist letter asserting his copyright on the video; we've created an artist's rendition of a scene from it below.

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Gross? Sure. But what we have here is a consensual, nonsexual poop joke. No one got hurt; it’s not sexist or criminal or problematic; it’s just pure Jackass prank stupidity. If two adult men want to take a crap on each other for the sake of a viral video, I say god bless them.

“At the time, I thought this sort of thing was funny, but really it was stupid and tasteless, and I regret having ever done it,” John said in his statement to BuzzFeed News. “I’ve grown up a lot since then, and I trust people will see me as the person I am now, not the idiot I was back then.”

“So much to learn about / It’ll make you want to shout, Blippi!”

In interviews, John has said that the idea for Blippi came from a love of entertaining his nephew, then discovering there was a void of live-action kids content on YouTube. This is where John — who lists “SEO Specialist” among his former jobs on LinkedIn — had an advantage. While the programming that many millennials grew up on — Reading Rainbow or Sesame Street — was distributed by highly regulated networks, Blippi succeeds because it’s rewarded by the algorithm.

The videos have been fully search engine–optimized and often come up toward the top of searches for things like “videos for kids” or “tractors.” In an interview on a K-Swiss podcast, John said he used a lot of “generic SEO, titles, descriptions, tags” to build his audience. With high view counts and a deep catalog of videos on popular kids topics, Blippi is likely to show up in YouTube’s recommendations sidebar. If autoplay is on, there’s a good chance Blippi will show up sooner or later if you’re watching children’s videos, which is how many kids discover him.

“I guess he is a bellwether for where media is headed.”

“I guess he is a bellwether for where media is headed,” said Antonio García Martínez, a former Facebook executive, author, and parent. “We've lost any notion of collective social virtue curated by accountable elites.”

Blippi, like the “Harlem Shake Poop” video, was engineered to go viral. The “Harlem Shake” was a wildly popular meme at the time. Making an over-the-top, NSFW version, with its own website —, now defunct — was a surefire way to attract attention. The actual video is too dirty for YouTube, but like other viral gross-out videos like “2 Girls 1 Cup,” it spread elsewhere with the help of people posting videos of their horrified reaction as they watched it. These are not a private joke among friends; they’re created to be as widespread as possible.

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Beneath the surface, Blippi and Steezy Grossman share two traits: a willingness to debase themselves — be it clownish antics or taking a literal dump — for entertainment, and a methodical, calculated effort to use social media and its algorithms to reach as many eyeballs as possible.

John went on at least two podcasts as a guest to discuss his viral poop video. On The Vinny Brusco Show, John boasts that the video has been viewed “millions” of times and says it was a real poop, not faked.

“I think shit’s gross,” John said on the show. “But I think it’s funny. That’s the reason why I like shit in films and shit: 'cause shit is funny.”

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Parents have a variety of feelings about Blippi. Some parents find him cloying and others are thankful he keeps their children rapt and teaches them a thing or two.

Angie Greenspan, a parent in Los Angeles, told BuzzFeed News, “Blippi single-handedly got my son to wash his hands for longer than two seconds because in one of his videos he says you have to say ‘Blippi’ over and over and over again while washing your hands. He has quite possibly saved us from norovirus, the flu, pinworms.”

“I find Blippi kind of loathsome, but I suppose it's better than alternatives,” said García Martínez, the former Facebook exec. “The songs are really earworm-y.”

“He has quite possibly saved us from norovirus, the flu, pinworms.

John tries his best to engineer a rapport with viewers. In an interview with Mashable, he said he picked orange and blue for Blippi’s costume because blue is associated with trustworthiness and orange is “fun and creative.” Even the name was designed to be easily pronounceable — he recalled hearing that babies learn to say p and b sounds first.

“It’s neither great nor terrible; it’s what you can expect. It delivers the same thing over [and over], and that’s what parents want,” Polly Conway, a senior TV editor who also focuses on YouTube for Common Sense Media, an organization that educates parents on children’s media, told BuzzFeed News.

Now that he’s deeply rooted in the world of children’s entertainment, John does not seem eager to have Steezy Grossman or the “Harlem Shake Poop” video publicized now. Both and sites are gone, as are the social media accounts for Steezy Grossman.

There is scant evidence connecting Blippi and Steezy online, except for a tantalizing comment in a Reddit thread for moms, "Does anyone else want to fuck Blippi?" One redditor, who loosely followed Steezy’s career after watching the poop video, wrote, “The man behind Blippi 'Stephen Grossman' (changed his name now, understandably) was the guy behind the infamous 'Harlem Shake Poop' video where he has explosive diarrhea all over his friend. You should check it out!” The comment was recently deleted.

While Blippi’s sordid past as the "Harlem Shake Poop" guy might be eyebrow-raising, parents said it’s not a deal breaker.

“I predict many young people do silly things, which, once they have grown up and matured, [will] regret, and that is life!” said Davey, who runs the parenting site. “Unfortunately, it's a lot easier documented these days.”

“Do I want my kid to go and give him a hug? Probably not,” said Rebecca McBride Wilcox, a parent of an avid Blippi fan. “But I also don’t want to deprive my kid of his construction videos that have actually really helped boost his language skills. I just might not watch that chocolate factory video again.”

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New meme called "Harlem Shake" conquered the internet (VIDEO)

In addition to videos on YouTube, the number of which is increasing every day, amateurs come up with new options - even sites can now dance under the "Harlem Shake".

According to Wikipedia, Harlem Shake (literally translated from English as Harlem Shake) is an Internet meme that arose as a result of a video posted on YouTube on February 2, 2013, which was shot by five Australian teenagers.

The video is a parody of a video made by Japanese video blogger Filthy Frank. It garnered around 2.5 million views in its first week. Immediately after that, hundreds of "imitating" videos appeared on the Internet.

It is believed that this is the first Internet meme that has become no less popular than Gangnam Style, which held its own for a long time in 2012. And as of February 13, the total number of views of Harlem Shake videos exceeds tens of millions of views.

The essence of the dance is that during the introductory 14-15 seconds one person in a headdress, helmet or mask dances, while other people are busy with their own affairs, after which all people in costumes or almost naked dance or make chaotic movements, taking unusual poses or making erotic movements of the pelvis. Often one member remains motionless in the dance chaos.

The clip is always approx. 31 seconds long. The musical accompaniment, without exception, uses an excerpt from the single "Harlem Shake", performed by the American musician Baauer. It is believed that the short duration of the commercials is one of the keys to high popularity.

The basis for the Internet meme was the video of the Japanese comedy video blogger Filthy Frank, which appeared online on January 30, 2013, where he and his friends dance in a small room to the music of Harlem Shake. The blogger himself is dressed in a pink suit, and his friends are in a power ranger, an alien and a dictator of the DPRK.

But the actual life of the meme began on February 2, 2013, when five Australian teenagers from Queensland: Corey Walsh, Jimmy Dale, Matt Stanyon, George Warrener and Oscar Mitchell uploaded a video. According to them, they did not plan any scene, but simply did not know what to do because of the cloudy weather, and decided to videotape their pastime. Matt decided to parody the opening scene of the video blogger Filthy Frank and began to dance, and soon the rest of his friends joined him, dancing erratically and maniacally. Almost immediately after that, thousands of similar videos began to appear on the Internet, created in the likeness of the first one.

Videos posted by Norwegian Army soldiers, three firefighters, office staff, members of the Dallas Mavericks basketball club and the University of Georgia diving team also gained the most popularity. The video with the largest number of participants was created first in New York, in Times Square, but on February 17, a video was posted with the participation of more than 1,400 Colombian students.

The dance style itself is not an innovation, but appeared for the first time in New York's Harlem district at 1981 year. This is a dance that was requested by an alcoholic named Al B. Therefore, at first the dance was called in Harlem a little differently - albee. The dance gained popularity through the annual Entertainer's Basketball Classic streetball championship, which has been held at the sports ground in Rucker Park since 1980. And the dance earned massive popularity in the United States after a video clip of rapper G. Dep was released in 2001, performing Harlem Shake with other dancers. The dance itself originated from the ancient Ethiopian eskista dance. Although the Harlem shake dance and the new Internet meme have the same name, they are essentially different things.

Also on the Internet there is an opportunity to make sites "dance" in the "Harlem Shake" style. For example, using the resource. You can see how "dances" at HERE (for everything to move, you need to wait about 10 seconds).

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YouTube tricks and secrets you didn't know about

Author Henri Artois, Last updated 0005

YouTube is an amazing video sharing website with over 1 billion people worldwide. YouTube is used by a wide range of users for various purposes such as TV series, music albums, videos, bloggers to share their views through videos and more. With such heavy use of the YouTube video sharing service, I would like to share a few unknown YouTube tricks that are very useful to know about. In this article, we will cover basic YouTube facts, cool things you can do with YouTube, YouTube tricks and secrets you don't know about.

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    • 0.1 Basic facts about YouTube
  • 1 YouTube tricks and secrets
    • 1.1 Interesting or fun facts
    • 1.2 YouTube hack

YouTube Basic Facts

Here are some basic YouTube facts to help you improve your YouTube knowledge.

  • Jaw Karim , Steve Chen and Chad Hurley former PayPal employees are founders of YouTube
  • YouTube was founded on Valentine's Day, i.e. February 14, 2005
  • YouTube was bought by Google in November 2006 for USD 1.65 billion .
  • First YouTube video uploaded: I'm at the Zoo by YouTube co-founder Jawed Karim on April 23, 2005. This 19 second video is the oldest video on YouTube.
  • User/channel with the most subscribers on YouTube: PewDiePie with over 38 million subscribers. PewDiePie's real name is Felix Arvid Ulf Kjellberg and is Swedish.

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In this section, we share untold facts or YouTube secrets that are fun to try. YouTube hacks to perform various operations are also listed.

Interesting or funny facts

  • Make YouTube do Harlem Shake which is also one of the popular YouTube channels with funny, powerful and crazy dance videos. To make YouTube dance like a Harlem Shake, use the YouTube search box and type make a Harlem Shake. Press Enter and YouTube will jump and dance to the soundtrack for 30 seconds.
  • One of the unknown YouTube search techniques is Luke Force the YouTube. To do this, enter use force Luke in the search field and press Enter
  • Make YouTube show you search results in an animated way, like a beam of light passing through a window. Use the following phrase in the search box: pick me up Scotty and press Enter.
  • Make your YouTube search results colorful and display them in different font styles by using the phrase doge meme in the search box.

These were some of the hidden YouTube search tricks. Now let's look at YouTube tricks and hacks.

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Hack YouTube
  1. You can watch adult videos on YouTube without verifying your age. To do this, remove watch? in the URL of the video and replace v= with v/ For example, if the URL of the video is then the URL to watch the YouTube video without checking age will be
  2. Start video from a specific time. In some situations, you may want to watch a video from a certain point in the video, or share it with someone from that point on. To do this, add # t = 02 min. 15 sec. or ? t = 02m15s at the end of the YouTube video URL. For example URL will become https://www.

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