We realize there's only so much time one can spend in a day watching new trailers, viral video clips, and shaky cell phone footage of people arguing on live television. This is why every day The Atlantic Wire highlights the videos that truly earn your five minutes (or less) of attention. Today: Jay Leno brings out Michelle Obama's comedically exaggerated chef's voice, Siri struggles with Scottish accents, and we witness a non-terrifying 'tornado of sheep.'
For all the grief Jay Leno receives, he has a remarkable gift for putting his guests at ease and allowing them, if they so choose, to be funny. Last night on The Tonight Show, for instance, he did three segments with Michelle Obama. It's fascinating to watch the early boilerplate about life in the White House and the importance of eating healthy food give way to a planned desk gag in which the First Lady makes Leno eat some vegetables. It's not a revolutionary bit, but the First Lady is comfortable enough to briefly adopt the accent of a fancy European chef. The voice doesn't last long, and it's unclear exactly what accent she's trying to do, which is exactly why it's fun and revealing. It's a Mom joke in the best possible way. Getting that out of a First Lady -- even a personable one -- is no easy task. [NBC]
Siri can do many wonderful things, but she just doesn't have an ear for Scottish accent. Naturally, this has resulted in a hilariously profane standoff between the iPhone robot and an enraged Scotsman who just wants to use the phone to create a reminder. On the bright side, she picked up on the profanity enough to issue a gentle scolding. [Thegavin2000 via Boing Boing]
Danny Elfman's Simpsons theme has been jangling nerves for more than 20 years now, but we have a renewed appreciation for it after seeing the one-man a cappella version. Those noises are not the kind a man's vocal range is meant to hit. [NmcKaig via Gizmodo]
The thought of being in a car surrounded by a swirling cyclone of sheep, is, frankly, terrifying. It would also be a terrifying thing to see in a movie or even a handsome Discovery Channel special. But on the Internet, filmed with a shaky handheld camera, it becomes charming and dare we say it -- cute. What a glorious digital age this is. [xozLPx]
Another glory of the digital age: Flying nano quadrators, which resemble a fleet of airborne crabs and are just as scary. Remember them the next time you're running point on a top-secret intelligence or defense operation. Because they'll remember you. [TheDmel]
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