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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:

Word of warning: this "fish tornado" you're about to see will mess with your brain sensors and for the next few minutes nothing you will see will seem impressive. Click on at your own risk: 

So YouTube got a bunch of their most popular YouTube stars together for this year-end homage to the most popular videos of 2012.  If you can name more than eight of these stars, you beat The Atlantic Wire, and may or may not have the best procrastinating skills on the planet: 

Anne Hathaway and Samuel L. Jackson talking about French whores in the White House?  Sure. Let's do this:

And finally, don't mind us. This is pretty touching stuff here, and the Quartz staff next door is just cutting up onions over it here at the office. Our watery eyes have nothing to do with this video of Newtown's comfort dogs — nothing at all: 

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