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‘To the Boys Who May One Day Date My Daughter’ Poem Goes Viral

How would you treat the people who may become a love interest for your children? Jesse Parent penned a cautionary spoken-word poem entitled “To the Boys Who May One Day Date My Daughter.”

The video embedded above features Parent performing his piece at the 2014 College Unions Poetry Slam Invitational. The Button Poetry YouTube channel posted it earlier this month and it has since attracted more than 840,000 views.

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Jack Prelutsky Recites ‘Today is a Very Boring Day’ Poem On ‘Arthur’

To celebrate National Poetry Month, we found a video featuring Jack Prelutsky’s guest appearance on the animated TV series, Arthur. The video embedded above features him delivering a performance of his poem, “Today is a Very Boring Day.”

Prelutsky, the United States’ first children’s poet laureate, has written more than eighty volumes of poetry. Back in April 2012, we sat for an interview with him and asked him for tips about reading poetry aloud; he feels that “a poem is a living organism, and no two are alike. Most poems (perhaps all poems) are read best when read aloud.” What do you think?

Fin & Bow Creates a ‘Games of Thrones’ & Disney Mash-Up Video

What would happen if some of Disney’s most famous protagonists were transported to Westeros?

The Fin & Bow production team have created a mash-up parody called “A Magical Red Wedding.” The video embedded above features a hilarious re-telling of “The Red Wedding” episode from the Game of Thrones HBO series.

Here’s more from Bustle: “In this makeover, Cinderella, Prince Charming, Ariel, and Eric step in for the Starks, and Cinderella’s evil stepmother and a slew of other murderous Disney characters including Merida, who, with her bow and arrow and red hair brings to mind Ygritte more than anything, start slitting throats while your favorite animated friends run for cover…It’s a bit gruesome for Disney, but on the flip side, it’s rather light for Westeros.”

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Does the English Language Drive You Crazy?

Does the English language drive you crazy?

Gregory Brown and Mitchell Moffit, the co-creators of the AsapSCIENCE YouTube channel, have written a poem called “English Is Crazy!” The two collaborators posted a poetry video on their second channel, AsapTHOUGHT, featuring Moffit as the narrator.

The Huffington Post lists some of the reasons why English can cause frustration; “grammar rules can be inconsistent, spelling nonsensical and don’t get us started on plurals, pronouns and pronunciation. Tough, cough, bough and dough. Enough said.” What do you think?

Samuel L. Jackson Performs ‘Boy Meets World’-Themed Slam Poetry

Just in time for National Poetry Month, Django Unchained actor Samuel L. Jackson recently appeared on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon and performed slam poetry about the 90′s American sitcom, Boy Meets World.

In the video embedded above, Jackson makes references to the Corey-Topanga love story, the Corey-Shawn bromance, and Eric’s infamous “Feeny” call.

According to Mental Floss, Fallon later asked Jackson whether or not he was a fan of Boy Meets World; Jackson admitted that it’s probable he had never even “seen one episode.”

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‘SNL’ Star Ana Gasteyer Interviews Writer Ann Brashares

Writer Ann Brashares sat down with Saturday Night Live alum Ana Gasteyer to discuss her new young adult novel, The Here and Now.

Throughout the interview, the comedic actress insists that the new book is the latest installment of The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants series. In the video embedded above, Brashares explains that “pants” do not play a significant role in this “forbidden romance.”

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David Tennant Reads ‘Sonnet 126′ by William Shakespeare

Happy National Poetry Month! To kick off this month-long celebration, we’ve dug up a video featuring Dr. Who actor David Tennant reading William Shakespeare’s “Sonnet 126.”

Tennant delivered this performance for Touch Press’ 2012 iPad app, “The Sonnets.” Additionally, Tennant recorded recitations of sonnets #12, #18, and #71 for this app. What’s your favorite Shakespearean sonnet?

Toasty TV Creates ‘Games of Thrones’ & ‘House of Cards’ Mash-Up Video

What happens when you cross the Game of Thrones HBO series with the House of Cards Netflix series?

Toasty TV, a YouTube channel curated by Quiznos, has created a mash-up parody called “House of Thrones.” The hilarious video embedded above features the wicked politician Frank Underwood wrecking havoc all over the seven kingdoms of Westeros.

According to Mashable, “the video is remarkably subtle for an advertisement, using just a sly hint of product placement towards the end. Game of Thrones and House of Cards fans alike can otherwise sit back and enjoy tons of nerdy references, clever puns and a spot-on Kevin Spacey impression.” What do you think? (via Refinery29)

Are You For or Against the Oxford Comma?

Do you regularly use the oxford comma in your writing? The animated video embedded above features a three-minute TED-Ed lesson called “Grammar’s Great Divide: The Oxford Comma.”

This linguistics lesson focuses on the debate between those for and against what is “perhaps the most hotly contested punctuation mark of all time.” Back in 2011, the University of Oxford Writing and Style Guide noted that use of the serial comma should be generally avoided.

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McSweeney’s Story Turned Video Game Animation: VIDEO

Animator Jesse Benjamin has created a cartoon adaptation of Mike Lacher‘s piece “In Which I Fix My Girlfriend’s Grandparents’ WiFi and Am Hailed as a Conquering Hero,” which was featured in The Best of McSweeney’s Internet Tendency.

H. Jon Benjamin of Bob’s Burgers fame is the voice in this early video game style animation. Paul Sprangers created the music.

We’ve embedded the video above for you to enjoy.

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