Cheer up, Buttercup!
September 11, 2019 6:14 AM   Subscribe

Looking for pics/links that if you were going through a really rough patch, would be a welcome distraction or mood lifter. I can't be the only one who keeps a collection of things like this. I've already exhausted my usual "I hope this picture of a hamster struggling to eat a piece of spaghetti brightens your day." stock, and need to replenish.

A friend of mine is going through a very difficult time. In addition to normal supportive stuff, I want to collect a bunch of things I can send them that will distract them from their situation.
posted by PuppetMcSockerson to Grab Bag (40 answers total) 64 users marked this as a favorite
Here he comes!
posted by something something at 6:17 AM on September 11, 2019 [12 favorites]

In addition to cute cat & puppy gifs & videos, I love:

Tiny Food Cooking

Steve1989MREInfo, especially when he says, "okay!" He's just so enthusiastic about old MRE's, it's contagious and interesting and relaxing all at once.

Emma at WhispersRedASMR, she is wonderful, and I love her voice.
posted by Marie Mon Dieu at 6:21 AM on September 11, 2019

nyam nyam nyam
posted by zamboni at 6:26 AM on September 11, 2019 [4 favorites]

Akin to Zamboni's contribution - there's an entire song by the Youtuber Parry Gripp called simply "Nom Nom Nom", with a video of lots of critters eating. Mostly hamsters, but there are some ducklings, fish, kittens, and dogs as well.
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 6:29 AM on September 11, 2019

Would more acerbically funny stuff work as well as cute stuff, too? If so, there are some threads here I've saved for exactly that purpose - like an AskMe about "Do cats fart?" where the answers are all exceedingly and increasingly funny variants of the answer "oh HELL yes".
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 6:33 AM on September 11, 2019 [2 favorites]

EmpressCallipygos, yes absolutely! Anything that would work as a little diversion, and ridiculous threads like "Do cats fart" great for that.
posted by PuppetMcSockerson at 6:40 AM on September 11, 2019

Snow leopards are positively the goofiest of all big cats, and this video of a snow leopard assaulting a head of cabbage never fails to make me smile.

Other good snow leopard options:
Snow leopard slides down stairs
Snow leopard aggressively brushed with a broom
Snow leopard doin' a big scare
Snow leopard loses its mind over an orange ball 1
Orange ball part 2

Anyway, those always make me smile.
posted by rachaelfaith at 6:51 AM on September 11, 2019 [8 favorites]

This is what the reddit sub "eyebleach" is for.
posted by freshwater at 6:53 AM on September 11, 2019 [5 favorites]

If "Do cats fart" works, then other threads I've found to be comedy gold are:

This MeTa where I point people at a comment someone made about washing a three-foot-tall My Little Pony plushie for their child, and people respond with more and more tales about the ridiculous things they've found themselves saying to or doing for their children.

This MeTa, posted in response to a now-legendary AskMe about anonymously giving a stranger a banjo as a gift. The comments are all variants on "....what the HELL?"

This FPP about a purported "advancement in condom technology" which is soundly and thoroughly mocked in the comments.

Every so often there are MeTa threads that celebrate assorted kinds of comments and some of those can be fun too, here's one such thread.
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 7:08 AM on September 11, 2019 [2 favorites]

The first and second here.
posted by humuhumu at 7:08 AM on September 11, 2019 [1 favorite]

This video makes me happy every time I see it. Dog wants a kitty.
posted by If only I had a penguin... at 7:28 AM on September 11, 2019 [2 favorites]

My Emergency Playlist:

Goats Yelling Like Humans
Part 2
posted by Lyn Never at 7:35 AM on September 11, 2019 [2 favorites]

More stuff later when I get home, but for now:
Peanut and His Corn
posted by Glinn at 8:04 AM on September 11, 2019

I'm a big fan of Cheer the Fuck Up.
posted by mogget at 8:06 AM on September 11, 2019 [3 favorites]

This video of a cockatoo shouting into a cup always cracks me up.
I also like this one of that same cockatoo knocking over a bunch of toy cup towers.
And, here's a bunch of funny lolcats for ya.
posted by cleverevans at 8:36 AM on September 11, 2019 [3 favorites]

Baby panda sneeze

Duck Army (way better when played on a loop) (I miss Vine)

Calming Manatee
posted by Mchelly at 9:22 AM on September 11, 2019 [2 favorites]

My favorite Adventure Time episode always makes me smile and lifts my spirits.
posted by cross_impact at 10:02 AM on September 11, 2019 [1 favorite]

/r/Zoomies is the best
posted by scruss at 10:41 AM on September 11, 2019 [2 favorites]

Also, everything to do with this baby vulture
posted by scruss at 11:07 AM on September 11, 2019 [2 favorites]

Oh - a good random google search to do is the search string "buzzfeed pure". The hits you get will all be variants of this kind of thing, which Buzzfeed apparently does on the regular.
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 12:15 PM on September 11, 2019 [1 favorite]

This is a great thread! I will add in putyouinabettermood, which aggregates the reddit r/aww subreddit. Mostly baby animals of all kinds.
posted by Mogur at 12:56 PM on September 11, 2019

Tadashi Tokieda on Numberphile

hang in there puppet!
posted by stinkfoot at 1:39 PM on September 11, 2019 [1 favorite]

My favorite diversion when faced with sadness/stress/exhaustion:
posted by Lynsey at 2:13 PM on September 11, 2019

Bizzle Gets Some Dunkers
posted by D.Billy at 3:44 PM on September 11, 2019 [1 favorite]

Guy pranks parade with horn
posted by oflinkey at 4:53 PM on September 11, 2019

Capybaras soaking in an onsen
Shoebill Stork

This Pixar comment story
Teenager Sophie Pecora Sings And Raps About Bullying
Isaac's Live Lip Dub Proposal Yup.

Neil Patrick Harris 2013 Tony Opening Number
YEEEEES. (Warning: Unfortunate shot of terrible guy in audience during the standing ovation.)
posted by Glinn at 4:57 PM on September 11, 2019

The second doodle in particular in this piece about a guy drawing silly pictures of his greyhound fills me with joy.
posted by DingoMutt at 6:14 PM on September 11, 2019

Also, back when I was working a particularly heinous project at my former job, I had this thread open in one of my tabs for several months on end. Pictures of baby bats make everything better.
posted by DingoMutt at 6:21 PM on September 11, 2019

Every baby goat video from Sunflower Farm Creamery.
posted by pinochiette at 8:43 PM on September 11, 2019 [1 favorite]

Oh yeah, and this one.
posted by pdxhiker at 12:07 AM on September 12, 2019

I'll bet he can't eat just one

Channing Tatum: Everybody Dance Now
posted by NorthernLite at 9:57 AM on September 12, 2019 [1 favorite]

Allow me to introduce you to Mister Murderbritches.
posted by queen anne's remorse at 2:26 PM on September 14, 2019 [2 favorites]
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