When I was in college (that’s right, ladies, COLLEGE) I did a study abroad trip, because I’m white, and that’s an important thing for white people to do. Anyway, at one point in my travels, I was in this small, medieval village in the mountains of Switzerland, OBVIOUSLY. Where else was I going to be? This place was basically Postcard Town. It looked crazy! Very pretty and untouched and old and quiet and European, all cobblestones and Lord of the Rings. The mountains were lush and green! But right on the one road that constituted the village, there was a Stüssy store, and that always made me laugh. Huh? Now, 100 years later, there is nothing surprising about this juxtaposition of the old and the new. We can basically get whatever we want, wherever we are, whenever. Everything is available everywhere and always. The world is flat, or whatever.

But, as evidenced by the video that I have posted after the jump, the world isn’t THAT flat. It is nice every once in awhile to be reminded that we do still live in a large, complicated world full of all kinds of God’s creatures, and that the cultural divides that make us unique and fascinating haven’t been completely erased by Groupon, or whatever. We are still mysterious!!!

I don’t know what is going on here and that’s why I love it. (Thanks for the tip, werttrew.)

Comments (45)
  1. Card Crusher is everyone’s new Crush.

  2. Doesn’t it annoy anyone else that a flat world is actually much larger than a round one? The whole point of the discovery of a spherical globe was like, oh, if we want to go to Japan from California, we don’t have to go all the way over America and Europe and Asia, because the world is round, and thus smaller and easier to navigate!

    What I’m trying to say here is Thomas Friedman is a prick.

  3. This is what most anime looks like if you take out all the all the crazy colored lines flying around in the background

  4. I don’t know much about global gender norms, but I’m pretty sure in 85% of first-world countries on this planet that this lady is required to put out tonight.

  5. Oh man, I bet your alma mater throws your name around all the time. There’s probably a Delahaye Library, with your picture adorning the walls of the admissions office along with other famous alums, with the caption “Gabe Delahaye: Blog Writer.”

  6. And that Billy is where babies come from

  7. I’m worried about Ryu, you guys.

  8. No idea what’s going on here? I think Gabe just accidently outed himself as a virgin, you guys.

  9. If you start watching this once This Must Be The Place by the Talking Heads hits the one minute mark, you’ll say “Yeah…” and you’ll love it.

  10. What I love most about Japanese weirdness is that if you talk to a Japanese people, most of them don’t know what is going on either.

  11. Everything I learned about Romance, I learned from this video.

  12. She kept looking at his hand like she wanted to sniff it.

  13. It isn’t the Earth that is large and round and mysterious so much as it is the Internet that is large and round and mysterious.

  14. My theory was that this was just a very intense game of I’m Not Touching You.

  15. This guy must be almost-Chris Brown, because he almost punched that chick in the face.

    • Chris Khaki.

    • I feel bad for/actually like the Japanese card crusher. I think his intense stage presence is the result of a rough childhood or something(?) and he’s just no good at handling them, like a lot of people. Plus, he performs some really cool card crushing tricks. No bullshit.

  16. I didn’t know it was possible to disrespect an ATM receipt so aggressively.

  17. It always makes me happy to see Fisher Stevens getting work.

  18. Is it just me or does that look like a balding Asian Joseph Gordon Levitt?

    The world really IS flat!

  19. Congratulations, you are no eligible to adopt me as your child and teach me how to be as wonderful as you are, papa-san.

  20. NOBODY RECOGNIZED THAT THIS IS A MEGAMAN SONG?

  21. Well…I’m black and I studied abroad. Studying abroad does not discriminate.

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