Guys, this is the last Monsters’ Ball of 2012. We will be posting next week, but not a ton, because this is America, and life is for the living. But so I would like to take this time, as we do every year, to get just a little bit earnest for a second (although you should feel free to use your fart apps or whatever while you are reading this) and say once again how great and invaluable part of Videogum the monster community is. I know that there have been fewer comments/commenters in the past few months, for whatever reason, the fiscal cliff? Everyone turned 13 and Videogum is for turkeys? The fact of the matter is that even with a little less activity, the Videogum community remains one of the smartest, funniest, and most engaged communities on the Internet, and it is a pleasure to spend every day in your company. So thank you. And please have a safe and happy holidays and a great new year! [FARRRRRRRRRRT!]

After the jump, the five Highest Rated comments, as voted on by you, the Lowest Rated comment, the winner of the Merry Christmas From The Kardashians Caption Contest, and the Editor’s and Associate Editors’ Choices.

This Week’s Highest Rated Comments

#5  saturnian | Dec 19th Score:33

Not only is it fake, but I heard that baby is gay.

Posted in: The Eagle Snatching Baby Video Debate Of 2012
#4  old man fatima | Dec 19th Score:33

I live in Montreal and am a baby (as you can clearly see). This is a very troubling video for me. I like parks. I like birds. I like Montreal. I like being a baby. What a rough time for me, you guys. I appreciate your support and donations while I work through this difficult emotional moment in my tiny, brand new baby life.

Posted in: The Eagle Snatching Baby Video Debate Of 2012
#3  bringing up buster | Dec 17th Score:34

I disagree with this list!! This is not how my list would look! Because I am not the only one who voted! I don’t like everything on this list and there are movies that I like that are missing!

(Just want our Stereogum visitors to feel at home!)

Posted in: The Gummy Awards: Your Favorite Movies Of 2012
#2  Frank Lloyd Wrong | Dec 19th Score:36

This read exactly like his advice column, “If I May Be So Franco?”

Posted in: James Franco Diagnoses The Lindsay Lohan Situation Perfectly
#1  R2D2, Esq. | Dec 20th Score:44

Save room for the milk and cookies, pal.

Posted in: Merry Christmas From Courtney Stodden

[Assoc. Ed. Note: I would like to second what Gabe said. You're all the best. Have a wonderful holiday! (And congrats to you five specifically, obviously you are much better than everyone else.)]

This Week’s Lowest Rated Comment

Parker Young | Dec 14th Score:-27

I’d like Parks and Rec if it wasn’t for Amy Polar.

Posted in: The Gummy Awards: Your Favorite TV Shows Of 2012

[Assoc. Ed. Note: Hahah. Why is this the lowest rated? This is one of my favorite comments of the week. A+.]

This Week’s Caption Contest Winner

  Dr. Feelgood | Dec 18th Score:47

Bruce Jenner looks like Glenn Close playing Albert Nobbs.

Posted in: The Videogum Why Don’t YOU Caption It? Contest: Merry Christmas From The Kardashians

[Ed. Note: Congratulations, Dr. Feelgood! You earned it.]

This Week’s Associate Editor’s Choice (Mary)

  wheeee | Dec 20th Score:5

Chris Pratt proves that you can’t be a beefcake and eat it, too.

Posted in: Here Are Some Morning Links!

[Assoc. Ed. Note: hahaha! good one!]

This Week’s Associate Editor’s Choice (Kelly)

  badideajeans | Dec 17th Score:3

If the thing I just read on Twitter is true, I’m PISSED.

Posted in: The Gossip Girl Series Finale Videogum Video Pizza Party

[Assoc. Ed. Note: Our generation summed up in one perfect sentence.]

This Week’s Editor’s Choice

  Superglue | 9:28am Score:10

Oh man, so I’m getting here mega late and have a LOT of catching up to do with all of you, but first, since it’s all about me me me: My year has been BONKERS!

I started off this year jobless and I watched so much TV and generally got pretty depressed. I took a break from videogum and the internet in general because I pretty much just stopped being funny or fun to be around. That went on for a few months. I volunteered at the hospital but that was like one morning a month – bunk at most.

Then around late-spring, I started picking up some work, catering here and temping there, and getting out of the house and out of my spiral of applying for jobs, never hearing anything (not one thing) and then getting super depressed and watching another season of News Radio.

In June, I landed a long-term temp job at the hospital, giving me a reason to put on decent clothes and leave the house every day. It took me a while to warm up to talking to other humans again, but I did it.

In August, I got married! And I honeymooned! And all of that was incredible and amazing. We did this thing where we wrote every single one of our wedding guests a personalized letter about why we like them and why it was important they were at our wedding which was very emotionally draining. I thought I would never have to cry again after doing all that, but I’ve cried since then so I guess it doesn’t work that way.

In September, I balled up and asked if I could apply to get a full-time job at the hospital. My boss was super supportive and less than 2 weeks later, with a nasty bout of bronchitis in the meantime, I had a full-time gig! Sweet!

So my predictions for 2013 are: Maybe actually establish a productive routine, finish paying off my car, finish paying off the honeymoon, see my brother and my best friend get married (to separate people, not to each other), and generally enjoy life.


Posted in: How Was Everyone’s Year This Year?

[Ed. Note: This comment is really just a place-holder for all of the comments on these threads where you guys talk about your days/years. I really enjoy reading them. There's some real comfort in hearing about the good and bad things that are happening in people's lives, and even just the boring little things that take up everyone's time and attention and energy. I said most of what I had to say in the intro to this post, but thanks again, monsters. You are the best.]

Comments (40)
  1. Happy holidays and new years, guys! WOOO WE ALMOST MADE IT THROUGH 2012 IN YOUR FACE 70s NEW AGE PEOPLE!

  2. Hey monsters, it’s a four-day weekend but you’re still at work, or you’re at home and you’re bored! Come chat!

  3. Woo-hoo! The final #1 comment of the year!

    Have a great holiday, you guys. And by all means, eat and drink far more than your doctor would recommend. I know I will.

  4. Have a cozy holidays, you guys!

  5. I think the drop in commenters and visitors isn’t due to a fiscal cliff, but rather the cliff that all of everyone’s beloved recaps fell off of. Can we watch another series together in 2013, gang? A really bad one, with lots of pictures in the recaps, pretty please?

  6. Yay!!! It’s the weekend and I just woke up from a nap! And I just found a package of decorations last night when I was fixing my house, so now I’m not sad anymore! Let’s get this holiday started!!!!!!!! Thanks, Kelly! Thanks Gabe! Thanks Mary! Thanks Everyone! Thanks Santa Paws!!

  7. Hope you guys all have a Merry Christmas! May Santa bring you all of the John Cena merchandise on your list. Don’t forget- you’re not allowed to touch butts until you graduate from school!

  8. Every year can seem like the hardest year, which is why I love you, Videogum! Just total collective awesomeness every business day [excepting holidays].

    Let’s. Party.

  9. Yay!! Family will be all back together again by tomorrow afternoon! Decorating the tree and eating good things! Have a great weekend and holiday eveyone.

  10. Oh, man! All the cool kids are buying this awesome book for the holidays! What, the proceeds go to charity?!

    Wow what a good deal! I’ve never seen a better cook book from a mid-size pop culture website’s commenters before!

    • No! That’s not how cook books work! #dogs

    • Guys, if you get the cookbook, a quick note: the recipe on page 78 is only legal in Colorado and Washington

    • i fully intend on buying this as soon as i stop being broke! so, like, in a week or two, maybe!

      can there be a new feature next year where gabe has to make a dish from the book every week? kind of like the old gabe vs. lindsay top chef challenge videos? except probably not like that at all?


  12. And as always, merry Trollmass, Steve, wherever you may be. May your holidays be pretty and Lost-free.

  13. Happy Holidays everyone! Whoo!

  14. Yay! We’ve got the rest of our lives ahead of us after all!

  15. BOO! I love Amy Polar, she’s my favorite after Aubrey Panda.

  16. Happy holidays, guys! As a gift I bought you all a communal copy of Fried Green Tomatoes at Target for $5. JK, I bought it for myself.

  17. Au contraire, I believe the Videogum community remains one of the smartest, funniest, and most engaged communities on the Internet BECAUSE I comment less.


    Happy holidays everyone!

  18. WHAT?! I can’t believe I made the Ball! This made my week!

    Have a great weekend, everyone! Happy holidays!

  19. I less than three everyone; have a good holiday timez

  20. oh man, I totally missed the “how was everyone’s year” thread because I was traveling home yesterday. Also, Comcast told my mom they couldn’t install wireless in her apartment, so she only has one ethernet cord. Total BS from Comcast, I hate them so much. Might spend some of my break trying to buy her a router.

    anyway, my year has been pretty okay. not the best, but not the worst. there was a lot of travel. I need a nap from all that travel.

    HAVE A MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYBODY (even if you’re Jewish, cause then you get Chinese food).

  21. Happy Holidays, everybody!

    Don’t get attacked by a goose/geese.

    Also, Happy The World Is Not Over And Who Really Feared It Would Be Anyway And Also I Was An Hour And A Half Late To Work Today Which Has Nothing To Do With The Mayans But Who0 Knows Maybe My Subconscious Did Believe The World Would End Which Is Why I Drank Too Much Wine Last Night.

  22. Happy happy all. Catch you next year. Thx for a great 2012!!!!

  23. My first monsters ball ever, I don’t even know what to say. I would like the thank the academy, the little people, the larger people, that fake and gay baby for making it all possible, Abraham Lincoln, and Radio Raheem.

  24. Christmas is the time
    when haikus about Christmas
    are most in season.

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