Have you been online any time in the past 10 years or so? If so, you’re likely familiar with the website called BuzzFeed.
With its countless listicles, silly quizzes, and cute animal photos, the popular site has quickly risen to become one of the top media companies in the world. More than 200 million unique visitors peruse the site’s content each month. Pretty impressive, no?
Whether you’ve never heard of the internet behemoth or you’ve only dipped your toe into the world of BuzzFeed and are eager for more, learn more about what makes the company unique and discover the 10 funniest BuzzFeed videos for English learners.
What is BuzzFeed?
BuzzFeed is a website that aims to publish “the most shareable breaking news, original reporting, entertainment, and video.” In short, the site is king of trending content. If you see a video making its way around the web, you can be sure BuzzFeed will share it, too. The internet destination attracts countless teenagers and young adults with its clever posts and content that explores life as a young person.
Of all the content the site creates, videos remain one of the most popular. Take a look at popular social networks and you will see plenty of links to BuzzFeed videos. In fact, the site counts nearly 12 million subscribers on its main YouTube channel alone.
If you are a language student, BuzzFeed videos offer a great way to learn English slang words. Of course, much of their videos are also really humorous and entertaining, which make the site a fantastic resource for any student who wants to improve their English.
The following 10 videos rank among the site’s most popular of all time.
The Try Guys Try Pregnancy Bellies
Most people don’t associate men with pregnancy, right? Women often talk about the challenges associated with carrying a baby: from the nonstop food cravings to the morning sickness, pregnancy puts a lot of demands on a woman’s body.
Of course, men will never fully understand the difficulties of pregnancy fully. And yet, some of BuzzFeed’s most popular contributors, “The Try Guys,” attempt to experience pregnancy in this hilarious video.
As you will see, the men start off things pregnancy will be pretty easy. Carrying around a heavy belly is no small job, however. By the end of the day, the guys are screaming in pain and cannot wait to take off the cumbersome bellies strapped to their midsections.
If you like this video, you might like the others in this series on the motherhood, including this video where the Try Guys test labour pains!
$3 Sushi Vs. $250 Sushi
Most all of us have been tempted by cheap sushi at one point or another. It feels impossible to resist the pull of a cheap bite to eat, right?
Of course, we all know $3 sushi doesn’t feature the best ingredients and it was not prepared by sushi masters. But is the taste difference between cheap sushi and really pricey fish really worth paying 8233.33% more?
In this popular installment of the Worth It series, Steven takes his friend Keith on a journey around Los Angeles. The two friends try three different sushi restaurants and report their findings. Which do you think will win, the pricy option or the cheap alternative?
Kids Tell their Parents a Long-Held Secret
Everybody keeps some things secret from their parents. After all, most parents don’t want to know all of the mistakes their children make.
BuzzFeed takes the idea of secrets between parents and kids to a different place in this video, however. The site challenged several participants to share very private secrets with their moms and dads.
Most of the secrets these people share are secrets from their childhood! They have been holding on to these for a long time. As you will see in the video, the parents respond to these secrets in very different ways. How embarrassing for both the parents and their kids!
High School You Vs. College You
Most people change somewhat as they grow older. The years after you leave home often make a huge impact on you, as this video explores.
In this clip, a BuzzFeed staffer named Eugene demonstrates the differences between kids in high school and college. (High school and college are the American words for secondary school and university, respectively.) It isn’t uncommon for American students to lose some motivation as they get older, as you will see Eugene portray in this silly school parody.
If you have made the transition from being a teenager to being a university student, do you find this video fits your experience? How does the American way of life differ from your own?
Weird Things All Dog Owners Do
If you are a pet lover, you understand how impossible it is to say no to a fuzzy little face. Videos like this one are some of the site’s most popular, probably because everybody loves adorable animals.
In this silly video, Eugene interacts with his dog in a number of crazy ways. He tries to teach his dog new tricks, takes pictures of his puppy, and speaks to his dog in funny voices. It might seem insane at first glance, but most dog owners probably relate to this ridiculous behaviour. After all, how do you behave around your pets?
People Try Fire Cupping Therapy
In this video from the series, “Test/Friends,” people working in the BuzzFeed offices try out cupping for the first time.
Cupping is a popular form of traditional Chinese medicine. According to proponents, cupping helps the blood to move through the body. Many practitioners use it to treat the common cold or other lung issues.
In the United States, where BuzzFeed is based, however, cupping is not very common at all. Watch as this group of friends tries out the ancient medicine and see what they think!
Giant Men Meet Tiny Kittens
In another animal-themed video, BuzzFeed surprises its office workers with little kittens! Everybody loves cats, right?
As it turns out, many of the men working for BuzzFeed don’t like cats. At least, that is what they tell the cameras before they meet the baby animals.
Watch what happens when these adult men meet the little kittens for the first time. Do you think they’ll change their minds?
9 Perks of Being Short
Humans come in all shapes and sizes. While many people wish they were taller, being short has plenty of unique advantages.
This video features Quinta, a popular BuzzFeed staffer. In the video, she explores some of the reasons being short is totally great. She fits in the backseat of the car more comfortably, she can stand in the front of large crowds, and she is the perfect size for cuddling with her boyfriend. Watch the video to learn the other ways Quinta says being a little bit shorter is totally great.
If Women’s Roles in Movies Were Played by Men
One of the many reasons BuzzFeed enjoys such popularity with younger viewers is because the site isn’t afraid to push the envelope. BuzzFeed routinely features content that borders on risqué or edgy.
This video from the Buzzfeed Celeb channel is no exception to the rule. In this quirky short video, the staff at BuzzFeed recreate some of the most famous movie scenes. In the BuzzFeed version, however, the roles once played by women now feature male actors. How does the gender of the performer change how you feel about the scene?
Surprising Kids with Giant Versions of their Favorite Foods
Have you ever tasted a bite of food you absolutely loved and thought, “I wish I could eat a gigantic portion of this!”?
Well, in this BuzzFeed video, the staffers make that dream come true for little kids. Among the favorite foods children list are pizza, cheeseburgers with fries, and chicken wings.
To see the hilarious reactions from the surprised children, simply click the link. How would you react if someone surprised you with a giant plate of your favourite food?
What do you think of the BuzzFeed videos you’ve seen? Do you have a similar website in your country with viral content like this? In recent years, BuzzFeed has even started making articles and videos in other languages, such as French, German, and Japanese. Maybe BuzzFeed will start making videos in your native language soon, but in the meantime, watching these English videos is a great way to work on mastering the language.