11 REALLY INTERESTING SHORT VIDEOS

In your everyday life a minute might not seem like much. After all, there is only so much one person can do in 60 seconds. But when it comes to the vastness of the internet, a minute goes much further than you can possibly imagine, so much so that there is such a thing as an “internet minute,” a term used to describe all the activity that happens on the web in 60 seconds. If you Google it you will come across all sorts of weird and wonderful facts and figures about how much data is uploaded to the internet every minute, how many Google searches are made in one minute, and so forth.

To really understand the internet in this context you have to break things down to the level of minutes, mainly because the internet has a degree of scale that our linear human brains are unaccustomed to operating on. Just to give you one mind blowing fact, in just one minute there are around 973,000 people logging on to Facebook. Not impressed? How about 481,000 tweets sent every minute? Or how about every minute of every day there are over 300 hours of videos uploaded to YouTube?

These numbers are big enough already, but any analysis done at a broader timescale, such as days, week, months or years, just make the numbers far too huge for us to comprehend. Just under 100 trillion emails sent in one year doesn’t really mean anything to anyone. Even looking at a day renders these numbers too big, such as one billion hours’ worth of content being viewed on YouTube every single day, which is just under 700,000 hours viewed every minute. And that’s just YouTube. In 2018 Netflix users were watching approximately 140 million hours per day, which works out to roughly 100,000 hours per minute according to my simple math.

Here is a diagram with more facts and figures, showing just some of what happens in an “internet minute”:

Internet Minute 2018

These figures keep going up and up each year, and they show no signs of slowing down. For comparison purposes here are the figures for 2016:

Internet Minute 2016Going back to YouTube, what with over 300 hours being uploaded every minute, how do you know what to watch? How do you know you are not wasting your precious time? To perhaps help in that endeavour, presented below are 11 personally selected short videos that I hope you will find interesting. Most of these are funny, but a few are rather serious, probably because I am trying to make myself look more serious than I actually am, or probably because I am trying to give myself an air of maturity that I clearly do not deserve. Anyways, enjoy!…


We start with a sketch from the Australian comedy talk show Salam Café, all about the do’s and don’ts of Ramadan in an office environment…

Comedian Salma Hindy also offers some much needed Ramadan advice…

Moving on to a similar theme, here is the comedian Karim Jovian living his awkward Muslim life, this time in the context of a party…

Franchesca Ramsey presents 4 very basic reasons why you shouldn’t be afraid of Muslims…

This year Coca Cola had quite a nice advert made specially for Ramadan…

A few years earlier Coca Cola very cleverly asked us to remove preconceived labels we have for each other…

In a similar vein here we have American talk show host Ellen speaking to a non-Muslim woman who defended a Muslim subway rider…

Carrying on the good natured feeling of the previous videos, here we have various comedians offering advice to a married couple, one Muslim and one non-Muslim, about their upcoming trip to America…

Another comedian, Samantha Bee, does her utmost in trying to make us all care about the war in Yemen…

On a serious note, here is Birmingham based scholar Shaykh Zahir Mahmood with his blistering May 2018 verbal attack on the gang culture so prevalent in Birmingham and elsewhere in the UK…

Finally, as someone who is trying to be a practicing Muslim maybe I shouldn’t really mention music, but I think this new video from Barbra Streisand is worth a look. You’ll know why once you see it…

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