Episode 51: SPACE!

Unless you’ve been living under a rock (in which case, it wouldn’t matter, because it’s always dark under a rock), you know there’s a solar eclipse tomorrow! We thought we’d get in on this hype and do an episode all about space [jam]!

Some fun things we’d learned in this episode are that Kristin cannot say “Moscow,” Brett grew up believing the theme song to Space Jam involved lyrics about pooping, and “Total Eclipse of the Heart” has more in common with Twilight than we originally thought.

Looking for research participants!

I (Kristin) am looking for 18-24 year olds who watch the TV show Friends for a research study I’m doing as part of my PhD program. I’m going to paste my official recruitment script below. If you can help me out, send me an email at klf065 (at) missouri (dot) edu. Thanks in advance! 

Title: Understanding Emerging Adults’ Reactions to the TV show “Friends.”

Description: You are being invited to participate in a study about viewers’ responses to the sitcom Friends. The purpose of this voluntary and confidential study is to investigate the cultural and social aspects of the Friends phenomenon, especially the series’ messages about race, gender, sexuality, relationships, and generational differences. If you agree to participate, you will need to come to the focus group location during one of the times made available by the researcher. When you arrive, you will be asked to participate in a focus group. You will be provided with detailed instructions by the researcher conducting this study, and the researcher will answer any questions you have. About 60 minutes will be needed to complete this study. Your participation is strictly voluntary with the option to stop at any time if you feel uncomfortable with the questions asked.

Eligibility: 18-24 years old. You must have watched at least one full season of Friends.

Compensation: After all focus groups have been completed, you will receive an email with an e-code for a $15 Amazon gift card. Please acknowledge the receipt of this email once you receive it.

Confidentiality: Your answers will be kept completely confidential. When your results and those of other participants are combined and entered into a computer, they will not contain any identifying information that could connect the data to you. The results of the study may be published and/or presented at an academic conference but only the combined data from all participants will be made public.

Helping one of our own

Hello What Did You Look Up on Wikipedia family, Kristin here. I haven’t posted in a while (that’s normal), but I’m writing you today to ask for help if you can spare it. One of my frequent collaborators, Brett (of, most notably, Yoga Episode fame) is struggling right now. You can read more of the story on the GoFundMe site and if you have a little to spare, it would help out a lot. Thank you in advance, Internet Family!


Episode 50: FRIENDS

Wow. Once again, it only took me half a year to get a new episode edited. Just in time for the end of 2016! This episode is so appropriate for several reasons: 1) I’ve spent more than half a year working on a project about Friends (1994-2004) in my PhD program and 2) It’s our 50th episode! The milestone deserved a celebration of What Did You Look Up on Wikipedia’s journey. If I keep up this pace, you can look forward to our 100th episode in another 3 years!


Episode 48: ALIENS

So we took a short (uh, 5 month) hiatus due to moving and grad school. This is the last video that we shot in Minneapolis on our black Ikea couch (don’t worry, it went to a good home). I’m not entirely sure how often we’ll be putting out episodes now, but hopefully it won’t take us another 5 months!

In this episode, watch as Reinhardt transforms into Giorgio Tsoukalos (aka the Ancient Aliens guy) , and we discuss some alien-related topics. Enjoy!

Mortal Kombat Theme (Redux) by Sverte is licensed under a  Creative Commons Licence: