Episode 31: St. Patrick’s Day

It’s a little late, but we’ll make it up to you with limericks.

Music snippet from “I’ll Tell Me Ma” as performed by Lauzeta.

We reference some things that our younger viewers might not have heard of, so here are some links to the Wikipedia pages of Joey Buttafuoco and Abba’s song Fernando. Consider yourselves Wikipeducated.

10ish more days until we buy our tickets to VidCon! Will you help us out with a $5 donation?

Send Us to VidCon Update #6

Our fundraiser deadline is a little less than 2 weeks away and we’re at $710! In the spirit of cross-promotion, we wanted to tell you about some of our awesome funders and their projects.

Want us to promote you? Go to our GoFundMe and donate! Then send us an email and let us know what you do!

Music: “You’re Awesome” by Matt Britton: 

Links to our funders’ websites/projects:

Peace of the Earth Farm

Shiloh Threads

Island Provisions

Humble Farmer

TOP Vietnam Veterans

Brett Elizabeth Jenkins

Christine Friedlander

The Pork Chop Express

EPISODE 30: A FEW GOOD WOMYN

THE WOMYNSODE. (Vibrator Not Included)

In honor of Women’s History (Herstory) Month, we dressed up as Sappho and Anaïs Nin, sang like Billie Holiday, and scoffed at Hollywood’s fear of the female orgasm.

Also: it’s our 30th episode! We’re old enough to rent cars, vote, drink, have children, and experience profound life regret!

Many thanks to K LA + Frankie for the music.

If you enjoyed this episode, consider helping us get to VidCon this summer: http://gofundme.com/whatdidyoulookup

Women’s History Month: Two Writers

Hey y’all. It’s Women’s History Month, AKA Womyn’s Herstory Month. In honor of that, we dressed up as writers Sappho and Anais Nin in our most recently recorded and soon-to-be-posted episode. Now, if you’re saying who? then you’re not alone. So we’re here to give you a little schooling à la Wikipedia:

SAPPHO was a Greek lyric poet who was born sometime between 630 and 612 BC.

Most of Sappho’s writing exists only in fragments and so what we know of her life comes from her poetry. Because her poetry included references to narrators infatuated with both men and women, the word sapphic derives from her name and lesbian derives from her birthplace, the island of Lesbos. Wikipedia notes, however, that neither of these words were used to reference homosexuality until the 19th century. Another hilarious fact is that during the Victorian Era, Sappho was sometimes referred to as the headmistress of a girls’ finishing school. If you’re looking to read some Sappho, I recommend Anne Carson’s translation in if not, winter.

ANAIS NIN (February 21, 1903 – January 14, 1977) was an author born to Spanish-Cuban parents in France. I don’t really like the construction of that sentence, but I just took it from Wikipedia. I mean, is anyone born an author? Anyways….

She is best known for her erotica, extensive diaries, and affair with Henry Miller. At one point, she was married to two men and kept important information under two different last names in a “lie box.” I’m guessing the best way to get start with Anais Nin are her diaries, but I’ve also read Delta of Venus and if you’re looking for erotica, Nin is one of the best.

WELL, now that you guys are wiki-educated on Sappho and Anaïs Nin, go check out some of their writing in preparation for Episode 30!

WHO ARE YOU AND WHAT IS THIS FUNDRAISER ABOUT?

I’ve been making update videos but I’m going to recap what this is all really about for those just tuning in or those who don’t know us in person.

Q: WHO ARE YOU? 

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 We are pure romance make YouTube videos.

A: We’re Kristin and Sally and we have a video series called What Did You Look Up on Wikipedia?. We make episodes about once a week and post them everywhere on YouTube, WordPress, Twitter and Facebook. We also post shorter “outtakes” and other random fun things we’ve made in these same places. Our recent episodes are thematic and involve some skit or parody material as well as tipsy discussion about various topics. Really, you just have to check some out to see what I’m talking about.

Q: WHAT’S THIS FUNDRAISER THING YOU KEEP TALKING ABOUT? 

A: This summer, we’re going to VidCon, a yearly gathering of YouTube artists and fans. We’re hoping to meet some pros and connect with other artists. Unfortunately for our budgets, the entry fee is expensive ($150-175) and the convention is in Anaheim, CA, which means we have to buy plane tickets and stay in a hotel. So we’re hoping to get as much extra help as possible. And that’s where you all come in. If you like what we do, please consider donating $5 to help us get to VidCon. We have more details on our GoFundMe site. If you have trouble with this site, please e-mail us.

Q: WHAT’S THE DEAL WITH THE PRIZE TIERS? 

Prize Tiers are something that people use on fundraising websites to get people to donate. You DO NOT have to claim a prize. You can donate any amount you like by clinking on the link that says “or donate other amount.” Furthermore, some prizes have a limit on how many people can claim them, such as the $300 level (a personalized song). If it is not yet claimed it will say 1 of 1 available. If it is claimed, it will say 0 of 1 available. If there is no indication of how much of a certain prize is available, that means there is no limit. So for example, everyone who donates $5 will get a shout-out on the show. There’s no limit to the number of people who can receive a shout-out or a personalized card. Again, if confused, e-mail us! Or if you know us, you can give us a call or text.

THAT’S IT, REALLY. I’ve been posting update videos with examples of some of the prizes we’re giving out at different levels as well as just some general updates on the show. You can find all these fundraiser update related videos in a playlist on our YouTube channel.

WE LOVE AND APPRECIATE ALL THE SUPPORT YOU’VE GIVEN US!