Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Automatic Confession - Over 2.5 Million Served

Do you ever do stuff without thinking about the consequences?
 Like buying your kids a jar of PYSSLAS? What are PYSSLAS, you ask? They're these tiny beads they sell at IKEA that you can iron to make nifty designs. And what's with the capital letters on all their names? Does that mean we have to shout them out? I don't know about all the shouting, but I'm sure that the name PYSSLA means "tiny colorful beads made of hard plastic, designed to piss parents off when they step on them" in Swedish.
On our last trip, we made the mistake of buying some for the kids, and we have yet to produce a nifty design with them. We have, however, been finding them all over the house. I also noticed there was a warning that they are a choking hazard for small children. What it doesn't say is that they are also a hazard to the feet of those who get up in the middle of the night and walk barefoot to the bathroom. A word of advice, don't buy PYSSLAS for your kids, unless you want to spend your time picking them out of your feet and hobbling around while you vacuum the little pissers up.
Another thing I did without thinking was to share a You Tube video called Automatic Confession on my blog about a year ago. Yes, I'm guilty as charged. I actually do watch videos on You Tube, and sometimes I even put them on my blog. Most of the stuff over there is crap, I know, but there's the occasional gem that makes it all worthwhile. In my defense, that was back in the early days of my blog, when I was still trying to get the hang of this whole blogging thing and embedding a video in a post was like a head rush for me. And the video is funny.
So I put a video on YouTube, what's so special about that?
Well, basically, it was a hilarious Spanish skit that I stuck subtitles on for the benefit of the English-speaking world. I had no idea what I was unleashing into the Internet. I just wanted to share something I thought was funny. The last time I checked, my video had over 2.5 million views, and as many comments as I have PYSSLAS on the floor. The funny part is that some of those comments are from people who are really offended by it.  How can people be offended by a video on You Tube? I mean this is You Tube we're talking about.
Here's just a sample of what some of these offended individuals have to say:
suziekrumm: If you knew anything about the sanctity of the SACRAMENT of Reconcilliation, you would not produce and promote such blashemy! How about spending your time more searching for TRUTH and not attacking something you know nothing about!
jwedgie09: This is a sick video. The Sacrament of Penance is one that should not be mocked or slammed. It is a very serious thing. It is the only way your mortal sins may be forgiven on this earth. The idea of an automatic confession is ridiculous. God is truly present in the confessional and it is something that shouldn't be mocked or made into a joke. I have a sense of humor but this is absolutely not funny.
ayamdua: You ar making fun about the sacraments. You are no other than a DEVIL IN HUMAN FORM.
Here's what I have to say:
suziekrumm: How can I be producing "blashemy" if I don't even know what "blashemy" is? If you knew anything about humor, you would see this is just a joke, and not to be taken seriously. But, unfortunately, you are one of the humor-impaired souls that haunt the internet, trying to keep everyone else from having fun, since you clearly aren't capable of having any yourself.
jwedgie09: From your nickname I gather that someone has given you a wedgie. You should pull your underwear out of your butt because it's obviously getting in the way of that sense of humor you may have.
ayamunda: You really should pray for better English. And if I were really the Devil, you probably wouldn't still be around, would you now?
Come on people, lighten up! Even my father-in-law, who is a devout Catholic, and will not tolerate anyone making fun of his religion, found this hilarious. If anything, this video is making fun of modern society, not religion. And most of all, get a life. How pathetic do you have to be to get into a religious argument at You Tube? If you want to be offended, be offended by all the starving kids in third world countries, or about animal cruelty, but not by a video on You Tube. But most of the comments are from people who did find it funny. Here are a couple of my favorites:
pic8158: Funny! But if it was an American voice mail system it would be more like: For English, press 1 To speak in tongues, press 2 For a transcript of your past confessions, press 3 To proceed directly to Judgment, please stay on the line and an operator will assist you Non-Catholics please hang up and dial 1-800-GET-JESUS
psychedelicpython: That was so funny! Nun's, what can we do about I used to be a nun but we never had this much fun.
To all those who got a good laugh out of this, thank you for having a sense of humor, since that's what the world needs.
And to those cranky YouTubers, be careful, or I'll send you over to see  Diesel, he eats people with no sense of humor for breakfast.


  1. At least when you make fun of Christians and they don't take it well, they just call you the DEVIL and say that you're destined for HELL.

    If it was about Islam, you'd get messages like "I'M GOING TO SLIT YOUR THROAT!!", etc.

    YouTube comment threads are the internet users at their worst. That's for sure.

    P.S. I've watched that video several times and chuckle each time.

  2. Hmmm...PYSSLAS...thinking that might make some great gifts for kids of parents that I'm not overly fond of...

  3. we call those little plastic melty beads perler beads. i dunno why. but a pysslas/perler bead by any other name would still hurt as much when you stepped on them.

    the video is a hoot!

  4. I think IKEA product names are usually even better than the products... obviously in the case of the PYSSLAS this is true.

  5. I agree, especially after purchasing my new FARGTRUT, which looks great next to my solid wood VINYTUDS.

  6. Well, I'm glad that I've never heard of PYSSLAS because that exempts me from commenting on that subject and allows me to go directly to your Automatic Confession.


    That was AWESOME! I was already laughing about 45 seconds into the clip, and yes, youtube is a bunch of kaka, as I had thought so before, but the few gems like you mentioned make it all worthwhile. I had once uploaded a video of the frog races in a region of Italy and man...those animal liberation folks sure had a lot of nasty things to say.'d think it was a crime just to film it! What's up with all the hate?

    I found your link by way of "Linky Love" over at Barbara's. So glad she mentioned you!

  7. I also used to be a nun, and I am not at all offended by the video.

    Sister Act - now that was some blasphemy.

  8. And the PYSLASS look so pretty in the jar. Ah Ikea is not above a marketing ploy.

    I have to look at your hit video tonight from home, but I seem to recall it being funny. There are some rather sanctimonious trolls out there.

  9. erik: Shhh, don't give people any ideas. I don't want to have to go into hiding. ;)

    alice: Yeah, that'll teach 'em.

    lime: You bet they do. :)

    minijon: The one I like is the FARTFUL desk.

    brad: But which color FARGTRUT did you get? It makes all the difference, you know. ;)

    rowena: Glad you liked it. Linky love? Hmmm, I'll have to check that out. :)

    johnada: That explains several things. Yeah you're right, singing nuns, now that's offensive! ;)

    g: They look pretty, but don't be fooled. They're eeevil! Actually, some of the comments those trolls leave are even funnier than the video itself.

  10. I wish I had some content that evoked such feelings of controversy. That is awesome. People are so sensitive when it comes to religion so I find it hilarious when they can't find humor in any religious humor whatsoever. If you are the devil you left me a pretty nice blog comment.

  11. You should put those three users on "The Dating Game" and then have Satan as the datee. ha ha ha

  12. Your video has now been viewed 2 500 001 times! How did I miss it?

    People have these weird reactions when you mention religion. Almost as bad as mentioning "animal sex".

  13. You crack me up! I'm glad you posted the video again 'cause I missed it before.

  14. sogeshirtsguy: People just get their undies in a bundle over some really stupid stuff. The devil is usually nice to people who treat her nicely. :)

    ve: Hmmm...I was wondering what to do my next post on. Not a bad idea. ;)

    zhu: Not hard to miss when there are videos that have over 80 million views. People get weirded out by a lot of things, but I just don't pay them any mind (except when they make good blog fodder). ;)

    michelle: Hey, you're back! Yay! The video is worth a watch, isn't it? :)

  15. I love when people say "I have a sense of humor but". It belongs in the same family as "I don't like to talk about people but", "I'm not trying to be rude but" and, one of my fondest memories from my dating days, "I think I have a large penis but". It was probably jwedgie09 from that date all those years ago...

  16. I just didn't know you were a blashemist...I don't know if I can visit your blog anymore.

  17. You are SOOO going to hell

    where the firey pits are lined with PYSSLAS.

  18. You recommend not buying PYSSLAS... I recommend not buying Moon Sand. Obviously the people who manufacture this stuff don't have kids.

  19. Just wait until your kids are into air-soft guns--BBs, BBs, everywhere!

    I'm excited to check out that You Tube, video. One can never make enough fun of religion as far as I'm concerned!

  20. what's a donzer: You're right, that was probably him.

    rjlight: Come on, a little blashemy never hurt anyone. ;)

    jocelyn: I was afraid of that.

    jeff: We haven't bought that, and don't ever plan to, but thanks for the warning.

    meg: Well, they're girls so I doubt they'll get into BB guns...until they start bringing home boyfriends. :)

  21. don't sweat it, t. even narrow-minded people who take themselves way too seriously have internet access these days.

    i thought it was funny.