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While most of the media was convinced that Trump could never be elected president, John Oliver was on TV telling us not to let that happen. Most listened, as Hillary Clinton went on to win the popular vote, but still here we are.

Last night Last Week Tonight, John Oliver devoted his show to looking back at what enabled Trump’s victory, such as the media, social media, and the spread of fiction posing as fact, and what we should do next.

All half hour of the Last Week Tonight's season finale is now available on YouTube. Come for his election coverage, stay for his tribute to this terrible, terrible year.

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The Mannequin Challenge can be a bunch of things, but activism is not usually the first one that comes to mind. Well, that’s about to change. 

In this powerful video, this Mannequin Challenge challenges police brutality to create a memorable statement of protest for the Black Lives Matter movement. From Trayvon Martin to to Colin Kaepernick, the video is filled with references to the fight for civil rights, inspiring a call to action and, ironically, movement. Using audio from police shootings of unarmed people, the video is a sharp departure from the typical Mannequin Challenge, but may be the only one that is required viewing.

Check out the original tweet:

Yep.. they won.. game over! pic.twitter.com/dEh65hemly

— Lakers (@KP_Trill) November 10, 2016
Via: John Lewis
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While not the holiday tradition in America, in England, the British department store John Lewis crushes it with the Christmas commercials. You’re probably thinking, is this better than the Hess Truck commercials? Yes. Or maybe you’re thinking, what’s a Hess truck commercial, because that might be a regional reference. Anyway, this is a Hess truck.

That’s not how this was supposed to go. John Lewis, right.

This year’s John Lewis ad continues the store’s legacy for delivering holiday cheer at discount prices. The price today? Free. For no money at all, you can watch this commercial that features a bunch of really cute animals bouncing on a trampoline.

In these despondent times of confusion and uncertainty, isn’t that we’re all looking for, a couple of computer-generated animals bouncing on a trampoline? There's a really cute boxer pup named Buster. Buster.

Via: Mark Rober
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Need a little color to brighten your day? How about a lot of color?

NASA engineer-turned-Youtuber Mark Rober thinks you do.

Together with the team at Eclectical Engineering, Rober built a couple of pump-powered Super Soakers that will douse your opponents in paint. He even calls in a favor from YouTube inventor Colin Furze for some last minute tips on how to give his nieces and nephews the blues, literally.

The video, with its high-quality slow motion, is a colorful distraction. The fact that you can't play with this thing will have you seeing red... and orange and blue and green. 

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These two 'nasty women' have made a promise that's going to be pretty hard to keep following election day. 



For one thing, commenters have pointed out that an actual exchange of votes for BJs is very illegal (not to mention difficult to verify). 



Another unintended consequence of this video is the slew of terrible comments. With the exception of Jeff here...



...most of the commenters were unappreciative of the offer. 

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Look, it's been a long day, so why don't you give yourself five minutes to enjoy something, ok?

The Light, a new short film by director Brandon Bray and cinematographer Tim Sesseler, is just what you need to pull you away from the news for a little bit. Using drone cameras and lighting rigs, the filmmakers were able to put together an immersive and beautiful short that’s totally silent, 100 percent worth your time, and guaranteed to distract you from the rest of the world.

The goal of the piece was to “reinvent cinema lighting,” which is a bold claim, until you realize that this thing looks unlike anything else out there. This is a totally new experience, which will surely take your mind off of whatever else is going on today.

The filmmakers also included a behind the scenes, so you can see for yourself how they put this gorgeous film together. Check it out.

THE LIGHT - Behind the Scenes from Freefly on Vimeo.

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Following a delightful song and dance number between Late Show-host Stephen Colbert and an innocent ragamuffin, the mayor of Candytown himself, Jon Stewart, dropped in to offer the audience some “toffee from an old man’s pants.” But upon learning that Donald Trump is running for president, Stewart, who’s a little out of the loop these days, gave his patented spit-take salute in surprise. Time to get back to work… after a little Yentl, for which there is always time.

Hamilton's Javier Muñoz, an astronaut, a crossing guard, and, of course, an adorable orphan joined other classic symbols of Americana, Colbert, and Stewart on stage to remind the audience to get out and vote. Make this old man’s wish come true, America. 

And now, what we’ve all been waiting for, gifs of people doing spit takes!

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