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The Star Wars Kid

Here's the story behind the infamous "Star Wars Kid"...

Quebec teenager Ghyslian Raza was the target of worldwide mockery when a private video he made of himself practicing his lightsaber moves was uploaded to the Net by kids at his school. Ghyslain's video was posted to the Kazaa file-sharing network in the spring. The two-minute video shows an overweight teenager fighting a mock battle with a golf-ball retriever doubling as a lightsaber. The teenager twirls the "lightsaber" ever more energetically while generating his own sound effects. It is obviously not for public consumption.

The parents of the infamous "Star Wars Kid" are suing classmates who posted a humiliating video of their son on the Net. Ghyslain was so teased about the video, he dropped out of school and finished the semester at a children's psychiatric ward, according to a lawsuit filed in the Raza's hometown of Trois-Rivières, Quebec. According to the suit, "Ghyslain had to endure, and still endures today, harassment and derision from his high-school mates and the public at large." He "will be under psychiatric care for an indefinite amount of time." The suit suggests that the ordeal may cause Ghyslain to be labeled as "mentally ill," and the stigma could make it difficult for him to enroll in school or get a job, and may force him to change his name.

Ghyslain's story was reported by media outlets internationally. Angered at the cruel remarks made about Ghyslain online, a pair of webloggers raised money to buy the teenager an Apple iPod. Andy Baio of and Jish Mukerji of raised more than $4,300 from 421 separate donations. "The outpouring of support has been staggering, far beyond what I ever expected," wrote Baio on his site. "Geeks like us need to stick together." A petition to get Ghyslain a part in the next Star Wars movie has been signed by more than 16,000 people.

News from Iraq

I don't know the origin of this amusing video clip. This is what I do know: one of my co-workers forwarded an email to me with an attached video file called News From Iraq.wmv. Fearing the worst, I nevertheless opened the file and watched with caution. It actually turned out to be Monty Python-esque humor by some British guys dressed as Arabs and a female BBC reporter interviewing them.

For a laugh, watch the film, Man on Fire, for similar "subtitled" English speaking people with Spanish accents.

 Berkely Breathed's Opus

The Opus Archive


The magician and the parrot:
A magician worked on a cruise ship. The audience was different each week, so he did the same tricks over and over again. There was one problem: The captain's parrot saw the shows each week and began to understand how the magician did every trick. Once he understood, he started shouting in the middle of the show. ”Look, it's not the same hat!" "Look, he's hiding the flowers under the table." "Hey, why are all the cards the ace of spades?"

The magician was furious but couldn't do anything about it. It was, after all, the captain's parrot.

One fateful day, the ship sank. The magician found himself floating on a piece of wood in the middle of the sea with, as luck would have it, the parrot. They stared at each other with hatred, but did not utter a word. This went on for three days until, on the fourth day, the parrot could not hold back. "OK, I give up. Where's the ship?"

How Canada got its name:
When the founders of Canada were deciding on a name for their new nation, they were at a loss. They decided to put Scrabble tiles in a bag and draw letters to determine the name for their country. The first letter that they drew was a "C," and the person who drew the letter said, "C, eh." The next letter was an "N," and the person who drew the letter said, "N, eh." The third letter was a D, which prompted "D, eh." Thus, the name for the country became C-eh-N-eh-D-eh...

A slighyly misogynistic jJoke:
Why do men fart more than women?
Because women can't shut up long enough to build up the required pressure.

If your dog is barking at the back door and your wife is yelling at the front door, who do you let in first?
The dog, of course. He'll shut up once you let him in.

I married a Miss Right.
I just didn't know her first name was Always.

Scientists have discovered a food that diminishes a woman's sex drive by 90%.
It's called a Wedding Cake.

Why do men die before their wives?
They want to.

Women will never be equal to men until they can walk down the street with a bald head and a gut, and still think they are sexy.

In the beginning, God created the earth and rested.
Then God created Man and rested.
Then God created Woman.
Since then, neither God nor Man has rested.

Flash Animation

There's not much I can tell you about these files. I don't even know where I found most of them. That being said, enjoy...

Other Videos

I could summarize each of the video's content to you, but I think you should click on each and see for yourself.

Hamet Cigar Ad Robert Deniro skit on SNL Beer Boy at the beach Beer Boy's beer stand

I have a lot more of this goofy stuff (flash files, video, jokes, etc) and may actually get around to uploading them eventually.

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