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The Secret to Success on YouTube? Kids

Kids love YouTube. They love the pinging of the xylophones in the upbeat “Thank you song” on CoCoMelon, a channel with more than 53 million subscribers that plays animated nursery rhymes. They love watching other kids open and test toys, as they do on Ryan ToysReview (subscriber count: 20,749,585). And they love the Baby Shark song. Possibly because of the fun dance moves and possibly because they want to drive adults crazy.

These trends are nothing new, but now we have more than vast subscriber counts or astounding click numbers to illustrate just how central videos featuring kids are to the platform. In a report Thursday, the Pew Research Center said that in the vast ecosystem of YouTube’s English-language videos, children’s content and content featuring kids under 13 are some of the mo...

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Tesla moves to online-only sales to reduce car prices

Is anyone out there curious if Elon Musk lifts? Extremely unclear, but the tech leader is talking about it on Twitter anyway.

On Wednesday, Musk tweeted a disturbing collage of photographs that show his face Photoshopped onto The Rock’s very fit body. He captioned the cursed images, “Yeah, I lift a little …”

The Rock replied to the photos by calling Musk a “beast” and a “handsome SOB,” and even included the winking emoji.

Musk fanboyed right back at him, saying “Oh stop, you’ll make m...

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Step aside slime, these ASMR soap videos are the newest trend on the internet

Image: Julie Rideout/GETTY IMAGES, Bob Al-Greene/Mashable

This post is part of Hard Refresh, a soothing weekly column where we try to cleanse your brain of whatever terrible thing you just witnessed on Twitter.

The internet can be a stressful place, but if you know where to look it can also provide a much-needed sense of relief.

For example, after a long day of screaming at Twitter, fielding push notification from Donald Trump, and fending off trolls, I occasionally enjoy sitting back, relaxing, and watching videos of hot knives melting stuff.

It may sound strange. It may sound devious and even slightly concerning. But trust me, it’s harmless and soothing AF. You know what? Here, let me just show you…

Welcome, you ex...

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