The Internet is a powerful tool. It features anything you are curious about and didn’t know you were looking for, at the click of a mouse. In that previous statement lies the deep dive. What is the Internet deep dive? It’s going down the proverbial rabbit hole, going from one topic to the next, until you stop on something that will peak your interest. We all do it, whether it is for actual research purposes or just to waste time. Once you take the dive it’s always hard to pull yourself out.
A little independent extracurricular research can’t hurt. The strangest things seem to be what peak the public’s interest and solicit clicks. We all think we are faux experts when it comes to a myriad of topics, like an unsolved murder case, a surgical procedure or a Hollywood scandal. There is typically a clear answer for specific questions, but sometimes it’s more fun to go with the conspiracy theory. Make yourself think outside the box, way outside the box. If you’re more straight-laced, follow the rules and get sucked into a tutorial. Regardless, just educate yourself.
The following list is full of topics that someone could independently research and then branch off into subtopics or categories. Deep dives are random and the onions of the Internet, because there is always another layer. Let your brain wander, read about them when you need to kill time and then bug people with your random knowledge down the line. Now dive in.
15. Pimple Popping Videos
Yes, this is gross, but we can’t look away. It may be one of the weirdest things about our bodies and maybe that’s why it’s such a treat to see others go through it. You might initially see a video entitled “World’s Biggest Pimple” and click on it based on the title, but then you can’t stop watching. Going from video to video, it’s becomes very clear that not all of these videos are shot by amateurs, that is when we run into the pros, like Dr. Sandra Lee or as many now know her, Dr. Pimple Popper.
Dr. Lee is a board certified dermatologist that specializes in general and cosmetic dermatology in Southern California who has become a YouTube and Social Media sensation, according to her website. She has amassed over 1 million followers on Instagram (@drpimplepopper) and has over 1 million subscribers on YouTube where her videos have been viewed over 450 million times. Not only are you seeing the gross out stuff that are a regular part of many people’s lives, but Lee also aims to educate on taking care of one’s skin with hours of blackhead and cyst extractions. Lee told New York Magazine that she was worried about the “Ick Factor,” yet her fans craved more. “What nearly all of them have in common was a sense that watching a good pop gave them a feeling of deep, vicarious satisfaction.”
14. The O.J. Simpson Murder Case
The most highly publicized criminal trial in American history. In the early to mid 90’s this trial was the water cooler talk at every job. Former NFL star and actor O.J. Simpson was tried on two counts of murder for the June 12, 1994 deaths of his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson and restaurant waiter, Ron Goldman, according to Wikipedia. Simpson’s defence team was anchored by numerous famous faces including Johnnie Cochran and Robert Kardashian (America’s favorite family). Simpson was acquitted on October 3, 1995 and by the end, the issues in our culture had shifted from murder to race.
Everything about the O.J. Case is so interesting to research, from the white Bronco chase to “If it doesn’t fit, you must acquit,” the glove. Diving in like it is a television show, well that’s probably because it was so crazy that it was made into one. The People v. O.J. Simpson has been nominated for multiple Emmys this year. The case has the cult following of other famous murders in the Los Angeles area, where you can now take guided tours of certain impactful areas of the case, specifically the scene of the crime.
13. Chiropractic Adjustment Videos
Love it or hate it, the feeling of cracking your bones is addicting, whether you are doing it yourself or watching it done to others. Soreness or tightness: it’s a common problem that we all have and most people wish there were an easy solution. Just like pimple popping, it can be pretty gross, yet in the same breath many people would call it exhilarating. “A chiropractic adjustment refers to a chiropractor applying manipulation to the vertebrae that have abnormal movement patterns or fail to function normally,” according to spine-health.com. Goals include increasing range of motion, improving function and decreasing nerve irritability.
This might not be something that your primary physician will be on board with, because there is the chance of things worsening or simple recurring problems. An interesting sidetrack is that actor Kevin Sorbo had a stroke shortly after visiting a chiropractor. Sorbo stated that a voice inside his head, God, told him to not let them crack his neck, but he did not listen.
12. Celebrity Freak-Outs
The rich. The famous. The freak outs. The United States society is fascinated by the celebrity culture and everything that revolves in the Hollywood bubble. Just as intriguing as their celebrity status, is a famous person’s meltdowns. These draw even more unwanted attention, but often make the person more famous or in some cases, famous to begin with. Let’s talk about America’s favorite family, the Obamas. Just kidding, the Kardashians. Yes, people knew of the Kardashian name before, but after Kim’s sex tape the name became a universal brand. Each family member has been put under the public microscope and because of that, and their willingness to share some of that information, we know more about them than the people we sit across from at Thanksgiving.
The TMZ / paparazzi effect does not seem to be getting any less intense. Do yourself a favor and check out 2007 Britney Spears. From a shaved head, umbrella beating of a car and psychiatric holding, 2007 was a rough year for Brit. Dive further to focus on those who are taking the pictures. Celebs from Bieber to Alec Baldwin have all had their moments of rage toward photographers. The interesting thing is that anyone can be paparazzi if they have a cell phone and that’s one of many reasons why the celebrity culture is a never ending cycle, but extremely captivating.
11. The Life And Times Of Martin Shkreli
The Pharma Bro, Martin Shkreli is a pharmaceutical executive and entrepreneur. In September 2015, Shkreli created a public outrage when his company obtained the manufacturing licenses for an AIDS medication and increased the price by 5,556%. He received the media-made title of “most hated man in America.”
In December 2015, the FBI arrested Shkreli after an indictment on securities fraud. He is currently free on bail, pending trial. Shkreli’s story is so compelling because of his unique quirks. The man flaunts his money in unconventional ways. He is the sole owner of the only copy of The Wu-Tang Clan album, Once Upon A Time In Shaolin. An Internet hoax later went viral about a clause in the contract, stating that comedian, Bill Murray, could steal back the album for the rap group without any repercussions. All that said, Shkreli could teach you a thing or two, seriously. Check out his YouTube and get ready to sit in on some serious chemistry lessons.
10. Makeup Tutorials
What is with our fascination with how our moneymaker looks? “Moneymaker,” being your face, people! It’s assumably the first thing most people look at during an interaction. Makeup is what hides “flaws” and extenuates “beauty.” Makeup has been around for centuries and regardless of if you go for the “natural” or “all in” look, you are bound to find what you are looking for with a quick Deep Dive.
Anyone can put on makeup but it takes someone with a little more skill to do it perfectly and entertain you in the same viewing. That’s where YouTube stars like Manny MUA and Jaclyn Hill come in. They are both impressive at doing their own makeup, easy to understand and great for a few laughs. Appearance isn’t everything, but society sure doesn’t make it seem that way. Makeup can be funny, but they are even funnier in full parody form. Check out Morgan Hanbery’s hilarious tutorial.
9. The Zodiac Killer
Who is the monster that terrorized the San Francisco Bay Area? Nobody knows. The Zodiac Killer is believed to have been responsible for at least five murders in the San Francisco Bay Area the late 60’s. He earned his unsettlingly larger than life status by sending threats to area newspapers and taunting the authorities from 1969-74. The case has spawned numerous books and films. No suspect has ever been arrested in connection to The Zodiac.
True-crime author and former San Francisco Chronicle cartoonist Robert Graysmith wrote two separate works on the Zodiac, ultimately identifying a man named Arthur Leigh Allen as the most likely suspect. Allen died in 1992, however, and was never conclusively connected to any of the murders. Most recently, in 2014, author Gary Stewart, claimed to have uncovered that his father, Earl Van Best Jr., who bears a strong resemblance to the man pictured in the police sketch, was the Zodiac Killer. As with Allen, however, there is no conclusive proof to connect Van Best to the killings.
8. Stanley Kubrick’s Moon Landing
The moon landing conspiracy is crazy to think about on its own. The United States government deceiving the entire world, to prove that they are the elite in space exploration. However, when you add arguably one of the greatest, genius directors, it’s just too great of a crackpot theory to pass up.
According to the theory, the launch and splashdown would be real but the spacecraft would stay in earth’s orbit and there was fake footage broadcast as the moon footage, according to Wikipedia. No evidence was offered for this theory, which glosses over many facts. Kubrick’s filming of 2001: A Space Odyssey would have conflicted with the taping that would have happened, but that also makes people more curious, due to his involvement in the high profile space film to begin with. There are so many fun clues about the Kubrick moon theory that make one wonder. In examining the film, Room 237, it is believed that Kubrick was putting clues to the moon landing in his films, specifically The Shining. Examples of this are Danny’s Apollo ship sweatshirt, the Room 237 being the area that the landing was supposedly filmed and Danny having to hide his secret gift was a reference to Kubrick having his own secret.
7. Reaction Videos
What’s more exciting than watching something that you have been anticipating for ages? Watching other people watch and react to the same thing. Okay, maybe it isn’t as exciting, but reaction video creators on sites like YouTube have forced a new niche into our daily viewings. One perfect example of reaction video popularity is Game of Thrones. Whenever a shocking moment happens on Game of Thrones we want to know that everyone else was as shocked as us. Many book readers knew what was coming (The Red Wedding, etc.) and taped unsuspecting show watchers reactions. Knowing people felt just as gut-punched as you did is a satisfying feeling. It never gets old going from one full-grown adult openly crying in front of a group of acquaintances to the next. YouTubers, like Tyrone Magnus, amass followings of hundreds of thousands of viewers, who request their reviews of clips, shows or full movies.
“I was one of those kids that was always told, you should be on TV,” Magnus tells ABC News. “One day a subscriber sent me a Man of Steel trailer and the kid in me came out.”
This one is down right disturbing. Swatting is when a hacker convinces the police (SWAT) to deploy to a person’s house that has done nothing wrong, under a false pretense. It is interesting that people would do this because it is used as a tactic to get back at someone for revenge for video game related offences. The terrifying nature of Swatting is what makes it such an interesting read. It could happen to anyone.
Throughout the time Denise Morgan’s son was using a chat room, he had given out bits of information, she tells The Coloradoan. With that info, an IP-address and some talented maneuvering, the thief was able to get a disturbing amount of information. The hacker’s main goal was to SWAT the family though, which he did. He did just that and Denise was forced to leave her house that was surrounded by police to prove she was “ok.” This is terrifyingly interesting. Um … maybe don’t dive too far for your own good.
5. 9/11 Conspiracies
There isn’t a more infuriating and polarizing conspiracy than that of the September 11 tragedy. Years after 9/11, Truthers have not gone away. According to thetruthseeker.co.uk, their conspiracy theories can be traced back to the first months after the attack, multiplying over the Internet through message boards, articles and documentaries. The controlled demolition theory remains the one great unifying dogma of 9/11, according to Slate.com. But immediately following the attacks, it was a hard position to take. One of the most famous and original Truthers is Alex Jones, who is a deep dive all by himself. Another conspiracy is bombs in the planes themselves. They are bogus claims, but what they do show is that people are always searching for better answers than the obvious. “A 2008 World Public Opinion poll showed that 43 percent of Egyptian respondent blamed Israel for 9/11, while 31 percent in Jordan blamed Israel, and 36 percent in Turkey pinned the attacks on the United States government,” according to Slate.
4. Area 51
This is the mother load for conspiracy theorists. Where do all cover-ups go to die? Area 51, right? That sentiment is the thought of many Americans. It was the most famous military institution in the world that didn’t officially exist. If it did exist, it would be found around 100 miles outside Las Vegas in Nevada’s high desert, hidden in between an abandoned nuclear testing site and an Air Force base. A few years ago the United States government did acknowledge the site. According to CNN a map and other documents were released in response to a Freedom of Information Act request submitted by Jeffrey T. Richelson, a senior fellow at the National Security Archives, in 2005. That being said, apologies, but there were no mention of aliens or UFO’s. The quintessential Area 51 conspiracy is that the Pentagon keeps captured alien spacecraft there, which they fly around in restricted airspace? Fun to dive, but easy to debunk: It’s high tech planes that are being tested… or is it?
3. Eyes Wide Shut And The Illuminati
Though most if not all Stanley Kubrick theories have not been disproven or not acknowledged, people are fascinated by the way he creates films. According to believers, the Illuminati is responsible for things like the Kennedy assassination, 9/11, and countless other world events. Numerous high-profile people are suspected of being members, mostly high profile, political and celebrity elites. It makes matters worse that Kubrick died only days after submitting his finished film to the studio. The film is about Dr. Bill Harford, who finds out that his wife contemplated an affair. Bill spends a night gallivanting, infiltrating a massive masked orgy and later trying to find who is involved with the masked party. One thing often brought up to prove the theory is the mother/daughter relationship and the thought that Nicole Kidman’s character, Alice, is grooming her daughter to be like her. Everywhere Bill goes has exclusivity to it and he feels like he is always being monitored after entering into this world. There are many other subtle hints at this, showing the rich rule us all, but we already knew that.
2. Fandom / Movie Props
Look no further than Chewbacca Mom. She captured our hearts with her infectious laugh. The thing she was laughing about: A mask of a Star Wars character. Star Wars fans are some of the most die-hard fans, right down to making their own props. She didn’t make the mask herself, but the laughing mom is a good start with a memorabilia deep dive. Watching videos of people creating their own light sabers or Darth Vader mask proves a passion that most could never comprehend. People get so excited about their fandom that they will record themselves opening prop replicas from the mail. Ghostbusters fans are another great example of people who love their movie props and bleed for accuracy. If you don’t have the most accurate proton pack, the modified Ghostbusters Mobile (Ecto1) you’ve been working on is definitely not going to cut it. So back to Chewbacca Mom: yes, she laughed, the Internet got tired of it and we all moved on. However, there will always be another excited fan ready to show off what they have put hours of time into making.
1. Food, Food And More Food
What do Americans like to dive deeper into than food? Nothing. Don’t understand, then check out Epic Meal Time. Epic Meal Time is a Canadian YouTube cooking show known for extremely high-calorie meals, usually out of meat products and including lots of alcohol, according to Wikipedia. On a tamer note, just scrolling through your Facebook newsfeed is a great way to delve into the culinary realm. Videos from Tasty or Tastemade not only make food look fun, but more importantly easy to prepare. With more than 1.5 billion people checking in around the world, Facebook is a great way for content producers to reach an enormous audience. This is imperative as the millennial culture is looking for the quickest, yet best looking food out there. Celebrity Chefs like Michael Symon are all over the Internet with recipes and tons of pictures of the ridiculously good food at their restaurants.