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May 03 2014

You will cheer up. Now. By my order.

(Unless you’re clinically depressed, in which case being told to cheer up will not help at all, and even videos of hamsters eating tiny burritos won’t be enough.)

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  1. 1
    sugarfrosted

    All this makes me think is “Geeze life would be easy if I were that hamster.”

  2. 2
    Zeno

    Strangely reminiscent of “My Dinner with Andre”!

  3. 3
    dysomniak "They are unanimous in their hate for me, and I welcome their hatred!"

    In case your hamsters gets too fat from burritos:

  4. 4
    René

    That settles it. I’m clinically depressed.

  5. 5
    Naked Bunny with a Whip

    Hamsters never have to ask for a doggy bag.

  6. 6
    Kevin Kehres

    Man. It just pounded the first one down.

  7. 7
    Trebuchet

    @6: Not really. Just stuffed it into its cheek pouches to enjoy at leisure.

  8. 8
    David Chapman

    Nahh, that’s just making me worse. But the South Dakotan Anal Obsession headline underneath brought a brief smile to my trembling lips. :)

  9. 9
    Inaji

    Sweet. I never thought about making burritos for the rats, I’ll have to try it.

  10. 10
    theophontes (恶六六六缓步动物)

    @ Inaji

    I’ll have to try it.

    On behalf of Theo: YUMMY!

  11. 11
    blf

    Hamsters Burritos! I must ask the local Mexican restaurant ig they can make some. They change their menu more-or-less daily, but to-date, the burritos have been the usual beef, chicken, and walrus.

  12. 12
    Inaji

    Theophontes:

    On behalf of Theo: YUMMY!

    I imagine that will be the reaction all around. :D

  13. 13
    otrame

    As a person with clinical depression (though feeling fine now thanks to the wonders of modern medicine) I can tell you I don’t mind being told to cheer up as long as it is intended kindly and not meant to suggest that if I don’t that I am just staying down to annoy.

    And the hamster knew what to do with something good. Stick it in the cheek pouch.

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    nich

    Ideas for the next video…hmmm. How about Tiny Hamster writes a Yelp review?

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    Ariaflame, BSc, BF, PhD

    Looked a lot like a hamster I had as a kid. I didn’t feed him burritos though. But sunflower seeds he’d shove in those cheek pouches like crazy. They have far more personality than guinea pigs, but not able to have as pets where I live now. For reasons I agree with totally. But still miss little cheek stuffers.

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    blf

    Looked a lot like a hamster I had as a kid.

    I read that, on the first and second tries, as “I looked a lot like a hamster as a kid.”

    (Falls flat on the ceiling and giggles until the flying kangwhaleroos decide to relieve themselves…)

  18. 18
    anuran

    obligatory Hamster Love

  19. 19
    robertfoster

    Dig in Mighty Mas!

  20. 20
    F [i'm not here, i'm gone]

    No, not enough for a permanent “fix”, but it was lovely. As were all of the response vids.

    I ended up with a hamster for a pet once, it was a nice housemate for years. Considering it was originally intended to be snake food, I think it made out rather well. (Picky Burmese Ball python who really didn’t seem to like eating anyway, she was quite a gem herself.)

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    David Marjanović

    I never thought about making burritos for the rats, I’ll have to try it.

    Yay! ^_^

    “I looked a lot like a hamster as a kid.”

    Many kids do. I saw one just yesterday. ^_^

  22. 22
    Akira MacKenzie

    (Unless you’re clinically depressed, in which case being told to cheer up will not help at all, and even videos of hamsters eating tiny burritos won’t be enough.)

    One of the most depressing things about depression is having everyone you know trying to “cheer you up” or motivate you, not knowing (or not believing) that they can’t. It’s annoying at best, condescending at worst.

  23. 23
    WMDKitty -- Survivor

    Akira MacKenzie

    One of the most depressing things about depression is having everyone you know trying to “cheer you up” or motivate you, not knowing (or not believing) that they can’t. It’s annoying at best, condescending at worst.

    So much this. And then they get offended when you get angry.

  24. 24
    Akira MacKenzie

    I know! People treat you like a pariah when you aren’t sufficiently “happy.” That’s how I got tossed out of my last face-to-face RPG group, I had offended them by wondering aloud how single people could talk about sex and relationships without getting depressed. (Don’t ask why they were offended. This bunch were made up of New Agey/wannabe pagan/part-time Renn Faire actors. So my “sad” must have harshed their cosmic-Earth-Mother-vibes, or something.)

  25. 25
    Akira MacKenzie

    Edit: Don’t ask me why this would offend them.

  26. 26
    woozy

    Um, the title was “Tiny Hamsters eating Tiny Burritos”.

    I am very disappointed in the blatant false advertising. And for a hamster, the one wasn’t particularly tiny. The title should have been “A tiny animal that is an average sized hamster eating tiny burritos. Please tell the video maker to be more accurate in the future.

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    Muz

    Jesus he smashed those. Chew your food!

  28. 28
    Ariaflame, BSc, BF, PhD

    @Muz #27
    I’m sure he/she will when he/she actually gets around to eating them. But most of that wasn’t eating, it was stuffing them in the cheek pouches hamsters have to store food which they take back to their nests and store there.

    And no blf, that was me being lazy with prepositions, alas I didn’t look nearly as cute as a hamster when I was young.

  29. 29
    Ariaflame, BSc, BF, PhD

    Damn it. Pronouns, not prepositions

  30. 30
    Muz

    Awesome. They are both the pelicans of the rodent world and great Dizzy Gillespie impersonators.

  31. 31
    NelC

    You know what’s worse than being told to cheer up by random acquaintances? Being told by your doctor that you’ll feel better if you go take some exercise and get a job, any job. Kind of missing the point there, Doc, thanks for the prescription, though.

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    Alice Wilde

    Well, maybe I don’t fit the mold but hamster videos often do cheer me up despite my depression. Sticking my face in a cat or dog to cuddle is effective as well.

    Still, in general I hate when people try to “cheer me up”. They tend get so offended when it doesn’t work. They seem to think I’m just being difficult like I want to be depressed or something. After all, they were sad once or there life is hard too and they got over it so why can’t I? Ugh. Fortunately? My wife has depression as well so we have tolerance for each other in this regard.

    I shouldn’t say it’s bad to have people try to cheer you up sometimes but I wish people understood that a lot of time it won’t work and sometimes it’s better to just be sympathetic then try to make someone with depression happy because even if you don’t get mad when you are unsuccessful you can still make a person with depression feel worse because they will feel like they’ve let you down or disappointed you when you weren’t successful.

    All that being said I am now envisioning making burritos or other tiny foods with my daughter for her hamster! However, I definitely would want to make sure it was made with hamster friendly ingredients

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