Social Media Matters: YouTube prankster arrested over wedgies

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By Brian Cormier
Moncton Times & Transcript
Friday, Jan. 18, 2013
Metro section

YouTube prankster arrested over wedgies

Charles Ross, 18, of Bradenton, Florida, is facing a battery charge for giving unsuspecting movie theatre goers wedgies while his friend recorded the incidents for Ross’s YouTube channel, Awesome Videos (57,961 subscribers, nearly five million total video views).

Charles Ross (Photo courtesy of Manatee County Sheriff''s Office.)
Charles Ross (Photo courtesy of Manatee County Sheriff”s Office.)

In case you’re not sure what a wedgie is, it’s a prank that involves reaching into the pants of an unsuspecting victim (usually in the back), grabbing their underwear and pulling up hard in order to cause discomfort, pain and embarrassment.

According to an ABC News article posted online on Jan. 15, Ross would give the movie theatre patrons a wedgie and then confront them and ask if they wanted to hit him. One patron complained to police and decided to press charges. There was more than one victim, however. “Ross had a number of victims who came forward to police, but they were too embarrassed to pursue charges, police said,” the article said.

Ross’s channel features pranks played on unsuspecting people, including doing a handstand and walking over them on the beach, kissing strangers and sleeping on people’s shoulders. He is expected to appear again in court within a month. He and his friend, Jordan Owens, have also been told they’ll be arrested if they return to the theatre.

Start planning for spring

FlowersEvery week, I take a look at the top 10 sites in categories among’s website rankings. It may be the dead of winter, but gardeners and homeowners are likely already making plans for this year’s flower beds, lawns and vegetable gardens. This week, we take a look at the top overall gardening and landscaping websites on the Internet. Rankings are current to Jan. 15.

Top 10 gardening websites: 1) Home and Garden Television (HGTV) (shows about home decorating, gardening, renovations, etc.); 2) GardenWeb (community of gardeners offering a number of resources and discussion forums); 3) Sunset Magazine (garden design and how-to specific to western U.S.); 4) Dave’s Garden (share home and garden questions with more than 200,000 members around the world); 5) Organic Gardening (online version of magazine by same name); 6) Garden Guides (your guide to everything gardening); 7) The Royal Horticultural Society (British gardening charity founded in 1804); 8) Dave’s Garden: Plant Files (database with more than 80,000 plants with cultivation information, photos, etc.); 9) The Scott Arboretum of Swarthmore College (arboretum based in Philadelphia); 10) – Gardening (gardening topic section of the popular website).

Top 10 landscaping websites: 1) – Landscaping (landscaping topic section of the website); 2) (everything you ever wanted to know about decks); 3) Better Homes and Gardens: Garden Design (collection of articles on tips and tricks for garden design); 4) Lawn & Landscape (digital version of magazine that includes articles and information geared toward professional landscapers); 5) Southwest Florida Water Management District (water management in southwest Florida); 6) Spring-Green Lawn Care (lawn and tree franchise opportunity); 7) Sustainable Urban Landscape (related information from the University of Minnesota); 8) (everything you wanted to know about lawn care and maintenance); 9) Ohio State University PlantFacts (collection of horticultural resources, including a search engine); 10) American Lawns (tips and advice to help improve your lawn).

This week’s featured YouTube channels

Every week, I feature YouTube channels for you to check out. Statistics are current to Jan. 15. Have a favourite YouTube channel? Let me know and I may feature it here.

Denise Hazime1) Dede’s Mediterranean Kitchen (15,537 subscribers): If you’re passionate about Mediterranean and Middle Eastern cooking, then Denise Hazime’s YouTube channel is one you definitely need to check out! With nearly 7.3 million total video views, Hazime’s cooking channel on YouTube has been educating and entertaining viewers since 2007. She also has a companion website at Specific playlists on her YouTube channel are geared toward desserts, vegetarian dishes and top recipes. (Most popular video: Best hummus recipe!!! Must see hummus recipe – 674,752 views.)

ClevverNews2) ClevverNews (83,119 subscribers): In less than three years, ClevverNews has become one of YouTube’s go-to channels for celebrity news and behind-the-scenes interviews. Since it began, the channel has garnered nearly 83 million total video views. Playlists include ClevverTV, 2012 American Music Awards and Super Bowl 2012 Commercials. (Most popular video: Renesmee in Breaking Dawn Part 2 with Rob and Kristen – First Photos! – 14,284,334 views.)

3) BeFit – New Workouts Every Weekday (149,852 subsribers) – If you’re one of many who have “getting fit” as one of their new year’s resolutions, this is one of YouTube’s more popular fitness channels with nearly 25 million total views. Playlists include BeFit in 30 Extreme Workouts, 30-day Six Pack Abs Workouts, 30-day Butt Lift Workouts and Denise Austin Office Workouts, to name a few. (Most popular video: Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred: Level 1 – 3,160,140 views.)

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