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There's one variable that could sway the presidential election, and not a single political pundit is talking about it:

The hellbent ghosts of your Jewish grandparents.

All GIFs via Bend the Arc Jewish Action/YouTube.


In a hilarious new video by advocacy group Bend the Arc Jewish Action, grandparents warn that they're willing to set aside all their plans for the afterlife to spook you silly if you vote for Donald Trump.

These folks say they've seen leaders like him before, and they're really not too keen on watching the sequel: "We saw it in Germany, and we don’t want to see it here."

Not only are they quite opposed to the idea of electing a child-in-chief — "He’s petulant; he reminds me of my kid when he was little." — they're also not too thrilled with what they're hearing from him on the campaign trail — "I’m afraid he’s far more than a putz."

So if you're thinking about casting a ballot for the GOP nominee this November, the future ghosts of your elders want you to know: You have a lot to lose.

They will, for instance, wreak havoc on your groceries.

They will play matchmaker from beyond the grave, whether you like it or not.

They'll mess with your social media accounts.

They'll basically ruin television for you until you also die.

And then take the fun out of every get-together you host — indefinitely.

Let's also not forget the impact a Trump presidency would have, aside from an influx of ghosts of bitter grandparents.

There's Trump's plans to deport millions of undocumented immigrants, strip rights from the LGBTQ community and women, increase stop-and-frisk policies that discriminately target black and brown communities, and ban an entire religion from immigrating to the U.S.

That really just scratches the surface.

Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images.

What are you waiting for?

Register to vote (and avoid being tormented for eternity) while you still can.

Watch the video by Bend the Arc Jewish Action below:

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1991 blooper clip of Robin Williams and Elmo is a wholesome nugget of comedic genius

Robin Williams is still bringing smiles to faces after all these years.

Robin Williams and Elmo (Kevin Clash) bloopers.

The late Robin Williams could make picking out socks funny, so pairing him with the fuzzy red monster Elmo was bound to be pure wholesome gold. Honestly, how the puppeteer, Kevin Clash, didn’t completely break character and bust out laughing is a miracle. In this short outtake clip, you get to see Williams crack a few jokes in his signature style while Elmo tries desperately to keep it together.

Williams has been a household name since what seems like the beginning of time, and before his death in 2014, he would make frequent appearances on "Sesame Street." The late actor played so many roles that if you were ask 10 different people what their favorite was, you’d likely get 10 different answers. But for the kids who spent their childhoods watching PBS, they got to see him being silly with his favorite monsters and a giant yellow canary. At least I think Big Bird is a canary.

When he stopped by "Sesame Street" for the special “Big Bird's Birthday or Let Me Eat Cake” in 1991, he was there to show Elmo all of the wonderful things you could do with a stick. Williams turns the stick into a hockey stick and a baton before losing his composure and walking off camera. The entire time, Elmo looks enthralled … if puppets can look enthralled. He’s definitely paying attention before slumping over at the realization that Williams goofed a line. But the actor comes back to continue the scene before Elmo slinks down inside his box after getting Williams’ name wrong, which causes his human co-star to take his stick and leave.

The little blooper reel is so cute and pure that it makes you feel good for a few minutes. For an additional boost of serotonin, check out this other (perfectly executed) clip about conflict that Williams did with the two-headed monster. He certainly had a way of engaging his audience, so it makes sense that even after all of these years, he's still greatly missed.

This article originally appeared on 08.21.18


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