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YouTube Personality Bought Michigan Town, Renamed It Gay Hell And Outlawed All Flags Except Pride Flags

Hell, Michigan has always been an amusing tourist spot. They cater to people who want to get married in the fiery pits of Hell, you can buy the opportunity to be mayor of Hell for a day — hell, even their website is a cheeky GoToHellMI.com.

But even Hell needs a shake-up now and then, which, in this case, comes in the form of new ownership.

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A YouTube personality and LGBTQ activist has bought the tiny town of Hell, Michigan to help celebrate Pride Month with a middle finger to the Trump administation’s policy against flying Pride flags at US Embassies.

Welcome to Gay Hell, Michigan.

That’s the message from comedian and internet personality Elijah Daniel, who “bought” the small, unincorporated community of Hell, Michigan and renamed it in protest of President Donald Trump this week. He also decreed that the only flags allowed to fly in the city are Pride flags.

The new owner made it his first official act to ban all flags except Pride flags.

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Daniel admitted the flag thing is a joke, flags for everyone! Because that’s freedom.

This isn’t the first time Daniel has used Hell as a statement against Trump.

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Back in 2017, he took advantage of their Mayor-for-a-Day program and banned heterosexuality. Part of his proclamation demanded that any heterosexuals who did not participate in heterosexual reparation therapy would be required to wear both a scarlet letter “H” and cargo shorts.

He was impeached immediately.

But now, as owner, he has been able to make an even bigger statement. And the gays and our hellish allies are reacting appropriately.

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Many are already planning their move to be part of the enterprising community of Gay Hell.

Other’s asked the new owner to also annex the nearby city of Climax…for obvious reasons.

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Because Gay Climax sounds like even more fun than Gay Hell.

One Twitter user actually grew up nearby Hell, Michigan and loves the name change!

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Not sure what hearsefest is…but glad that even Michigan locals are enjoying the name change.

And according to the new owner, the city already has everything you actually need in a city.

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And don’t forget, tons of Pride flags!

So is Gay Hell, Michigan here to stay for all eternity?

Probably not. He appears to be taking advantage of his contacts in the community to temporarily buy and rename the town for some “Hellish humor.”

“It’s all in good fun, Hell style,” town officials wrote on Facebook.

The Michigan native’s latest stunt isn’t meant to be taken seriously long-term, town officials said, but with media organizations across the globe taking note, Daniel’s message is being heard loud and clear.

“I’m getting my audience involved in politics by doing it in a funny way,” he told CNN. “I’m just from Michigan and every time we drove past we knew that town, oh that’s Hell. I just thought turning it into Gay Hell would be funny.”

READ: Pride Celebrations Are Happening Around The World And The Biggest Ones Are Taking Place In Latin America

The World’s Highest-Paid YouTuber Made $29 Million In 2019 And Their Identity May Surprise You

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The World’s Highest-Paid YouTuber Made $29 Million In 2019 And Their Identity May Surprise You

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YouTube is an incredible place where you can find videos on just about any kind of topic, told by every type of person on earth. You have the expert makeup artists, the wannabe influencers, aspiring singers, little kids filming random stuff. All of them may not care to be the next Internet superstar, but they indeed seek viewership and subscribers. But what we love about this story is that the most popular YouTuber isn’t a high-profile makeup influencer or model but a little kid who makes learning a joy. 

In 2019, the highest-earning YouTuber is 8-year-old Ryan Kaji, who made a whopping $29 million. Oh, and it’s the second consecutive year he has come in at No. 1. 

Ryan first got on YouTube at just 3-years-old, of course with the help of his parents, and back then, his channel was all about testing out toys. Now he’s moved on to more educational videos, which we think is terrific. He informs his millions of subscribers how to brush their teeth, how to recycle, and why it’s essential, and other cool things like conducting experiments. 

His channel is called Ryan’s world and has more than 23 million subscribers.

The revenue typically comes from sponsors of his channel, which include companies such as Walmart, Hasbro, Netflix, Chuck E. Cheese, and Nickelodeon, the New York Times reports. Aside from his sponsors, Kaji also makes his millions by having shows on Nickelodeon and Hulu. He also has a toy line and clothing collection, CNBC reports.

The rest of the top five YouTubers includes the cast of Dude Perfect, who made $20 million, a 5-year-old Russian-born girl named Anastasia Radzinskaya made $18 million with her videos of her and her dad playing with toys. Rhett McLaughlin and Link Neal, host Good Mythical Morning (not kids), made $17.5 million, and makeup expert Jeffree Star made $17 million. We wonder how these adults feel about coming in fourth and fifth place after a couple of kids. But hey, millions are still millions. 

The most popular video on Ryan’s World channel features Ryan playing with huge eggs. It has more than 1.9 billion views.

The video focuses on Ryan, who was much younger, playing with huge eggs inside a giant inflatable water slide. The whole thing was a challenge of sorts in which viewers watched how many eggs he could get. Each egg also had a toy. Sounds fascinating, right? I’m sure it is for younger children. 

In another video, No. 2 for the most popular clip, which has more than a billion views, has Ryan opening a giant Disney Pixar Lightning McQueen Easter egg surprise filled with cars and planes toys for kids. Kids must really love giant eggs. 

But of course, with that kind of revenue comes scrutiny and Ryan’s World channel has come under fire from a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission. 

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In September, someone filed a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission and accused Ryan’s World of not being transparent with their toy reviews. The complaint, in essence, accuses Ryan’s World of not informing its viewers, which are typically children, of disclosing which products were sponsored by a company and which toys were being reviewed organically by Ryan, meaning without payment. 

The New York Times reports that at least 90 percent of the Ryan ToysReview video, which was what his channel was previously called, “included at least one paid product recommendation.”

“A 5-year-old isn’t going to understand that Ryan’s talking about the toys because Target is paying him to talk about the toys,” Josh Golin, the executive director of the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood, told the Times. “There may be some disclosure, but disclosure isn’t meaningful to a child that young.”

Ryan’s dad responded to those accusations by saying they have always complied with regulations and advertising disclosure requirements. 

“As the streaming space continues to quickly grow and evolve,” Shion Kaji said to the Times, “We support efforts by lawmakers, industry representatives and regulators such as the F.T.C. to continuously evaluate and update existing guidelines and lay new ground rules to protect both viewers and creators.”

READ: A Mexican YouTuber Is Going Viral For This Video Of Him Eating Two Habaneros As Part Of A Dare And It’s Hard To Watch

A Mexican YouTuber Is Going Viral For This Video Of Him Eating Two Habaneros As Part Of A Dare And It’s Hard To Watch

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A Mexican YouTuber Is Going Viral For This Video Of Him Eating Two Habaneros As Part Of A Dare And It’s Hard To Watch

Oh my, what some people are willing to do for a few thousand views! YouTuber and influencer culture has become an incredibly competitive field and only the most outrageous manage to stand out among literally thousands of individuals who offer a look into their lives and fight to get at least 15 minutes of fame. We have seen it all, from the early days of the Internet and fake identities being created, to the case of a woman in Australia who faked cancer recovery to become a wellness and health celebrity.

But a recent case in Mexico became much talked-about for all the wrong reasons… introducing the case of the man who ended up in hospital for eating two habanero chillies, one of the most picosa varieties that you can find.

Los Hermanos Lara are a comedic duo out of Yucatan, and Hugo went far beyond duty and faced one of his biggest fears… 

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Hugo stated that he doesn’t eat chili, but was dared to eat two habaneros at once. He said yes, but said he would have one after the other. The rest of the crew said absolutely not…  And then all spicy hell broke loose!

Hugo put both chilies in his mouth at once… and started chewing ????????????????

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We just cannot stress this enough: please do not try at home. If you suspect you won’t be able to handle the heat (quite literally), please just don’t! Besides risking a respiratory shock due to the sudden attack on your throat lining, your stomach can also suffer greatly, as the oils from some chili species can damage the inner layer of your gut. You will regret it. Do not succumb to peer pressure, repeat, do not succumb to peer pressure. 

Look at this face: it is a face of a guy who is about to experience real hell on Earth… 

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Wait for it, wait for it… 

Wow! His tongue and lips and throat are exploding in a thousand sparks of flavor and pain!

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Someone please call the firemen! This poor man just had a complete shock to his system and as funny as it might be it is actually pretty darn dangerous. Lara immediately turned red due to a sudden rush of blood to his face, and started to cough as the chili oils were being released, acting as an irritant in his mouth and upper respiratory tract. 

Then things started to get really, really bad…

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Hugo was overcome by an uncontrollable coughing fit after he spit the habaneros. His companions started to get real worried and Hugo could just not stop coughing… 

An ambulance was called! 

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They gave him water, panicked… things went from laughter to chaos in a few seconds, which reminds us that in life unexpected turns are always there waiting for us. 

Hugo is fine now, thanks for asking, but the incident was like straight out of a telenovela (but also a reminder to not do silly things that can put us in danger.)

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The other half of the Lara duo released an announcement on social media, stating that Hugo was fine and that they decided to release the video so rumors didn’t get too out of control: “Hugo Lara is in stable condition. We didn’t think that this would get so out of control, and we will show you the video we recorded, so that you can see what really happened…”

You can watch the incident here. We are glad that Hugo is fine, but it could have ended very, very badly for him. Sometimes people have allergic reactions that they are unaware of, so that coughing fit could have signaled a much more serious issue.

So what are habaneros anyway and why are they so damn hot (and delicious)?

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Habaneros are a staple of yucateca food, and one of the most profitable crops in the state. The habanero chili comes originally from the Amazon, but its popularity spread up, reaching Mexico. Its scientific name is Capsicum chinense Habanero Group and it is considered one of the hottest chilies in the world. Like other chilies, habaneros contain a substance called capsaicin that stimulates areas of the skin and tongue that are sensitive to heat and pain.

And when you say that a chili is burning your tongue you are onto something: capsaicin tricks the brain into thinking that the body’s surface is actually on fire, so the fright and flight response is well justified! Trivia fact: chili species developed their heat to stop fungus from developing on them and killing them. Damn, nature can be pretty smart, much smarter than us mortal humans.