I do a podcast for BuzzFeed with my co-worker Katie Notopoulous called Internet Explorer. Every week, we try to teach people about weird parts of the internet.
So I tried to explain all of this to my mom. Here's how it went while I attempted to explain to her that an adult fan of the show My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic jarred and subsequently boiled his own semen.
She had a tough time understanding the basic concept of what a brony is...
...And the fact this particular brony was jarring his own cum. It went something like this:
"And what did think it would look like?"
"He has a whole crowd watching this?"
*Polite but nervous laughter*
"The guy's got too much time on his hands... literally."
"I'm just not sure why people would find that interesting."
"I'm from the generation where I just couldn't find that interesting."
"No one should be collecting their own sperm unless they're giving it to the sperm bank."
Eventually she tells me that even though my job is to look at weird stuff on the internet, maybe it's time to stop.
OK, bye mom. Talk to you next week! Love you! Sorry!
Moral of the story: There's just some stuff on the internet that parents don't need to know about.
Ryan Broderick is a reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.
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