Our Favourite Gizmodo Videos of 2017

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In 2017, we laughed, we cried, we screamed frustrations into the void and prayed for all Nazis to be punched into oblivion. But mostly, we made videos. And by “we” I mean the video team here at Gizmodo. To welcome 2018, we’ve rounded up our favourite videos of the year. It’s a spread that covers everything from polio to butter. There are even puppets involved.

Best in Show: The Last Of The Iron Lungs

Well... hopefully the last.

Paul Alexander spends nearly every hour of every single day trapped in his iron lung, forcing his body to breathe. And in some ways, he’s also trapped in the past.

This story was a really important one to tell. Our reporter Jennings Brown gracefully captured the range of emotions of a man encapsulated by a sickness. Translating that to video wasn’t easy, but the response confirmed our initial thoughts: it was a story that people needed to hear. This man’s life would’ve been completely different if he’s only been able to access the polio vaccine. GET YOUR KIDS VACCINATED, PEOPLE.

-Danielle Steinberg, Senior Producer

Best Puppet-Related Report: Restoring Jim Henson Puppets

Muppets, babies.

All it takes is one look at my avatar—which shows me hanging out with Cookie Monster—to gauge my feelings on Muppets. This video makes me all tingly with nostalgia and makes me question what the hell adults were thinking branding The Dark Crystal as a children’s movie. That shit still freaks me out.

-Danielle Steinberg, Senior Producer

Best Food Thing: The Gadget That Sprays Melted Butter

Can’t Believe It’s Actually Butter

Bryan Menegus is a great writer and totally down to spray butter into his own mouth for a full 10 seconds, when the production team asks him to. Who says a “pivot to video” is all bad?

-Eleanor Fye, Producer

Best One With Fire: Rare NASA Aircraft Footage

What can’t NASA do?

Hats off to NASA for taking the time and effort to perform these experiments, all in the name of science. These clips are more than four decades old! Certainly makes you ponder what type of crazy shit NASA must be up to nowadays.

-Raul Marrero, Producer

Best Battlemodo: Truly Wireless Earbuds

Several people asked why I’m talking about wireless earbuds with a jungle scene in the background. The true story is that we had to film the video in front of a green screen because I wore the wrong colour shirt the day we shot everything. The person who edited the video, Mike, randomly picked a jungle background for the green screen. We kept it, because who doesn’t love a jungle?

-Adam Clark Estes, Senior Editor

Best Best: Pitching To The Boys’ Club

Anything you can do... women can also do...

This is a really eye opening and important look into what it’s like to be a woman entrepreneur in Silicon Valley. It’s crazy that in 2017 good ideas aren’t just good ideas — they’re attached to the gender of the person pitching them. It’s time to grow up, bros.

-Japhet Weeks, Senior Executive Producer