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Google’s mega video service YouTube appears to be down for some and out for others. Square-eyed netizens who trekked online for their a fix of cats are being confronted not with moving pictures but 500 internal server error warnings. Others got blank screens, screens of text of messages and other messages saying an error had …

  1. td0s

    seems back now

    1. Alexander J. Martin

      It's intermittent as far as I can see. I could access it fine when we first got the complaint, but it was unavailable recently, does seem to be back up now.

  2. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Different error message here

    Dumped it on Pastebin for the sake of it.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Different error message here

      64 different symbols present (A-Z a-z 0-9 - _). Custom version of base64?

    2. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Different error message here

      My friend sent me a screenshot of it.

      I don't know whether he was trying to frighten me and call me a trained monkey at the same time.

      Either way, I was looking for the actual text, so thank you.

  3. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    "Funny" error messages

    I really can't stand those seemingly funny error messages, which appear to become a trend lately.

    (Seems to be increasingly common for paid-for services too.)

    1. Dave 126 Silver badge

      Re: "Funny" error messages

      Lately? They've been around for as long as I remember.

      "Windows is checking for a solution to the problem" always has me in stitches!

      1. Ian Michael Gumby

        @Dave 126 Re: "Funny" error messages

        Uhm... Windows? You're young.

        I wonder how many people here remember Unix and that there's one error message that pokes fun of Cleveland OH...

        Now I forget if that was ATT's SYS III or SYS V or both?

        Mine's the jacket with the Geritol (Old Geezer vitamins) in the pocket.

    2. Dan 55 Silver badge

      Re: "Funny" error messages

      Office changed from passive error messages to second person plural and I hate it.

      "We cannot open this file."

      "We cannot connect to the Internet."


      Who the fuck is we? Me and Microsoft? The team of trained hamsters in the Intel CPU?

      1. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        Re: "Funny" error messages

        > Who the fuck is we? Me and Microsoft? The team of trained hamsters in the Intel CPU?

        Most machines (even phones) these days are multi-core. So "we" is quite appropriate.

        1. allthecoolshortnamesweretaken

          Re: "Funny" error messages

          So my boxen are schizo?

      2. VinceH
        Big Brother

        Re: "Funny" error messages

        "Who the fuck is we?"

        The various TLAs.

      3. Pookietoo

        Re: second person plural

        "We" is first person plural.

        1. Jeffrey Nonken

          Re: second person plural

          Correct. Second person plural would be "all y'all."

          1. quattroprorocked

            Re: second person plural

            yourn (though to be fair, in a geographically smaller place than "The South") :-)

            1. Francis Boyle Silver badge

              Re: second person plural

              Struth mate, everyone knows the second person plural is "youse".

        2. Dan 55 Silver badge

          Re: second person plural

          What have I done? I'll never be able to use the grammar nazi icon again.

    3. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: "Funny" error messages

      This youtube one is very old.

    4. a_a

      Re: "Funny" error messages

      Aw, too young to have seen a Guru Meditation.

    5. chrishansenhome

      Re: "Funny" error messages

      The funny error messages aren't new. Around 30 years ago I worked for a company that made a DOS research tool. Every once in a while I'd get a service call from a user reporting that their program had stopped with the error message: "Pinocchio". I would then tell them that it meant their hard disk was full and they would have to make more room before the program would work.

      Why "Pinocchio"? I asked the programmers and answer came there none. Their noses got a bit longer, though.

  4. Kaltern

    What was almost as amusing was the site was unavailable due to too many connections at the exact same time.

  5. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Why is it

    That when I refer to my staff as trained monkeys I get reported to HR but Google is allowed to do this?

    1. Andy E

      Re: Why is it

      Perhaps its the "trained" bit they are objecting to....

      1. TRT Silver badge

        Re: Why is it

        They might pay them peanuts.

    2. Alan W. Rateliff, II

      Re: Why is it

      Chimpanzees, and for the most part orangutans, can be called anything you desire. You had better be in tight with a gorilla before you start flinging around words (or poo.) But call an ape a monkey and see if you can walk away. It's a mad house!

      1. Chika

        Re: Why is it

        I've said it before and I'll say it again.


        1. Vinyl-Junkie

          Re: Ook.

          A form of natural selection is learning not to use the M-word around the Librarian....

      2. JimmyPage

        Re: isn't there an old joke ...

        "What do you call a gorilla with a banana in each ear ?"

        "Anything you like, he can't hear you."

        1. Anonymous Coward
          Anonymous Coward

          Re: isn't there an old joke ...

          At least he isn't a trifle deaf.

    3. Dwarf

      Re: Why is it

      Isn't this a reference to the standard voice prompts for Asterisk, which includes random phrases such as "they have been carried away by monkeys", "something is terribly wrong" and "furious ferrets have eaten our phone system"

      You can get some example English voice prompts from here

    4. MonkeyCee

      Re: Why is it

      Because we're apes not monkeys, and it makes us very upset to be compared to one another. Another round of cultural sensitivity training for you!


      The HR Felines

    5. oneeye

      Re: Why is it

      Because it's not Google making the statement, it's the Ghost in the machine.

  6. M7S

    A team of monkeys,

    It's a backup plan for lost content. The monkeys are infinite in number and all have typewriters.


    1. pinkmouse

      Re: A team of monkeys,

      ...and GoPros...

    2. allthecoolshortnamesweretaken

      Re: A team of monkeys,

      "If you sat Dave in front of a typewriter for a thousand years, eventually he would type the word 'monkey'. (It's his favoured word.) - Christopher Titus

  7. Kenny Millar

    Whats youtube?

    1. phuzz Silver badge

      It's a pipe that's just the right size for one person. Hipsters use them.

  8. Anonymous Coward

    HTTP ERROR 502

    The page isn't working. is currently unable to handle this request.

    HTTP ERROR 502

  9. m0rt

    Works now.

  10. ma1010

    But inquiring minds want to know...

    Are they flying monkeys?

    1. oneeye

      Re: But inquiring minds want to know...

      No, because the "Flying Monkeys" belong to Trump. AKA his supporters.

      1. Chika

        Re: But inquiring minds want to know...

      2. Chika

        Re: But inquiring minds want to know...

        Seems like the perfect time to wheel out a classic.

  11. Jayman2005

    The Monkeys never came...

    I had the error message handy but the monkeys didn't arrive to pick it up.

  12. bigphil9009

    Nice to see a Playmobil image

    Fond memories of Mr Haines. Perhaps we should have a new Playmobil icon in his memory?

  13. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Dunno about the kittens

    but Big Dookie seems fine!


  14. Mark 85
    Thumb Up

    Kudos on the Playmobil

    <see title>

  15. Johnny Canuck

    bald chimp

    Lest you think it's OK to taunt chimps, thats because their hair hides their muscular, ripped bodies. Just google "bald chimp" and you'll see what I mean (NSFW - maybe)/

    1. John Brown (no body) Silver badge

      Re: bald chimp

      Naked chimp porn? OMG that's SICK. And so are YOU!


      Outraged of Cheltenham

  16. Camilla Smythe

    Way to Go Google...

    Does that mean they fucked up the associated CDN, Content Delivery Network, as well? Wankers.

  17. Anonymous Coward


    It is working here, my 3 y/o is watching Vampire Queen Elsa and Vampire Princess Anna being chased around by SpiderDaddyPig and Mermaid Barbi

    How I long for the days when she was 2, didnt know how to use YT, and I could load up educational programs like kidstv123.

    At least this means she isnt hacking my PC, like that undocumented keyboard shortcut that deletes all of my browser history and bookmarks she's discovered.

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