You’ve just gotten home after a long day’s work and you want nothing more than to watch some cute cat videos on YouTube.
So you open 15 videos in 15 tabs, sink into your sofa, and get ready for relaxation.
But then you see a model advertising shampoo for six seconds. You’re frustrated, but let it go.
The ad ends and you expect to watch a cute kitten see its father for the first time, but instead, a man is telling you about how he made $1,000,000 in twenty seconds, and how you can too!
You’re about one more ad away from flinging your laptop out the window, but then you come across an article showing you how to evade ads on YouTube.
But then YouTube finds out about it and takes away your joy in an instant.
Someone Tried a Trick to Watch YT Videos Without Ad & It’s Corrected ‘Fastly’
We love the internet for many reasons, some of which I’m not allowed to discuss here.
One thing we love about online communities is that we can share tricks, tips, and hacks on how to avoid the more undesirable parts of life.
Like watching ads before YouTube videos.
A few months ago, a Redditor discovered a simple but genius solution to this problem: periods.
I’m talking about the punctuation mark.
Reader: Ah, that makes much more sense.
You still don’t understand, do you?
Writer The Verge tried this trick out and found that it worked like a charm.from
“In addition to removing pre-roll ads, it also eliminates mid-roll interruptions for videos as well. By the time you’ve copied, pasted, and altered the video URL, I’m not sure how much time you’re really saving over just waiting for the “skip ad” button to appear — but it does indeed work,” he wrote.
Many netizens thanked the Redditor for this invaluable bit of wisdom.
But, as the sale of the Prosperity Burger every year has shown, all good things must come to an end.
YouTube: Oh No You Don’t
It seems that this bug has since been fixed by YouTube, as the addition of the punctuation doesn’t work anymore.
With or without the period, when I watch YouTube videos, I’m still greeted by a man with the diction of a porcupine who wants to tell me how he made a boatload of money in a short space of time.
Sadly, it seems that humans, possibly until the end of time, will have to patiently power through ads before getting to watch their favourite videos.
Or you know, you could just get YouTube Premium, something YouTube has been annoyingly reminding us of every three seconds.
It all depends on what you’d rather lose: time or money.
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