Tales From The Internet is a YouTube series created and hosted by twitch streamer Justin Whang. It focuses on stories of bizarre and often fairly obscure online content. Topics frequently include various memes, viral photos and videos, rumors, hoaxes and other oddities that have emerged from the Internet since its inception. In each episode, Whang explores the topic by delving into its origins, attempting to discover who is responsible for the content and explaining how it took on a life of its own. Many of the episodes cover content from the late 1990s and early 2000s (i.e. pre-social media) but some venture into The New '10s as well.
This series provides examples of:
- Creepy Painting: The episode about The Hands Resist Him.
- Fake Memories: Whang made a series of videos about the rumor that Sinbad played a genie in a 90s film called Shazam. He ultimately demonstrated that there was no such film and the rumor was nothing more than an example of the Mandela Effect.
- Indecipherable Lyrics: The lyrics to the "most mysterious song on the Internet".
- Riddle for the Ages: In most cases, the viewer comes away knowing who created the content being discussed by the end of the episode. But sometimes, the identities of those responsible remain a mystery. The Max Headroom incident is a prime example.
- Signing Off Catchphrase: Each episode ends with Whang saying "If you like this video, you might like the one I made about [insert topic here]. I'm outta here."
- "Where Are They Now?" Epilogue: Whang often provides updates on people who achieved viral fame in the early years of the Internet, such as the Star Wars kid and the boy who created a website called Hello My Future Girlfriend.