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Lele Pons shares crazy childhood kidnapping story on Logan Paul podcast

Published: 28/Aug/2020 13:54

by Georgina Smith


YouTuber and former Vine star Lele Pons has opened up about her experience of being kidnapped at the age of five in her birth country of Venezuela on Logan Paul’s podcast.

Pons rose to prominence on the now inactive six-second video sharing app Vine, where she made comedy content for a follower base of 10 million. Now, she makes a range of content on YouTube, with over 17 million subscribers, and 40 million followers on Instagram.

Lele has previously been open about the darker parts of her life normally unseen in her lighthearted content, via a series on her channel called the Secret Life of Lele Pons. In these videos she talked about her struggles with OCD, ADHD, and Tourette’s syndrome.

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Lele Pons in advertising for her new podcast

In episode 212 of the Impaulsive podcast, Lele went into some of the details behind a frightening kidnapping experience she had as a child in Venezuela.

“I’ve been kidnapped before and I survived,” she announces as the topic arises, with Logan saying that she’s had a “crazy life” and encouraging her to speak about her experiences with the kidnappers.

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“They just wanted money,” she explained. “My grandfather owns tractors, a lot of tractors in Venezuela. They wanted to kidnap me and my mom for money.” As Lele explains, her Grandparents came from Italy and brought items from Italy to start a business, her Grandfather being “the rich one.”

“They wanted money. They kidnapped us but they crashed into a tree. There was a village and we were able to escape. I don’t remember but this is what my mom told me.” She said that her and her family “left right away the next day and didn’t come back” until she was 13.

Due to years of lack of investment in infrastructure and the country’s political and economic decline, around 4.8 million Venezuelan people have left the country since the crisis began in 2014, according to the United Nations.

According to the World Bank, in 2016 Venezuela had the third worst homocide rate in the world, at 56 per 100,000 people.

This terrifying story is one that many fans may not have expected from the huge internet star, but is yet another window into her life behind the screen.


Mukbang YouTuber devastated as cheese fondue attempt ends in disaster

Published: 31/Oct/2020 11:37

by Georgina Smith


A mukbang YouTuber called Tasty Hoon is going hugely viral after his attempt at putting cheese in a fondue machine went hilariously wrong, leaving him and his viewers bewildered.

In recent years, the mukbang format has garnered insane popularity, spreading to just about every corner of the internet. The video style originated in Korea, the word mukbang (먹방) being a portmanteau of the Korean words for eat, and broadcast.

It involves the host of the video or stream eating an enormous amount of food on camera, often with a high-quality microphone to capture the raw eating sounds (a big part of the fun for some,) while interacting with their audience.

While the eating show format has spread globally, Korea is often revered as having the best mukbangs of them all, the ambitious amounts of food and varying cuisines proving to be hugely entertaining for the droves of people who love that style of content.

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Tasty Hoon has tried several delicious looking foods in his short time on YouTube.

Tasty Hoon is one such YouTuber who wanted to give the mouthwatering content a go, making his attempt at a cheese fondue machine paired with fried chicken. But the results weren’t quite as dreamy as he perhaps expected.

After pouring the delicious-looking melted cheese into the bottom of the fondue machine everything was looking to be going to plan, but the second he hit the on-button, it seemed to be struggling a bit with the rather thick cheese.

Things quickly took a turn for the worse when the center of the machine start to actually lift off from the device altogether, and globs of cheese started to spin around at frightening speeds. As parts of the machine started to fall off, the cheese did not stop spinning, until eventually every bit of the previously delicious looking stuff had been flung across the room.

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As Hoon finally turned the machine off, it wasn’t quite clear whether he was on the brink of laughter or tears – though understandably it was most likely both.

But not one to be beaten by a haywire fondue machine, he picked bits of the once airborne cheese off the table and began to eat it alongside his chicken. Just not in the way that he’d originally intended.

The clip went crazy on Twitter, with one tweet sharing the food disaster garnering a whopping 370,000 likes and 114,000 retweets.

In the comments, Hoon thanked everyone for enjoying the video and remarked that he was surprised to wake up and find he’d become a star overnight.

He also hinted that he’d give the cheese fountain another try soon, so no doubt people are anticipating what could be an equally hilarious sequel.