Thanks For The Box Of Brown Sticky Goo, YouTube

I’d like to think we’re pretty friendly with the PR folks over at YouTube. Sure, some nasty words may have been exchanged when they stabbed us in the back by disabling our handy video download tool, but I thought that we’d long since smoothed things over. Today, though, I found out how they really feel.

I came back from lunch to find a FedEx package on my desk, marked both ‘Urgent’ and ‘Perishable’. Intrigued, I opened it to find a white gift box and a note from YouTube PR thanking me for covering them over the last few years (they just had their fifth birthday). I tossed that aside and went to open the box to see what treasures awaited me… only to find that my hands were now covered in brown sticky goo. It didn’t take long to figure out that the entire box was filled with a sludgy mess. Were they trying to tell me something? Thanks, YouTube. I think.

It’s probably just melted chocolate (I hope), but I’m not going near it again until we test it on an intern. And for future reference YouTube, my candy of choice is the York Peppermint Pattie. Even when they’re melted.

Update: Here’s what it was supposed to look like, via MediaBistro. Pretty cool, actually — it features the YouTube 5th birthday logo emblazoned on the chocolate.