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It’s no secret that the internet loves to cringe. We found out soon after we gained the ability to send videos back and forth that what we really want to see is untrained actors and the awkwardly over-eager. A good cringe comes from a mix of embarrassment and empathy — it’s all about wondering how they could have thought the finished product was okay with an acknowledgement that this easily could have been us had someone thought to film us at our least self-aware moments.
There are entire offramps of the information superhighway dedicated to wincing along with cheesy and dated workplace videos (NOTE: “information superhighway” is a good indicator of a cringe clip). So, when word got around that Wendy’s had a whole series of musical training videos from the ‘80s, cringe connoisseurs had to be chomping at the bit to see them.
But then something strange happened. While the graphics and direction were delightfully old-school, the songs were actually catchy and well-made. The internet came to cringe and wound up dancing along.
The videos walked and shuffled new employees through everything from serving cold and hot drinks to giving out chili with cheese. There’s an extended 16-minute long video where a Grandmaster Flash-style character in a bedazzled Wendy’s uniform raps about the proper way to grill the company’s square beef patties. It all really happened, and it’s glorious.
Wendy’s isn’t shying away from their past. Why would they? Fans of their burgers and frostys have been raving over the cheesy and made-to-order clips. While fans gobbled up the clips, the chain’s always-on-point social media team joined in on the fun. After watching in-depth and tuneful instructions on the proper amount of ice and the startling revelation that chili can come with cheese, Twitter just had to share what they’d learned.
“This video taught me I’ve been doing iced tea wrong my whole life! “Instead of half full, fill it all the way up to—the—top-of-the-cup.” Thanks @Wendys,” wrote user @AshleySee9.
“I love these videos more than my own family!” wrote user @SundayMournings.
But if the videos have one glaring flaw, it might be that they’re too catchy. The Paula Abdul-esque “Cold Drinks” is a pretty straightforward walkthrough of something that’s pretty self-explanatory. But “Hot Drinks” drops a lot of info on employees who will probably only remember its insanely catchy hook.
You think you’re immune. You’ve been around the internet for a while. But one spin will absolutely implant “Hot Drinks, really get you going” into your brain for the rest of the day.
“I’m upset about how quickly the Hot Drinks song got stuck to my brain. This is gonna be a problem,” wrote Twitter user @bubble_letters.
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The best use of the songs would probably be to remove some other cringe-y clip from your memory banks.
After all “Hot Drinks” is a thousand times more hummable than something like “Selling is Service.”
Check out “Hot Drinks” up top and don’t miss the rest of the videos right here.
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