In order to celebrate the 57th birthday of the first commercially available video recorder YouTube has added in a 'tape mode' to some videos (but only a few, it took me a while to track one down) which has the effect of turning a video into what some of us older folk will remember from the early days of VHS. It's grainy and slightly warped, and they have done something very clever on pause - it's just the way that it was. You can check to see if a video does this by clicking on the tape symbol on the bottom right of the screen to the left of all of the icons. Here's an example:
Is YouTube going to go down the Google doodle route? I'm seeing a lot of comment on this - some people are saying it's very funny and clever, while other people are saying things like 'They killed Reader for this?' I have to say that I'm in the latter camp really. They just wasted their time on this - and sure, it's their time to waste, but I'd rather they spent the time improving products to be honest. If you're looking for an example, this is one you can find by searching for Let Go Pat Flynn.