If you were to name a YouTuber with whom you could relate on a spiritual level, who would it be?
If you said Dan Howell then congrats, we agree! Dan is probably one of – if not the most – incident-prone and self-deprecating creators on YouTube, which is why we love him so much! And just like him, our lives are one embarrassing moment after another, so when we see him making a fool of himself or descending into the world of existential crises, we totally feel his pain (while secretly laughing at him).
We feel he’s so #relatable that he needs a whole article dedicated to himself. Dan is a true gift to the world and we need to celebrate the lovely human that he is, so what better way to celebrate than to list the ways he’s just like everyone else.
He has to make tough decisions
phil and i spent literally an hour deciding whether to eat popcorn or doritos with a movie i feel like it was the hardest choice of my life
— Dan Howell (@danisnotonfire) January 25, 2016
Have you ever tried to decide between eating popcorn or Doritos? It’s honestly a pretty tough decision to make. Do you go with the buttery love that is popcorn or the cheesy goodness that is Doritos? Ugh, why is it so hard to choose?! We can see why Dan was having trouble.
He writes fan-fiction
We knew there was something Dan was hiding from us and we think we’ve finally discovered what it is! Have you read the fan-fiction he wrote for The Amazing Book Is Not On Fire? It’s as if it had been written by a professional!
Dan, we totes know you’ve secretly been writing Phan fiction in your spare time. You can’t fool us with a screen name like xxphanlover123xx. This is just like those rumours Taylor Swift is on 4chan. Sneaky.
He doesn’t know how to handle the sun
Let’s be honest, Brits don’t necessarily know how to handle it when Mother Nature graces us with a sunny day. Do we wear a hat, grab some sun cream, run around screaming hallelujah…? It appears Dan doesn’t quite know how to deal with the sun either, as he spent a family holiday sick with sunstroke.
Readers, take note: this is not what you do when the sun decides to poke it head out of the clouds.
How exactly do you take care of plants?
i was just rummaging for batteries in a kitchen drawer and STABBED MY HAND ON A CACTUS WTF @AmazingPhil why did you put that there??
— Dan Howell (@danisnotonfire) March 9, 2015
We’ll let you in on a little secret: at TenEighty HQ we’re not allowed to keep plants. One of our editors (who will remain nameless) once watered a small desk plant for six months before realising it was plastic and the water had just been evaporating. True story.
Before you mock us any further and tell us to just get a cactus or something because we couldn’t possibly mess that up, please refer to the tweet above. We wouldn’t be able to write up amazing articles for you because we’d be covered in little cactus spikes, and who would want that?
We all want to be BFFs with our fave YouTubers
Ever wanted to be best friends with your fave, but weren’t quite sure where to start? Well, fear not because Dan has offered you a foolproof plan on how to become BFFs with them. Well, maybe.
By watching this simple tutorial, you’ll learn the tricks and tips needed to capture your fave. We mean, he caught Phil Lester and they’re now BFFs 5eva, so it obviously works!
You know that awkward (yet awesome!) moment when you’re on a flight and out of nowhere JOHN BARROWMAN appears dressed as an air hostess? Well, probably not, but Dan does and his reaction was exactly what ours would be in this situation!
OMG, imagine if we got to meet John. It’s safe to say half of us would faint, while the other 50% wouldn’t be able to even.
He gets the struggle of taking the perfect selfie
do you ever think you look really attractive in your reflection on a window then take a selfie and nvm
— Dan Howell (@danisnotonfire) May 22, 2015
We totally know that feeling, Dan. We think we look super fresh and cool, but when we go to take a selfie we look like death. It’s even worse when we accidentally open the front-facing camera – the selfies that result are downright terrifying! Honestly, who thought of such a horrible invention?
He hates human interaction
Ugh, why isn’t it socially acceptable to hide away in our rooms, away from people, and be on our computer 24/7? You might think we’re over exaggerating, but interacting with other humans is so much effort. We’re just too lazy to do it (hence us running an online magazine).
At least Dan gets it.
He loves animals
a pigeon just landed in front of me and held eye contact while pooping on the floor for six seconds then flew away i feel so distressed
— Dan Howell (@danisnotonfire) April 4, 2016
Fun fact: pigeons are the beautiful majestic unicorns of city life.
Going out to dinner is a traumatising experience
Dan and Louise Pentland‘s tale of their awkward restaurant experience is pretty much our worst nightmare, and that’s why it resonates with us so much. To be honest, it’s events like these that are why we don’t go out anymore – there’s just way too much room for embarrassment.
Plus, it’s hella expensive and we’d rather spend our money on all the YouTube merch!
Oh, Dan, how we love you so.
We’re so lucky to have someone like him in our lives. He really help us feel as if we’re not alone in our title of most embarrassing human beings on the planet, and there’s something oddly comforting about that.
While you’re here, you might as well check out the other articles we’ve written just for you! We know Dan would approve of them:
- 13 Times YouTubers Took Television By Storm (starring Foetus Phil Lester)
- Six Times Jim Chapman & Tanya Burr Were Relationship Goals
- If YouTubers Were X-Men Characters…
- Six Reasons Why We Think Marcus Butler Will Win Celebrity MasterChef
- Five of the Best: Dealing With Sexuality/Gender Videos