nigahiga takes the number one spot on youtube

You know we live in weird times when the Wall Street Journal is blogging about how YouTube star Ryan Higa, akak Nigahiga recently overtook Fred Figglehorn as the #1 most subscribed channel on YouTube. But yes, it has happened: Nigahiga Topples Fred on YouTube.

The 19-year-old from Hilo, Hawaii currently has just under 1.4 million subscribers -- about 40,000 more than Fred. If you're not familiar with "Mr. Higa," as the Wall Street Journal refers to him, his videos are a unique brand of rants, spoofs and general goofiness.

As far as I can tell, the dethroned YouTube channel champ, Fred, specializes in a lot of screaming and squeaky-voiced freak outs. I could really only watch him for about 30 seconds. Somehow, this guy was once number one.

To be honest, I've never really seen the appeal of Nigahiga's videos, but I'm pretty sure I don't fall into his audience's core demographic. But damn, 1.4 million subscribers? That's 1.4 million people voluntarily signing up to see the video antics of a goofy Asian teen. Indeed, we do live in weird times.