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Chubbyemu

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About

Chubbyemu is the nickname of YouTuber Bernard Hsu who is primarily known for his popular analysis and explanation of medical cases. Launched in 2015 and having adapted its current theme in 2017, the channel reached over 100 million views as of February 2020.

Online History

On September 25th, 2015, Doctor of Pharmacy Bernard Hsu[1][2] launched a YouTube channel Chubbyemu.[3] On October 6th, 2015, Chubbyemu[4] posted a Let's Play video of Nuclear Throne, the earliest video currently available on the channel (shown below).



In the following two years, the primary focus of the channel were gaming, motivation and fitness videos, including videos such as "Dark Souls 3 'US Prestige Edition' Unboxing with Yhorm the Giant Statue,"[5] "RELATIONSHIPS (are weird)"[6] and "FAT SHAMING RANT."[7]

On May 27th, 2017, Chubbyemu[8] uploaded the first video following his now-signature "X Did Y, This Is What Happened" formula titled "I Built This PC for $1360 in 2010. Here's How It Holds Up In 2017." The video received over 2.6 million views in three years. On August 7th, 2017, Chubbyemu[9] uploaded his first medical case analysis video titled "A Mom Drank 3 Gallons Water In 2 Hours. This is What Happened to Her Brain" (shown below). The video received over 7.6 million views in three years.



Reputation

Online, Chubbyemu is known primarily for his YouTube videos in which he analyzes and explains various medical cases. A number of discussions about the YouTuber have been created on various online platforms starting in 2017, including Reddit[14] and KiwiFarms.[15] In January 2018, Chubbyemu's video[16] in which he examined a case about a teenager who consumed Laundry Pods has been widely reported on by the media, including reports by The Daily Dot[17] and LADBible.[18] (shown below, left). As of February 11th, 2020, "A Scientist Spilled 2 Drops Organic Mercury On Her Hand. This Is What Happened To Her Brain"[19] was the most popular video on the channel with over 11 million views (shown below, right).



Chubbyemu's signature "X Did Y. This Is What Happened" format of naming his YouTube videos has also seen minor presence in memes as a snowclone (examples shown below).


A RETARD, COULDN'T POST ON R/OKBUDDYRETARD FOR 60 DAYS THIS IS WHAT HAPPENED TO HIS BRAIN imgflip.com #medicine #medical #knowledge A Boy Ate 150 Gummy Vitamins For Breakfast. This Is What Happened To His Bones. #medicine #medical #knowledge A Boy Ate 150 Gummy Vitamins For Breakfast. This Is What Happened 5,389,565 vistas 135 K 6.5 K Compartir Descargar Guardar

Personal Life

Bernard Who was born on September 14th, 1984, in the United States to Taiwanese parents.[10][11] He graduated from the University of Illinois with a Bachelors Degree in Chemical Engineering,[2] later getting a Doctor of Pharmacy degree and becoming a Clinical Adjunct Professor at the University.[12] As of February 2020, Hsu was working in the field of oncology.[13]

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Recent Videos 6 total

Recent Images 9 total

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VinchVolt
VinchVolt

What interests me here is the adherence to using the "Patient [Initials]" format for naming the individuals in these videos, because this is typically a practice reserved for case study subjects who are still alive for the sake of privacy. Despite this, the subjects of these videos are dead, meaning that it's perfectly legal and scientifically ethical to use the subjects' real names, and the "2 drops of mercury" individual even has her own Wikipedia article specifically focusing on the accident that killed her.

My best guess is that this is done out of courtesy for the departed and their friends & family and/or because it's still somewhat standard practice to use the "Patient [Initials]" formula if most scientific literature on the subject was published within their lifetime (e.g. Henry Molaison, a famed case study for the location and function of the memory circuits following an early, crude form of anti-epilepsy surgery that cut out much of his hippocampus & amygdala and the surrounding cortices, is still oftentimes referred to as Patient HM over a decade after his death in 2008).

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