Thousands of people are tuning in to enthusiastically watch the world's most boring livestream

Posted at 8:54 PM, Sep 05, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-05 20:59:43-04

Jackson, Wyoming, seems like a nice place to live. Located in the natural dip between the Grand Teton and Gros Ventre mountain ranges, it's a picturesque little city that enjoys strong streams of tourism each year because of its proximity to Grand Teton National Park and the National Elk Refuge. The most newsworthy thing that's happened there lately is a landslide moving forward by one millimeter instead of half a millimeter in a month. No, really.

However, if you believe thousands of screaming voices on the internet, Jackson is home to a vibrant cast of characters and high, gripping drama that would put Game of Thrones to shame any day of the week.

Hey, we all need something to do on Labor Day, right?



A local tourism organization began streaming a live feed of an intersection in Jackson July 20, 2016. Nobody's sure why, except maybe to show off the city's concrete and stoplights (traditionally not among its most-touted qualities, but okay) and a weird statue made of antlers.

It's also unclear how, exactly, the internet stumbled upon it. But it did, and more than a month after the stream started, thousands of people are in the chat pondering the meaning of life --

-- naming their favorite characters, including Red Truck, Blue Truck (Red Truck's rival), Red Shirt and Menacing Bag Kid --

-- and generally being the internet. The viewers on during Labor Day were big fans of Corvettes, dogs and rooting for car accidents, in true Chaotic Neutral fashion.

The Daily Dot described the phenomenon as "like watching The Truman Show, but without a main character."

The world is truly a strange and mysterious place, isn't it? As Cincinnatians, we're just happy that the internet meme machine has finally turned its fiery, unsleeping eye upon another city.

Godspeed, Jackson, Wyoming.

Not all of the comments on the stream are as PG as the ones we've used in this article. As always, use discretion when you follow the sound of raised voices online.