For years, Sam of Sam O’Nella Academy offered something of a Liberal Arts YouTube education. He pulled lessons from a variety of subjects, but he especially focused on history. His short videos typically covered lesser-known history tidbits—a story about the hungriest man in history, a video about creative weapons of the medieval era, a discussion about lesser-known Christmas folklore characters.
But then, suddenly, Sam vanished, and his channel would go untouched for more than two years—before he returned at the beginning of October, 2022.
This, however, isn’t your average YouTube history channel. For one, everything is drawn in crude stick-figure fashion. For another, the content can often be crude, too.
Sam O’Nella Academy will teach viewers about various historical events and other interesting facts. Whether it’s obscure inventions, etymology or “history’s worst non-water floods,” viewers will surely learn about various topics of varying importance.
Some topics, like “Dead Body Hijinks,” may not be appropriate for younger audiences, and parents can often tell just by the title. But even seemingly innocuous topics will have their issues due to Sam’s delivery.
In the video “Scandalous Popes of the Middle Ages,” Sam discusses various popes and their history with gambling, prostitution and more. Sam’s videos additionally contain frequent uncensored heavy swears. We’ll hear references to various sexual acts, and one video depicts a sex object. Jesus holds a Playboy magazine in one video, and Wikipedia is depicted as God in another. Furthermore, Sam displays a misunderstanding of why Christians use the cross as a religious symbol.
We’ll see an animated character vomit, and we’ll hear references to evolution.
There’s a lot to learn on the Sam O’Nella Academy YouTube channel, but there’s also a lot of content issues that parents may not want their children viewing.
Though he was born in Kansas, Kennedy Unthank studied journalism at the University of Missouri. He knew he wanted to write for a living when he won a contest for “best fantasy story” while in the 4th grade. What he didn’t know at the time, however, was that he was the only person to submit a story. Regardless, the seed was planted. Kennedy collects and plays board games in his free time, and he loves to talk about biblical apologetics and hermeneutics. He doesn’t think the ending of Lost was “that bad.”