Laughed AND Cried at this School Video


Heck, I was about to write about kids, free play, parents, common sense, or the shocking lack thereof. But then along came this video. I burst out laughing even as my eyes welled up with tears. Had to share. And, yes, now I want pesto. (I also want to learn to use my fork and knife better.) Divertiti!



You'll be as surprised as these kids were.

Consider this school lunch a “tune-a surprise.” 


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23 Responses to Laughed AND Cried at this School Video

  1. Ann February 9, 2016 at 11:26 am #

    This made me think of Improv Everywhere. The Best Game Ever is still one of my favorites after all these years.

  2. Doug February 9, 2016 at 11:52 am #

    Just in time for lunch. Thanks!

  3. John February 9, 2016 at 12:08 pm #

    The reaction on those kids’ faces was priceless!!

  4. MichaelF February 9, 2016 at 12:14 pm #

    I’m more amazed at the pasta they were serving, and that the kids were eating!!

    Never had lunch like that when I was in school.

  5. Shelly Stow February 9, 2016 at 12:17 pm #

    I have long said that if every baby boy had every possible part of his environment filled with classical music for the first few years of his life, virtually all violence would be eradicated within a generation…except, of course, for he ones putting their hands over their ears; lol.

  6. Mandy February 9, 2016 at 12:21 pm #

    It’s obviously a school in the UK as the kids are allowed to eat with a KNIFE and fork like civilized people!

    Love the opera – great, fun idea for the kids.

  7. lollipoplover February 9, 2016 at 1:00 pm #

    The school actually cooks the food?? It’s not shipped in pre-cooked to be reheated (microwaved) and rendered inedible?

    It’s served on real plates with real utensils, not plastic sporks?

    The opera is awesome. The lunch (yum!) and cafeteria are even better!

  8. Craig February 9, 2016 at 1:07 pm #

    Your eyes welled up because that is the universal response to hearing Nessun Dorma. Puccini really knew what he was doing.. Brilliant.

  9. Mike February 9, 2016 at 1:11 pm #

    It must be somewhere in Europe because I’ve yet to meet even an American adult that can properly use a knife and fork.

  10. SanityAnyone? February 9, 2016 at 2:14 pm #

    Sing Verdi Very Loud!

  11. Aliza Burton February 9, 2016 at 2:48 pm #

    I said, I’m not gonna cry, I’m not gonna cry – and then I did, a little. Wonderful!

  12. Papilio February 9, 2016 at 3:05 pm #

    I missed the subtitles! Can anyone tell me if what they were singing had ANY relation to the situation? Or was it just random parts of various opera songs?

    @Craig: Ah, of course, Nessun dorma. I recognized everything, but I always forget what it’s called/what opera it’s from… :-/

  13. Xena_Rulz February 9, 2016 at 4:04 pm #

    I love it when the cop comes in and everyone goes super-quiet, like the kids are in cahoots with the opera singers!

  14. Craig February 9, 2016 at 8:28 pm #


    It just seems to be random parts all from operas all by Italian composers. Italian is the commonality.

    Nessun Dorma is from Giacomo Puccini’s Turandot (My favorite opera).

    One woman is singing Figaro’s aria from The Barber of Seville by Gioachino Rossini.

    The other woman is singing something (Don’t remember what it’s called) from Giuseppe Verdi’s La Traviata

    And the chef at the beginning is singing the famous La Dona e Mobile from Rigoletto, also by Verdi.

  15. marjorie February 9, 2016 at 10:44 pm #

    I was half-hoping the cop would turn out to be a stripper. Then I remembered this was an elementary school.

  16. sexhysteria February 10, 2016 at 5:48 am #

    I wish that was my school! Students don’t eat at most schools in my city!

  17. Papilio February 10, 2016 at 11:33 am #

    Actually, this sudden opera singing reminds me of this wacky commercial…:

    “So you won’t talk? What about this then? Hmm?”

    [after one sip of soup]

    “Listen buddy, we’ve wasted enough time… TALK, bastard, or we’ll call your mama!”

    “Okay okay it was me, but leave my mother out of it!”

  18. Papilio February 10, 2016 at 11:40 am #

    Oh! Sorry, Craig, completely forgot to thank you! 🙂

  19. Nicole R. February 10, 2016 at 3:56 pm #

    My son was jealous of the fact that they get to use real plates. I wish more schools actually cooked fresh food!

  20. Dasy2k1 February 12, 2016 at 7:27 pm #

    This is definitely the UK (Im British and can say that with certainly, the police uniform gives it away )
    Great fun and actually suprised myself that the school shown uses plates instead of the plastic trays that are so common here at primary school (thankfully knives and forks have never been a problem)

  21. Megan February 13, 2016 at 2:18 am #

    Shelly Stow–The problem is not that boys are heathens, but that we teach them not to feel. If their right to be vulnerable and weak were honored, we would not see the violence we do.

  22. JP Merzetti February 15, 2016 at 4:57 pm #

    Ya – I laughed and cried, too.
    For all the kids still able to lighten up and enjoy those moments in life when adults act like adults
    (and allow them to act like kids)

    The cop confrontation moment was just too cute.

    My parents always had an interesting philosophy around meals: That humor is the most important additive ingredient to proper nutrition. I think they were on to something………….

    This is a real heartwarmer.
    I could watch this stuff all day and not get bored.

  23. Olga Parker February 21, 2016 at 7:35 am #

    Super video, I also laughed a lot )) I rarely used knife while eating at home, but kids at school – that’s amazing! )))