Mark Byrnes is a former senior associate editor at CityLab who writes about design and architecture.
From small towns in America to entire nations in Asia, tourism boards provide the Internet with video gems (whether they mean to or not).
It's difficult to capture the spirit of a place in an ad, whether it's 30 seconds or 3 minutes.
Frequently, what viewers are left with is not a city's essence, but an urge to mock whoever put the silly little promotion together in the first place. Below, 10 tourism videos that just have to be seen to be believed: