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I went to some channel on YouTube today and I found this error:

500 Internal Server Error

Sorry, something went wrong.

A team of highly trained monkeys has been dispatched to deal with this situation.

If you see them, show them this information:
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Indeed, it's a 500 error. I googled it and seems to be a joke, but I'm curious about the information that is displayed. What does it mean?

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A joke?! I don't get it. ;) A 500 "Internal Server Error" is a very real error (if that is what is actually being returned) - although it is a "generic" error, when the server is not able to respond with another, more meaningful, error! By itself, a 500 error does not really help in solving the problem, other than there was "an error". The data dump is likely to hold more clues. –  w3d Oct 30 '13 at 19:51

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up vote 4 down vote accepted

http://www.cambus.net/decoding-youtube-http-error-500-message/:

The information is encoded in modified base64 for URL applications (base64url encoding), which differs from original base64 by the fact that the padding character ‘=’ is dismissed and the ‘+’ and ‘/’ characters gets respectively replaced by ‘-’ and ‘_’ characters.

However, as underlined in the comments, the base64 data is very likely encrypted:

The base64 data is very likely encrypted, and only Google, Inc. has the decryption key. It's useful to them if you send the base64 junk, but you can't get any details about their server through that error.

and:

gzip -9 increases the size ever so slightly. Lends more credence to it being encrypted.

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500 is the HTTP code for Internal Server Error . This means that some error happened at YouTube's end, sites often put up funny messages when some error occur so that you derive some laughter from what could be an irritable situation.
You cannot really do anything about it and in this case the message doesnt really contain anything jsut like Franck mentioned.
You can look up HTTP Error codes here.

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