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Viral videos

  • A GoPro captures a lamb chop’s ascent to space [Video]

    The GoPro has shot some amazing things but not in its developers' wildest dreams did it ever imagine this trip. A marketing team looking to promote a book titled Meat Space by novelist Nikesh Shukla strapped a GoPro on to a tandoori lamb chop and launched it into space. The team waited for the lamb chop to descend and they waited for five months. The balloon rose at 325 metres per minute for 95 minutes before bursting and dropping over in the market town of Hungerford, West Berkshire. After it had dropped from its flight, GPS contact was lost shortly...

  • Die Antwoord’s ‘Ugly Boy’ music video tops 1m views in first 24 hours

    Known for their catchy beats, controversial parodies and pushing taboos, South African rap group Die Antwoord's new video has topped 1 million views on YouTube since it was released one day ago. The song, called "Ugly Boy" from the group's latest album Donker Mag, shows Die Anwoord's Yolandi and Ninja doing their usual "freeky" dress-ups, face paint, contact lenses and costumes, together with a bunch of famous guest stars from Hollywood. You have to watch it yourself, really, but the video's a rather strange take on what seems to be a blend between horror and romance. Apart from Ninja doing the controversial...

  • 10 hours walking around as a drag queen, Skyrim character and white man

    Earlier this week Hollaback -- an organisation which works to combat public harassment -- made a video of a woman walking around in New York City in order to demonstrate the amount of verbal abuse taking place on the streets. Using a hidden camera and walking around for 10 hours, the organisation counted over 100 incidents of catcalling, whistling and inappropriate behaviours. While this 2-minute video rallied up over 20 million views in just a few days, it doesn't compare to the amount of controversy it led to all over the web and newsrooms. This included further harassment on both...

  • The latest OK Go music video is shot with a drone and it is beyond amazing

    In a just universe, OK Go, the American alternative rock band from Chicago, Illinois, would be solemnly known as the deity of music videos. The group never disappoints when it comes to filming them. Remember the epic 'Here it goes again' or 'This too shall pass', 'Skyscrapers' or 'End Love'? Well, difficult as it is to believe, they have released a new video which is beyond epic. The new video is for OK Go's song 'I won't let you down' and it has all the hallmarks of a classic OK Go's video. It has a highly choreographed routine and more it...

  • Kiwi airline safety video goes viral, thanks to The Lord of the Rings of course

    Don't you just hate airline safety instruction videos? A necessary evil, few airlines have managed to make these clips or demonstration bearable to their passengers. Well, Air New Zealand seems to have cracked the code, by making one of the most boring video categories go viral. How did it do this? With The Lord of the Rings, of course. Riding on the fact that movie adaptations of JRR Tolkien's popular fantasy series were filmed in the country, the major airliner uses elves, hobbits, wizards and Uruk-hai to keep you glued to the clip. The airliner notes that the clip was...

  • Two kangaroos boxing in Australian suburbs is classically stereotypical [video]

    It can't get more Australian than this. On a quiet day on the Central Coast in New South Wales two Kangaroos settled a score on the street, and a human lurking by captured them on video. It is not clear what the gripe is between the two kangaroos and they did not bother to explain themselves either. Perhaps it's about street cred? The video comes without subtitles but we can easily imagine one of them saying: “I float like a butterfly and sting like a bee,” with the other grumbling in a Mike Tyson-like voice. Have a look: For those feeling...

  • 13 tech and geek heroes taking on the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

    We live in strange times. This past week or two we've probably seen more celebrities getting soaked in ice water than all of our ancestors' combined. Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg poured a bucket of ice water over his head last week. Among those he then nominated was Microsoft founder Bill Gates who then challenged Elon Musk. The nominations go on and on. It stretches further to include Apple CEO Tim Cook, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos and even the main cast of Star Trek (almost). These tech personalities represent only a fraction of the people trying to raise awareness for Lou...

  • Rickroll no more: original ‘Never Gonna Give You Up’ video removed from YouTube

    The original video for Rick Astley's 1987 pop hit "Never Gonna Give You Up" has been pulled from YouTube. If you're the kind of person who's hoping that Rickrolling -- the phenomenon of tricking people into watching the video -- will make a comeback any day now, you can relax. It's just one copy (the oldest) of the video that's been taken down. That copy had amassed 70-million views in the seven years it had been uploaded, making the reason for its disappearance that much more mysterious. While artists and record labels are usually behind requests to have videos...

  • 27 unique, crazy, cool things caught on GoPro

    The GoPro camera, in its various renditions, has by and large democratised HD filming. Notable for its ease of use, durability -- I mean GoPros have survived falls from near space! -- and underwater housing capabilities, this little brand of camera has become a household name. If you've spent even just a little bit of time on the internet you've probably seen a gazillion and one GoPro videos, most likely hilarious animal POVs or extreme sports set to 'Sail' by AWOLNATION. To celebrate, nothing in particular, we've decided to put together the ultimate GoPro compilation list of the craziest, weirdest,...

  • Gangnam Style is cruising toward 2 billion views on YouTube

    We'll wager that it's been a little while since you thought about Psy's mega-viral hit "Gangnam Style" and with the amount of airplay the song got, you're probably quite relieved about that. Thing is, the internet definitely hasn't forgotten. The video, which hit a billion views in December 2012 is on track to hit two-billion views as it continues to stretch out its YouTube record. Certainly, views have slowed down since it hit the billion mark, but it seems as if the video really does have sticking power and interest is bound to pick up again as it nears...

  • People: the real power behind Gangnam Style, Harlem Shake’s viral successes

    Offering space in exchange for payment has become the tried and tested technique of monetising online properties. And rightly so; the number of eyeballs glued to Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and the wider internet on a daily basis make the world's largest platforms the world's most valuable. This model has created a wide range of paid media products to choose from – leading to media plans that are awash with Facebook Like ads, YouTube InView ads and promoted Tweets. But when you consider the size of the internet; social networks in particular, you start to wonder - isn't there more of a...

  • Reinventing the cardboard box: simplicity, innovation and a viral video

    It’s one thing when a video goes viral for a few minutes of fame and then disappears into the ether of the Internet; it’s quite another when that video has the ability to change an every-day object used by people all over the world. At this year’s PSFK Conference, the two students behind the Rapid Packing Container, gave a physical demonstration of their new design for the cardboard box -- an idea that’s won them fans all over the world. Chris Curro and Henry Wang, from the Albert Nerken School of Engineering, decided to do something about cardboard boxes...

  • #XmasJammies breaking YouTube with the best Christmas card ever

    In what could possibly be the best publicity stunt for an upcoming company ever conceived, the Holderness family has put together the best video Christmas card ever. Uploaded a week ago the video is at just over seven million views and going strong. The concept is simple, as the family put it: "Consider this our annual newsletter -- just so you know what we've been up to. We love you all and hope you have a fantastic holiday! #xmasjammies." The video reviews the past year with the Holderness family and "Dad", as he is known in the video, raps the...

  • Virgin’s catchy new in-flight safety video is the best thing since hobbits

    Ever watched an instructional safety video on an aeroplane and not passed out from boredom? Us neither. Well, it seems the team at Virgin America are trying to change that with what may be the catchiest, most choreographed in-flight safety video in existence. Following in the footsteps of Air NewZealand, which put a quirky spin on its video in the run up to the release of 'The Hobbit' last year, the airline has put together a safety video set to an elaborate song and dance routine which features contortionists, sassy child singers and a rapping pre-teen. It's not only available...

  • No woman, no drive: viral video pokes fun at Saudi attitudes on female drivers

    What do you get when you combine Bob Marley with a topical social issue? The latest viral parody video to hit YouTube. In this case, we're talking about 'No woman, no drive', the acapella rendition that has gone on to gather more than 3.3-million views in two days. Timed to be released on the same day that woman took their place behind the steering wheel in Saudi Arabia to protest against an unofficial ban on female driving in the country, the video starring comedian Hisham Fageeh highlights some of the reasons used to justify the practice. They range from the...