Viral videos of the week – 09/12/2012

9 Dec 2012

They see me rollin', they hatin'

We take a look at some of the most-viewed and most-shared videos on the web. This week features some road-worthy canines, a very honest look at The Dark Knight Rises, how to upstage an adult, a Gangnam Christmas and a very nice young man named Jay.

More than 72 hours of video are uploaded to YouTube every minute, 500 years of video watched on Facebook every day, and more than 700 YouTube videos shared on Twitter each minute, ensuring there is always video trending on the web.

With so much video available for viewing, we take a look at some of the viral videos that have caught our eye this week.

Rescue Dogs Taught How To Drive A Car In New Zealand 

Who says you can’t teach and old dog new tricks, eh? The SPCA in New Zealand have been teaching these rescue dogs how to drive. The dogs, a giant schnauzer, a whippet cross and a beardie cross can change gear, steer and brake. The SPCA in Auckland is quick to point out that this is not just a publicity stunt, they want people to see just what rescue dogs are capable of doing.


Uploaded: 5 December 2012 


Honest Trailers – The Dark Knight Rises 

Have you ever gone to see a movie based purely on what you saw in the trailer, only for the movie to not be exactly as good as it was made out to be? Well, thankfully, honest trailers are here to help. The comedic YouTube channel for Screen Junkies has been reeling off a lot of honest trailers for movies recently and this week it takes aim squarely at Gotham City’s finest masked hero.


Uploaded: 4 December 2012 


Power of youth 

You know the old phrase “never work with children or animals”? Especially if either one of them can upstage you. (How are you ever going to compete with a dog that can drive?) Well, it turns out children are equally capable of upstaging their adult counterparts as this busker in Kraków, Poland, discovered this week. Taking the spotlight over, the youngster receives the biggest cheer from the gathering crowd.


Uploaded: 2 December 2012 


Wham Vs PSY – Last Christmas, Gangnam style – Paolo Monti mashup 2012 

It’s that time of year. Goodwill to everyone and cheesy music on repeat. Vimeo DJ Paolo Monti took the cheesiness a little too far this week by uploading the Wham classic Last Christmas mashed with the most viral video ever, PSY’s Gangnam Style. Watch at your peril.


Uploaded: 1 December 2012 


Jay-Z Rides the Subway, Adorably Explains Who He Is to an Adorable Old Lady

It’s nice to make small talk with strangers on the subway, no matter how famous you think you are. In a video uploaded to YouTube this week, rapper, entrepreneur and one of the richest men in media, Jay Z found himself engaged in a nice, humbling conversation with an elderly woman named Ellen. While filming a documentary on Jay-Z’s eight-show stint that opened Brooklyn’s Barclays Center in September, the rapper sat down next to Ellen, who was oblivious to who he was initially, and the two exchange a polite conversation which has warmed the hearts of people around the internet this week.


Uploaded: 5 December 2012