Viral videos of the week – 11/11/2012

11 Nov 2012

If Ron Burgundy says it, it's the truth!

We take a look at some of the most-viewed and most-shared videos on the web. This week, Will Ferrell proves he’ll do anything to get people to vote, sparks fly in Belfast, a feline friend who is easily confused, how videos really go viral, a new spoof video for Apple and The Rubberbandits do their part for Science Week.

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.

Will Ferrell Will Do Anything to Get You to Vote 

Not quite the “Vote or Die” message rapper/singer P Diddy used to encourage people to vote in previous elections, actor/comedian Will Ferrell took the nicer approach to get people to vote this time around, offering to help them “move a couch” or make them a “home-cooked meal”. For the sadistics among us, Ferrell even offered to punch himself in the face – whatever it takes. And if Ron Burgundy says it, it’s the truth.


Uploaded: 2 November 2012 


Two men + two Tesla coils + special suits = ELECTRICITY FIGHT! 

Those who were in attendance for the Belfast Festival at Queens last Sunday will have been treated to an electrifying experience from Bristol-based performing arts duo The Lords of Lightning. Harnessing 4m volts of raw electricity through their bodies with the aid of specially adapted suits, the two put on a spectacular show and immense electricity fight!

Uploaded: 4 November 2012 


Assassin’s Creed confuses cat 

Viral videos of the week is never complete without some animal input. This week sees a cat become very confused by an on-screen dog during a game of Assassin’s Creed, trying to follow the pixellated character around the screen and behind the television.


Uploaded: 5 November 2012 


BUYRAL – Professional Clicking 

It appears I could be out of a job before too long. Ever wondered how videos really go viral? It could be that Buyral is responsible, employing people young and old to click on all those videos that become internet hits. But the job of making a video viral doesn’t stop with just clicking on a mouse – “anywhere there is a button, we can be collecting clicks. One day we wont need the viewer”. See for yourselves!


Uploaded: 2 November 2012 


iPad Mini Commercial 

You have to wonder if chat-show host Jimmy Kimmel has some sort of hatred for Apple, every time a new product launches he seems to be the first to poke fun at it. We are in no doubt this is all in jest, however, here is The Jimmy Kimmel Show‘s take on the latest product in the Apple range – The iPad mini.


Uploaded: 2 November 2012 


Rubberbandits guide to physics 

Starting today – it’s Science Week! (Waves sparklers). What better way to promote the week than with a Rubberbandits guide to physics. The comedic-rap duo try their best to explain “the science of the forces that move matter”, so naturally they head to a car park to listen to Dubstep. Relax, it’s all in the name of science!


Uploaded: 7 November 2012