Viral videos of the week: an adorable goal and a speedy world record

26 May 2013

Still from 'Brasilian road water sliding' by YTRamas on YouTube

We take a look at some of the most-viewed and most-shared videos on the web. This week features an unconventional water slide, a goal-scoring toddler, a new series from a harassed dad, two interpretive dances as one, a world record-breaker and some unusual measurements.

It was revealed this week that 100 hours of video are uploaded to YouTube every minute, and, as we’ve said before, 500 years of video are watched on Facebook every day, and more than 700 YouTube videos are 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.

Conversations with my two-year-old

YouTube well knows that toddlers are hilarious – they’re almost as funny as cats. But these tiny people can also be troublesome, and when this dad recreates conversations he has had with his two-year-old daughter as a conversation with another full-grown man, you understand just how obnoxious kids really are.

Uploaded: 21 May 2013

Josh Turnbull – sign him up!

Following Chelsea FC’s last match of the 2012/2013 season at Stamford Bridge, one wee footballer wasn’t ready to hang up his boots yet. Two-year-old Josh Turnbull, son of the club’s reserve goalkeeper Ross, interrupted Paulo Ferreira’s farewell speech with a goal that delighted the fans so much, they’d like to see him on the team.

Uploaded: 19 May 2013

Brazilian water slide

Did you know that Brazil has one of the largest water parks in South America? (Veneza water park, which has been nicknamed ‘Brazilian Venice’.) Did you also know that it’s home to the world’s tallest waterslide? (Insano, at Beach Park.) But who needs any of that when you’ve got a sloping road and a downpour to have fun with, eh?

Uploaded: 21 May 2013

Record du monde

François Gissy made headlines this week when he strapped a hydrogen peroxide-powered rocket to a bicycle and broke a land speed record. Gissy’s superpowered bike, which he developed alongside Swiss company Exotic Thermo Engineering, reached 263km/h along a disused runway in France last Sunday. While this sets a new speed record for rocket-powered bikes, it’s just shy of the Absolute Speed World Record in cycling held by Fred Rompelberg, who achieved 268km/h on the salt flats of Utah in 1995 – sans rocket.

Uploaded: 20 May 2013


At age 20, in the days before YouTube, Tyler Marcum filmed himself performing an interpretive dance to the Dixie Chicks’ cover of ‘Landslide’ in his underwear – as you do. Ten years on, Marcum has recreated the video at age 30 for a side-by-side view of how time makes you bolder.

Uploaded: 14 May 2013

36 unusual units of measurement

When a recipe calls for a drop, a pinch, a smidgen or a dash, do you know how much this actually means? Enter John Green and Mental Floss to give you those exact measurements, as well as letting you know how much is in a buttload, what’s the smallest detectable movement of a computer mouse called, how to measure your chances of death, and why you could never possibly get anything done in a jiffy. If you like this, we also recommend a look at another recent upload from Mental Floss that corrects a multitude of misquotations and will make you question everything.

Uploaded: 15 May 2013

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Elaine Burke is the host of For Tech’s Sake, a co-production from Silicon Republic and The HeadStuff Podcast Network. She was previously the editor of Silicon Republic.