Viral videos of the week: Giraffic Park, Henry’s baby and Richard Dawkins’ memes

30 Jun 2013

Still from 'Just for Hits - Richard Dawkins' by The Saatchi & Saatchi New Directors' Showcase on YouTube

We take a look at some of the most-viewed and most-shared videos on the web. This week features Richard Dawkins on memes, your life in jelly beans, a man going through childbirth, a song to remember when shooting smartphone videos, and a terrifying giraffe chase.

About 100 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.

The Time You Have (In JellyBeans)

Ever wondered what it would look like if you had enough jelly beans to represent each day of your life and used this colourful, sugary horde to illustrate how you’re likely to spend this time? Us neither, but we’re glad YouTube veteran Ze Frank did and made this inspiring video as a result.


Uploaded: 21 June 2013

Henry’s Baby: Bigger, Longer and Uncut

Newstalk reporter Henry McKean says he hasn’t experienced real pain in about 20 years (since he broke his leg in three places when he was 14). But a visit to the Geboorte Centrum in Amsterdam and a childbirth simulator put an end to that in excruciating fashion. Just two hours, though? Come on, Henry, you got off lightly. Either way, I’m sure it was all worth it once he got to meet baby David.


Uploaded: 28 June 2013

Just for Hits – Richard Dawkins

This video of evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins speaking at the Saatchi & Saatchi New Directors’ Showcase 2013 in Cannes starts off as a typical, run-of-the-mill public speaking engagement but soon descends into madness as some sort of revenge from Dawkins for the internet community’s hijacking of ‘meme’, the term he coined to represent non-genetic material that’s replicated in cultures. It makes (slightly) more sense if you watch from the beginning but, if you’d rather skip the opening lecture, jump to five minutes in and let the Nyan Cat levels of crazy wash over you.


Uploaded: 22 June 2013

Giraffic Park

First, there was this video of a giraffe chasing a jeep packed with tourists on safari in South Africa, which is eerily similar to an iconic scene from the greatest dinosaur movie of all time. Thus, the internet brought us Giraffic Park. Unfortunately, Henk Roos, who shot the original video, has been asserting copyright claims on remixes of his work, but we hope this one escapes his reach so we can all have a giraffe! (Sorry.)


Uploaded: 25 June 2013

Turn Your Phone

As good as the giraffe chase video is, imagine how much better it would look if only the smartphone-wielding user had the sense to turn it on its side. This is a public service announcement for Henk Roos and all his portrait mode-filming ilk.


Uploaded: 26 June 2013

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Elaine Burke is the editor of Silicon Republic