Viral videos of the week: Sacha Baron Cohen, Jean-Claude Van Damme and an icy fall

17 Nov 2013

Still from 'Volvo Trucks - The Epic Split feat. Van Damme (Live Test 6)' by Volvo Trucks on YouTube

We take a look at some of the most-viewed and most-shared videos on the web. This week features an epic split, a deadly award, a Dead Island tribute, an impressive gymkhana, some Russians getting funky and an adorable icy slip.

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.

Ken Block’s gymkhana

Need For Speed’s racing advisor Ken Block reckons he built the ultimate gymkhana course, a predetermined circuit of obstacles requiring a number of different driving techniques to complete. Watch Block manouevre his Ford Fiesta ST RX43 2013 racecar around a moving wrecking ball and through shipping containers, as well as some familiar elements from Need for Speed Rivals, and decide for yourself.


Uploaded: 11 November 2013

The Epic Split, featuring Jean-Claude Van Damme

Take Jean-Claude Van Damme, perch him between two reversing Volvo trucks and witness his famous split as you’ve never seen it before – soundtracked by Enya. This stunt is meant to demonstrate the precision and directional stability of Volvo Dynamic Steering, but really it just reminds us of JCVD’s cool action-hero best.


Uploaded: 13 November 2013

Sacha Baron Cohen kills award presenter

Sacha Baron Cohen – the comedic mind behind the characters Ali G, Borat Sagdiyev and Brüno Gehard – was presented with the Charlie Chaplin Award for Excellence in Comedy at the BAFTA LA Britannia Awards. All is well until Baron Cohen takes to the stage with the near-90-year-old former child star Grace Coddington to accept his prize. Wait for it.


Uploaded: 10 November 2013

Dead Island trailer live-action remake

Zombie survival game Dead Island’s famous backwards trailer is revered as one of the finest ever made for a video game, and here we have the entire thing recreated in live action. It’s graphic, but it’s also marvellous.


Uploaded: 1 November 2013

First walk on ice

As we brace ourselves for the onslaught of winter’s ice and snow, we should take a moment to look back on those first winters, when we might have toddled about full of wonder at the impact of the changing seasons. Like this little mite in a puffed-up onesie, taking her first steps on ice. Watch out!


Uploaded: 13 November 2013

Russian police ‘Get Lucky’ cover

Finally, we leave you with Russia’s finest doing a cover of Daft Punk’s summer sensation, ‘Get Lucky’. The video description claims this is the Russian Interior Ministry’s ensemble readying themselves for a concert in the Kremlin, and what a funky bunch of lads they are.


Uploaded: 7 November 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.