Viral videos of the week: season’s greetings, Christmas rapping and Samsung’s dream team

22 Dec 2013

Still from 'Greetings from Chuck (The epic christmas split)' by Valentin Bajkov on YouTube

We take a look at some of the most-viewed and most-shared videos on the web. This week features Chuck Norris, cell phone crashing, woeful Waffles the cat, a viral family greeting and, arguably, the best football team in the world.

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 epic Christmas split

Anyone familiar with Chuck Norris facts will know he is an infallible god amongst men, and he will not be bested by some bendy-legged Belgian. And so, we have Walker, Texas Ranger’s response to Jean-Claude Van Damme’s epic split for Volvo by Hungarian animation studio Delov Digital, upping the scale of epicness to extreme proportions.


Uploaded: 18 December 2013

Cell phone crashing at the airport

Greg Benson of Mediocre Films and his wife Kim sure know how to entertain themselves during the long wait to board their flight at an airport. Get ready for cell phone crashing to become the new photobombing.


Uploaded: 15 December 2013

Waffles the Terrible

According to the video description, Waffles here is a seven-month-old cat who was rescued from the streets. Unfortunately, his time spent in the rough doesn’t seem to have taught him a lot of street smarts.


Uploaded: 15 December 2013

Samsung’s Galaxy 11

Samsung’s latest ad campaign for its full range of Galaxy flagship devices must have cost a forutne as the brand rounds up 11 of the world’s leading football players, plus two substitutes, to face off against a team of aliens. As absurd as the concept is, the video is drumming up plenty of interest, sparking the invevitable debate of which players should make up the world’s greatest football team. Personally, we think the Galaxy 11 is a bit lacking in defence. Stick Vincent Kompany in there and then we’ll talk.


Uploaded: 18 December 2013

Merry Christmas from the Holderness family

The Holderness family have sent an annual newsletter with a twist this Christmas. Instead of a personalised card for friends and family, they’ve uploaded their holiday greetings and 2013 retrospective to YouTube to share with the world – and get a bit of promotion for their media production company in for good measure. The shameless plug has paid off and the company website hasn’t even been able to cope with the volume of traffic this viral video has directed to it.


Uploaded: 11 December 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.