Viral videos of the week: Spock vs Spock treadmill dancing, and a Mother’s Day tribute

12 May 2013

Still from 'Treadmill Dance' by David Wilson on YouTube

We take a look at some of the most-viewed and most-shared videos on the web. This week features old Spock taking on new Spock, a treadmill dance to rival OK GO, Charles Ramsey autotuned, a hand grenade flop, and stuff that moms say.

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.

Late Night with Jimmy Fallon Hashtags: #MomQuotes

It’s Mother’s Day in the US and Canada today and, if you spotted the hashtag #MomQuotes trending on Twitter on Wednesday, that was down to Jimmy Fallon’s request for viewers to submit some of the best comments from the women that brought them into this world. Oh, mothers: sometimes silly, sometimes clever, but always beloved.


Uploaded: 9 May 2013

Dead Giveaway – Hero Charles Ramsey songified

The story of three women discovered to have been held captive in a house in Cleveland, Ohio for a decade shocked the world this week, but before details of the full story emerged the only first-hand account available was from Charles Ramsey. Ramsey heard Amanda Berry shouting for help in his neighbour’s house and helped her to escape. So, of course, YouTube has responded with an autotune of his heroism.


Uploaded: 7 May 2013

Treadmill Dance

YouTube user David Wilson uploaded this video captured in his local gym four months ago but it has suddenly shot into the spotlight this week thanks to this man’s ability to boogie down while keeping fit.


Uploaded: 7 January 2013

Hand grenade training fail

From impressive coordination to a complete failure of human ability, YouTube this week brings us this video of – apparently – a Chinese soldier during hand grenade training that brings validity to the claim that girls can’t throw (sigh).


Uploaded: 7 May 2013

Zachary Quinto vs Leonard Nimoy

Star Trek: Into Darkness has hit cinemas and Audi have released this Trekkie-pleasing promo pitting new Spock against old Spock. Of course, the lad with the Audi wins, but it’s worth bearing with the advertisement for a reminder of Nimoy’s ‘The Ballad of Bilbo Baggins’.


Uploaded: 6 May 2013

Sad Cat Diary

And, finally, we leave you with Ze Frank’s ode to first-world cat problems. With cats.


Uploaded: 9 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.