Viral videos of the week – 06/01/2013

6 Jan 2013

We take a look at some of the most-viewed and most-shared videos on the web. This week features an unexpected journey for The Office cast, the return of Charlie the unicorn, some new year’s resolutions being kept by our feline friends, Walk Off The Earth, and why that might not be possible – the earth is round.

More than 72 hours of video were uploaded to YouTube every minute in 2012, with more than 800m unique user visits and more than 4bn hours of video watched each month. More than 500 years of video is 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.

The Office: An Unexpected Journey 

I don’t think there’s a need for any spoilers here if you haven’t already seen The Hobbit. With some very clever editing, YouTube user eagerbeaverfilms has created a masterful mashup of BBC’s The Office into the film trailer for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. Featuring ‘David Brent’ as Gandalf, ‘Tim Canterbury’ as Bilbo Baggins and ‘Gareth Keenan’ as Smeagol, this video really is worth watching this week.


Uploaded: 22 December 2012


Charlie the Unicorn 4 

Haven’t had enough WTF!? videos in 2013 yet? Never fear, Charlie the unicorn is back with a bang. The viral sensation returns for a fourth instalment and is even more weird and wonderful than in the previous videos. There’s even a catchy song about a millipede. You have been warned.


Uploaded: 28 December 2012 


10 Most Common New Year’s Resolutions as Illustrated by Cats 

Have you made some new year’s resolutions? Well, you might not be alone. It seems the common ones in Ireland are dieting and getting fit, but if you’re a cat there a few more resolutions to try and keep in 2013. 


Uploaded: 1 January 2013 


I Knew You Were Trouble – WALK OFF THE EARTH Feat. KRNFX 

So, who remembers Walk Off The Earth, then? Yes, those ‘five people, one guitar’ guys who did an awesome cover of Gotye’s Somebody That I Used to Know which went super-viral in 2012. They’re back to kickstart 2013 for covers with an awesome a capella version of Taylor Swift’s I Knew You Were Trouble.


Uploaded: 1 January 2013 


TOP 10 REASONS Why We Know the Earth is Round 

In case you hadn’t noticed, we’re huge fans of minutephysics here at The guys now tackle something which Ferdinand Magellan and Christopher Columbus went to great lengths to figure out: is the earth round? Well, here are the top 10 reasons as to why we know it is.


Uploaded: 28 December 2012