Viral videos of the week – 24/03/2013

24 Mar 2013

Still from the first episode of web series 'Gamechangers'

We take a look at some of the most-viewed and most-shared videos on the web. This week features a lot of falling down, a pair of pranksters, divilment in Dublin on St Patrick’s Day, a video game-style jet pack challenge, and a description of hailstones that’s just begging to be autotuned.

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. And, this week, YouTube celebrated reaching a milestone of over 1bn unique visitors per month.

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 ultimate stairway fails compilation

We don’t want to get started off on the wrong foot here, but this first video contains misstep after misstep, all to the tune of Electric Light Orchestra’s ‘Don’t Bring Me Down’. There’s even a guest appearance from Oscar-winning actress Jennifer Lawrence. But viewers beware: some of this is painful to watch… but mostly hilarious.


Uploaded: 18 March 2013

St Patrick’s Day craic in Dublin

Colm Flynn braved Dublin’s Temple Bar on St Patrick’s Day to document the revelry for the YouTube audience. Witness Spanish tourists singing ‘The Wild Rover’, a barman pulling three pints of Guinness simultaneously, an Australian’s last-ditch attempt to find his lost love, and a biddy having a rant while some young Dubliners act the maggot. Until next year!


Uploaded: 19 March 2013

Woman gives accurate description of hail storm

Michelle Clark, resident of Brookshire, Texas is destined to become the next Kai the hitchhiker, Sweet Brown, or Antoine Dodson – take your pick – after her ‘accurate’ description of the freak hail storm that hit her hometown earlier this week. At least we know it’s not just us suffering a particularly wintry springtime. Kapooya!


Uploaded: 21 March 2013

Little Buzz prank

YouTube prankster Roman Atwood and his friend Dennis took to Panama City Beach for spring break and asked unsuspecting beach-goers if they fancied catching a little Buzz or playing with their Woody. Little did they know that there wasn’t any NSFW activity afoot. Those tricksters!


Uploaded: 18 March 2013


Gamechangers is a new web series from Stage 5 TV that takes on video game tropes and tests them in the real world. Hosted by Lee Reherman, Michele Boyd and Ryan Welsh, this first episode takes a look at how jet packs work in real life, with time trials, challenges and bonus rounds, plus some comic book history, Mortal Kombat references and paintball guns thrown in for good measure. Future episodes of the series promise a look at how we could combat zombies or take on platform gaming IRL, and viewers can make suggestions for more gaming-in-the-real-world challenges in the comments section.


Uploaded: 21 March 2013

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Elaine Burke is the editor of Silicon Republic