Viral videos of the week: a Mortal Kombat chef, a caught-out cat and a reaction to twerking

1 Sep 2013

We take a look at some of the most-viewed and most-shared videos on the web. This week features spoilers, a guilty cat, a dodgy trophy, Mortal Kombat-style food preparation, Breaking Bad stars reacting to Miley Cyrus’ twerking and a short film that might make you question how you use your phone.

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.

Hank and Marie watch the VMAs

Future Human

You may have noticed just a smattering of chat about Miley Cyrus’ performance at the MTV Video Music Awards populating the internet this week. Here, we can see how Breaking Bad characters Hank and Marie Schrader reacted to the act that put ‘twerking’ in everyone’s vocabulary. Beware: the clip involves a scene from the recent episodes of Breaking Bad so, if you’re not up to speed, beware of spoilers.


Uploaded: 26 August 2013

Dean Norris Spoils Everything Else

Speaking of spoilers, Hank (or actor Dean Norris, rather) is back to ensure that there’s nothing to distract us from enjoying the final episodes of Breaking Bad by spoiling everything else: TV, film and real life. It’s two and a half minutes of spoiler-ridden viewing (and some NSFW language). Watch if you dare.


Uploaded: 23 August 2013

Mortal Kombat shawarma

This shawarma chef blends his passion for preparing food with skills no doubt learned from years of playing Mortal Kombat. Watch as he dishes out fillings at a speed that’s almost too quick to be believed.


Uploaded: 26 August 2013


If the old adage is to be believed, cats are curious creatures and this sometimes leads to trouble. This fluffy feline was caught in the act of snooping and he knows he’s done wrong. Have you ever seen a kitty more consumed with guilt?


Uploaded: 23 August 2013

Ronnie O’Sullivan breaks trophy

Considered by many to be the best snooker player around, Ronnie O’Sullivan should be used to handling trophies at this point. However, he got a bit of surprise when he went to lift his award for the 2013 Paul Hunter Classic.


Uploaded: 25 August 2013

I Forgot My Phone

This simple short written by and starring Charlene deGuzman holds a mirror up to digital-age lifestyles and our obsession with a particular possession. No words or narrative guidance is needed; the scenes directed by Miles Crawford say it all. The two-minute video has certainly struck a chord, too, as it has been the most-shared video on social media this week with over 13m views at the time of writing.


Uploaded: 22 August 2013

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Elaine Burke is the editor of Silicon Republic