Viral videos of the week: a scared kitty, men in labour and the internet of toys

19 May 2013

Still from 'Neosignal - Planet Online (Official Video)' by UKFMusic on YouTube

We take a look at some of the most-viewed and most-shared videos on the web. This week’s selection features Facebook in real life, an autocue prank, an easily spooked cat, a surprise encounter between a deer and a bus, two men undergoing labour pains, and the internet as toys.

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.

A Facebook update in real life

You know when Facebook up and changes everything on you one day and you just have to get used to it even though it’s terribly annoying and you already liked things as they were? Well, imagine what it would be like if Facebook could do that to your life offline. Bloody nightmare.


Uploaded: 11 May 2013

Australian reporter is pranked

Anchorman has taught us many things, but first and foremost is how to prank a newsreader. This Australian reporter fell for the old reading-anything-that’s-on-the-autocue trick while covering Chelsea FC’s Europa League title win in Amsterdam earlier this week.


Uploaded: 15 May 2013

Neosignal – Planet Online

This music video for ‘Neosignal’s ‘Planet Online’ imagines what it would be like if the internet was actually a range of children’s toys. Though the video delves into the seedier side of the world-wide web towards the end (not suitable for younger viewers), I’d be lying if I said I didn’t want a go of that Grumpy Cat racing game.


Uploaded: 15 May 2013

Deer Fare

Driving through Johnstown, Pennsylvania on Tuesday evening this CamTran bus driver picked up an unexpected guest when a white-tailed deer came smashing through the front windscreen. The driver – keeping exceptionally calm – slowed to a stop and opened the bus doors to let the joyriding deer loose and, reportedly, it walked away unscathed.


Uploaded: 15 May 2013

Scared kitten goes crazy!

From one alarmed animal to another. This little kitty was so interested in one lizard that he completely forgot about the other scaly lad next to him. But the reptile wasn’t to be ignored for long!


Uploaded: 7 May 2013

Labour pain simulation

To mark Mother’s Day in the US last Sunday, two rather foolhardy gentlemen thought it would be wise to test women’s ‘exaggerated’ claims of the pain experienced during childbirth. This Vimeo upload clocked up over 1m views in less than a week as eager viewers tuned in to watch them squirm.


Uploaded: 10 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.