Viral videos of the week: Grandma Drummer, robot gymnast and a tiny high five

21 Jul 2013

Still from 'Grandma Drummer' by The Coalition Drum Shop on YouTube

We take a look at some of the most-viewed and most-shared videos on the web. This week features game reviews with a spicy twist, a robot gymnast, a dancing wrestler, a thirsty dog, an Irish Superman, a high-fiving bumble bee, and an old lady killing it on drums.

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.

Hot Pepper Game Reviews

In this video, Jared from Hot Petter Gaming attempts to give us an in-depth game review of High Moon Studios’ Deadpool right after ingesting a habanero pepper, which ranks an eye-watering 100,000–350,000 on the Scoville scale (for comparison, the humble jalapeño ranks 2,500 – 10,000). This is the first upload from Hot Pepper Gaming, and we look forward to more.


Uploaded: 15 July 2013

Grandma Drummer

Workers in the Coalition Drum Shop in Wisconsin, US were surprised to discover this talented old lady rocking out on one of their display drum kits. After this video of the mysterious ‘Grandma Drummer’ went viral, local news station WXOW News 19 discovered the woman’s name is Mary Hvida and that she used to drum in a band but no longer has a drum kit of her own so pops into the music store every now and again to bash her skills out on one of theirs.


Uploaded: 18 July 2013

Quadruple backflip

Watch as this robot gymnast does a perfect quadruple backflip from the horizontal bars. Are you thinking what I’m thinking? Robot Olympics. Make it happen.


Uploaded: 15 July 2013

Wrestling victory dance

This is just your average, run-of-the-mill Greco-Roman wrestling bout at the 27th Summer Universiade (also known as the World University Games) in Kazan, Russia until Azerbaijan’s Rasul Chunayev wins the gold medal and celebrates with a unique victory dance. Looks like Russia’s Islambek Albiev just got served.


Uploaded: 15 July 2013

Watering the roses with Malibu

With a sweltering weekend in Ireland coming to a close, we can empathise with Malibu, this thirsty German shorthaired pointer. If we had an owner watering the roses right now, we’d do the same. We probably won’t need to, though, as the state of absolute drought we’re in is set to end with a few showers today.


Uploaded: 15 July 2013

Superman can’t find motorway

We’re not quite sure how these lads pulled this one off, but we’re certainly happy that they uploaded video evidence to YouTube when they did. This Irish Superman demonstrates one of the Man of Steel’s many superior qualities: he can ask for directions.


Uploaded: 11 July 2013

Bumble bee gives a high five

This bumble bro certainly won’t leave you hanging. You have to see it to believe it.


Uploaded: 7 July 2013

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Elaine Burke is the editor of Silicon Republic