Viral videos of the week: more Wrecking Ball parodies, Bohemian Gravity and Bill Nye The Science Guy

22 Sep 2013

Bill Nye 'The Science Guy' on Dancing with the Stars

We take a look at some of the most-viewed and most-shared videos on the web. This week features Bill Nye cutting a rug on Dancing with the Stars, a newsreader stuck in the past, a string theory sing-song, and a medley of Miley Cyrus parodies.

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.

Bohemian Gravity

Tim Blais is the sole member of musical act A Capella Science and, in this video, he explains string theory in incredible harmonic style – with a special appearance from Puppet Einstein. Let’s thank Canada for changing its copyright laws to make this track available on iTunes for all your geek karaoke needs.


Uploaded: 16 September 2013

‘Wrecking Ball’ – kitten edition

Last week we brought you Nicolas Cage in place of Miley Cyrus in her ‘Wrekcking Ball’ music video, this week we bring you a furry friend. Technically, this video is a Vine, and so there’s a seven-second limit. Still, it’s brief but brilliant.


Uploaded: 17 September 2013

Greg James does ‘Wrecking Ball’

Significantly less cute and more horrific is Greg James from BBC Radio 1’s attempt at recreating Miley’s now infamous video. Like the original, it’s difficult to watch as James swings on a wrecking ball with nothing but a sock to hide his modesty.


Uploaded: 13 September 2013

Two Irish guys watch ‘Wrecking Ball’

As you may have guessed by now, ‘Wrecking Ball’ is like the Harlem Shake or ‘Call Me Maybe’ of its day, and there’s just no escaping the parodies and piggybackers. If you’re still unfamiliar with the original video, we recommend watching along with the guys from Final Boss Media as they try to make sense of it all (with a small dose of NSFW language).


Uploaded: 13 September 2013

Bill Nye ‘The Science Guy’ on Dancing with The Stars

Best known for a children’s TV show focused on science, Bill Nye ‘The Science Guy’ has signed up for Dancing with the Stars – America’s version of Strictly Come Dancing. Not only is Nye a natural on the dancefloor, he also has an incredibly passionate online fanbase, making him a highly likely winner of the celebrity competition despite scoring just 14 out of a possible 30. For us, anyone dancing the cha cha to the tune of ‘Weird Science’ deserves top marks.


Uploaded: 16 September 2013

BBC newsreader goes old school

In today’s fast-paced technologically minded newsroom, we’ve become accustomed to seeing newsreaders using the latest gadgets to walk us through the headlines of the day. Only on this occasion, the BBC’s Simon McCoy seems to have mistaken a ream of copier paper for an iPad. How embarrassing.


Uploaded: 18 September 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.