Viral videos of the week, starring Mario, Irish parents, and a good reason for power naps

29 Jul 2012

We take a look at some of the most-viewed and most-shared videos on the web. This week features the power of napping on the job, a stop-motion Mario adventure, your parents’ most-used phrases, a Gotye parody to end all Gotye parodies, and some bears in an unexpected situation.

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.

The scientific power of naps

Been caught sleeping on the job? Just show your boss this video and he or she will learn how to appreciate the power of napping. Perhaps you’ll even convince your company to invest in a Nap Salon – now wouldn’t that be a dream come true?


Uploaded: 24 July 2012

Mario – Post It life

Mario goes on a sticky, but not too sticky, adventure as a stop-motion Post It note creation, with special guest stars Pacman and some Tetris blocks.


Uploaded: 23 July 2012

101 things Irish parents say

This one may have passed under our radar since its upload in June, but it’s been doing the rounds on many a Facebook account this week. Uploader tropperstopper captures Irish parents to a T with phrases we’ve heard all too often, like ‘I will in my eye’, ‘Sure this is it’, and ‘As soon as Glenroe is over it’s straight up.’


Uploaded: 16 June 2012

Some Music That I Used to Love

What’s better than making a YouTube video parody? Making the parody that calls a stop to all other parodies, that’s what. Gotye’s delightful yet earwormy song ‘Somebody That I Used to Know’ has been everywhere since its release last year, and comedian Eric Schwartz, AKA Smooth-E, has had enough. He may have loved the song on its initial release, but now that his granny has it as her ringtone, he thinks it’s time to call it off – YouTube-style (and with a shout out to Carly Rae Jepsen to boot).


Uploaded: 23 July 2012


There’s little we can say about this video without spoiling the happy ending. Let’s just say it involves a ladder and some bears – just watch.


Uploaded: 25 July 2012

Elaine Burke is the editor of Silicon Republic