Viral videos: Justin Bieber drums and Russian man surfs a train

4 Sep 2015

This week in viral videos, Justin Bieber takes a step back to his youth to engage in a bit of drum noodling, while a Russian man decides it’s a good idea to jump on top of a metro train and surf it.

Justin Bieber still the little drummer boy

Little Bieber, pa rum pum pum pum. I am a poor Bieber, pa rum pum pum pum. I have no gift to bring, pa rum pum pum pum. That’s fit to give to Fallon, pa rum pum pum pum, pum pum pum pum, pum pum pum pum.

Shall I play for you, pa rum pum pum pum, on my drum? Then Fallon smiled at me, pa rum pum pum pum. Me and my drum.

Uploaded: 03 September 2015

Can a soap dispenser be racist?

With so many race relations issues continuing to bubble up to the surface of American life, one man on YouTube asked the question that everyone was asking: Can a soap dispenser be racist?

The man in question, using the name Teej Meister, happened to be staying in a hotel in Atlanta, Georgia, when he noticed that, as he put his hand under a soap dispenser with an automatic sensor, it wouldn’t activate.

While this in itself isn’t that strange, it is rather odd that Teej, who is black, couldn’t get it to work but his white friend, Larry, could get all the soap he wanted.

He did this experiment not only once, but twice, to prove to those online that it wasn’t a trick. The experience prompted him to create the hashtag, #cleanhandsmatter. Too right.

Uploaded: 02 September 2015

Russian man surfs a train

Train surfing sounds like a great idea. After all, Steven Seagal did it in Under Siege 2. But one place it might not be a good idea to climb on top of a train and ride it like you would a surfboard is Russia.

Well, one man with very little sense, but a whole lot of moxie, decided to do just that.

Calling himself Pasha Bumchik, the 18-year-old said he just loves to ride the roof of the subway car.

Climbing illegally over some poorly-barbed barbed wire fences, Pasha times it just right to get from riding on the subway to jumping on top of it, for what proves to be a pretty impressive feat.

Uploaded: 29 August 2015

Donald Trump likes saying China

While Kanye West feels that he’s the man for the job, announcing that he plans to run for president in 2020, billionaire Donald Trump is busy trying to get himself elected in 2016.

But, while the man has gotten a lot of criticism for his attitudes to migrants, Trump seems to have a soft spot for the US’s biggest competitor in the superpower stakes – China.

And now, the Huffington Post has realised he says China a lot. Behold, Trump in all his China-loving glory.

For bonus China-saying Trump, watch the video in double-time.

Uploaded: 28 August 2015

Duck army

Waddle you get a look at this. Coming from Charlie Murphy on Vine this week is the terrifying sound of a united duck army, hell-bent on overtaking the world with their call.

One squeezy duck toy is bad enough, but in symphony their scream shouldn’t be wished upon your worse enemy.

Either way, it’s fantastic, and has spurred on a host of different remixes including this particular peach, starring none other than Taylor Swift.

I knew you were trouble when you walked in, duck army.

Uploaded: 30 August 2015

Halo 5 opening cinematic

Well, it’s finally here – Halo 5 in all its glorious, colourful beauty. The gaming franchise is getting its first dedicated game on the Xbox One after the previous launch of the Halo: Masterchief Collection.

The cinematic trailer launch shows the group players will end up on receiving UNSC orders to recover a high-value target and deploy to take on Covenant and Promethean forces.

Though the plot seems incidental when there are so many cool explosions and laser beams flying around.

Gamers might want to take a look at this.

Uploaded: 31 August 2015

Buy Confederate Flags from a Black Guy

As far as entrepreneurial spirit goes, this start-up by AJ Hall is certainly up there for knowing when to distinguish right from making a quick buck.

Given that the Confederate flag is now being criticised as the banner for white supremacy in the south of the US, AJ saw an opportunity, as a black man, to sell Confederate flags to those who still want them.

While obviously a tounge-in-cheek enterprise, is a real website where you can buy a Confederate flag from AJ, with a signed photo of him, for US$69.99.

It can’t be racist to buy a Confederate flag from a black guy, right? Right?

Uploaded: 31 August 2015

Blue whale interrupts live broadcast

In what was a fantastic piece of reporting, the BBC’s Steve Backshall had to interrupt an interview to announce that they were about to get up close to a blue whale, a rarity even for veteran whale watchers.

The mammal, which is the largest ever seen on Earth all through history, was caught on camera from a nearby helicopter, showing it as it reached the surface to breathe in air.

Steve rather excitedly goes into a monologue, not only giving insight into the life of the blue whale, but also rather touching comments on why we should ensure these majestic animals don’t die out.

Kudos to you, Steve.

Uploaded: 30 August 2015

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Justin Bieber image via Shutterstock

Colm Gorey was a senior journalist with Silicon Republic