Viral videos of the week: an unexplained ghost car and 21st-century kids with a Walkman

20 Apr 2014

Still from 'KIDS REACT TO WALKMANS (Portable Cassette Players)' by TheFineBros on YouTube

We take a look at some of the most-viewed and most-shared videos on the web. This week features a witty air steward, kids baffled by a Walkman, an alternative ending for Frozen, a ghost car, a surprising salsa and more.

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.

Hilarious SWA flight attendant

I’m sure that doling out the safety instructions at the start of every flight is as dull for the air stewards as it is for the passengers listening in. But this witty steward has a unique take that gains the entire aircraft’s attention – and their applause!


Uploaded: 12 April 2014

Kids react to Walkmans

Kids today know nothing of the world of cassette tapes of yore, and as much is proved when these youngsters are baffled by a Sony Walkman – once the must-have gadget of its time. Oh, the injustice of having to place a physical cassette in a player and having to fast-forward and rewind to scan songs – nay, the inhumanity!


Uploaded: 13 April 2014

Paddy and Nico’s spectacular salsa

Britain’s Got Talent is back on our screens and the show is known to turn up a choice YouTube clip or two, particularly from the auditions round. Sometimes the talent being showcased is strange, sometimes it’s surprising – the latter being the case for Paddy, a near-80-year-old grandmother, who performed a salsa dance with her instructor, Nico. The dance might be slow to start but, trust me, watch to the end and you’ll feel invigorated (and more than a little bit jealous of granny’s gams).


Uploaded: 12 April 2014

A tour of the British Isles in accents

This whistle-stop tour of Britain and Ireland demonstrates the many and varied takes on the English language that peppers these five countries, demonstrated with vocal dexterity by dialect coach Andrew Jack.


Uploaded: 2 April 2014

Kicked in the head by a train

A more traditional way to travel the UK and Ireland would be by train – just don’t stand too close to the tracks or a wayward foot might clobber you.


Uploaded: 15 April 2014

How Frozen should have ended

The following viral video comes with a mild Frozen spoiler alert, starting with the fact that this movie’s biggest problems could have been solved from the beginning if Elsa’s parents had taught their daughter to think of her powers as a gift, not a curse. Of course, there’s another movie franchise that can help in that endeavour…


Uploaded: 14 April 2014

Russian ghost car

Dashboard videos are probably growing to become one of Russia’s greatest exports and this one has clocked up over 300,000 views in four days as viewers try to figure out where in God’s name that car came from. This GIF tries to explain the car’s origins, but I’d still like to put in a call to Peter Venkman.


Uploaded: 16 April 2014

The futility of existence

We end this week’s viral round-up on a more sombre note, with a video that truly poses the hard questions of life: why are we here? What’s the meaning of it all? How do you overcome this damned gate?


Uploaded: 12 April 2014

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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.