Viral videos of the week: BaneCat, The Lion King and 12 Years of JobBridge

6 Apr 2014

Still from 'BaneCat' by Robs Rants on YouTube

We take a look at some of the most-viewed and most-shared videos on the web. This week features a terrifying cat, a musical flight, a JobBridge skit, a Riverdance, and an April Fool’s Day prank.

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.

The Lion King in-flight entertainment

Boarding a plane isn’t a whole lot of craic – that is, unless you’re boarding a flight in Brisbane, Australia and your fellow passengers are the cast of The Lion King’s Australian stage-show. The talented cast serenaded their fellow passengers with a rendition of ‘Circle of Life’, offering an uplifting break from the monotony of baggage loading and safety announcements.


Uploaded: 1 April 2014


Most cat-owners have likely wondered from time-to-time if their kitty is actually the feline embodiment of a supervillain, while this video from YouTube channel Robs Rants video realises this nightmare.


Uploaded: 24 March 2014

12 Years of JobBridge

This skit from RTÉ’s Republic of Telly is a perfect send-up of the Government’s intern-based JobBridge scheme, to the tune of Oscar-winning film 12 Years a Slave. You see where they’re going with this…


Uploaded: 31 March 2014

Australian radio April Fool’s Day prank

Fitzy and Wippa host a breakfast radio show in Sydney, Australia, but their talents don’t end there. For April Fool’s Day, they went to great lengths to set up their bosses and fellow staff members with hidden cameras, a fake resignation and an F-bomb dropped ‘live’ on-air. Watch their bosses run!


Uploaded: 30 March 2014

Irish wedding Riverdance

The reception of the wedding of Rob Wilson and Mairead McCargo has earned its place in viral video history thanks to Wilson’s rounding up of every male in the room for an unforgettable Riverdance. The group looks unlikely to impress at first, but their flailing feet in formation is genuinely a sight to behold.


Uploaded: 1 April 2014

Sky GAA: believe in sliotar

Following the announcement that Sky has secured rights to screen GAA coverage, Today FM’s Gift Grub imagined what the British broadcaster’s take on the Irish games would be like. Then someone graciously mashed up that audio with footage of Jeff Stelling, Paul Merson and Phil Thompson to give us something to look (and laugh) at.


Uploaded: 1 April 2014

Gravity: exclusive alternate scene

What really caused all the trouble in Gravity and who really saved the day? This alternate scene explains everything.


Uploaded: 1 April 2014

English is crazy!

Two months ago, the clever folks behind AsapSCIENCE created a new channel called AsapTHOUGHT with creations such as this video on the English language, which will point out so many discrepancies and inconsistencies it will make your head spin!


Uploaded: 1 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.