Viral videos of the week: Christopher Walken, 3-second shrimp and Barry the Pug

5 Dec 2014

Still from 'Barry the Pug in the tub' by David Stanton via YouTube

This week in viral videos, we’ve been watching shrimp get cooked in three seconds, dangerous moustache-removal methods, a pug in a tub, a singing bulldog and Christopher Walken in the air.

About 100 hours of video are uploaded to YouTube every minute, Facebook videos see over 1bn views per 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 most-viewed and most-shared videos on the web.

3-second cooking: detonation velocity fried shrimp

Let’s kick off this week’s countdown with a quickfire cooking lesson – emphasis on the words ‘quick’ and ‘fire’. This meal-making method brought to you by Japanese mobile telco NTT DoCoMo is intended to promote the network’s fast LTE data speeds by demonstrating how shrimp can be cooked in the blink of an eye. Remember: it’s flour, egg, breadcrumbs, scorch, then the airbag.

Uploaded: 28 November 2014

How to remove your moustache

Movember is over, Mo Bros, and it’s time for a shave. As YouTuber Mehdi Sadaghdar puts it, “I’m done growing my Movember,” which in his case left him looking like a cross between Saddam Hussein and Freddie Mercury. However, the methods chosen by Mehdi to remove his mo’ – wax, a homemade taser, a kitchen knife and burning lighter fluid – are not advisable for most humans. In short: don’t try this at home.

Uploaded: 1 December 2014

The Snowman – ‘Walken in the Air’

Yes, The Snowman is a Christmas classic, but why be walking in the air when you could be Christopher Walken in the air? Eh?

Uploaded: 19 November 2014

DJ Earworm mash-up: ‘United State of Pop 2014’ (Do What You Wanna Do)

The year is almost out and the round-ups and look-backs have already begun. First to the post in the viral videos countdown is this mash-up of 2014’s pop hits from DJ Earworm. The hook comes from Maroon 5’s ‘Animals’, bringing us the track title’s ‘Do What You Wanna Do’, but all the big hitters are accounted for, from Meghan Trainor to Taylor Swift with a detour through Frozen’s ‘Let It Go’. There’s even a shout-out to Irish superstar Hozier. Amen.

Uploaded: 3 December 2014

Never lose a fantasy football bet…

… because if you do, like YouTuber Chuck Jose, you may have a forfeit to fulfill. Such as a shot-for-shot remake of Sia’s ‘Chandelier’ music video. Though, really, Chuck should be grateful for the opportunity to showcase his dance skills. The man delivers.

Uploaded: 1 December 2014

Barry the Pug in the tub

Bathing a pet isn’t always easy, but Barry the Pug understands the relaxing glory of a good shower and a soothing shampoo massage – and he just loves it. Look at that leg go!

Uploaded: 20 November 2014

‘You Raise Me Up’ with Junior

From Barry the Pug to Junior the Bulldog, dogs are our viral video countdown’s best friend this week. Junior seems to love Westlife like Barry loves showers, and Facebook viewers seem to love his rendition of ‘You Raise Me Up’, which is approaching 1m shares on the social network. I wonder does he sing ‘Let It Go’ in the shower?


Uploaded: 29 November 2014

When you’re drunk and trying to get someone’s attention

More animal fun from this evil-eyed owl, who will become representative of many now that the festive season has officially begun.


Uploaded: 25 November 2014

Stephanie Roche goal: FIFA Puskás Award 2014 finalist

Also trending on YouTube this week is Stephanie Roche’s viral wondergoal, which has been shortlisted as one of just three finalists for FIFA’s Puskás Award, along with World Cup goals from Robin Van Persie and James Rodriguez. With enough votes, Roche could become the first woman ever to receive the honour.

Uploaded: 1 December 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.