Viral videos of the week: Flappy Bird cheats, Russian daredevils and Dale Hansen

16 Feb 2014

Still from 'Dale Hansen Unplugged: Celebrating our differences' by MyDailyWorldNews on YouTube

We take a look at some of the most-viewed and most-shared videos on the web. This week features the trick to defeating Flappy Bird, sports broadcaster Dale Hansen’s support for Michael Sam and cameras both scaling to and falling from great heights.

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.

How to beat Flappy Bird

If you’re lucky enough to still have the now-discontinued Flappy Bird app on your smartphone (or, indeed, are hooked on one of its many imitators) then this video can show you how to be a tap-happy expert. Over 12m viewers have watched and learned because, truly, this gamer’s method is flawless.


Uploaded: 4 February 2014

Celebrities read mean tweets

It’s about time for another round of Jimmy Kimmel’s Celebrities Read Mean Tweets, which, is exactly what the title suggests. This particular instalment features top celebrities such as Oscar winners George Clooney and Cate Blanchett, cult hero Bill Murray, plus a special appearance from Matt Damon.


Uploaded: 6 February 2014

Dramatic goal celebration

Not since Lemony Snicket has there been such a series of unfortunate events as this. In a match between Italian teams Ponticelli and Riolo Terme, an amateur footballer capitalises on a goalkeeper’s fumble and what follows is a rampant celebration, which went unappreciated by the referee.


Uploaded: 10 February 2014

Camera falls from aeroplane into pig pen

It may be hard to believe but, according to reports, this video is a true depiction of a hardy GoPro camera falling from a skydiver’s helmet into a pig sty below, where a curious swine gives it an aul’ snuffle. At over 6m views, I bet the GoPro marketing team are gutted they didn’t come up with it themselves.


Uploaded: 9 February 2014

Scaling Shanghai Tower

The as-yet unfinished Shanghai Tower will stand 632m high when it opens to the public next year, making it the second-tallest building in the world. So, of course, these two Russian daredevils – Vadim Makhorov and Vitaliy Raskalov – decided to sneak in there and climb to the top. Not only does this video allow you to see from great heights, the fish-eye effect also lends it that authentic dizzy feeling.


Uploaded: 12 February 2014

Dale Hansen celebrates differences

American footballer Michael Sam – described here as “the best defensive player in college football’s best conference” – recently came out publicly as gay, which could make him the first-ever openly gay player in the NFL if selected in the 2014 draft. Sam confessed he knew this revelation could cause problems for his career, which he said have already started, prompting sports broadcaster Dale Hansen to rightly question an institution that forgives all manner of misdeeds, but cannot accept someone because of who they love.


Uploaded: 10 February 2014

Skimbles the cat fails at jumping

Ending things on a lighter note, Skimbles the cat was caught on camera simply giving up mid-air. It’s a unique case of momentum being defeated by ineptitude.


Uploaded: 12 February 2014

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Elaine Burke is the editor of Silicon Republic