Viral videos of the week: Garth Brooks, Taylor Swift and strange words from NFL stars

2 Feb 2014

Still from '"MORE NFL" -- A Bad Lip Reading of The NFL' by Bad Lip Reading on YouTube

We take a look at some of the most-viewed and most-shared videos on the web. This week features another Super Bowl lip reading, a catch-up for Garth Brooks, a ninja at the Grammys, a melodious ticket barrier and a face-to-face conference call.

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.

Another bad lip reading of the NFL

Super Bowl Sunday is here, but before the Seattle Seahawks take on the Denver Broncos in the 48th NFL championship decider, Bad Lip Reading offers up some pre-game entertainment in the form of a second round of hilarious dubs of the American football stars.


Uploaded: 24 January 2014

Budweiser’s Super Bowl XLVIII commercial

The entertainment bonanza that is the Super Bowl is made up of three core elements: the game itself, the inevitably overblown half-time show, and the advertisements. Super Bowl ads are meant to be the cream of the crop and already tipped to be a winner is this one from Budweiser, called ‘Puppy Love’. Over 23m viewers have already cooed over these ‘best buds’ even before the ad’s TV debut.


Uploaded: 29 January 2014

Gift Grub meets Garth Brooks

This week, Garth Brooks fans in their droves camped out and queued up to get tickets for their idol’s first gig on these shores in two decades. In this Gift Grub skit, Ireland’s political elite welcome the country crooner back to Ireland and fill him in on all he missed in those 20 years.


Uploaded: 21 January 2014

Taylor Swift attacked at the Grammys

Even if you watched the 2014 Grammy Awards attentively last weekend, you may have missed this attack on pop star Taylor Swift during her performance. Watch closely, as this video reveals the ninja assassin at work.

Update, 3 February, 10.27am: The original video has since been removed from YouTube for copyright reasons, but duplicates are available here and here – at least for now!


Uploaded: 27 January 2014

Jubilee line ticket barrier sings ‘Song 2’

Tipped for an appearance at next year’s Grammy Awards is the Jubilee line ticket barrier, a breakaway solo act from the famous London Underground which has gained YouTube fame with this cover of a well-known Blur track.


Uploaded: 28 January 2014

A conference call in real life

Next time you’re stuck on a frustrating conference call, try to imagine what it would be like if the situation was playing out face-to-face with your fellow callers. It won’t improve the quality of your call, but it will give you a few giggles.


Uploaded: 22 January 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.