Viral videos of the week: Goalkeeping dog, shark attack and honest Lion King

15 Jun 2014

We take a look at some of the most-viewed and most-shared videos on the web. This week features a skilled dog goalkeeper, an Australian man capturing a near-shark attack, and the real story of the Lion King.

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.

Purin the Super Beagle  – goalkeeping dog

While not exactly favourites for the World Cup, Japan could probably do with the help of the rather adorable Purin the ‘Super Beagle’ who appears to have been training to be at least the best dog goalkeeper around.

While your average dog is used to dribbling all over the place, Purin manages to dribble his way with the ball as well and nods it into the back of the net, even attempting what looks like feints along the way. I wonder does he have any Irish blood in him?


Uploaded: 09 June 2014

World Cup – Foot 2014 (Rémi Gaillard)

Mind you, humans can still do their fair share of tricks too. Step forward Remi Gillard, the infamous Frenchman who when not pretending to be a speed camera can be found attempting outrageous trick shots such as his latest video released prior to the World Cup.

Remi manages 32 different tricks representing each country at the World Cup.


Uploaded: 06 June 2014

GoPro: Man Fights Off Great White Shark In Sydney Harbour

Safe to say the only dangerous thing in the sea you’re likely to comes across of the coast of Dublin is an adventurous jellyfish but if you decide to go for a dip in the sea off Australia’s largest city, be prepared to come face-to-face with something with a bit more bite.

With his GoPro camera, this Australian diver came across a great white shark and was lucky to get away with his life .


Uploaded: 11 June 2014

Richard Dunn – All By Myself

You’re stuck in Las Vegas airport for the night, there’s no one around and you’re bored senseless. So what do you do?

Film a music video describing your loneliness through the music of Celine Dion, of course.


Uploaded: 09 June 2014

Realistic Mortal Combat

There’s always a party pooper who takes the fun out of things. In this case, Pete Holmes has created an animation pointing out the physical limitations of ripping someone’s head off with one hand through the ultra-violent classic fighting game, Mortal Kombat.

However, he does suggest a much more fun way to go about it…


Uploaded: 11 June 2014

Honest Trailers – The Lion King (feat. AVbyte)

Once again, the guys behind the ‘honest’ trailers to some of our most cherished films have picked apart a childhood classic and managed to find some seriously dark and hilarious moments in the Lion King.

Sometimes you have to wonder how Disney allows some of its material into universally rated movies, but the Screen Junkies make a good point, Simba is a walking disaster that needs to be stopped!


Uploaded: 10 June 2014

Volkswagen – Eyes on the road

Despite the fact people have been warned countless times about the dangers of driving with your eyes on the mobile phone, many people still can’t help themselves from taking it out on the commute home.

This advert that was screened to people is a brilliant way to get the message home and, without spoiling it, begs a follow-up question as to how easy it is to send group messages to people in a room.


Uploaded: 06 June 2014

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Colm Gorey was a senior journalist with Silicon Republic