Viral videos of the week: GTA stunt, ping-pong battle and dancing protest

28 Nov 2014

Still from GTA V - First Person Scorcher Tower Wallride [Slayer's Ethos Spot]

This week’s viral videos feature a real smorgasbord of activities, with an epic stunt achieved in GTA, a London underground ping-pong battle and an Iranian girl defies Islamic law by dancing.

About 100 hours of video are uploaded to YouTube every minute, Facebook videos receive more than 1bn views per day, and more than 700 YouTube videos are 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.

GTA V: First-person Scorcher Tower Wallride

A year after it was launched on the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, GTA V made its debut on the next-generation consoles, giving the city of Los Santos a significant graphical upgrade.

And so far, players have been reinvigorated to play the game once again, recording hours upon hours of what they’re getting up to in the sandbox game.

However, while most probably assume that the highlights involve blowing a street of cars up with a rocket launcher, some are a little more creative.

YouTube user VaNilla, for example, has made a name for himself on Reddit with his amazing first-person view of cycling down one of the city’s largest skyscrapers and pulling off a safe landing.

It may be digital, but don’t pretend you’re not wincing as he hurtles down at a blistering speed.

Uploaded: 21 November 2014

How to be a skier

Skiing. Some people love it, some people hate it. As we approach peak skiing season, there will no doubt be thousands of newbie skiers tackling the slopes and putting everyone’s lives in danger.

To help them, in the most tongue-in-cheek way possible, IFHT has produced a step-by-step video on how to be a ‘perfect’ skier.

Uploaded: 26 November 2014

Hunger Games – bad lip read

The Hunger Games series with Jennifer Lawrence is kind of a big deal, and with the recent release of the latest film in the franchise, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1, people are once again cheering on Katniss in the fight against the dystopian state of Panem.

Although in this instance, she doesn’t sound particularly heroic or smart, as the guys from Bad Lip Reading manage to make her and her other on-screen characters say such enlightening statements, such as, “A turkey sandwich is wonderful.”

Uploaded: 27 November 2014

Jennifer Aniston interview prank

Chris Stark has made a name for himself as the most awkward interviewer with some of Hollywood’s biggest stars as they try to answer some of the most out-of-the-box questions they are never likely to get asked again.

One of his most famous cases was interviewing actress Jennifer Aniston during press interviews for the film We’re the Millers, when he presented her with a gift from Watford FC.

More than a year on, he returns to interview Aniston for Horrible Bosses 2, but faces an altogether different experience after being set up by BBC Radio 1’s DJ Scott Mills and Aniston to make it the most awkward interview ever.

Uploaded: 25 November 2014

Epic London Underground ping-pong battle

Sadly, there’s no actual table tennis balls, table tennis table, crowds or, frankly, anything to do with table tennis.

What there is, however, is two guys who are experts at sound effects creating a near-perfect sound of a table-tennis match. After all, imagination is a powerful thing.

Certainly the echoes of the London Underground help to add to the intense imaginary match, as far as we can tell, with seemingly effortless back-and-forth action.

Uploaded: 22 November 2014

Iranian girl dancing on Tehran’s subway!

Keeping with the underground rail theme, a pursuit that is far more dangerous than jumping around an underground station is dancing in an underground train carriage, that is, if you happen to live in Iran.

Under Iranian government law, dancing is forbidden with the ‘Happy in Tehran’ video showing seven men and women dancing to Pharrell Williams’ Happy, all of whom received 91 lashes for the performance.

In this video posted to the Stealthy Freedoms of Iranian Women Facebook page, the un-named woman dances while her passengers pretend not to see her as her hijab falls to her shoulders, something which is also considered inflammatory under Iranian law.

Whoever she is, she is certainly incredibly brave.

Uploaded: 25 November 2014

Sam Gordon kicks ass at pee-wee football

Eleven-year-old Sam Gordon is a bit of a legend online for her regular performances in American football that have been well documented, as she darts through her opponents, both boys and girls, at a speed that leaves them, in many cases, falling over themselves.

While not a newcomer to the online scene, she first made her big break last year that even earned her a spot on Conan but before that she even made a name for herself as a soccer player, getting a chance to train with the women’s national team.

There’s no doubt about it, even at her young age, she is destined to make it big in the world of sport.

Uploaded: 18 November 2014

Group of birds fly simultaneously away

As the old saying goes, birds of a feather flock together. In this case, birds of a flock together to create an illusion that a tree is covered in leaves.

The flock of starlings must number in the hundreds, if not thousands, and one bystander just happens to be filming as the flock get startled and flies off, creating what looks like a biblical event.

Uploaded: 19 November 2014

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Colm Gorey was a senior journalist with Silicon Republic