Viral videos of the week: Irish students, Emma Stone, and a hungry hamster

4 May 2014

Still from 'Tiny Hamsters Eating Tiny Burritos - Episode 1' by HelloDenizen via YouTube

We take a look at some of the most-viewed and most-shared videos on the web. This week features a hamster eating miniature Mexican food, a wedding surprise, Irish student life, Emma Stone’s magnificent mimickry and more.

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.

Tiny hamsters eating tiny burritos

Episode 1 of HelloDenizen’s ‘Tiny Hamsters Eating Tiny Burritos’ delivers exactly what you’re expecting, and we can’t wait for more. This is the best appearance by a hamster on YouTube since Hamster on a Piano.


Uploaded: 29 April 2014

Living with lag

Swedish fibre broadband provider Umeå Energi set up this Oculus Rift experiment so that four volunteers could experience the internet’s biggest disturbance in real life. Suffice it to say, living with lag would be near-impossible.


Uploaded: 27 April 2014

Bill O’Herlihy and the RTÉ panel’s surprise message

Broadcaster Bill O’Herlihy has led the football analysis A-team of John Giles, Liam Brady and Eamon Dunphy on RTÉ for years, but the veterans can provide expertise on more than just the beautiful game. In this clip, they were called upon to judge the prospects of a marital union between Julie-Ann and David.


Uploaded: 27 April 2014

Every Irish student ever

Perhaps the most reassuring thing about DCU Media Production Society’s video montage of student life is that not much has changed. Irish students are still broke, irresponsible and terrible cooks – although these days they have Wi-Fi (in that one corner of the dorm).


Uploaded: 1 May 2014

Harry Potter vs Star Wars

YouTubers RackaRacka describe themselves as ‘wannabe film-makers on a rampage’, and these wannabes have proved their skills with this fight scene mash-up of the beloved Harry Potter and Star Wars film franchises, which has already seen over 6m views.


Uploaded: 28 April 2014

Lip sync battle with Emma Stone

US chat show presenter Jimmy Fallon’s lip sync battles have quickly become the stuff of YouTube legend and, in this instalment, Spider-Man star Emma Stone plays a stormer taking on lightning-fast lyrics from Blues Traveler, DJ Khaled and Ludacris. She might as well have ended by dropping the mic and strutting out.


Uploaded: 28 April 2014

Baby booty bump

We end with this important public message addressing the dangers of practising your twerk in the presence of a toddler.


Uploaded: 28 April 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.