Viral videos of the week: Jeff Goldblum charms, David Cameron raps, and zombies talk

4 Oct 2014

Still from 'Enhance Your Lighting - GE Commercial' by General Electric on YouTube

We take a look at some of the most-viewed and most-shared videos on the web. This week features Jeff Goldblum’s lighting secrets, David Cameron’s rap skills, kitten assassins and the talking dead.

About 100 hours of video are uploaded to YouTube every minute, Facebook videos see over 1bn views per 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.

Enhance your lighting with Jeff Goldblum

Actor Jeff Goldblum is well-known as a smooth and debonair character, but it turns out his suave ways and enduring good looks are all down to great lighting. In this hilarious and over-the-top guise, we completely forgive the great Goldblum for becoming a shill for General Electric.

Uploaded: 29 September 2014

Cameron’s conference rap

Cassetteboy’s YouTube channel is populated with videos of prominent figures singing unexpected songs courtesy of some editing trickery. This send-up of David Cameron is surely his finest hour, though, as the crafty editor has the UK Prime Minister rapping about conservative values, and he even manages to cut in a swear or two.

Uploaded: 1 October 2014

Kirsten Dunst stars in short film about selfie culture

Matthew Frost’s short with actress Kirsten Dunst taking the lead is a witty observation of the strange nature of ‘selfie culture’ and the modern-day obsession with online media, even at the expense of offline interaction.

Uploaded: 22 September 2014

Assassin’s kittens

Beware: the following video of kittens role-playing Assassin’s Creed Unity, the yet-to-be released instalment in the Ubisoft video game series, might just send you into cute overload.

Uploaded: 26 September 2014

More walking and talking dead

Bad Lip Reading – a favourite of the viral videos countdown – is getting in ahead of the fifth season of The Walking Dead with more wacky words put into the mouths of zombies and a surprise hip-hop turn from young Carl Grimes. (Warning, spoiler-avoiders: this video contains footage from season four throughout.)

Uploaded: 25 September 2014

Irish people taste American snacks

We’ve already watched Americans struggle to gobble down black pudding, smokey bacon Tayto, Cadbury’s Turkish delight and other Irish delectables, so now it’s our turn to sample some Stateside fare and be brutally honest about it.

Uploaded: 23 September 2014

Introducing ‘Bend’ for the Apple iPhone 6 Plus

The best bit about this video is not that it that it turns Apple’s own marketing style against it while poking fun at the bend-ability of the iPhone 6 Plus. It’s that one of the YouTube commenters took the trouble to emphatically point out that this questionable structural integrity is not an intended feature, and even throws in a line about child safety. Either this person has no funny bone or has reached internet trolling level ‘expert’.

YouTube comments on 'Introducing 'Bend' for the iPhone 6 Plus'

Uploaded: 24 September 2014

Dog thinks terrace door is closed

Finally, we leave you with this confused canine. Sure, plenty of humans have walked into glass doors they believed to be open, so let’s not question how a dog might mistake a clear opening for a glass obstruction. We won’t question it, but we will laugh.

Uploaded: 27 September 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.