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
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’.
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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