Viral videos of the week: Mario Kart Winter Olympics, Obama’s Iron Man and a woman slapped by a whale

2 Mar 2014

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We take a look at some of the most-viewed and most-shared videos on the web. This week features Mario Kart speed skating, Obama admitting America is developing Iron Man and a news anchor who has been shot with a shrink ray or is at the end of a cameraperson who has their mind elsewhere.

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.

SOCHI 2014 – Speed Skating Double Dash Final (Mario Kart edition)

It was a sad day when Nintendo announced that Mario Kart for the Wii along with every other fun Nintendo game would cease all online multiplayer gaming in May. Thankfully, timtimfed has seen the future and imagined the future of the Winter Olympics speed skating as a wonderious place where green turtle shells, banana skins and destructive hovering blue shells would make the sport into a Mario Kart that will keep the game going for generations.

Of course the Olympic Committee will never allow it to happen…spoil sports.

 

Uploaded: 22 February 2014

Seth Rogen on Alzheimer’s Disease

By this stage, we are used to seeing Seth Rogen as the stereotypical pot-smoking ‘man-baby’, as he describes himself, but every now and then we see a different side of him.

In this case, he went in front of the American Senate to discuss the treatment of Alzheimer’s Disease in the United States and his own relationship with the disease, something that his mother-in-law is affected by.

In doing so, he manages to have a touching but funny talk about the work his charity, Hilarity for Charity, does.

 

Uploaded: 26 February 2014

Obama admits they’re building Iron Man

Ok, so maybe he wasn’t serious about the US government building Iron Man but President Barack Obama is never one to miss a soundbite. Speaking at an event in the White House for the country’s top scientists and engineers about creating a series of innovation institutes in cities like Chicago and Detroit that he announced in his State of the Union address.

It might not be a million miles from the truth however, as the US has been increasingly investing in robotics and with companies like Google slowly building its own robot army so watch this space.

 

Uploaded: 25 February 2014

Girl gets slapped in the face by a whale

I think little explanation is needed for this one. In one of the few 240p videos left on the internet no doubt, a woman is not expecting a giant sea mammal to high-five them right in the face. As always, putting videos in slow-motion make it even better. Boom! Headshot!

 

Uploaded: 23 February 2014

Felix Bollard – A Serious Man

Have you ever spared a thought for the ‘downtrodden’ homophobes in Ireland? Thought not.

One sketch by RTÉ’s comedy show Republic of Telly looks at one man’s struggle to protest against anti-homophobia with his organisation The Brigadge of Irish Gentlemen Opposed to Tollerance (BIGOT for the less aware out there).

Felix Bollard muses: “I wouldn’t have a problem with a gay man marrying a gay woman, as long as they didn’t have kids because that would make the gay.”

 

Uploaded: 26 February 2014

Camera error on BBC News

‘I have to go now, my planet needs me.’ That’s what Caroline Bilton may as well have looked like as a cameraperson who was obviously more invested in other things decided to ignore his one and only job, keep the camera on the subject.

 

Uploaded: 24 February 2014

World's Fastest: 435.31 km/h Hennessey Venom GT

The Bugatti Veyron has had the crown of the world’s fastest sports car for four years now but an American outfit has decided to better the speed by a whole 5 km/h to a total of 435.31 km/h. Either way, this thing is fast, really fast. For the sake of the driver, earplugs should come as standard.

 

Uploaded: 24 February 2014

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Colm Gorey is a journalist with Siliconrepublic.com

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