Viral videos of the week: OK Go, Breaking Bad Mr Men and an explosive experiment

22 Jun 2014

Still from 'Breaking Bad Mr Men' by eagerbeaverfilms on YouTube

We take a look at some of the most-viewed and most-shared videos on the web. This week features another great music video from OK Go, a Coke and Mentos-fuelled explosion, Breaking Bad getting a very British make-over 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.

Breaking Bad Mr Men

Rightfully dedicated to the genius of Misters Roger Hargreaves and Vince Gilligan, this twee retelling of Breaking Bad in the style of Mr Men follows Mr White on his adventures in Drugland (and is definitely not suitable for children).


Uploaded: 17 June 2014

Mentos suit and a Diet Coke dunk tank

Originally shared on Vine (hence the brevity), this clip gives you a taste of what happens when you take the classic Mentos-plus-Diet-Coke experiment and scale that up to 11. Serving as a teaser for upcoming series Epic Meal Empire, all you need is seven seconds to know that a man in a Mentos-covered suit dropped into a tank of the famous fizzy beverage will have explosive results.


Uploaded: 18 June 2014

OK Go – The Writing’s on the Wall

OK Go are at it again. ‘It’ being making incredibly well-choreographed visual masterpieces that serve as music videos. The latest for ‘The Writing’s on the Wall’ is whirlwind of optical trickery that might need a few views before you can fathom how they managed it all.


Uploaded: 17 June 2014

The scientific way to cut a cake

Cutting cake into wedges is wrong as it leaves exposed sections to dry out and go stale. Thankfully, Numberphile is here to teach you a 100-year-old method from mathematical scientist Sir Francis Galton, which will maximise your gastronomic pleasure and improve every birthday you have henceforth. Thank you, Numberphile!


Uploaded: 17 June 2014

How dogs react to human barking

Magician and mentalist Jose Ahonen enlists the help of comedian and voice actor Rudi Rok in trolling some dogs and driving them barking mad. Though some of their four-legged friends remain unimpressed by this tomfoolery.


Uploaded: 16 June 2014

First moon party

HelloFlo’s advertising for menstrual products eschews the tradition of euphemisms, footage of ‘empowered women’ on beaches and horseback, and the backing of a roaring female singer, opting instead for something refreshing, cheeky and downright hilarious.


Uploaded: 17 June 2014

Escalator woman

This woman clearly doesn’t get out much and what looks like her first encounter with an escalator took an unexpected turn. Needless to say, it escalated quickly.


Uploaded: 12 June 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.