Viral videos of the week: Suarez, GoT pugs and boredom

29 Jun 2014

We take a look at some of the most-viewed and most-shared videos on the web. This week features new footage of Luis Suarez’s latest victim, Game of Thrones with pugs, and coping with internet boredom.

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.

Suarez bit my finger

OK, we promise to keep football videos to a minimum but some we simply can’t ignore. Soon after Suarez engaged in his latest attempt at cannibalism, videos and vines across the web went up within minutes showing different angles and, of course, photoshopping skills.

In one case, animators Timothy McCourt and Lydia Raghavan decided to rework one of the all-time viewed videos, Charlie Bit My Finger.

Suarez’s smile throughout is rather disturbing, it has to be said.


Uploaded: 25 June 2014

Will Ferrell Crashes #FanHQ in Recife

Despite some American ‘journalists’ and personalities treating ‘soccer’ as that strange foreign sport that nearly every other nation on Earth idolises, the US’ support in this year’s World Cup has been one of the biggest highlights so far.

With their usual levels of enthusiasm brought up another notch, fans gathered before their crunch match with their old enemy (that no one wants to remember), Germany.

As Teddy ‘Goalsevelt’ whipped up a fervour in front of the US crowd in Recife, Brazil, one of Hollywood’s biggest football fans surprised everyone with his visit and promised to fill in for injured striker Jozy Altidore. Given Altidore’s form last season you can’t imagine it would be a worse replacement.


Uploaded: 25 June 2014

How An Argentine Celebrates A Goal

While World Cup host nation Brazil is probably more well-known for its commentators’, shall we say, over ‘exuberant’ response to goals, one commentator from its biggest rival and neighbour Argentina has perhaps gone above and beyond the call of national duty.

In the dying moments of the match against surprise package Iran, the one and only Lionel Messi did what he does best and scored a brilliant goal to give Argentina the win.

Given the drama, this commentator re-imagined the “your boys took a hell of a beating” commentary when England took on Norway in 1981, with his love of “Il Papa” (the Pope to me and you).


Uploaded: 22 June 2014

Labrador dog celebrates goal

Coming up to the dying moments of USA’s match against Portugal with the US leading 2-1, Portuguese striker Varela managed to head the ball into the net in the last few seconds.

For Severa the Portuguese Labrador, it was seemingly a pretty joyous occasion, as with its little Portugal flag bandanna jumps up and down and wags its tail when the ball goes in.

While undeniably cute you can’t help but guess it’s fake, given the dog doesn’t look once at the TV and appears to be jumping looking behind it, presumably, at the owner who is dangling a treat to get its attention.

There’s since been a video of Severa’s reaction to getting knocked out of the World Cup, but you can’t help but wonder how genuine the video is and what the owners have to do with the dog’s reaction, either way, a nice video.


Uploaded: 23 June 2014

The Pugs of Westeros

The combination of Game of Thrones and one of the internet’s favourite breed of dogs, pugs, it was inevitable that a combination of both would go viral.

Here a variety of pugs take on the roles of some of the HBO’s show’s biggest characters, dressed in the usual garb. And sure, why not?


Uploaded: 24 June 2014

I Dare You to Watch this Entire Video

No, it’s not some attempt to gross out viewers, but rather a video to highlight our short attention spans online.

Where once we had to wait for images to load through our 56K modems and ignored the painful noise of dial-up, now we find ourselves changing tabs within a few seconds if the content is delivered instantly through a Snapchat, Vine or GIF.

Now CollegeHumour is attempting to see whether you can put up with a three-minute video. Well, can you?


Uploaded: 25 June 2014

Always #LikeAGirl

What does “throw like a girl?” mean? Are we simply stating a fact or are we implying a girl’s throw is laughably worse than a boy’s toss?

Female hygiene company Always is attempting to ask the question with its social media campaign #LikeAGirl, which asked a number of kids and young adults to act out what they think of when they are asked to “throw like a girl”.


Uploaded: 26 June 2014

Nancy Grace tells dad missing son found alive

American TV news has once again gone to the deepest depths of television by airing an interview with the father of missing boy Charlie Bothuell V. When coming on air, the father was immediately told Detroit police had found his son in the father’s basement.

The news left the boy’s father, also called Charlie Bothuell, dumb-founded, and news anchor Nancy Grace asked him how he never found his son in his own basement.

While these are obvious questions to ask someone in such a situation, you can’t help but feel the folks over at Headline News saw a chance to boost network ratings with such a reveal.

Either way, here’s the end result for you to judge whether the reveal was right or wrong.


Uploaded: 25 June 2014

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Colm Gorey was a senior journalist with Silicon Republic