Viral videos of the week: Summertime is Great, April Fools’ continues, and social media fail

13 Apr 2014

This week, watch out for some musical masterclass in how not to gain the wrong attention, a father’s nightmare as his daughter falls in love with boy band One Direction, and the unfair skill of a 7-feet-5 basketball player.

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.

Summertime is great

Despite it being released in March, it seems the cool stylings of an American family band have gotten the internet in the mood for sunshine with this, hopefully, un-intentionally awful song called Summertime is Great featuring Three Bear Slide.

Whether it’s the teenage son whose spinning technique needs a bit of work or the dad whose pants are just that little bit higher than should be legally allowed, the video is an earworm of giant proportions that gets stuck in your head and won’t leave, no matter how many different songs you listen to.


Uploaded: 15 March 2014

Let’s Get Social 2014

The folks here at are fairly familiar with the buzzwords and jargon that companies like to throw out nowadays about social media but nothing prepared us for this.

Phil Mershon was the master lyricist behind this song about the benefits of social media, but after this performance it may have encouraged the thousands of teenagers leaving Facebook to totally empty social media altogether.

Singer Mary McCoy is obviously doing her best throughout this cringe-tastic performance, but Phil’s ‘interjection’ is the icing on the awkward cake.


Uploaded: 07 April 2014

One man’s Saturday morning … for 3 months

Continuing the musical theme, one father’s desperate search for a quiet Saturday morning continues as his young daughter, over the space of three months, crams in as much music and noise-making as physically possible every weekend.

The dad, under the name Bottlerocket, compiled his Vine clips into one video which is sure to make most parents feel his pain.


Uploaded: 04 April 2014

Sometimes security cameras catch a gem!

This is what viral videos were made for. The amount of cameras in our lives on every street corner and lamppost is considered an invasion of privacy.

The odd time however, it manages to find that one thing where the person on the end of an embarrassing incident doesn’t get to walk away without any proof of their epic fail.


Uploaded: 03 April 2014

April Fools’ Day prank goes slightly awry

April Fools’ Day has seen a bit of a renaissance with the internet as the opportunities to stitch someone up, and embarrass them on the internet, is almost limitless.

This time, a bunch of clever school kids decided to turn the tables on a teacher who demands that students whose phones go off in class need to put it on speakerphone.

In this case, he may wish he never did.


Uploaded: 05 April 2014

Mobile phone orchestra

To celebrate 30 years of the mobile phone in South Korea from the brick to the smartphone, the nation’s largest mobile company SK Telecom, made this unbelievable orchestra comprised of ringtones based on a current K-Pop hit.

Technology, b**ches!


Uploaded: 06 April 2014

Rat on the New York Subway

You’d think that with Splinter and his Teenage Mutant Hero Turtles running around the New York subway, daily commuters would be used to seeing the commoner garden rat now and then.

Not this carriage, however.


Uploaded: 07 April 2014

7-feet-5 tall school basketball player has a slightly unfair advantage

Well this just isn’t fair. Tacko ‘Taco’ Fall, standing at 7-feet-5, is arguably the tallest basketball player of his age and just dominates his opponents with his sheer height. Whether he’s actually any good or not is hard to tell as he’s tall enough to make a dunk without his feet leaving the ground.


Uploaded: 08 April 2014

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Colm Gorey was a senior journalist with Silicon Republic