Viral videos: Taylor Swift, the Haka and a real tearjerker at a hospice

25 Sep 2015

This week in viral videos, Taylor Swift gets the Todrick Hall quad treatment, drones build a rope bridge, a man survives a scary glass attack and a 92-year-old sings a love song to his dying wife.

It’s been an odd week for videos, with bizarre controversies in UK politics and the Rugby World Cup dominating pretty much everything out there.

We say pretty much because, when kids can’t blow out candles or rats can’t fully carry their pizza slices home then there’s always something to watch out for.

4 Taylor Swifts by Todrick Hall

Todrick Hall is a bit of a beast on YouTube, with previous sketches doing extremely well. But this week Hall’s masterpiece revolves around Taylor Swift, four breaks in the screen and a brilliantly choreographed project.

Skirting through the artists back catalogue, Hall brings us right up to the present day, in a way that’s entertaining enough to even keep us non-Swiftians entertained.

Child can’t blow out his birthday candle

What do you do if your two-year-old hasn’t quite grasped how to blow out a candle? Well, if you are a clever father, you think on your feet and save the day.

What do you do if the kid still hasn’t worked it out later that day?

 Activewear – Skit Box

Australian comedy group Skit Box have noticed a trend, and it’s something many of us have spotted too. The phenomenon of women wearing active-wear to make it look like they’re keeping fit, when all they’re doing is standing around.

You could do something similar on the Mamil craze (middle aged men in lycra) that has dominated the cycling scene of Europe recently, but for now this should suffice.

Giant rat bringing pizza home on the subway

There’s not a whole lot to say to this video. YouTuber Matt Little came across a rat that had nabbed some of New York’s finest sidewalk pizza, dragging it down the stairs of the subway to its home.

I think it’s a Margherita.

Building a rope bridge with flying machines

For those of you unaware of just how technologically advanced drones have gotten in just four or five years, here is a video of three drones gradually building a rope bridge.

This is part of a body of research in aerial construction, a field that addresses the construction of structures with the aid of flying machines.

Glass, falling from the sky

This incredibly fortunate Arab man better have gone straight to the local shop to buy a lotto ticket after a sheet of glass fell from above and, somehow, didn’t slice him in half.

CCTV footage doesn’t often tell a story well. This one does.

The Haka in Kildare

This video shows one of those bizarre events that people of a decade ago would struggle to explain to their friends afterwards. Luckily, thanks to smartphones, videos abound.

So here is a New Zealand schoolboy rugby team doing the Haka in a Supermacs just off the motorway in Kildare. Because rugby.

Man sings to 93-year-old dying wife

Ok, you’ve made it this far with a smile on your face, but now come the tears. YouTuber Erin Solari recently went with her 92-year-old grandfather to visit his dying wife in a hospice.

There, he sung her a song that comforted her when he went away to fight in World War II.

“My grandparents Laura and Howard have been married 73 years. In this video Howard is 92 and Laura is 93. Laura (Grandma) is at a hospice facility making peace with her final days. I was lucky enough to capture this precious, heart-melting moment between the two of them.”

Main image via GabboT on Flickr

Gordon Hunt was a journalist with Silicon Republic