Viral vids: Chris Pratt in heels and Top Gear return

12 Jun 2015

This week in viral videos, Chris Pratt shows how to run in heels, BBC tease Top Gear’s return and Apple shows what could have been for their Worldwide Developer Conference.

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.

How not to film your wedding with a drone

Drones. They’re all the rage these days for weddings to capture the bride and groom in some romantic pose in a grassy field but, for god’s sake, if you’re going to do it make sure you have a good drone pilot.

Step forward Jerry Rigs who, quite unashamedly, decided to upload one of his wedding drone fails for the internet to see.

If the drone were a person, it’d be quite the sore landing. Thank you, Jerry, for sharing this beautiful moment of the bride and groom.

Uploaded: 11 June 2015

BBC teases Clarkson’s final Top Gear appearance

Unless you’ve been living under a rather large rock for the past year, you’ll know that Jeremy Clarkson was booted off Top Gear, one of the most-watched TV shows on the planet, for throwing a dig at an Irish producer on the show.

Many mourned and many celebrated, but now it appears that the BBC are contractually obliged to give the show with the three lads a final send off before a Top Gear with a new cast that will plummet in ratings takes over.

At the time of cancellation, three episodes had yet to be aired so, in a very matter-of-fact way, the BBC has now shown a trailer of all this previously recorded footage that has been combined into one final episode.

Yeah, looks alright.

Uploaded: 08 June 2015

How to get a pigeon out of the house

I don’t think I can love this any more. If you’ve ever been in the position where a bird gets trapped in your home or office, you’ll know that basically everything you were doing at that point is now irrelevant and getting it out of the room is a priority.

This time it was the turn of YouTube user axw820, who gave a demonstration on the manliest response possible to a bird home invasion after a pigeon flew down his chimney.

Tongs in hand, he unleashes the feathered beast from its chimney prison, only to run away in absolute terror.

Speaking after the encounter, ‘TheBlackPigeon’ apologised for his intrusion in a comment on the video.

“That is the last time I go out gliding after a bottle of Everclear,” the pigeon said. “My apologies for any discomfort I may have caused you.”

Uploaded: 11 June 2015

Chris Pratt runs in heels

Chris Pratt is a rather popular actor in Hollywood at the moment if you haven’t noticed. Leading star in Guardians of the Galaxy, Jurassic World and The Lego Movie, the actor is currently doing the rounds on chat shows for the release of Jurassic World.

One such appearance was on James Corden’s Late Late Show along with his co-star Brycle Dallas Howard, who kindly gave up her shoes for Pratt to show off yet another talent of his.

He clearly learned in the Bart Simpson school of heel, toe, heel, toe.

Uploaded: 10 June 2015

Backstage at Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference

Last week saw Apple’s annual Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC), where CEO Tim Cook came on stage and listed a load of new features for iOS9 and of course, Apple Music, which is basically just like the other music streaming services, but made by Apple.

This time around, however, they’ve certainly pulled the rabbit out of the hat with their ‘backstage video’ featuring a rake of familiar faces including Bill Hader who plays David LeGary, the fictional director of the WWDC event.

There’s even Tim Cook-alikes and Community’s Danny Pudi performing a musical about app development.

Uploaded: 11 June 2015

When u collab at the shops

This week sees a return to a previous entry, Mashd N Kutcher, who last time turned a boring flight safety announcement into a dance anthem.

Well now, they’ve returned to do the same, except this time it’s going for the weekly shop. The Australian duo this time around have even unwittingly recruited the help of customers going about their business making music from their produce.

Even if you don’t like the music, you can appreciate the effort they put into rustling toilet paper wrapping like pros.

Uploaded: 11 June 2015

Jack Warner replies to John Oliver’s TV message

This is great for all the wrong reasons. FIFA’s corruption scandal appears to rumble on as more and more revealing details emerge of corruption within its ranks, which even saw the organisation’s head of communications resign after making a joke about the whole affair.

One of the people regularly brought up in the alleged corruption is former head of CONCACAF and Trinidad and Tobago politician Jack Warner, who despite no longer being officially connected to the organisation, has continued to defend his reign.

However, in a moment of genius, comedian and satirist John Oliver decided it would be pretty funny to pay for airtime on Trinidad TV to call on Warner to reveal his secret files.

This is Warner’s retort. Dear god, the music…

Uploaded: 11 June 2015

Penguins Mirror

Ever wanted to know what 450 stuffed, robotic penguins would look like turning in unison? Well wait no more as Daniel Rozin’s art piece Penguins Mirror did exactly this.

Uploaded: 03 June 2015

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Colm Gorey was a senior journalist with Silicon Republic