Viral Videos: what caught fire this week
Watch two of the web's most popular spoofs, an 11-year win a dance-off and exploding whale guts
Wrecking Chatroulette: Just when you thought the world didn’t need any more Miley spoofs - this happened. Users of the video chat site Chatroulette, which randomly connects strangers, were treated to something truly special on Monday night. The video has been viewed almost 40 million times in less than four days. Watch and see why.
NBA dance-off: Watch ‘the dancing usher’ and 11-year-old Antwain Alexander battle it out on the Michigan basketball team’s Dance-Cam.
Afterwards Antwain broke down his moves to his new fans: “I have the sprinkler, then I like the ooh-kill-’em, then I got the Michael Jackson shoulders move, where he moves side to side, then I have the spin … then I do the wave.”
The Killing does Christmas Jumpers: Save the Children and the cast of the Danish crime drama have joined forces in this video, starring Sarah Lund and her infamous jumper. The collaboration aims to raise awareness of the charity’s Christmas Jumper Day.
Exploding whale: Biologist Bjarni Mikkelsen didn’t have the best day at work when a 45ft rotting sperm whale exploded over him. The gases inside the animal’s carcass had built up over days, creating the pressure that caused the explosion. Animal rights activists were outraged until it was made clear that the whale had died of natural causes.
Bound 3: Featuring intimate moments between a topless Seth Rogan and a ‘rapping’ James Franco, Bound 3 instantly went viral. It pokes fun at Kanye West and Kim Kardashian, who simulate sex on a vibrating motorcycle in the ‘excruciating’ original music video.
Watch Bashir get mouthy, Burgundy endorse Ford and an unbelievable goal by Ravel Morrison 22/11/13
Bashir on the ropes: Martin Bashir was in hot water this week after suggesting that someone should defecate in the mouth of Sarah Palin the former vice-presidential candidate and governor of Alaska. He was forced to issue a live apology in which he said: "I deeply regret what I said, and that I have learned a sober lesson in these last few days."
Rob Ford at it again: Where ever Rob Ford goes, trouble seems to follow. This week the crack-smoking mayor knocked over a grandmother and accused his detractors of a "coup d'etat" as his powers were stripped away from him. He charged across the chamber floor and accidentally knocked over Pam McConnell, a city councillor and grandmother, leaving her with a bruised lip.
Strange new Kanye video: Kanye West's latest video Bound 2, which stars his fiancée Kim Kardashian writhing around topless on a motorbike, has been branded "excruciating" and "atrocious" by the critics. Make up your own mind.
Woman bungee jumps without a harness: Footage emerged this week of a young woman who was wearing no safety equipment jump from a bridge clutching another man wearing a bungee harness. The video, which is thought to have been filmed in Russia, shows the pair leap from the bridge platform and swing back into shot still holding on to one another tightly.
Ron Burgundy endorses Rob Ford: Will Ferrell continued the Anchor Man 2 publicity this week, by appearing on American chat-show Conan as Ron Burgundy. He used his appearance on the show to endorse the crack-smoking mayor, Rob Ford and proceeded to cover Loverboy’s “Working For The Weekend,” labelling it as the Toronto mayor's re-election song.
What a goal! England under 21 and West Ham striker, Ravel Morrison went viral this week after scoring a sensational goal during training with the England squad ahead of their Euro 2015 qualifying clash with San Marino. The video shows Morrison sending the ball into the back of the net from a mid-air back-heel.
Watch Russian policeman cover Daft Punk, a feminist remake of 'Blurred Lines' and the best ad of the year 15/11/13
Russian police ‘Get Lucky’: Watch as the Russian Ministry of Internal Affairs Choir covers one of the biggest hits of the summer. Expect awkward sexual references and some very dodgy dance moves.
Feminist parody of Blurred Lines: The original song by Robin Thicke, described this week as the most controversial song of the decade, sparked allegations of misogyny, objectification of women and, in Caitlin Moran’s words, being “a bit rapey”. Defined Lines draws attention to the complaints by reversing gender roles within the video. Lyrics include: “If you want to get nasty/just don’t harass me/you can’t just grab me/that’s a sex crime”.
'Muscles from Brussels' in epic Volvo ad: 53 year-old Jean-Claude Van Damme executes the perfect splits between two moving trucks. It's been dubbed the best ad of the year. Volvo insists that although some safety equipment was used, the stunt is genuine and has not been digitally manipulated. What do you think?
Angelina Jolie as evil Disney queen: Billed as Disney’s next mega-hit, Maleficent is the ‘untold story’ of Sleeping Beauty. Watch the teaser trailer and decide for yourself. Also, see if you can spot Jolie’s five-year-old daughter making her screen debut.
Watch a Mayor’s crack admission, a nine-year-old opera star and the John Lewis and M&S Christmas ads 08/11/13
Mid-air collision – no casualties: A routine skydive in the US almost ended in tragedy as two aircraft crashed in mid-air. The planes were flying in formation at 12,000 ft, and the professional skydivers onboard were preparing to do their final jump of the day, when the wings of the two aircraft collided.
Marks and Spencer Christmas Advert: M&S have kicked off the Christmas ad wars by launching a clip that mixes classic fairytales and an all-star cast that includes Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Helena Bonham Carter and David Gandy. Cue magic, mystery and lots of fake snow.
John Lewis Christmas Advert: Lily Allen provides the soundtrack to another Christmas big hitter: the John Lewis Christmas Ad. The Smile singer has covered Keane’s ballad Somewhere Only We Know and the animated ad tells the story of a hare who wakes up his best friend the bear from hibernation so he can experience the magic of Christmas morning.
Holland's Got Talent 2013 - Amira Willighagen: Move over Paul Potts, Simon Cowell may have found his next singing sensation. Nine -year-old Dutch girl Amira Willighagen won the hearts of the judges - and the nation - after producing a stunning rendition of O Mio Babbino Caro from Puccini's Gianni Schicchi.
Mayor of Toronto in bizarre crack admission: The Mayor of Toronto, Rob Ford, admitted this week that he had "probably" smoked crack cocaine in one of his "drunken stupors" but has refused to resign. He had previously denied the accusation after website Gawker had tried to buy a video of him allegedly smoking the drug.
Watch a stomach-churning backflip, squeeling baby pandas and Bob Marley - Saudi style 08/11/13
Emotional baby: With over 16 million views, this 10-month old baby girl is this week’s internet star. Watch her reaction to her mother’s rendition of Rod Stewart’s hit My Heart Can't Tell You No.
No woman, no drive: An adaptation of Bob Marley’s No woman, No cry, produced by Saudi comedian Hisham Fageeh, has become an internet sensation. The song satirises Saudi Arabia’s driving ban for women and was launched to coincide with a protest against the ban last weekend. Lyrics include: “ovaries all safe and well, so you can make lots and lots of babies”- a reference to comments made by a Saudi clerk who claimed driving would damage women’s reproductive system.
Bike backflip: With a Go-pro camera strapped to his helmet, Kerry McGarry attempts a backflip over a 72-foot-long canyon gap during this year’s Red Bull Rampage. “Last night I was freaking out, wondering if I should do it. But I had the speed, it felt right, so I just sent it,” McGarry told reporters after the jump.
Twin baby pandas: A time-lapse video documents the first 100 days of Mei Lun’s and Mei Huan’s lives. Watch the tiny squealing creatures grow into fluffy, adorable pandas in less than three minutes. They are the first twin giant panda cubs to have been born in the US and lived.
The power of Photoshop: This 37-second clip illustrates how easily reality can be manipulated with the help of computer software. It is being used by campaigners as a way of addressing the extent to which images – particularly of women – are being distorted in the media and the damaging effects that this can have. ·