I like it next to my kitchen stove. There's something about the smell of cooking that . . . nope, it's not what you think. I, like many others, was actually referring to my purse. Yesterday, my friend Amy posted an "I like it on top of my law books" Facebook status update, which totally took me by surprise. I was seeing her in a whole new light until I saw a couple of other people posting "I like it on . . . " updates. Turns out, it's actually a Facebook campaign that was started for the purpose of promoting breast cancer awareness. You might be familiar with the last viral breast cancer awareness meme which had plenty of women posting about the color of their bra. What about you — where do you like to leave your purse?
OK, so I was trying my best not to post this, but I seriously can't get enough. If you haven't heard the Double Rainbow Song yet, you need to get on it. This remix is based off the equally-addictive video from a YouTube member that documents his encounter with a full-on double rainbow outside his house earlier this year. It was so bright. So vivid!
It got me thinking of other viral videos that have stuck out in recent memory, like the Grape Lady (that got its own parody on The Family Guy), and the more film-focused Star Wars Kid, Star Wars According to a 3 year-old and my personal fave (but lesser-known) Star Wars Trumpet Solo. What are some of your favorite viral videos? And would it be safe to say that this Double Rainbow Song could be the next Rick Roll? I'd like to think so.
As a huge fan of E!'s The Soup and its amazing host Joel McHale, I couldn't avoid the promos and initial episodes of Web Soup, a new show on G4 with a similar format. Except instead of showing clips from that week's TV, its clips are from that week's viral videos on the Internet.
Web Soup's equally crush-worthy host is Chris Hardwick, whom I always liked when he was on G4's Attack of the Show. Even though there are a lot of places to catch up with recent viral videos (such as yesterday's website of the day, Viral Video Chart), it's just easy to catch up on the latest cat or fail video when you can catch it on TV.
Though Hardwick hasn't quite guaranteed his place in my heart as much as McHale does, the easygoing and easy-on-the-eyes video jockey has guaranteed himself a place in my TiVo lineup. Have you caught Web Soup yet?
Not too long ago I told you about a site called Top of the Tubes that pulled the most popular videos across the web and pooled them into one spot.
Well if you love viral videos as much as me, then you'll appreciate another site called Viral Video Chart, which shows you the top 20 most-watched videos floating around the Internet.
It even organizes the videos into various categories, so if you just want to watch popular videos about animals or celebrities, you can do that, too.
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Are you on Facebook? Then there is no way you haven't heard of the 25 Random Things About Me meme. It's a note that works like a chain letter, where you fill out 25 random facts about yourself. Once you're done, you're supposed to tag other friends, so they have to fill it out, and so on and so forth. While I gave up chain letters long ago (and chain emails, ugh), somehow I got sucked into doing this one. My defense? Everybody's doing it!
Everybody's doing it so much that the New York Times took notice of the phenomena and investigated it, calling it a "creative way to indulge in social networking without coming off as needy or shamelessly self-absorbed."
Self-absorbed is a little how I felt when I wrote my 25 Things, but darned if it wasn't fun. I've noticed that the people on my friends list resisted the meme at first, but have since fallen one by one like dominoes, succumbing to think of fun facts about themselves. Fear of missing out, maybe.
In any case, tell me, Facebook users; have you done the 25 Random Things About Me note?
Were you confused when you saw this All Your Milk Baby Onesie? Do your friends frequently laugh about "Engrish" translations, while you laugh with them, but are secretly confused inside? If so, watch this video, which outlines the "All Your Base are Belong to Us" meme from its foundation to its present.
If Weezer's Pork and Beans Internet meme-athon video was not enough for you, then Dan Meth's Internet People just about gets every single Internet phenomena into his animated music video, with a super appropriate title.
I might even like this a little more than P&B, for its sheer vastness of variety.
Forewarning: you will NOT, I repeat NOT, be able to get that song out of your head for hours.
OK, geek confession: I've spent way too much time watching the new Weezer video for "Pork and Beans" and trying to catch all the allusions to viral videos. I'm familiar with most of them, but some I had never seen and had to look up, and some were old favorites — in fact, I think alienated few friends this weekend with bar after bar of "Peanut Butter Jell-ay, Peanut Butter Jell-ay".
Thankfully, video kid Nick McGlynn edited together all of the viral clips that Weezer alludes to, so you don't have to look them all up on YouTube yourself. Nostalgia 2.0!
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You don't have to cut off a body part to become "Internet Famous," but if you're desperately training your camera on your kid, pet, or friends in hope that they'll do something so compelling as to end up in the category that is viral, well, you can go to school for that. Internet Famous at Parsons New School for Design is a graduate-level class for students and declares itself the first class ever "where software will award each student a grade based on a quantitative measurement of their web fame."
To learn more about this cool class and site, read more
Trendhunter recently wrote that actors were starting to get hip to the idea of viral videos as a way to boost their image (in response to the Matt Damon/Sarah Silverman instant classic), and I could not agree more. Once I see a celebrity in a viral video parodying themselves, I think they have a fantastic sense of humor and don't take themselves too seriously — that latter quality being something that is normally antithetical to the image of actors, who are generally perceived as egotistical bigheads with a deep need to be taken seriously. Will Ferrell's FunnyOrDie (their original post being the amazing "The Landlord") has helped in this phenomena, and before sites and actors cropped up trying to create virals, YouTube really boosted the idea — would you have seen Justin Timberlake's "D*** in a Box" video if it had only aired on SNL? Probably not.
Will these videos enable stars to make their movies and TV shows hits? Maybe. They make me snort coffee onto my keyboard, and for that they should be proud.