5 Viral Pick-Me-Ups Amidst The Dreadful News
This week has been truly breathtaking for news – and in the worst possible way. With the outrageously tragic downing of flight MH17 over Ukraine, the subsequent, ungraceful ‘whodunnit’ styled denials and investigation blocks, there is so much gloom around.
On top of this, Gaza has been set alight once more, with constant strikes between the opposing camps and innocent people losing out on life daily. Though these acts of war and arguably terrorism, can in no way be excused, forgotten or forgiven, the world will find some resolve in the coming days, weeks, months or however long it takes. Until then, I think that everybody is in need of a warm-hearted pick-me-up alongside the shock and grief. Consider this your Russell Howard styled ‘it’s not all bad news’ fill for the week:
Dn’ Dn’ Duh-Duh Dn’ Dn’
Despite HRH Lizzy II passing up the offer to sit on HBO’s very own, infamous ‘Iron Throne’, her Guard have immersed themselves spectacularly into the world of Game of Thrones – and it’s good. Ramin Djawadi, the musical mastermind behind Prison Break‘s haunting theme, that of Pacific Rim and much of the Game of Thrones soundtrack, created a masterpiece with the latter’s tune; it’s unmistakable and unmissable.
Plus, considering that you have to sit through roughly two minutes of titles before reaching the beginning of all the juice, you need some stimulation, on which Djawadi delivered. So, it is no surprise that fans of the globally successful and obsessive show were amused at the Queen’s Guard’s rendition. They brought all the moodiness, all the bass, and all of the perky little notes slotted in between.
King Curtis strikes
From one real monarch and many disputed monarchs, to a child diva: popping up on news feeds everywhere recently has been this little gem of a video from the USA’s series of Wife Swap. The subject of the video, Curtis (or as he prefers, ‘King Curtis’) is just not happy with the new diet restrictions imposed on his family by surrogate mother Joy. Joy is on a mission to cut out processed foods and snacks – including ‘cheese in a can’ – from the family’s lives, but Curtis is less than impressed when she launches an attack on bacon.
Although you would probably never want to be faced with, or have to raise a child with an attitude so ferocious and tenacious as Curtis yourself, it is highly amusing to sit back and discover his antics. Antics that evoke an original pronunciation of the word ‘sarcastic’ and many memorable quotes:
- I gotta tell you somethin’. Bacon is good for me
- Joy, I have been nice to you but now I am comin’ to the edge
- I am leaving, and you can’t stop me. I am packin’ my bags
- She can’t run in those little high heels
Warning: Don’t do an impression with your fully fledged, fully rehearsed Curtis accent when walking down stairs. I did. I fell down.
You sneaky mom!
Okay, so this sensational clip is nothing new; it was uploaded in 2011, with two further videos following in the succeeding years. The basics of it are that popular US host Jimmy Kimmel issues a challenge to parents watching his show, asking them to tell their children that they ate all of their Halloween earnings. Of course, the reactions to this are priceless, as Kimmel predicted. Thus, the best tantrums of the three years were compiled into videos and shown on air, as a lasting and humiliating reminder to some of the future teens of America, of just how much they valued ‘candy’.
The first time the prank ran it evoked the predictable tears and lost expressions, with a truly adorable toddler two minutes in figuring out the trick. However, what the clip closes on was the comedy gold that Kimmel was hunting for, as two brothers are told probably the most devastating news of their lives up to that point, and reacted with shock, improvised maths and utter dismay at the loss of peanut butter cups.
The trick was so popular online that not only has this become an annual feature on Kimmel’s show, but now there are a whole host of pranks being issued seasonally by the show host, including throwing breakfast over dad, giving pitiful presents to other halves, and early Christmas crap to kids. Although the gem of the series came from the two boys at the end of 2011’s video, C.J. and Jake, there are some guilt-ridden delights from the succeeding years too. 2012 saw a collapse, kicking and even a little bit of forgiveness. Finally, last year a dreaded swear-word came out. Whether this Halloween saga raises the issue of an unhealthy obsession with sweet stuff in the USA, or highlights just how much our possessions mean to us when earned and not given, it’s somewhat funny to watch.
Linda, listen honey
Ever been in an argument with your mum? Know the grief when she just doesn’t grasp your point? Three year old Mateo feels your pain. The next viral clip follows a dispute between toddler and parent as Mateo makes his case for cupcakes. Although I can’t fully comprehend the toddler-talk, the bits of diction that you can make out, the sass in which their delivered, and the seriousness in his face, are magic. Perhaps most of the appeal of this video comes from Mateo’s adult-like expression and attitude, which peaks when he addresses his mother as ‘honey’.
‘Lick it’ is the most mysterious of the phrases he utters, which he does so repeatedly as you will notice. His mother, when later interviewed on The Ellen Show, shed some light and revealed that she was laughing as much as internet viewers when filming little Mateo without a counterpart to argue with. As such, he politely requested for his mum to look at him and continue in the debate.
Dynamo predicts the World Cup
“How does he do it?” The words on everyone’s lips whenever they marvel at the sight of Dynamo. Steven Frayne, when lifted of his stage name, rivals, and has perhaps surpassed industry fellow Derren Brown in the quality of conjuring with a CV full of tricks such as walking on water. His latest spectacle though has come from predicting a few outcomes of this year’s World Cup.
Unlike Paul the Octopus who accurately predicted the results of a series of games from the 2010 tournament, Dynamo made some spooky and quirky comments on this year’s games. These included the fall of a star player from a back injury, a Europe vs. Latin America final, and German victors – all recorded on 11th June. The natural reaction to this sort of illusory work is one of cynicism, however, Sky Sports recorded footage of them securing the tape made by Dynamo before the Cup started, and only releasing it after, assuring viewers that this stunt was legitimate.
- Here’s one from the animal kingdom
- One From the (potentially fake) moviemakers of Australia
- And another from the nightlife of Preston