Viral Friday: No Pants Subway Ride 2009
Viral Friday is the weekly viral video chart of ViralBlog, showing the 5 most popular viral videos, commercials or user-generated videos, carefully selected and ranked by popularity, viral impact & spread.
This weeks Viral Friday #1 position goes to No Pants Subway Ride 2009. On Saturday, January 10th 2009, nearly 2,500 people took off their pants on subways in 22 cities around the world. The runner up spot is for Patrick Boivin’s YouTube Street Fighter. Using YouTube’s annotations feature he created an interactive YouTube Street Fighter game. The T-Mobile Dance completes this week’s top 3. Saatchi&Saatchi London made an ad for T-Mobile, they obviously got inspired by Improv Everywhere’s Frozen Grand Central flashmob.
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1. No Pants Subway Ride 2009
“On Saturday, January 10th, 2009 nearly 2,500 people took off their pants on subways in 22 cities around the world. In New York’s 8th Annual No Pants! Subway Ride we had over 1,200 participants, spread out over four subway lines.” No Pants 2009 is a global day of pants free subway rides in 22 cities around the world. Improv Everywhere mobilized 1,200 New Yorkers to ride the subway without pants in a snow storm. Check their mission report and photos here.
(Source: Improv Everywhere)
2. YouTube Street Fighter
Patrick Boivin is a French Canadian autodidact director who does amazing things with toys, and amazing things with YouTube as well, using their annotations feature to create an interactive YouTube Street Fighter game. Clicking in the video will open a new window with options: A, B, X, and Y. Select one of those options in order to fight your opponent. This interactive YouTube game got over 2.6 million views since it was uploaded just over a week ago.
3. The T-Mobile Dance
Saatchi & Saatchi London made the above ad for T-Mobile. They obviously watched the “Frozen Grand Central” video from Improv Everywhere to get inspired. The flashmob took place at Liverpool Street Station last January 15th and is called “Life’s worth sharing”.
(Source: Buzzing Bees)
4. Laker Kobe Bryant Sells Ankle Insurance
“Get the shoe or get ankle insurance. If you’re not wearing the new Nike Zoom Kobe IV, you could have your ankles broken by someone who is wearing them. Take it from Kobe.” This time, Kobe Bryant doesn’t jump over an Aston Martin, he rides a horse. And he’s President, CEO, CFO, CMO, Owner y Jefe at Ankle Insurance Co. Ankle Insurance Co. is looking for motivated young ballers to join their team of highly skilled agents. If you’ve recently broken someone’s ankles and think you’ve got what it takes, fill out a claim form and send it to your victim and the witnesses.
5. AH Eredivisie
Albert Heijn, a Dutch supermarket chain and oldest part of Ahold, launched the above campaign featuring football stars from the highest football league in the Netherlands, the Eredivisie, Giovanni van Bronckhorst (Feyenoord), Mounir El Hamdaoui (AZ), Gabri (Ajax) and Kenneth Perez (FC Twente). The commercial, also available with alternative ending, got airtime on Dutch television at Boulevard and EditieNL.