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05/09/2008 by

Viral Friday: Large Hadron Rap

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 CERN’s LHC with Large Hadron Rap. Scientist Kate McAlpine made an informative and amusing rap about the LHC. The runner up spot is for BeanerLaRue, XgobobeanX and Matt Koval with YouTube in 1985. These three made a video about how YouTube HQ would look like and work in 1985, 20 years before the YouTube company was founded. I Google Myself completes this week’s top 3. In this hilarious and popular internet skit Erik Weiner calls upon his Web 2.0 knowledge to find himself a date.

Do you want to see this week’s list from 1 to 5? Go on then, and have a look! We’d like to hear your opinion about the virals. Have fun!

1. Large Hadron Rap

The Large Hadron Collider (LHC) is the world’s largest particle accelerator complex, intended to collide opposing beams of 7 TeV protons. Its main purpose is to explore the validity and limitations of the Standard Model, the current theoretical picture for particle physics. The LHC was built by the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN), and lies under the Franco-Swiss border near Geneva, Switzerland.

Next Wednesday, September 10th, the collider will be fired up to full service for the first time. Scientist Kate McAlpine made an informative and amusing rap about the LHC. The video got over 1 million views since it was uploaded one month ago. Several influential blogs and newspapers wrote about Kate’s rap, including Engadget, Boing Boing, Slashdot, Chicago Tribune and IT Wire. (Soure: Wikipedia, Telegraph)

2. YouTube In 1985

YouTube members BeanerLaRue and XgobobeanX invited Matt Koval, director of internet commercials and viral videos, to collaborate on a video. Since they had no idea what the video should be about, Matt decided to write the script himself. This resulted in the above video, YouTube in 1985. BeanerLaRue, XobobeanX and fellow YouTube star Nalts sent their digital footage to Matt, who edited it into the above. After ten days online the video got over 600.000 views and quickly made it’s way into YouTube’s featured section. Several influential sites, like The Guardian and Google Blogoscoped, wrote about the video.

3. I Google Myself

I Google Myself is an hilarious and popular internet skit on online dating, made by author and actor Erik Weiner from San Fransisco. In the video Erik puts his extended knowledge about Web 2.0 to use to find himself a date. The lyrics are by Erik Weiner and Jordan Allen Dutton and the music is by Mark Weiner (aka Yung Mars). (Source: Mahalo)

4. Will It Blend? – Nike

The Will It Blend videos need no introduction anymore. In this one Tom is not blending iPhones or iPods or video games, he’s blending a shoe. The Nike Air Max to be precise. He’s blending something that just about fits the blender and also its not metal or plastic this time, its fabric and the shoe nearly got away with it with the blender clogging up a few times. It seems like Nike and Blendtec made a deal for this video; listen how Tom carefully emphasizes the features of the Nike shoes. (Source: GadgetLite)

5. Chasing Bolt

Puma Running has set up an advergame where users can challenge the fastest man in the world Usain Bolt. Until now, you never would have had the chance to find out wether you can beat the world’s fastest man (unless your name was Asafa or Tyson). But Usain is challenging you to a race; 100 meters in Jamaica’s National Stadium. (Source: Rhizm, YouTube)


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