Another year is drawing to a close and you know what that means. It's time to wrap up a year of hilarity with our picks for the best viral videos of the year. From flubs and freakouts to mishaps and mayhem, these are the videos that guys just couldn't stop watching in 2009.
10. Women's Soccer Player Makes Mincemeat of Her Opponents
When University of New Mexico soccer player Elizabeth Lambert made headlines for some ridiculously unsportsmanlike conduct against an opposing player from Brigham Young, the world of women's soccer was thrust into the spotlight for the first time since Brandi Chastain stripped off her jersey after the U.S. team won the 1999 Women’s World Cup. Which just goes to show that despite soccer being the world's most popular sport, the only time Americans care to show any interest is when you interject a little of the ol' sex and violence.
Despite profuse apologies, Lambert was suspended indefinitely following the incident. Not only did she face the scorn of the entire sporting world, she apparently was on the receiving end of hate mail and death threats. Which is a little harsh, admittedly, but it's not like she can't hold her own.
9. Most Unbelievable Waterslide Jump Ever
Real or fake? That seems to be the endless, repeated question whenever a viral video make the rounds on the internet, particularly when it involves a seemingly impossible (or just plain bizarre) stunt. So it was no surprise that when a waterslide stuntman in a neoprene suit propelled himself hundreds of feet through the air into a tiny pool people were just a wee bit skeptical.
As the cold-hearted cynic inside each of us may have guessed, it's a fake. The daring stuntman known as "Bruno Kammerl" was a concoction of Microsoft Germany and designed to promote new video editing software. Given the rather remarkable video, we'd say this one was a success.
8. Brilliant Woman Solves All of California's Problems
It's no surprise that California, even more than most states, is in quite a bit of financial trouble these days. With a budget shortfall eclipsing the GDP of several former Eastern Bloc nations, the state is facing the herculean task of having to find money where it doesn't even exist. Which is why it's so amusing to find a potential solution to these problems not in the Governor's mansion or in the hallowed halls of Sacramento, but in a simple City Council meeting in the hippie enclave of Santa Cruz.
You see, California? It's all about the food. It's free, after all.
7. Kate Gosselin: Worst Mom Ever?
With the exception of the past month's coverage of the Tiger Woods sexfest brouhaha, there was probably more ink spilled on the endless family dramas enveloping the Gosselin clan of Jon & Kate Plus 8 this year than for any other couple in recent memory. From Us magazine to Entertainment Tonight and everything trashy in between, you couldn't really escape the goings-on of the reality TV couple for most of 2009. So when Kate Gosselin paid a visit to Access Hollywood with her numerous spawn in tow, it's not much of a surprise that things got a little out of hand. And by "out of hand" we mean that one of her children made the entirely reasonable request for a simple drink of water while waiting to tape a TV segment.
Wow, that's pretty cold. Interestingly enough, fast forward six months and Kate has somehow become the more sympathetic of the Gosselin pair. Apparently, tooling around on an ATV in an Ed Hardy t-shirt will take your "career" into nosedive faster than you can say "Douchechill."
6. Your Business Card is CRAP!
Quick, dig into your pockets and pull out your business card. What does it say? Vice President? Director of Marketing? Even better yet, CEO? Pretty impressive, huh? WRONG. Self-proclaimed "infotainer" Joel Bauer is here to school you on why that business card is nothing more than a glorified scrap of mediocrity.
I don't know about you, but "Strathmore stock" is my new favorite insult.
If you're not suitably impressed by Bauer's prowess and expertise, then please take your weak ass business card and sit the hell down. But if you're fortunate enough to understand the wisdom of Bauer's gospel, proceed to his highly informative (and possibly life-saving) tutorial on how to pack a suitcase. Really, it's quite an eye-opener.
Did we mention that it just might save your life?