The Top 10 Viral Videos of 2010
If there's one thing the Internet does exceptionally well, it's shining a light on weirdos. And with the Internet being what it is, there is absolutely no shortage of freaks to go around. In 2010, this was probably more true than ever.
10. Dancing Merengue Dog
Silly animal tricks caught on film have been around for about as long as the medium itself has existed. So even if you can get Rover to stand up on his hind legs and juggle some Milk-Bones, it's really not that big of a deal. Short of reciting extended monologues from Shakespeare, you'd be hard pressed to find a weird animal video on the Internet that you haven't already seen. Until now.
Now this isn't the first time a dog has shown off some sort of dancing moves, but this is the definitely the first time a dog has made a serious threat to steal all of our girlfriends. Consider yourself warned.
9. Red Shirt Guy
Y'all know the Comic Book Guy from The Simpsons, right? Well, it turns out he actually exists.
So maybe this fella, now eternally dubbed "Red Shirt Guy," lacks the smug condescension of Matt Groening's famous creation, but he makes up for it with an encyclopedic knowledge of, uh, whatever the hell geeky thing he's talking about, to the point where he even surprises the people's whose creations he adores. So while I probably wouldn't ever want to walk a mile in his shoes, my hat is off to you, Red Shirt Guy. I look forward to your comments below, asking for clarification on the most trivial and mundane of points in this article.
8. Girl Goes Crazy With Her Cam's Special Effects
Sure, playing around with some pretty basic visual effects on your webcam might only be fun for about 30 seconds if you're not a 12-year-old (or completely stoned out of your gourd). But when you watch someone else do it, repeatedly, for about two whole minutes it actually turns into something that's surprisingly awesome.
Defying pretty much all logic, it's nearly impossible to watch this for more than a minute or so before cracking up. Try it.
7. The Rent is Too Damn High
Even if you've never lived in New York City, you're certainly aware of the astronomical costs involved with renting a place to live that may or may not be slightly larger than a matchbox. It is against this backdrop that the one and only Jimmy McMillan launched his Gubernatorial campaign for New York State during a televised debate this past October.
It's hard to pinpoint exactly what made this resonate so greatly with New Yorkers. Yes, the rent is too damn high, there's no doubt about that. But for my money, you just can't argue with a man sporting a moustache so awesomely epic it deserves its own Congressional district. And that's before you even get to his "debate gloves." Mr. McMillan, you've won our vote.
6. Chattoulette Funny Piano Improv
Remember Chatroulette? It was the webcam phenomenon that captured the attention of the Internet in near-record time before petering out about as fast? Sure, you do, but that's probably because some creepy dudes kept trying to flash their junk at you. However if you were one of the lucky few, you might've stumbled across Merton, the Chatroulette piano guy.
Turns out that Merton was so adept at improvising catchy songs on the piano that some folks started the theorize that he was actually Ben Folds in disguise. So while they do look a lot alike (once you imagine what Merton might look like without that silly hoodie on), they're not actually the same person. How do we know? They made a video to prove it.