Greatest Hits of Viral Video

This viral hit consists of a bunch of outtakes from a 1988 industrial film shot for Winnebago by one Jack Rebney, also known as The Angriest Man in the World. In the video, Rebney loses his temper over everything from forgotten lines to too many flies on the set. According to Wikipedia, the outtakes first surfaced around 1990 and circulated from person to person for years before it ever showed up on the Internet. "The Angry Winnebago Man" is one of those videos just waiting for the YouTube age to begin: Once it hit the viral video circuit, it spread as fast as an RV going down a mountain pass with no brakes. (Warning: This video consists of pretty much nothing but foul language.)

Awkwardness and Aggression

"The Numa Numa Dance" features a young guy named Gary Brolsma sitting in front of his PC lip-synching, and doing some seated interpretive dance, to a German pop song. The video debuted at one site back in 2004, and was viewed by more than 2 million people within a couple of months. As viral video sites like YouTube got up and running, millions more saw the video. For many, many people, when they hear the term "viral video," they see the ecstatic face of Gary Brolsma.

This kid had what he thought was a very private moment in the high school production studio. Oh, except that it was taped. A tape rediscovered months later by friends of the Star Wars Kid, who then posted to file-sharing site Kazaa. Within two weeks of its posting, about 2 million people had downloaded the video. The Star Wars Kid didn't think it was very funny--he sued the families of the "friends" who posted the video. From the lawsuit: The Star Wars Kid "had to endure, and still endures today, harassment and derision from his high-school mates and the public at large," and, he "will be under psychiatric care for an indefinite amount of time." The Viral Factory, an ad agency specializing in Web marketing campaigns, estimated last year that the "The Star Wars Kid" video had been viewed over 900 million times, making it the most popular viral video ever.

The concept is simple. This series of Web videos, created by Los Angeles comedians Kent Nichols and Douglas Sarine, features Nichols dressed up in a black ninja outfit. He is dead serious as he answers questions sent in by "viewers." "The Ninja is known for his emphatic declarations, as well as his expansive, spontaneous, and often extremely exaggerated hand gestures," says Wikipedia. "Ask a Ninja" episodes are usually about 3 minutes long, and always end with the Ninja signature closer: "I look forward to killing you soon!" (or some variation).

'I'm Your Manager, Luke'

In this video series, creators Matt Sloan and Aaron Yonda imagine Star Wars bad guy Darth Vader in real-life scenarios. This time Darth is the manager of a grocery store. Hollywood, take note: You can't miss with a premise like that. "Day Shift Manager" is the most popular of the eight videos Sloan and Yonda have produced so far: It's been viewed more than 5 million times on YouTube, according to the Chad Vader Wikipedia page. The series was also discussed on a Good Morning America segment last year.

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