"Jaw-dropping" is a subjective term, but it's also my assignment. Fortunately this is my column -- so here are some of the viral videos that I've found to fit the bill.
For the Birds
This is just super cool. I don't understand how these birds can mimic so well. Is it a recording device? How do they do exact voices? They're like Frank Caliendo -- except with a much funnier sitcom. I'm so intrigued by this that I just spent the past 30 minutes Googling it. Evidently they do not have voice boxes, rather their trachea produces these sounds. I don't buy it -- I'm thinking recorder.
God women have it tough. There's too many things here for me to process. Not so much the makeover or the Photo-shopping, but the fact that there's actually a "Self-Esteem Fund." Also isn't it kind of hypocritical that a beauty company created it? Anyway, I guess this clip is supposed to teach us something about true beauty. And also sell us soap.
Wait, I think I missed the part where the aliens talked. Hold on -- let me re-watch it. Nope, not even close. So I'm confused -- are we wondering why there is vague sound after a bunch of audio edits? Someone get NASA to take a second look at it! Oh wait, we've basically thrown that whole space program away. Good call there, government.
Gorgeous video. On a related note, have you guys been watching this Frozen Planet series? The camerawork is incredible. And that narrator's pretty good too -- that guy's gonna make it. Anyway, back to this super short slow-mo footage of a big wave -- quite breathtaking. I'm not sure where this one was shot, but based on water color I can assume it's not my Jersey shore.
The Grand Canyon is most certainly jaw-dropping. But I can tell you from personal experience that the Skywalk is pretty much the lamest part of the whole experience. This is how it works: You get to the reservation, pay a lot of money, wait on an extremely long and slow-moving line, check your camera because God forbid you're allowed to take photos after paying that money, wait some more, and finally walk on some Plexiglass. I'll tell you the same as I told my parents when they asked me what I wanted for Christmas in 1991 -- Skip it.
So that's what I have for you this week. Which one did you find to be the most incredible? Which jaw-dropping videos did I leave out?