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The Viral Videos of 2006

Sara Goo

2006 was all about online video. Imagine, just a year ago, there was no Lonelygirl or Lazydork or widespread backyard experiments with Diet Coke and Mentos. So, it seems like a good time to come up with a list of the year's most popular user-generated videos, which, thanks to YouTube and millions of people procrastinating at work, helped online video take off.

First, there were those revealing moments captured on camera like Sen. George Allen's Macaca video, and the racist tirade that Seinfeld star Michael Richards had at a comedy club. On the corporate side of things, we loved Ricky Gervais' fake Microsoft training videos (part 1 and part 2) and enjoyed the other videos poking fun at the software giant's CEO Steve Ballmer. In the pet department, you gotta love the cat massaging dog clip. It's cheesy, but I do admit to being fascinated by the quick change artists from "America's Got Talent." And finally, in the dance category, we can't get enough of OK Go, Napoleon Dynamite and the robot dance. just came out with its list of the most popular videos for 2006. Here's a list of their top videos:
-- Brokeback to the Future, one of the most successful mashups of hundreds, if not thousands, of Brokeback Mountain mashups that would later follow.
-- Connie Chung sings, in a video clip you don't want to watch over and over again.
-- Evolution of Dance, the longtime leader on YouTube for the most popular video. It will have you in stitches.
-- The leprechaun video, featuring the news report of local residents who claim to have spotted a leprechaun in a tree. It was later mashed up into several versions of a music video.
-- Faith Hill, and her reaction to losing to Carrie Underwood in the Country Music Awards this year
-- The Easter Bunny Hates You, the hilarious video of an Easter Bunny running around the city, beating people up

OK, now your turn. What was your favorite short video that kept you laughing, no matter how many times you played it?

By Sara Goo  |  December 15, 2006; 5:00 AM ET  | Category:  Sara Goo
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This video ripping on Jason Calacanis kills...

Posted by: Josh | December 21, 2006 2:19 PM

Can the Post do a column on video game makers offering products that they can't sufficiently stock. As a parent, it was incredibly frustrating to have every child ask for a Wii and then find that they are only available from internet scalpers at twice the price. Some stores actually suggested that I'd need to turn up at 6:00 every morning and wait in line. Sometimes they would get a few. Is there no commitment by video game producers to meet buyers' demands? It's not as if they can't predict high sales. Wii's failure was preceeded by a similar stunt by Play Station 3. I've told my kids PS3 is out. Now I'm ready to say goodbye to any chance of buying the Wii.

Posted by: Leo Gallagher | January 4, 2007 2:11 PM

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