Trending This Week on YouTube: Tiny Hedgehogs, 'Sharknado 2' & Football Flopping

July 11, 2014

With the world in the grips of Copa di Mundi (sic) fever, we've found solace in a familiar source: viral video. This week on the Spotlight channel, we took the edge off with the ultimate Beyoncé dance off playlist, and we suggest you do the same.

And here’s some other interesting stuff on YouTube this week:

HelloDenizen - “Tiny Birthday for a Tiny Hedgehog”

A passion for tiny animals is practically a pre-req for working at YouTube. So naturally, we were captivated by “Tiny Hamsters Eating Tiny Burritos,” a masterpiece from HelloDenizen that picked up over 7 million views this spring. On Tuesday, they launched their second episode: “Tiny Birthday for Tiny Hedgehog.” They're also soliciting ideas for the next chapter of delicious tininess. What do you want to see petite vermin consume or do? Some of our favorite suggestions from the comments:

[editor's note: Larke Paul, have you considered a career in video production?]

Pro tip: for a daily fix of cute animalia, check out our “Daily ‘Aww’” playlist (truly the pièce de résistance of our curatorial efforts).

Fourgrounds - “Everyday Football Fouls”

While the World Cup has divided countries and pitted coworker against coworker, we can all agree on one thing: the absurdity of flopping in football. Who hasn't enjoyed a laugh at the dramatic writhing and general embellishment of injuries that goes down on the soccer stage? Even The Wall Street Journal had a chortle with a piece called “The World Cup Flopping Rankings.” A Canadian comedy troupe took the bait in a sketch that imagines what would happen if we all reacted like soccer players in everyday life. With almost 2 million hits in three days, it just goes to show, laughter truly is ... the universal language (*cue muffled applause*).

"Sharknado 2: The Second One Official Trailer"

The sequel the web's been waiting for got its first trailer this week–and frankly, it’s everything we dreamed it would be. Chainsaws? Check. Forgotten '90s actors? Check. Vague, cliché dialogue? Check, check, check (so far Tara Reid is winning with her gripping delivery of: “It’s like he [the shark] knew who I was…”).

Scripps Oceanography - "Anchovy school at Scripps Pier, July 8, 2014"

Watch enough YouTube and you'll know that it doesn't take a Hollywood production to marvel at the mysteries of Mother Nature. A late-breaking hit for the week, captured by students from the Scripps Observatory, showed millions of anchovy (by their accounts, the biggest school in 30 years) moving in a lava lamp-like formation off the coast of San Diego. It's a thrilling natural phenomenon–nothing fishy about it.

-- Claire Stapleton