Trending This Week: Thundersnow and Taekwondo

February 20, 2015

Cantore Thundersnow Montage! - #ItsAmazingOutThere

The weather outside is frightful, but Jim Cantore! Jim Cantore is so delightful! In this montage, the Weather Channel's most venerable first-on-scene meteorologist shares his exuberance for one of mother nature's many wonders, thundersnow: "an unusual kind of thunderstorm with snow falling as the primary precipitation instead of rain" (via Wikipedia). With 3.5m views and counting, this tribute to one man's indefatigable excitement for all things wintry has already inspired several mash-ups and parodies, including a songified version from the Gregory Bros. which has racked up more than 150k views in less than a day.

 SNL Celebrity Jeopardy - SNL 40th Anniversary Special

Saturday Night Live celebrated its 40th birthday on Sunday with a three-hour, truly star-studded special (just ask Jimmy Fallon), taking a look back at the show's greatest hits and recreating some of its most unforgettable (and interminable) skits. Their anniversary edition of "Celebrity Jeopardy" became the most popular clip from the night on YouTube (3.5m+ views)   - seeing the return of a handful of classic impersonations/ impersonators, including Alex Trebek (Will Ferrell), Sean Connery (Darrell Hammond), Justin Bieber (Kate McKinnon), Tony Bennett (Alec Baldwin), Burt Reynolds (Norm Macdonald), and Matthew McConaughey (Jim Carrey).

Series to Watch: Adult Wednesday Addams

This week also saw the return of everyone's favorite goth grrrl, Wednesday Addams - this time, as the modern-day heroine of comedian Melissa Hunter's web series "Adult Wednesday Addams." In last week's episode "Wednesday vs. Catcallers," the unlikely protagonist (played by Hunter) takes justice into her own hands after being harassed by a pair of catcalling buddies on the street. The episode put the series on the map after gaining the attention of bloggers and mainstream press alike this week, resulting in more than 3.8m views to her channel in the last seven days (1.9m+ of which went to "Wednesday vs. Catcallers").  This week's episode, "The Haircut," marks the 10th episode in the series, which now has a total of 161k+ subscribers and 6.1m+ views since its debut in September 2013.

 3 Year Old White Belt Reciting the Student Creed

Yesterday, Leeds Taekwondo & Premier Martial Arts Centre posted this homemade video of their youngest student, 3 year old Sophie Wong, dutifully reciting the student creed. Within 24 hours, the outrageously adorable video made the rounds on Reddit, Huffington Post, and Buzzfeed, became a meme, amassed nearly 1m views, and earned young Sophie a spot in the Cute Toddlers on YouTube Hall of Fame. (Just kidding, there's no Hall of Fame, but if there were...!) Keep up the good work, Sophie - you really put the tyke in taekwondo! (Sorry.)

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-- Christine Huang

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