Reddit took one young kid and turned his life around this week, all because the lad got very excited about receiving one like on a YouTube video. Redditors fell in love with him and he found himself at the center of a social media frenzy which will surely last, as he is kind of adorable. Elsewhere Benedict (don't call me Sherlock) Cumberbatch whipped up the internet with his guest appearance on Sesame Street, and school truants in Australia got a very stark warning indeed. Ladies and gentlemen, our pick of the best videos of the week:
The world's most disturbing truancy warning has generated 14 million views and 610,708 shares across the interwebs since its upload on the 29th January. Think there no repercussions to bunking off school to spend the day on the beach with your carefree friends? Think again, slackers.
Reddit, the "Front page of the internet" can turn an image or a video into a meme literally within minutes if enough Redditors get behind it. Because we deal in big numbers, we often forget how much recognition, in the form of YouTube views and likes, matters in the real world and here is a wonderful example of how excited one young YouTuber, 'Sir Fedora' got over his first 'like'. Reddit thought he was awesome, got behind him and showered him with tweets, likes, subscribers and followers. He's adorable and I'm sure we'll be hearing a lot more about him the future.
Benedict Cumberbatch meets Sesame Street. Internet implodes.
On the 24th of January 2014, 30 years to the day that Apple launched the first Mac, 70 hours of iPhone footage was edited down to make this amazing video. We have come so far.
I have never, ever been able to get one of those Magic Eye pictures to work so imagine my frustration at having to sit through a 3 minute video that is nothing but one big Magic Eye. The video was created using an Xbox Kinect and a computer. Please let us know in the comments if it worked for you!
If you have been anywhere near Facebook this week, the chances are massively high that you've seen a 'Looking Back' compilation from one of your friends or family. Released as a feature to celebrate 10 years of the site, it was a nice idea but it got old very, very, very quickly. Until this came along.
Staying on the social media theme, here's what Instagram may have looked like in the 80′s. Hilariously accurate.
British animator Cyriak is no stranger to creating insane animal films launched 'Chimpnology' on the world last week and it is the strangest thing you'll see. It features a series of mutating chimpanzees using clips from the 1963 short film “BflOggGX = STwWcfl x 2s4″ – imagine that in a good way.
Stats by YouTube and Unruly. Correct at time of writing.
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