Viral video of girl licking bird poo: Real or fake?

By now, 2.9 million people have watched the video “Licking bird poo and wearing it too”, featuring a girl at Auckland’s Mission Bay, getting pooped on.

If you haven’t, here it is:

So it went off. It was covered by a host of outlets including Japanese TV, Huffington Post, and The Mirror, and featured on Reddit’s front page, Shock Mansion, and Break.

The big question is: Is it fake?

Yeah. Yeah it is.

Sorry about that, but Jono and Ben had this whole thing planned from the start, pulling a Kimmel on the world. #boom

Meet Todrick Hall: Your next top YouTube star

If you like Disney, and you like pop music, it’s time to get amongst Todrick Hall – if you haven’t already!

The first Todrick Hall video I ever watched was Beauty and the Beat. No, not the Nicki and Justin song. This is much, much better.

Then there’s CinderFella, featuring Janice Dickinson and Lance Bass. Hello!

Inspired by Beyonce’s Pepsi commercial…

His Once Upon A Crime series is funny, but this one is the best: (NSFW)

So subscribe and enjoy!

YouTube’s 2013 mashup is amazing!

Featuring Jenna Marballs as Miley in Wrecking Ball, Kid President being rad, Smosh in their undies, and Epic Meal Time hanging out with Overly Attached Girlfriend, prepare for some epic-level awesomeness from YouTube’s 2013 mashup.

Also featured: Prancercise wonders what the fox says, if you’re looking carefully, you’ll spot GloZell in a horsemask, and there’s cameos from Jimmy Fallon, Macklemore, Jamie Oliver, and the Cookie Monster.

Enough of the writing, time to get watching!

And check out all the behind-the-scenes action here:

NZ’s most watched YouTube clips of 2013

What were New Zealand’s most-watched YouTube videos this year?

10 – Te Ao Te Huia’s X Factor NZ audition:

9 – UGA men’s swim teams’ Harlem Shake

8 – Ashley Tonga’s X Factor NZ audition

7- JGeeks’ The Best Day I Ever Had

6 – The Lonely Island’s YOLO

5 – Harlem Shake the Army Edition

4 – Drug Driving’s Blazed ad

3 – Guy finds his house plumbed with beer

2 – How animals eat their food

1 – Ylvis – What does the Fox Say?

Bonus: YouTube’s 2013 mash-up!

Which have been your favourite YouTube clips of 2013?

Hilarious video explains why you should never read YouTube comments

We’d all heard the quote “don’t read the comments” and this super-funny video shows us exactly why that’s true.

The video’s creators say “The YouTube comment section can sometimes make you question humanity, so to cheer you up we’re bringing you dramatic reconstructions of some of the best comment wars. This time it’s between ‘Sophie Danze’ and ‘Jilianlovesthebeibs’ on One Direction – What Makes You Beautiful.”

This is the start of what will be a very funny series of clips. You can subscribe to Dead Parrot’s YouTube channel here.

Meet The Dumpling Sisters


Amy and Julie Zhang are Chinese Kiwis who live in London. Online, they’re known as The Dumpling Sisters and star in their own YouTube videos about delicious fusion food, their mum, and adventures in the big city.

I was introduced to them when they were rallying for votes because they’d made the finals of Jamie Oliver’s Search for a Food Tube Star. They are the only finalists to represent NZ out of more than 250 entries worldwide!

It’s awesome to see Kiwis fly, so have a watch of their video and click the ‘like’ button on YouTube to show your support in the competition.

It closes this Monday, 23 September, at 11 am NZ time. Please let your friends and family know about this and lets see these lovely ladies take out the competition!

Check out their YouTube channel for more adorableness and good food!

Why does YouTube stop at 301 views?

Why does a YouTube video sometimes show only 301 views, but have thousands of likes?

I often wondered this, until my friend Hayden, who is an SEO guy, explained to me that YouTube holds the count until they can verify that it’s legit.

Now vlogger numberphile has been able to find out directly from Ted Hamilton, who is a product manager for Google Analytics. His video is below.

If you don’t want to watch the full 10 minute clip, here’s the nuts and bolts:

  • Views are a currency, so YouTube need to make sure they’re legit.
  • 300 was designated as a tipping point for requiring verification.
  • A developer made a wee boo-boo in the code and made it <=300, rather than <300, causing the count to halt at 301.
  • Sometimes extra counts come in at the same time from different servers, halting the count at 302 etc
  • Once bots have been weeded out and the clip isn’t misleading, the counts are allowed to continue as normal.

And there is that little mystery solved!



5 great cat videos

I love a good cat video, so here’s five of my favourite YouTube cat vids, in no particular order:

Woof! Woof! Woof! Wo- oh. Oh hai, didn’t see you there. Meow. Meow.

The original stalker cat

I LOVE cat gone!

Cutest kitten ever

No cat video collection would be complete without Maru!

Please add your favourites in the comments!

UPDATE: I’ve just discovered this one so have to add it in as a late entry.