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12.16.12

The Week in Viral Videos: President Obama, Yoko Ono & More

From President Obama’s teary-eyed address after the Connecticut shooting to Yoko Ono’s strange rendition of “Firework,” watch our countdown of this week’s buzziest videos.

Matisyahu and His Cute Kids

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It’s latke time! To celebrate the Jewish festival of lights, the Hasidic musician and his two sons adorably sing his latest single, “Happy Hanukkah.”

R.I.P. Ravi Shankar

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Ravi Shankar was India’s musical ambassador, collaborating with The Beatles and bringing the sound of the sitar to Western ears. Here he is on the Dick Cavett Show. Shankar died Tuesday at the age of 92.

Australian DJs: ‘We’re Incredibly Sorry’

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Is it just too late for a mea culpa? In their first interview, the Australian DJs who prank-called Kate Middleton’s hospital gave a tearful apology for the joke that may have led to a nurse’s suicide.

Sandy Hook Student: We Hid In A Closet

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Some of the most enduring images from the tragic day in Newtown, Conn., were those of elementary-school students giving their accounts of the shooting. In this ABC News video, a young boy describes how he hid in a gym closet until being evacuated by police.

Gingrich: GOP Can’t Beat Hillary in 2016

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On Meet The Press, Newt Gingrich said that the Republican Party of today would be “incapable of competing” with Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential race, arguing that Mitt Romney’s defeat was about much more than the candidate’s flaws.

Yoko Ono’s Fake ‘Firework’ Cover

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It might just be the most honest interpretation of Katy Perry’s voice yet, even if it is a fake. A performance of John Lennon’s other half—and artist in her own right—got a backing track to the tune of the pop hit that turned it into a viral sensation.

Zeigeist 2012

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What did the world search for this year? Google has released its look back at the year in Internet exploration, so watch and find out!

Tina and Amy’s Globes Countdown

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It’s really happening! The first ladies of comedy, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, are set to host the 70th annual Golden Globes. Watch their first promo.

Adam Sandler: Sandy, Screw You

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We’re not sure how Leonard Cohen feels about it, but Adam Sandler’s, um, “interpretation” of the classic tune “Hallelujah” sure got the crowd buzzing at 12-12-12 the Concert for Sandy Relief.

Obama: ‘Our Hearts Are Broken Today’

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In a solemn press conference Friday afternoon, President Obama teared up as he offered condolences to the families of the Newtown shooting victims. “As a country, we have been through this too many times,” said Obama. “While nothing can fill the space of a lost child or loved one, all of us can extend a hand to those in need.”