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06.22.14

Duck-pocalypse, Animated Mormons, and More Viral Videos

From a swarm of ducks to animated Mormons, watch our countdown of this week’s buzziest videos.

5. Vine Sleight of Hand

It takes imagination and a steady smartphone to shoot a Vine with seamless effects. Creative planning went into this short but very sweet video of a pool diver who gets an unexpected assist. 

4. Duck-pocalypse Now

Pro Tip: When you see hundreds—maybe even thousands—of ducks running towards your car, either pull out a camera and record it, or get out and follow them, because they may know something you don’t.    

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3. OK Go Use Their Illusion

Alt-pop band OK Go is no stranger to single-take music videos with impressive choreography. In their latest, “The Writing’s on the Wall,” they take things to a new level with well-designed geometric optical illusions. The video was reported as requiring more than 50 takes to complete satisfactorily.     

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2. Rock Band Recital Fail

No, this isn’t an outtake from Freaks and Geeks. These middle schoolers launched into a cover Weezer’s “Undone (The Sweater Song)” when an equipment malfunction caused them to leave their performance—wait for it—undone.

Hopefully, the band will use the subsequent pity applause they received as fuel to keep the fire burning in their bellies as they prepare themselves for eventual rock stardom.

They should also get rid of their roadie before their next gig.    

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1. The Book of Mormon Comes to South Park

The animated town of South Park has seen more than its share of interlopers and invaders—elderly reckless drivers, hippies, Barbra Streisand in the form of a giant Mecha-Godzilla, the list goes on—but here, Trey Parker and Matt Stone’s beloved burg plays host to the Latter-day Saints from their Tony-winning musical The Book of Mormon.

In a delightful clip that honors both the TV show and play, Mormon missionaries sing “Hello,” Book’s opening number, as they ring every doorbell in South Park, preaching the Word to the likes of Butters, Big Gay Al, Cartman’s mom, and Jesus Christ Himself. It’s the answered prayers of Parker and Stone’s fans.

What makes it even more impressive is that one such fan, Simon Chong, is responsible for this clip. Chong has no affiliation with Parker or Stone, but that could very well change if they see this loving tribute to their work. 

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