The Economist made this sobering graphic of the hidden cost of the most popular YouTube video of all time—with more than two billion views since June 2012: "At 4:12 minutes, that equates to more than 140m hours, or more than 16,000 years." Then they compared it to some of humanity's most monumental tasks.
Surprise, humans spent a lot of time watching YouTube in 2013. And that time wasn't spread equally among all videos. Nay, some videos got more than their fair share of eyeballs. Here are the most popular YouTube videos (and music videos) of 2013, for your viewing pleasure.
We've seen more than enough "Gangnam Style" videos to last a lifetime, but this one, put out by NASA's Johnson Space Center, is a must-watch. That's because all the lyrics are about the work the Johnson Space Center does—and it features dancing astrophysicists.
"Gangnam Style" and its subsequent parodies became overexposed sometime during the Cretaceous period, but this warms my cold dead heart like a candy sunbeam.
If you needed further evidence that the ubiquitous Korean pop single "Gangnam Style" is the product of a nefarious Weapon X psychological warfare experiment — why do you think they call him Psy anyway? — here is your proof.
Yes, there have been a lot of Gangnam Style parody videos, and there are sure to be plenty more, but how many of those are performed in Klingon? Comediva introduces us to the wonders of Klingon Style, complete with tri-dimensional chess, a dancing Data, and a little Vulcan kid with some real moves. We don't get…
When Han Solo encounters the pop hit "Gangnam Style," he barely hesitates before pulling out his blaster. But Lando Calrissian's unholy alliance with PSY won't be so easily ended.