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Five Westchester YouTube videos that should go viral
Facebook and Twitter are great, but there's no better platform for self-expression than YouTube. There's also no better place to spend hours of your life watching people do wonderful or wacky things. We spent some time watching videos uploaded by Westchester YouTubers during the past month and chose five videos that have the wack-factor needed to be viral hits.
What makes a Youtube video go viral is not always easy to pinpoint. There are no special requirements or formulas for success that guarantee views, but viral videos do have one thing in common: they stand out, even when you're not totally sure why.
These clips might not rank up there with West Point’s Gangnam style video, but we think they are worth a look. Below are our favorite Westchester County YouTube videos and why we think they deserve a click.
"Kicky Cat Tricks"
We're not sure if this kitty lives in Westchester, but we discovered the video while looking at the same user's Westchester County hunting trip video. These tricks wouldn't be as impressive if performed by a dog, but trained felines are usually much larger and inside a circus tent so a housecat rolling over on command has us impressed and, like this cute kitty, also wanting to beg -- for more clips.
“Payasos en New Rochelle”
This New Rochelle birthday party business may include “payasos” -- or clowns -- but this video had us amused for all the wrong reasons. The catchy dancey version of the “Happy Birthday” song and hypnotizingly repetitive spinning photos had us puzzled, but glued thinking surely this wasn't all that would happen for over three minutes. Even with a sudden switch to a song in Spanish at the 2:45 mark, we can't get this birthday song out of our heads.
“Schindler 330A Hydraulic Elevator @ H & M Ridge Hill Mall Yonkers NY”
Some famiies bond over playing catch or fishing. Why not through riding elevators? This father-and-son duo, along with their stuffed pal “Big Butt Bear” -- who has his own website -- seem to be a self-appointed elevator inspection squad, evident from the 1,238 videos they've uploaded scouting out elevators in Westchester and beyond. We can't wait until the next time we see someone in the elevator urgently poking at a button so we can drop our newfound elevator knowledge: "As we all know with Schindlers, the door close button does not work."
“3D Archery Shoot”
With the unsteady and blurred shots, extreme zooming, quick cuts and super creepy look the archer gives the camera in the beginning, we thought we'd stumbled upon a found-footage horror flick. We were impressed with this man's skill with a bow and arrow, but we found ourselves watching with bated breath waiting to be pranked by a scary face flashing across the screen or at least get Rick-Rolled.
“A Man, His Adopted Son, a Forbidden Forest, and Hurricane Sandy”
Superstorm Sandy inspired a lot of citizen journalism on YouTube, but this news team is by far our favorite. A man and his adopted "son" Woody reported from the trenches of their Westchester County home bordering a "forbidden forest" to let us know how they were faring during Sandy in a multi-part series. Getting storm -- and vet -- updates from this pair made inclement weather much more bearable. This man definitely has the potential to be a YouTube hit, not to mention Daniel Tosh's stand-in.
Which video is your favorite? Vote in the poll below. Have you seen any other wacky Westchester YouTube videos? Let us know in the comments section. And make sure to check out Newsday Westchester's YouTube videos.
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