When a video goes viral on the Internet, a special kind of magic happens. First, the fateful moment needs to be caught on tape. Then, the person or people in it have to realize what they have and upload it onto the World Wide Web for everyone to see. And finally, against all odds, that video has to rise to the top of the millions upon millions of videos already uploaded, and people have to like it enough to start passing it around. When everything comes together though, it’s perfection. You get video classics that stick with you forever (or at least for a week or so) and quotes like “Charlie Bit Me”
and “Ain’t Nobody Got Time For That”
become part of the popular lexicon.
But sometimes, the magic is nothing more than an illusion, and some of the most classic viral videos ever turn out to be nothing more than an elaborate hoax.