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August 4, 2013 | Elliott Serrano, for Redeye
Today marks the beginning of "Geek Week" on YouTube where the internet channel will be featuring some of the nerdiest content on the web! One of the crown jewels of the channel is an animated version of the "Star Wars Filibuster" done by comedian and uber-geek Patton Oswalt on "Park and Recreation," and rendered by the folks over at The Nerdist Channel:         Follow that with this hilarious parody of "Breaking Bad" as...
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May 14, 2014 | By Mick Swasko, @swasko and RedEye
Oh no, the cats versus dogs debate just got more fiery.  A video quickly gaining steam online shows a cat heroically chasing off a viscious dog after it attacks and drags away a young boy on a bike. "My Cat Saved My Son" is the title of the video that captured the attack yesterday.  The video already has the notorious "301+ views" YouTube tag, meaning it is quickly gaining eyeballs and that people love a good heroic cat.  According to the KERO news station in Bakersfield, Calif., the boy's mother said he needed a few stitches but is fine.
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May 14, 2014 | By Mick Swasko, @swasko and RedEye
Oh no, the cats versus dogs debate just got more fiery.  A video quickly gaining steam online shows a cat heroically chasing off a viscious dog after it attacks and drags away a young boy on a bike. "My Cat Saved My Son" is the title of the video that captured the attack yesterday.  The video already has the notorious "301+ views" YouTube tag, meaning it is quickly gaining eyeballs and that people love a good heroic cat.  According to the KERO news station in Bakersfield, Calif., the boy's mother said he needed a few stitches but is fine.
VIDEOGALLERY
March 3, 2014 | RedEye staff
Oh, Pope Frank. Italian speakers confirm video on YouTube shows the popular Pope Francis accidentally dropping an f-bomb while speaking from a window above St. Peter's Square at the Vatican. Several news reports say Francis made the flub on Sunday as he was addressing the crowd. Francis accidentally said "cazzo" instead of "caso," a small swap that's kind of a big deal and effectively led him to say "in this f - k" instead of "in this case. " He quickly caught and corrected himself, but the video landed on YouTube and international news channels within hours.
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January 31, 2014 | By Mick Swasko, @swasko and RedEye
Sweet name, kid.  A 10 year old from New Zealand is gaining fame for his rugby skills, and his name is Chicago Doyle. In just over a week, a highlight reel of the pre-teen's rugby skills has amassed more than 100,000 YouTube views. While it's by no means viral, it's impressive considering the sheer number of highlight reels that barely see the light of day on the video sharing site.  The attention was enough to gain him a video segment on Yahoo! New Zealand , and a follow-up where he met his rugby hero Shawn Johnson.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 2, 2012 | By Lindsay Eanet and RedEye special contributor
You're not the only one who's been singing along with "Somebody That I Used to Know. " YouTube's loaded with covers, and these are some of our favorites. P.S. 22 - Everyone's favorite indie-band-covering Staten Island public school chorus even came up with hand gestures! The facial expressions in this one are priceless. Ingrid Michaelson - Singer-songwriter Ingrid Michaelson stays pretty close to the original in her rendition for her Army of 3 sessions. The results: lovely.
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February 24, 2014 | By Mick Swasko, @swasko and RedEye
Alderman Jason Ervin has released a statement after a YouTube video of his 2012 bachelor party was uploaded to YouTube on Sunday.  In the video, two strippers give a lapdance to several people in what appears to be an auditorium. The video ends when the man filming is asked to shut off his camera because it could end up "on the Internet. " (The YouTube video, which is still online, is NSFW.) "In 2012 prior to my wedding, there was an event held by family and members of my wedding party," the 28th...
VIDEOGALLERY
March 3, 2014 | RedEye staff
Oh, Pope Frank. Italian speakers confirm video on YouTube shows the popular Pope Francis accidentally dropping an f-bomb while speaking from a window above St. Peter's Square at the Vatican. Several news reports say Francis made the flub on Sunday as he was addressing the crowd. Francis accidentally said "cazzo" instead of "caso," a small swap that's kind of a big deal and effectively led him to say "in this f - k" instead of "in this case. " He quickly caught and corrected himself, but the video landed on YouTube and...
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February 23, 2012 | By Leonor Vivanco, RedEye
TipsyCake bakery is getting slammed on social media over what some in Humboldt Park say are tasteless remarks made by its owner. Owner Naomi Levine said in a CitySoles TV interview posted on YouTube this week that she chose the Bucktown location at 1944 N. Damen Ave. to open a storefront where "nobody would be too scared. " CitySoles, a Wicker Park store, posts videos about Bucktown and Wicker Park businesses to its website . Levine opened TipsyCake in 2006 in Humboldt Park, where the pastries are still produced, but picked Bucktown for her shop because...
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May 18, 2012 | By Kyle Kramer, for RedEye
King Louie, 24, came up in a part of Chicago's Southeast side that many call Dro City, but, thanks to an active street team and strong online presence, he has found fans across the entire city, and, increasingly, on a national level. A recent shout out from Kanye West on West's “I Don't Like” remix further elevated Louie's profile. We spoke with Louie to get his thoughts on New Chicago music and its YouTube presence. How do you think YouTube helps people get in touch with music in Chicago, and what effect do you think that has had on you finding new fans?
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February 24, 2014 | By Mick Swasko, @swasko and RedEye
Alderman Jason Ervin has released a statement after a YouTube video of his 2012 bachelor party was uploaded to YouTube on Sunday.  In the video, two strippers give a lapdance to several people in what appears to be an auditorium. The video ends when the man filming is asked to shut off his camera because it could end up "on the Internet. " (The YouTube video, which is still online, is NSFW.) "In 2012 prior to my wedding, there was an event held by family and members of my wedding party," the 28th Ward Alderman's statement reads.
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February 6, 2014 | By Rachel Cromidas, @rachelcromidas and RedEye
Chicago has something of a YouTube problem. As social media sites grow in popularity and police investigators become increasingly savvy to them, more local residents are being charged with crimes after their alleged offenses wind up on social media. In just the past week, Chicago Police officials have charged two men with crimes related to videos posted to the public video sharing site. In one instance, a man was accused of threatening a city official's life in a YouTube screed against city-issued parking tickets.
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February 5, 2014 | By Mick Swasko, @swasko and RedEye
If it doesn't turn out to be some lame viral marketing campaign, this is genuinely excellent.  A YouTube user by the name of "Sir Fedora" began posting to the video site last week, without much fanfare. But on Wednesday, a video titled "What Da [bleep] happened," featuring the quirky kid celebrating getting one "like" on his channel, went viral after making the front page of link-sharing site Reddit, where he has been dubbed "One Like Kid. "  In mere hours, his one "like" turned into 60,000 and...
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January 31, 2014 | By Mick Swasko, @swasko and RedEye
Sweet name, kid.  A 10 year old from New Zealand is gaining fame for his rugby skills, and his name is Chicago Doyle. In just over a week, a highlight reel of the pre-teen's rugby skills has amassed more than 100,000 YouTube views. While it's by no means viral, it's impressive considering the sheer number of highlight reels that barely see the light of day on the video sharing site.  The attention was enough to gain him a video segment on Yahoo! New Zealand , and a follow-up where he met his rugby hero Shawn...
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January 30, 2014 | By Rachel Cromidas, @rachelcromidas and RedEye
A suburban man didn't like the outcome after he contested a parking ticket with the city, so he posted a violent screed to YouTube threatening the life of a city hearing officer, county prosecutors said. Michael Dixon, 40, of Country Club Hills, posted the 11-minute video to YouTube on Jan. 14, then mailed his hearing officer a letter directing him to the video, prosecutors said Thursday. The video, posted by an account called Voice from Chicago, features a man with his face obscured talking about the details of a $50 ticket he...
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December 11, 2013 | By Mick Swasko, @swasko
Goats, foxes, the Prancersize lady, Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy Kimmell and Overly Attached Girlfriend reminded us Wednesday that the Harlem Shake happened this year.  That cast of characters has one thing in common, and it's that all of them went viral on YouTube in 2013 by themselves. But a video posted Wednesday of all of YouTube's popular and meme-tastic icons went viral itself, amassing more than 3.3 million views in less than 11 hours.  The video was produced by YouTube and Portal A, a San Francisco based...
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January 26, 2012 | By Leonor Vivanco, RedEye
In Chicago, we call it pop, not soda. To dodge a ticket, we put the cell phone down while driving every time we see a cop. And nobody - not LeBron, Kobe, or even D Rose - is as good as Michael Jordan. That's all according to "Sh*t Chicagoans Say," the latest riff on a string of catchphrase-filled viral videos that started surfacing last month after one called "Sh*t Girls Say" caught fire on YouTube. (Watch the video here) Mathew Montalvo, 28, who lives in Belmont Cragin, captures the lingo, nuances and pride of those born, raised and living in the city in his five-minute...
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April 2, 2012 | By Lindsay Eanet and RedEye special contributor
Mid-biography on the “About” page of Gotye's website, the singer-songwriter (real name: Wally De Backer) suddenly exclaims, “Explosion!” It's an apt word to describe the career of the artist behind one of the year's biggest viral hits. Following the release of his beautiful earworm of a single “Somebody That I Used to Know” (featuring New Zealand singer Kimbra and a video involving a whole lot of body paint), the Bruges-born, Melbourne-raised De Backer is now a hit on both sides of the Pacific.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 4, 2013 | Elliott Serrano, for Redeye
Today marks the beginning of "Geek Week" on YouTube where the internet channel will be featuring some of the nerdiest content on the web! One of the crown jewels of the channel is an animated version of the "Star Wars Filibuster" done by comedian and uber-geek Patton Oswalt on "Park and Recreation," and rendered by the folks over at The Nerdist Channel:         Follow that with this hilarious parody of "Breaking Bad" as...
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July 28, 2013 | By Hector Luis Alamo Jr., @hectorluisalamo and For RedEye
In 50 years, when my generation is old and gray, we won't have stories to tell the young folks. We'll have videos. I visit my grandma regularly in Humboldt Park. We sit at the kitchen table, and I spend a couple of hours listening to her stories over black coffee and sweet bread. She tells me about being a little girl in the Honduran countryside, teaching in the capital city, coming to Chicago, my mom's first American Christmas. All the while, I'm thinking, "Man, I wish they had cellphone video and YouTube back then.
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