Five great virals you may have missed in 2007

I admit it: I'm kind of a video geek. A big part of that geekiness involves surfing the web for viral videos (in the name of "research") when I should be writing/creating my own -- so it stands to reason that I've seen a heckuva lot of virals this year. Somehow, though, these fell through the cracks: even though they ended up on other bloggers' "best" lists, I had never seen them. By extension, they're probably new to many of you as well. Without further ado, here's the Best of the Rest of 2007!

Funniest 911 Call Ever

Cat Man Do
Deceptively simple and super-hilarious animation of a cat waking up its owner. Too true, too true.

Star Wars Trumpet Solo
A young beauty contestant and her trumpet. You really have to watch the whole thing to get the full effect, by the way.

Is Europe a Country?
If you thought that Miss Teen South Carolina kind of flubbing a question about why Americans aren't so hot at geography was bad, former American Idol contestant Kellie Pickler's knowledge of European geography is a true jaw-dropper. This is definitely a child left behind!

Winter Days
Okay, this never went viral, but it should've! Short and sweet, it's a beautiful piece by Russia's best animator, Yuri Norstein.

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Some of the oldest chamber pots found by archeologists have been discovered in ancient Greece, but portable toilets have come a long way since then. Whether referred to as "the Jordan" (possibly a reference to the river), "Oliver's Skull" (maybe a nod to Oliver Cromwell's perambulating cranium), or "the Looking Glass" (because doctors would examine urine for diagnosis), they were an essential fact of life in houses and on the road for centuries. In this video from the Wellcome Collection, Visitor Experience Assistant Rob Bidder discusses two 19th century chamber pots in the museum while offering a brief survey of the use of chamber pots in Britain (including why they were particularly useful in wartime).

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