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Social Media Off The Wall: Spaghetti Strainer, Unlucky Ducky, LipDub

July 15, 2011 | By | No Comments

The second week of July was dominated by the Netflix price increase story and Mila Kunis’ Marine Date video.  Below I have compiled some of the best stories from this week in social media that you may have missed. Enjoy!

Austrian Spaghetti Man

I am sure people at DMVs around the world hear some pretty ridiculous requests for driver license pictures, but none like Austrian Niko Alm’s claimMr. Alm, a self-described “Pastafarian,” requested to wear a spaghetti strainer in his license photo in order to keep within his faith of the “Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster.”  His request was denied for three years, but this week he finally won his fight and was allowed to take the license photo (seen to the right).  I am not sure what to think of Pastafarianism, but it seems Mr. Alm’s actual movement might gain some followers. Over 100k people have shared the NPR article about him on Facebook.

Unlucky Duck in Australia

In one of the most awkward, funny, and embarrassing news videos ever; the Today show in Australia manages to have everything go wrong with their “Lake Monster” segment. The shark expert, Paul Burt, and Host Karl Stefanovic are hilarious:

I have never seen a bird go after a fishing lure, let alone get hooked on one.  The news crew had fun with the story despite every aspect going terribly wrong.  “No ducks were hurt in the filming of that sequence.” –Today Co-Host Lisa Wilkinson

Retirement Community Rocks!

When most people think of “nursing homes”, they think wheelchairs, bingo, and lots of old stories.  This next video should definitely change some folk’s perceptions of nursing homes.

The residents of Clark Retirement Community in Grand Rapids, Michigan teamed up with the Grand Valley State University Film & Video Production Department (students, professors, and alumni) to make this great LipDub video (over 225k views on YouTube in 3 days)!  I love the video and think more retirement communities can use viral video to promote their properties and services successfully.

Share your comments and any other stories you might have come across this week in social media in the comment section below. Have a great weekend!

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