About this time every summer, there's one song that's always on the radio. Before you know it, it's everywhere, and you just can't escape it. Gotye's 'Somebody That I Used to Know' is this year's catchy summer tune that people love to hate and hate to love. Ever since the song was released just five months ago, it has stayed at or near the top of the Billboard singles chart.
Now there's a viral video of actors Nicholas Braun and Kyle Kaplan from the ABC sitcom '10 Things I Hate About You' displaying what happens when the song begins playing while they're in the car. At first, Braun and Kaplan act as if they want to change to another song, and then they act as if they are not sure how to do so. But then, the inevitable happens, the catchy hook starts to play and they can't help but to sing along. They criticize the song mercilessly, but as the song builds to its emotional crescendo, the guys harmonize right along with it.
The video is a hit, with more than 1.4 million views in just a day. Commenters are finding the duo hysterical, saying they laughed as they watched it because Braun and Kaplan are "so accurate." Another commenter wrote, "One does not simply ignore Gotye's song."
At the end of the video, the duo actually concede, saying "this is actually a really good remix." While the car scene may seem to have been spontaneous, according to YouTube, Vincent Pergola directed the video.
Sick of being stuck inside doing office work? Would you rather be skipping stones out in the open air near your favorite lake? Well, now you don't even have to leave your cubicle to do so. The summer activity requiring nothing but you, a body of water, and a rock has gone high-tech.
Skippy the Robot is a specialized machine that allows anyone with an Internet connection to skip stones remotely across an Idaho pond. In a video on Skippy's website, Skippy is described as a "a stone-skipping robot with the brain of a mad scientist and the heart of a mountain man, built to let people far and wide skip stones to their heart's delight." Skippers can adjust the aim, pitch, and force of the rock before Skippy lets it fly, and every throw is recorded and available to share with others.
Skippy is part of a campaign to promote summer tourism in Sun Valley, Idaho. The mechanical device operates only during daylight hours, and if you want to get in on the action, you'll have to sign up and wait your turn in line. So far, the robot has received thousands of "likes" on Facebook. After you've skipped a stone, you're given a distinction on the list of High Skippers. Will you be the next All-Star Skipper?