4. Fred Goes Swimming
Fred's back at number 4 with his neighborhood swimming video. Somehow, the clip managed to draw about 12.5 million viewers desperate for anything that sounded vaguely like the kids in South Park or the rodents in Alvin and the Chipmunks. Am I the only one who doesn't get it?
Click below if you are so inclined. I, for one, would rather watch an amped-up miniature gerbil work out on a rusty exercise wheel for 3 minutes.
3. Kibe Loco: Dança do Quadrado
It may not be in English, but this workout video spoof from Brazilian humor site Kibe Loco spoke to audiences worldwide. The third most viewed comedy video of 2008, "Dança do Quadrado," attracted an impressive 12.6 million views.
What's the appeal here? Evidently in the world of YouTube the opportunity to watch people with unusual physiques--ultrasmall stature, for example, or incredibly thin legs--is simply irresistible. The best thing about it is that there's no Fred. My verdict: I'll be darned if the exercising miniature gerbil doesn't win again.