Weekend Diversion: My favorite Viral Video of all time

"I'm not anybody's judge; I don't know what motivates people to do what they do. But I have a lot of admiration for anybody who can start with absolutely nothing and make a little something out of it." -Wilford Brimley

I've got a lot of respect for the creativity that goes on over the internet, ever since the original Winnie-the-Pooh and Spirit of Christmas videos I saw way back in the 1990s. But unlike the corporatized Harlem Shake, there's a classic from more than seven years ago that keeps spawning new videos: Wilford Brimley's commercials!

Image credit: Liberty Medical. Image credit: Liberty Medical.

As I've told you before, I remember these commercials from back from my Price-Is-Right-watching days, where I would learn about various fiber products, adjustable beds, mobility-enhancing scooters, nicotine patches and gums, cholesterol medications, denture creams, and of course, diabetes testing supplies.

While diabetes is no laughing matter, the original Liberty Medical campaign -- coupled with Brimley's unique pronunciation of diabetes -- made for this goldmine back in January of 2006, with a little creativity.

As is always the case, there were spinoffs, spoofs, and alternate versions created in droves. "Beetus" (or beetis) became a meme in its own right, and even spawned a flash game.
Image credit: http://www.diabeetis.com/. Image credit: http://www.diabeetis.com/.

But what's made this my favorite is the sheer number of excellent, quality videos that have continued in the same vein as the original. A few years ago, I showed you the -- embarrassingly catchy -- diabetes dance mix, which was my favorite at the time.

And yet, the internet has not stopped creating better and better versions of this! From a year ago, here's Wilford Brimley rapping to U Can't Touch This, which is excellently done.

There's also the absurd Ice Ice Brimley, which is also incredibly well-done.

But I don't want you to get the mistaken impression that this is amusing because it's mean-spirited; I've certainly never taken it that way. So finally, I want to share with you the most surprising Brimley video I've run across, because unlike all the others, I actually felt inspired at the end of it!

It's very rare that something I saw on YouTube sticks with me for more than a couple of minutes, but the Wilford Brimley videos are still with me years later. I still can't rationally tell you why they amuse me as much as they do, but there it is, and I hope they amuse you too! Have a great weekend, and I'll see you back here next week!

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By Phil Shaffer (not verified) on 31 Mar 2013 #permalink

I have it from good sources in the entertainment industry that Walter Brimley is the nastiest SOB to work with of all time. It's fitting that he should be the brunt of so much humorous spin offs at his expense.

By Michael D Berger (not verified) on 01 Apr 2013 #permalink