British Viral Videos: The Snoring Dormouse and ‘BENTON!’

The Snoring Dormouse (pic by Surrey Wildlife Trust)

It’s not often the Brits get to claim a viral sensation in the video world. We didn’t invent the Mentos bottle rocket, and keyboard cat is clearly too funky for our hemmed-in, starchy national persona.

So it’s a source of some delight to discover TWO viral videos are doing the rounds on the same day.

Here is a quite beautiful video, taken by the Surrey Wildlife Trust, of a dormouse having a lovely nap:

And, at the other end of the emotional scale, here’s a video in which a man chases his runaway dog Benton across London’s Richmond Park. Benton appears to be keen on herding all the deer he can, and making them run into the traffic. It’s fair to say the bulk of the joy is in the way the man calls for his dog:

And here is what some absolute genius has done, in tribute.

I love the internet sometimes. Don’t you?


Fraser McAlpine

Fraser McAlpine

Fraser is a British writer, broadcaster and the the author of the book Stuff Brits Like. He is Anglophenia's resident Brit blogger, having written BBC Radio 1's Chart Blog, the Top of the Pops website, and for NME, the Guardian and elsewhere. Favorite topics include slang, Doctor Who and cramming as much music into Anglophenia as he can manage. He invites you to join him on Twitter: @csi_popmusic
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