While we love the videos that make us laugh out loud, we also love the clips on YouTube that amaze us, and make us want to share them with friends, family, neighbors and heck, even strangers.
We’ve taken a light-hearted look at some amazing human feats and abilities that can be viewed right now via YouTube ().
It’s mixed bag of musical skill, athletic acumen, artistic aptitude, and plain old geekiness, but all the clips have one thing in common — they feature some very talented people.
Browse below to see what we’ve selected, and remember kids: Don’t try any of these at home — except maybe the Rubik’s Cube one. Yeah, and the clapping probably won’t hurt. And circle-drawing isn’t too hazardous… Oh, you know what we mean!
1. Fastest Violin Player
We wouldn’t be surprised if this guy had sold his very soul to the devil, his fiddling skills are so amazing. Hit play now for the fastest rendition of “Flight of the Bumblebee” you’re ever likely to hear without first pressing “fast forward.”
2. Inspired Bicycles — Danny MacAskill
Mr. MacAskill is a BMX god, and his stunt bike abilities need to be seen to be believed. We love how this video draws you in with some failed stunts at first, only to leave your jaw on the floor towards the end.
3. Junior Breakdance
You may think you’ve seen some tidy breakdancing moves in the past, but until you’ve seen “Junior’s” attempts, you quite simply ain’t seen nothing yet.
4. Rubik’s Cube Official World Record
In 2008, Erik Akkersdijk broke a world record by solving the Rubik’s Cube puzzle in a tad over seven seconds. This clip captures the notable feat. Well, the first 20 or so seconds do — the rest is a bit of blur, which can perhaps be explained by the cameraman’s astonishment.
5. Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest 2009
On July 4, 2009, Joey Chestnut ate 68 hot dogs and buns in ten minutes, beating his previous record by nine seconds. If that’s not an incredible feat, we don’t know what is.
6. Spiderman Climbs Skyscraper
Frenchman Alain Robert (“the human spider”) has scaled over 80 giant structures around the world. Here he takes just 20 minutes to make it to the top of a 150-meter building in Abu Dhabi — not one to watch if you’re scared of heights.
7. Kent “Toast” French, The World’s Fastest Clapper
It’s best not to question why you’d want to be the world’s fastest clapper. Just hit play on the video and be amazed at what 14 claps per second looks like on film.
8. Amazing Human Beatbox
28 million views later and it’s still hard to believe that “Scratch” is making all these sounds vocally. It’s safe to say that this vid is a masterclass in human beatboxing and scratching.
9. World Freehand Circle Drawing Champion
We bet Alexander Overwijk’s pupils try to get him to perform his circle-drawing skills every lesson to avoid work, but we only need this one recording to enjoy it again and again on YouTube.
10. David Belle
Father of parkour (the French discipline of overcoming any physical obstacle in your path), David Belle makes old Spidey above look like a slowpoke. This mini highlight reel video showcases his brand of free running that’s made him such a hot commodity as a Hollywood stuntman.
BONUS: Amazing Feat by Pi Day Celebrant
What do you get when you combine Pi, a hula hoop, and a Rubik’s Cube? Awesome, that’s what.