Chapter 14: Give Me the Thrill of Victory and the Agony of Defeat

Frustrated Skateboarder Fail (2009)
A young skateboarder misses a trick and vents his frustration.

Jason McElwain Autistic Basketball Player (2006)
Jason McElwain, a high-functioning autistic teenager, hits one basket after another. And the crowd goes wild.

The Extreme Diet Coke & Mentos Experiments (2006)
One of the many copies posted of our original viral video. The primary version was posted on, which is no longer available.

Wide World of Sports Intro 1978 (Recorded in 1978)
Yugoslavian ski jumper Vinko Bagataj takes an unforgettable tumble – “the agony of defeat.”

FAIL Blog: Roman Candle Headshot FAIL (2011)
Concern for how badly this kid may have been hurt makes this video less contagious.

Scooter Handling FAIL (2010)
While he really takes a tumble, showing that everyone is okay and laughing about it makes us more likely to share this video.

Grape lady falls! (2007)
The fall doesn’t look too bad, and the sounds are peculiarly funny. If we knew that she broke a couple of ribs and was in the hospital for two weeks, we’d be less likely to share the video.

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