Archive for April, 2006

Was coffee Linnman’s secret to success?

Monday, April 24th, 2006

Paul Linnman, the intrepid TV news reporter behind the exploding whale video, retired from TV in 2004 and now works at Oregon radio station KEX. In a recent article, The Oregonian newspaper asked several well-known Oregonians, including Linnman, about their coffee habits. Linnman started his comments by saying: I have only two remaining addictions: Coffee […]

Was it the original “viral video”?

Thursday, April 20th, 2006 was mentioned in a recent article on the Salt Lake Tribune newspaper’s website. The article, titled Viral Videos: Spread of Internet video clips is catching, points to the infamous 1970 exploding whale video (which, of course, is the focus of this site) as an early example of a so-called “viral video.” The author explains: […]

Whale of an April Fool’s prank

Sunday, April 2nd, 2006

The staff at the Somerset County Gazette newspaper in, of all places, Somerset County, England, decided to play an April Fool’s Day joke on their readers. They ran a fake article titled Beached whale draws crowds to Taunton park in which they claimed a whale, named “Gotcha” by locals, “tugged itself out of the water […]