Double Rainbow (viral video)
Double Rainbow is a viral video filmed by one-time MMA fighter Paul "Bear" Vasquez (born September 5, 1962). The clip, filmed in his front yard just outside Yosemite National Park, in the U.S. state of California, shows his ecstatic reaction to a double rainbow which he described as the "Eye of God". As of April 2018[update], the 53-year-old farmer's video has accumulated more than 45 million views on YouTube.
Paul Vasquez posted the video to YouTube himself as user Hungrybear9562 (now Yosemitebear62) on January 8, 2010. On July 3, comedian and late-night talk show host Jimmy Kimmel linked to the video in a post on Twitter, saying that he and a friend had declared it the "funniest video in the world." The video quickly gained over one million views.
On July 26, 2010, Bear was interviewed by Kimmel on Jimmy Kimmel Live! On the December 16th episode he was awarded Video of the Year and appeared in a video short created by the show for the event.
On May 9, 2016, Bear appeared on the Slooh live broadcast of the Transit of Mercury. Part of Slooh's goal was to capture a diverse history of Mercury, how it has been interpreted throughout the years, and the meanings people have attributed to it. With an enormous smile, he discussed his excitement for the rare event. Like the day he saw the Double Rainbow, Bear felt that the Mercury Transit had significant life meaning for him. In this way, Bear was able to provide a sense of wonder and joy that shows the deep connection people feel for the cosmos.
In popular culture
On July 5, 2010, the Gregory Brothers auto-tuned the video under the name "Double Rainbow Song". Their video has since gotten over 34 million views and has become a viral video in itself, almost surpassing the original in number of views. The song has been covered by Amanda Palmer, Jimmy Fallon (as Neil Young) and The Axis of Awesome during a live recording of a charity show in the UK.
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