Double Rainbow (viral video)
Double Rainbow is a viral video filmed by one-time MMA fighter Paul "Bear" Vasquez. 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 October 2015[update], the 53 year old farmer's video has accumulated more than 42.2 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.
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 The Axis of Awesome during a live recording of a charity show in the UK.
Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked (2011)
A reference is made in the movie when the gang comes across a double rainbow, Theodore asks: "What does it mean?", Theo asks in a similar fashion to Vasquez.
The Starving Games (2013)
When Kantmiss Evershot is stung by tracker bees, she hallucinates a double rainbow and cheers in the style of Vasquez, and then the rainbow turns into a quadruple rainbow with Skittles falling from the sky as a voice whispers "taste the rainbow" as Kantmiss cheers even louder.
Easter egg in the game. Jumping off a cliff to a hidden camp reveals a double rainbow and Claptrap or Handsome Jack will quote the video.
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- The original video, titled "Yosemitebear Mountain Giant Double Rainbow 1-8-10" on YouTube