Double Rainbow (viral video)

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For the song, see Double Rainbow (song).
Vasquez in June 2012.
Birthdate September 5, 1962
Residence California

Double Rainbow is a viral video filmed by one-time MMA fighter[1] 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 December 2015, the 53-year-old farmer's video has accumulated more than 42.6 million views on YouTube.[2]


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,[3] saying that he and a friend had declared it the "funniest video in the world." The video quickly gained over one million views.[4]

A July 16 feature on the video by stated that the video had gained 4.8 million views.[5] The video gained Vasquez a feature on the comedy show Tosh.0.

In popular culture[edit]

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.[6] 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.[7]

Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked (2011)
A reference is made in the movie when the gang comes across a double rainbow. "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.

Borderlands 2
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.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Paul "Hungry Bear" Vasquez MMA Stats, Pictures, News, Videos, Biography". Retrieved 2013-10-29. 
  2. ^ "Yosemitebear Mountain Giant Double Rainbow 1-8-10". YouTube. 2010-01-08. Retrieved 2012-06-24. 
  3. ^ "Twitter / Jimmy Kimmel: my friend Todd has declare". 2010-07-03. Retrieved 2011-03-26. 
  4. ^ "Double Rainbow Meme Takes Web by Storm". Mashable. July 8, 2010. Retrieved 23 July 2010. 
  5. ^ Brown, Damon (2010-07-16). "How the 'double rainbow' video blew up". Retrieved 2010-07-26. 
  6. ^ "Internet Meme Hall of Fame: Double Rainbows". Retrieved 2010-08-03. 
  7. ^ "The Five BestÇFunniest Double Rainbow Covers". Cover Me. 2010-08-02. Retrieved 2010-12-02. 

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