Google does this "Zeitgeist" thing every year, and it's pretty cool. The company takes the trillions of searches the engine processed over the year, creating a history of the year by looking at what trended, when; then, they make a stirring video that restores your faith in humanity, give you hope for the future, blah, blah, blah.
This year's version was no different. I was inspired by the footage of guys like Felix Baumgartner, Michael Phelps, and "Blade Runner" Oscar Pistorius. I saw some searches come up that I myself had done this year, and I felt connected with my seven billion fellow humans. Isn't this nice, I thought. We're all not so different.
And then it happened. The video threw me off. It lost its credibility in the span of literally less than a second.
Really? Had to include this part of 2012 in this amazing time capsule? Couldn't just skip this one? Couldn't start the trend where we all collectively forget that Honey Boo Boo happened? Couldn't take the lead here, Google? When this is shown in the Singularity in 100 years, the details of why we humans went to war with each other for trivial reasons will be explainable—but this just won't be. It won't.
Dammit, Google. You almost made the perfect viral video. Instead that honor stays with the winner for two months running, German Guy Jumping on Pool.
Never gets old.