“You cannot solve a problem from the same consciousness that created it. You must learn to see the world anew.” Albert Einstein

YouTube reveals most watched videos in 2011

The mock agony of a dog teased with non-existent meaty treats was the world’s No. 2 YouTube video of 2011.

“Ultimate Dog Tease” grabbed the No. 1 spot in the U.K. and was No. 2 in Canada — its country of origin.

The sad gastronomic fate of an adorable, talking German shepherd — captured on video and voiced by Halifax comedian Andrew Grantham — has been watched 74 million times by people around the world.

Although that’s more than double the population of Canada, it’s a drop in an ever-deepening YouTube bucket. The Google-owned, free online video service is growing at a rate of 48 hours of video a minute, according to Google Canada spokesperson Aaron Brindle.

In all, the world has so far watched or replayed YouTube videos 1 trillion times in 2011.

Another Canadian who climbed to the top of the world’s YouTube pyramid this year was adorable 12-year-old Winnipegger Maria Aragon. She has sung and keyboarded her way through Lady Gaga’s “Born This Way” more than 45 million times by now.

Commercial interests also had their moment in the spotlight, as ads by Kijiji.ca and Volkswagen picked up slots on Canada’s Top 10 list of most-watched YouTube videos

1. Rebecca Black, “Friday” (Official Video)

2. Talking Animals, “Ultimate Dog Tease

3. Maria Aragon, “Born This Way” (Cover)

4. Kijiji.ca, “Eric Wants to Sell His Stuff. Fast

5. Michael Bolton, “Jack Sparrow

6.“Nyan Cat

7. Charlie Sheen, “Songify This

8. Volkswagen, “The Force

9. “Einstein vs Stephen Hawking

10. Emerson, “Mommy’s Nose Is Scary



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