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Your Year in Viral Videos: 2013 in Rewind

Tori Locklear was the victim of a ruthless curling iron, and we can all be forgiven for laughing at her trauma. (Source: Tori Locklear/YouTube) Tori Locklear was the victim of a ruthless curling iron, and we can all be forgiven for laughing at her trauma. (Source: Tori Locklear/YouTube)
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(RNN) - Selfie was Oxford Dictionaries' word of the year, which is all well and good, but YWVV has an early nomination for 2014 - virality.

The definition, according to Oxford, is "the tendency of an image, video, or piece of information to be circulated rapidly and widely from one internet user to another; the quality or fact of being viral."

A century ago, virality could have described a disease that took out an entire village. Now the mass effect is that it will distract millions of people from their work during the few minutes a video or image flickers on their computer screens.

Leave it to technology to make deadly, flesh-eating epidemics seem irrelevant.

Laughter, tears, head scratching - it all happened from January through December 2013. Let's hope there are more moments of entertaining unproductivity in the coming year.

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