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The Vertical Squirrel Launcher

By: Going Like Sixty - Published: Sep 12, 2008   Updated: May 16 2011 • References: gizmodo
Animal launching is just wicked fun. Especially with Tree Rats. Remember the squirrel launched off somebody's patio on a more or less vertical shot?

The good guys at Gizmodo decided to take the squirrel shot to the next level by launching the bugger skyward - way skyward. He scampers away unhurt, but PETA isn't going to like this video AT ALL.

Implications - Quirky and potentially controversial gadgets are considered a prime subject for viral videos. Here, issues surrounding animal cruelty impact the buzz and shock value of the video. To an extent, this idea of "controversy over substance" can be applied to marketing campaigns, especially in terms of online recordings, if a brand is looking for a reaction.