Recently Vanessa Hill of BrainCraft talked about the science of goosebumps in This Video May Give You Goose Bumps:
Actually, the clips she included didn’t give me goosebumps as it happened, but yesterday a short video turned up on Twitter that really did. I’ve watched it a few times now, and it does it every time.
You see, the Iceland football team had an unexpected win at a recent international game and their countrypeople gave them a huge welcome on their return. Thousands turned out and performed the Viking Clap. There are videos on YouTube, but the one on this page at RÚV may be the original, is longer and more impressive: „HÚH!“.
There’s something about the drum, the shout, the tempo, but most of all, the way thousands of people are choosing to act in unison that makes this goosebump material.
Which reminds me, the haka is another thing that almost always sends a shiver down my spine too, with its raw power and emotion. This video is about 8 minutes long and includes 3 haka and some karanga, from the funeral of Jonah Lomu, a New Zealand rugby star.
The whole thing is powerful and moving. What a sign of respect!