Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Man may cash in on viral video

REGINA—A Regina man is hoping his 15 minutes of fame for getting kicked in the head by a train conductor will make him a little money, too.
Jared Frank’s video of his strange encounter on Peru’s Machu Picchu went viral on YouTube last week, amassing more than 22 million hits.

It also sparked interest from several companies wanting to sign licensing agreements with him.
Frank was hiking up a mountain with friends in March when he decided to shoot a video of himself with a train going by in the background—possibly closer than he anticipated.
As the train sped by, the whistle blasted and a conductor booted him in the head, leaving Frank reeling but uninjured.
Many viewers had less than complimentary comments for Frank, but he’s taking it all in stride.
“You can put up a video of saving a baby puppy and you’re going to get negative comments,” he reasoned.
“I knew what to expect as far as the comments, but as far as the sharing and how far the video got, I absolutely did not expect that,” he admitted.

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