One of Time Magazine's Top Viral Videos of 2008 comes from none other than Parry Gripp of Nerf Herder. The venerable magazine had this to say:

One of the best things about the internet is its ability to make a star out of the little guy. This couldn't be truer than in the case of the wee white hamster lying on his back atop a keyboard, made famous with the help of Parry Gripp, a whimsical songwriter formerly of the group Nerf Herder who, if his random musical oeuvre is any indication, apparently has way too much time on his hands. The riff is catchy, the pet is adorable -- and, we're pretty sure, was unharmed in the making of this video.

Gripp's band released IV this year. It was their first new album since 2002's American Cheese.