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Less than two months into 2013, and the year has its first ridiculous Internet craze: the “Harlem Shake” dance.
Unlike “Gangnam Style,” which came to take over the U.S. out of nowhere, the Harlem shake actually has a background, starting as the name of a dance created in Harlem, New York in 1981. It’s been referenced in plenty of songs over the years, but the new dance craze uses producer Baauer’s “Harlem Shake” track, notes ABC News.
A video posted by DizastaMusic claims to be where the new meme started. It shows four costumed people dancing to the track in a small room.
However, as USA Today notes, the meme has evolved. “Harlem Shake” videos now start with a single person hip-thrusting and wearing a crazy mask. When the bass kicks in, everyone else starts dancing in no particular way.
It’s been done everywhere now, including underwater:
Even the Army likes it:
YouTube Trends manager Kevin Allocca wrote that the craze has exploded. There’s now over 12,000 videos, which have all been watched nearly 44 million times as of Monday.
“This harlem shake stuff is blowing my mind,” Baaur tweeted.