The Best of the Harlem Shake

In the matter of a few short weeks, Baauer’s “Harlem Shake” has shaken up the online universe like few viral sensations have in history. The 30-second flash mob trend whose titular song is currently No. 1 on the iTunes chart has caught fire across the world, taking workplaces, college campuses and sporting venues by storm. Heck, the trend has even gone underwater and taken to the friendly skies.

Since I’ve watched my fair share of Harlem Shake vids these last several weeks (counting the hours would be pointless), I thought I’d share some of my favorites from the thousands that exist and the more than 4,000 now uploaded each day.

While I’m gladly riding the wave of the phenomenon, I think we’re quickly approaching the point where this is no longer a new trend and the videos are becoming old news. This seems to be the growing sentiment I’ve found in my long hours of recent informal research.

Nevertheless, the trend isn’t over yet, which is why my workplace is planning to create our own Harlem Shake video on Monday. With viral videos like these serving as essentially free, proven methods of gaining instant viewership, there’s no reason not to jump on the bandwagon, especially when there’s a means of publicity behind it.

If you’re interested in learning the dance (like I’m attempting to do), then wait no longer. And I came across the Daily Beast’s interview with the man behind the Harlem Shake, Baauer, whose take on all of this is definitely worth the read.

The video that supposedly began it all

Georgia Swim & Dive goes underwater…

A group takes the shake to the sky…

Maryland may have set the bar for college campuses. They do a range of dances, but the Harlem Shake begins at 1:30 mark…

Jon Stewart’s twist on the trend has been a definite success…

Even Lucy and Linus are into this thing…

The Coast Guard is one of many military schools to create a video, but theirs is the only one featuring a guy who falls off the stairs (guy in brown jacket to left at :20 mark)…

And I can’t leave out my alma maters…

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The New Woman in My Life

Herta

So, there’s a new woman in my life. Her name is Herta, named after an eccentric Austrian woman in my hometown, and she’s pictured above.

Yes, after more than eight years, I finally traded in my Ford Focus, Sylvia, for a new set of wheels. Despite the multiple breakdowns and her recent shaky years, Sylvia was damn good to me. She’s been all over the country – from Vegas, South Bend and Savannah to her last stop here in Richmond. I must admit to shedding a few tears in what turned out to be my final drive with her to the VW dealership. She’s has (literally) been along for the ride during the most formative years of my life.

Sylvia, I’ll always remember our dance parties, road trips, late-night soda runs, sober rides for friends (and me) and the countless daily drives to and from work.

As much as I’ll miss Sylvia, I couldn’t be happier to have Herta in my life. She drives like an absolute gem, proving all of the hype about Volkswagens and their German engineering 100% true.

Needless to say, this was the biggest adult purchasing decision that I’ve made in my life. The monthly check I’ll be cutting to VW, which’ll force me to stick to my budget, is totally worth it given satisfaction that I derive every time I sit in the drivers seat. The new car smell is one helluva added bonus.