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Origin of the Harlem Shake video

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Published: Friday, February 15, 2013

Updated: Friday, February 15, 2013 15:02

Harlem Shake

The Harlem Shake | image via YouTube

Harlem Shake videos: where did they come from?

The internet has exploded over the past week with colleges, organizations and random people performing in Harlem Shake videos. But why now?

Storified by Stephen Green· Fri, Feb 15 2013 09:59:25

Youtube vlogger Filthy Frank can claim credit as the origin of the crazy video trend known as the Harlem Shake in his video "FILTHY COMPILATION #6 - SMELL MY FINGERS".
He then created an entire video solely out of the first part of the original compilation after requests by other Youtube users.
DO THE HARLEM SHAKE (ORIGINAL)dizastamusic
Five teens in Australia created what we now know as the "Harlem Shake video". One person dances to Baauer's "Harlem Shake" while those around them seem oblivious to their existence. 

Then the bass drops. 
The Harlem Shake v1 (TSCS original)thesunnycoastskate
The creative transitions have gotten crazier as time passed. Here are a few of my favorites:
Harlem Shake v3 (office edition)hiimrawn
Universities go for the sheer numbers.
Harlem Shake v33 (Portland Edition)wk
This one gets points for creativity and difficulty.
UGA Men's Swim & Dive Harlem ShakeUa-DQjRme479Y3mqj8TrbQ
Even the news stations couldn't stay off the trend.
HARLEM SHAKE (Ksla News Edition)fembossnews
And ummmmmm this.
Harlem Shake (Black Edition)ksiolajidebt

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