It's a Worldwide Dance Craze, but It's Not the Real Harlem Shake stardom, the kind that burns brighter and longer than a second parody. Introducing ' Harlem Shake ', the viral dance craze sweeping the internet to compete with last year's proliferation of Gangnam Style parodies. The Harlem Shake meme takes its name from the track used in its many variations. In , everybody and their brother was doing the " Harlem Shake! Before you could say, "Shake it," the parodies started popping up like. We don't know much about YouTube user Filthy Frank , and we're not sure how much we want to know. The infographic highlights several shocking data points, such as the fact that the world spent roughly 2, years watching Harlem Shake videos in one month. Views Read Edit View history. In Russia, police arrested five people after they uploaded a video of themselves doing the Harlem Shake on a war memorial, an army tank from World War II. Similarly, Ad Age begged advertising agencies not to "attempt to surf on the now-crashed viral wave. Usually, a video begins with one person often helmeted or masked dancing to the song alone for 15 seconds, surrounded by other people not paying attention or seemingly unaware of the dancing individual. A Harlem Shake video was filmed by a group of Colorado College students and team players of the college's athletic team on a Frontier Airlines flight bound for San Diego from Colorado. When the Breakfast Club, a radio show on Power In its simplest form, it could be made with just one person;  a more sophisticated version might even involve a crowded stadium. There is a strong vein of humour running through each video that is not dependent on language, further increasing its potential to spread virally. The Harlem Shake is a dance that has been around for a long time and will always be around. Because why not, that's why. The crew eventually took the dance to the hip-hop world in music videos for artists like Eve and Diddy, only to watch its popularity fade.