Sunday, March 9, 2008

The Dumbest Post Ever

It's good to have geeky friends, but not too many of them. Today Revel told me about The Hamster Dance, and it's brilliant successor, The Satanic Hamster Dance. Apparently, in some circles, these are well known internet phenomena. She sent me the links. I played them over each other without really intending and sat listening for longer than any normal person can possibly justify. What is happening to me? I posted the result above, in case you're too chicken. You should know that I resisted the temptation to experiment with the synchronization. I take some comfort in this.


Dr. Wes Browning said...

The dumb thing is, it's been around 10 years, and it was about 10 years ago I saw the first one. I referred to a YouTube video based on it as "Video Rodent Leftovers." The song is "Whistle Stop" by Roger Miller. There's a Wikipedia article, go to Hampster Dance. It refers to it as one of the earliest internet memes. I hate it when people use "meme" to mean "fad". There's a with a "classics" page featuring draggable rodents. I remember thinking, back in 1999, after Anitra subjected me to the Hampsters, "Sure would be nice to be able to drag these rodents around."

Anonymous said...


OK, payback time. I showed this to my girlfriend, and she laughed and said, "You have not seen anything yet!"

I DARE you to watch it clear through.

This too has created a huge following, with many many versions. Here is a compilation.

Wikipedia also has a great history of this, under "Loituma Girl".