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Old 04 March 2013, 12:32 AM
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Comment: I have read 2 definitions of the "Harlem Shake" and it's origin.
Are any of these correct?

1 - as the "Harlem Shake" becomes more popular, the amount of people who
know the true meaning of this word are low. the "Harlem shake" was
originally called the "harlot shake" it was slang used by business men who
would go on a trip, and pick up a hooker. but something would go wrong and
the hooker would burst into seizures. later on it became popular when men
would use a date rape drug n easy women, but the mixture of the drug with
the alcohol would cause a violent seizure. in the midst of this ate ape
drug phase the name evolved into what's known as "harlem shake" after the
phrase became less poplar, it then came back as an odd YouTube video of
which features normal dancing until the music changes in which the dancing
become a plethora of people doing odd things.

2 - An eccentric upper body dance move that involves the shaking of the
upper torso and shoulders. The Harlem Shake originated on 125th and
Lexington where gang bangers would shoot unsuspecting cripples with
crutches. The staggering fall of these cripples created a signature move,
adapted by gang-affiliates and introduced at local parties. Upon
witnessing the newly created “Harlem Shake,” a corporate thug under the
Bad Boy Entertainment payroll reenacted and sold this dance to famous
choreographer Laurie Ann Gibson who introduced this dance with the video
premier “Let’s Get It” by P. Diddy featuring G-Dep and Black Rob. The
phenomenon sweeping white neighborhoods and Italian nightclubs across the
country was born… the Harlem Shake.
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Old 04 March 2013, 01:49 AM
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1. Sounds plausible, since "harlot" has been in such common usage for the past two centuries. And while I haven't done the research, I'm sure that spontaneous seizures in prostitutes is a well-documented common occurence that can easily be verified by medical history.

2. Again, perfectly plausible - that one specific urban street corner would be a hangout for those with a specific physical disability and medical apparatus is certainly well within the realm of possiblity. That those same disabled individuals would persist in hanging out there despite numerous unprovoked violent attacks suggests such a display of bravado that of course it inspired a dance move in tribute.


Does anyone think about these at all before submitting them?
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Old 04 March 2013, 02:44 AM
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And if anyone hasn't tried it yet, type 'do the harlem shake' into youtube search, hit enter, and wait. (warning, sound).
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Old 04 March 2013, 02:44 AM
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something would go wrong and the hooker would burst into seizures.
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This street-ready model of hooker was more flexible than earlier versions, and built to accommodate a larger capacity, but unfortunately a structural design flaw frequently caused it to burst into seizures when rear-ended.
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Old 04 March 2013, 02:47 AM
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And if anyone hasn't tried it yet, type 'do the harlem shake' into youtube search, hit enter, and wait. (warning, sound).
Probably the best one of them all.
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"in the midst of this ate ape
drug phase"

What does that mean?
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Old 11 March 2013, 04:42 AM
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"date rape drug phase"
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Old 11 March 2013, 03:54 PM
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Does anyone think about these at all before submitting them?
The person who submitted these ones probably thought about them while they were making them up...
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Old 11 March 2013, 05:03 PM
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The Harlem shake originated in 1981 in Australia. It is an electro track by Baauer , that provoked a bunch of bizarre videos of people dancing to it, it
recently popped up again when Dizastamusic made youtube music video *incorporating it...

Which, of course, spawned the current meme. I used the below link and video to better explain it to my daughter...

http://knowyourmeme.com/memes/harlem-shake



*Sidenote... Who else remembers when Kids Incoprporated did the Harlem Shake in 1984-1986 time-frame?
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Old 11 March 2013, 08:16 PM
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When the asked the kids if they knew what Harlem was, most had no idea, but one kid thought it was a prison; ouch.
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Old 12 March 2013, 04:32 AM
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When the asked the kids if they knew what Harlem was, most had no idea, but one kid thought it was a prison; ouch.
I caught that too...
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This stupid meme running around lately is not the real Harlem Shake.

As an avid fan of dance, everything from classic ballet to street hiphop, I am offended that they've co opted the name. The original Harlem Shake is a legit and IMO elegant hiphop dance move.

http://www.theroot.com/views/harlem-shakedown

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But hip-hop fans knew that the dance they were seeing in these new videos was not at all like the Harlem Shake dance that has been around for more than 30 years. Al B, a man who used to dance during breaks at the Entertainer's Basketball Classic at Rucker Park in Harlem beginning in 1981, has gotten much of the Internet credit for inventing the original Harlem Shake, a dance characterized by wild jerking of the arms and upper body. At one point, it was referred to as the "Albee."

In a barely comprehensible 2003 interview with basketball website InsideHoops.com, Al B says the dance originated with mummies in Egypt, who shook because they didn't have freedom to use their limbs. "It was a drunken dance, you know, from the mummies, in the tombs," he asserted. "That's what the mummies used to do. They was all wrapped up and taped up. So they couldn't really move, all they could do was shake."
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Old 14 March 2013, 06:13 PM
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It doesn't purport to be. The meme is based on a song which pulls the name from another song which references the dance.
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Wait a minute. A man who popularized a dance based on how mummies dance is complaining that the current version of that dance isn't accurate?
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Comment: I read that the Harlem shake dance is based off of prostitutes
having seizures, and that it is Satanic.
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Icon605 The ‘Harlem Shake’ Viral Craze Was Created by Corporations

Although it was technically started by an obscure video blogger named "Filthy Frank," the Harlem Shake meme didn't truly take off until Mad Decent, the record label of "Harlem Shake" producer Baauer started promoting it just a couple days after Filthy Frank posted the first video. They were joined by early corporate participants in the meme like Maker Studios, "a Los Angeles company that specializes in making money from YouTube ," Collegehumor, and BuzzFeed. So not only was the "Harlem Shake" an inescapable, obnoxious blight on the internet: Corporations made it happen and were getting rich off it.

http://qz.com/67991/you-didnt-make-t...porations-did/
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