Top 10 "Harlem Shake" fails

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Top 10 "Harlem Shake" fails

Con los terroristas!

A chorus of "with the terrorists" is the first thing you hear when you click on a "Harlem Shake" link. From there, the bass drops and chaos ensues. Some of these internet memes are awesome, but some, like these, are epic fails.

When American DJ Henry Bauer Rodrigues — better known as Baauer — produced a song called "Harlem Shake" last year, little did he know he also produced an internet sensation.

The internet meme Harlem Shake goes like this: one person — often in a helmet or a mask — dances alone to the first 15 seconds of the song. Then the bass drops and a whole bunch of other people join in, crazily convulsing and flailing and usually in all sorts of creative costumes.

It seems simple enough, but quite often a well-intentioned "Harlem Shake" video goes terribly, terribly wrong.

Granted, there are some great "Harlem Shake" videos out there. These, however, are not those videos.


Harlem bathroom break

I mean first of all, these girls aren’t even committed to the "Harlem Shake." They’re not following "Harlem Shake protocol." There aren’t any masks. No crazy dancing. They’re in a bathroom and decide to jump on an evidently very fragile toilet. FAIL.


Dad knows best

So I’m a teenager and I want to make a "Harlem Shake" video on our yearly family road trip to the Grand Canyon and my dad and mom say it’s OK, but only if they're in it too. This is that video.


"Harlem Shake" sellout

I know! I own a furniture store. Let’s actually spend money and do a fake "Harlem Shake" ad without the original song and use a whole bunch of middle-aged people jumping on our couches. That will sell tons of sofas. Ummmmmm, no.


Costco "Harlem Shake"

Here's a hint for when you're making a "Harlem Shake" video: make sure the other people know that they're in the video. These guys try, but everyone is just too busy getting 30 pounds of Wesson oil to participate in a "Harlem Shake" video. Nice try, though.


The Harlem fall

This one from Indonesia could have been cute if the rest of the class knew what the "Harlem Shake" was — and the kids didn't fall over. By the way, where are the teachers? This is a huge class and no teacher? No teacher I've even known would allow one student to get on the shoulders of another student for a "Harlem Shake" video.


The Harlem shatter

You’d think by now people realize what is and what is not a safe place to shake it Harlem style. Well, these ladies from Eastern Wayne High School in North Carolina shook it a little too close to the trophy case. In an unrelated note, in 2010 EWHS was awarded the National Award for School Lunch as the best high school lunch in America.


The "Harlem Shake" extinguished

Please, choose your props wisely. Hula hoop? Check. Trash can? Great. Large ball? Awesome. Fire extinguisher? Not so much.


The Harlem terrible idea

Ok. So there are certain indicators that this is going to go terribly wrong. One, there's a full gas can on the hood of a car in a garage with some sort of firework. Two, there are three guys in their early 20s. I mean, the whole thing just screams explosion. So when it happens, we aren’t surprised, but the girl in the background is. Note to self: screaming does not help in fire situations. Although, neither does hitting the fire with your shirt.


The Honey Boo Boo shake

No. Just no.


The Harlem bonfire

People on YouTube have redubbed this "The Harlem Bake," but I'm a bit more sensitive. Look, the guy is OK so we can laugh about it now, but I prefer to see this as a cautionary tale. "Harlem Shake" safe, people.

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