Mam calls me all excited a few weeks ago:
‘Jenny, there’s this song on the radio and you’ll never guess!!! You’ll never guess what it is!!’
‘Is it in Korean?’
‘Is it Gangnam Style?’
‘Do you know it?!!’
While for me, hearing ‘Gangnam Style’ over and over and over again in every establishment in Korea that has working electricity is pretty annoying after the first 5 million times, for my mother all the way in Ireland, I’m willing to bet it was a bit of a head-f**k to hear a Korean pop song on her radio in her house in Dublin.
Last night she rang to ask if I’d seen this week’s X Factor. When I replied ‘no’, I got told:
‘You’ll love it. They all came on stage to Gangnam Style!!!’
Regular readers may remember, I live in Gangnam. The actual Gangnam. The one in the song. Except I live in the part with the hookers and the meat restaurants. Regular readers will also notice Duck Boats make an appearance in the video, as well as the merry-go-round from my Cherry Blossom Date.
So here, for your viewing timewasting pleasure are my favorite ‘Gangnam Style’ videos from around the web, excluding the original which has racked up an impressive 412,216,320 views at time of writing.
First up, and in a nod to the upcoming ‘Cat Week: Like Shark Week But Fluffier’ (more details below), some genius decided to mix cats and Gangnam style. Sent in by The Canadian One.
In what is quite possibly the BEST EVER cover of ‘Gangnam Style’, an acoustic version by a Korean band called ‘Ra-On':
Over the years, the Cebu Provincial Detention and Rehabilitation Center (CPDRC) hasn’t shied away from controversy, the most notable being centered around it’s dancing exercise program. Located in Cebu Province, Phillippines, the prison’s inmates learn and perform dance routines as part of their rehabilitation. The most famous dance routine the inmates have had was ‘Thriller’ in 2007, causing Time Magazine to place their viral video fifth in their ‘Top 10 Most Popular Viral Vidoes.
Though the inmates have largely stayed out of the public eye in recent years, on September 29th 2012, they returned to our You Tube screens with their rendition of ‘Gangnam Style’.
Then there’s the Oregon Marching Band rendition:
Even Britney got in on the action, getting a lesson in dancing from the man himself.
And so did this mom and son…OMG I love them!!
One of the more random parodies I came across: ‘Gunman Style’. Though it’s racked up almost 10 million views, so that’s impressive.
‘You can’t run from sweet justice.’
Meanwhile, in Indonesia, 1,000 people jumped into a fountain and went all ‘Gangnam Style':
14 lifeguards make a ‘Gangnam Style’ video. Then they are fired. Then their story goes viral. Man, all that video does is kinda make me wanna visit the water park! Check it out:
And finally, courtesy of Jewish News One, comes the story of a 10 month old kid who won’t eat unless ‘Gangnam Style’ is playing…And that’s quite possibly one of the best sentences I’ve ever written!
And don’t forget, coming Oct 29th-Nov4th, ‘Cat Week: Like Shark Week But Fluffier’. Have YOU got a cat story you wanna share? Send it to us (no more than 500-600 words with two pictures) to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Still got time to waste? For more Timewasters, check out:
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- Tuesday Timewasters – Letters of Note – 09/25
- Tuesday Timewasters – 09/18
- Tuesday Timewasters – Did YOU know about THIS?! – Korean Theme Parks – 09/11
- Tuesday Timewasters – Did YOU know about THIS?! – 09/04
- Typhoon Timewasters – Top10 10s – 08/28
- Tuesday Timewasters – 08/21
- Half a Year of Ketchup – A round up of the best of the last 6 months
- ‘Dear God, So who made the dinosaurs…?’ (Note: The most popular timewaster on this site!)
- Tuesday Timewasters – The Movies / Books / TV Edition – 07/24
- Tuesday Timewasters – The Viral Edition – 06/19
- Tuesday Timewasters – The Newspaper Edition – 05/01