Mizzou 'Harlem Shake' (YouTube)
COLUMBIA, Mo. (KSDK) - The University of Missouri is the latest college campus to join the Harlem Shake craze.
A pair of videos starring Mizzou mascot Truman the Tiger and quarterback James Franklin have hit the web.
In the first video, James Franklin and company perform the Harlem Shake at the Columns. Truman the Tiger and his student pals take over Tiger Plaza to film their take on the irreverent dance.
The Harlem Shake is a popular meme that caught fire earlier this month. The videos are typically half a minute long, featuring an excerpt of Baauer's Harlem Shake track. At the beginning of each video, a single individual-who oftentimes conceals his or her identity with a helmet or mask-dances while those nearby seem to not pay attention to this person's antics. After a sudden cut midway through the video, everyone is dancing and carrying on as if at a dance party.
Although the Harlem Shake meme features dancing, the dance known as the Harlem Shake is entirely different and unrelated. The dance has its origins in Harlem, New York in the early 1980s, but gained mainstream popularity in 2001 when it was featured in the dance music video Let's Get It by rapper G. Dep.