I think we can officially say “Harlem Shake” videos have reached the red, or “caliente,” section on the fictional online trend warning system that I just created in my mind. The YouTube Trend Warning System or “TYWS” measures the heat of each YouTube sensation with a series of rigorous tests ranging from “has someone famous tried it” to “does it involve white people being delighted by a foreign man riding a ghost horse?”
“Harlem Shake” videos, measured against several scientifically legitimate variables has landed a few notches below “Gangnam Style,” which currently resides in the red hot or “muy fuego” zone.
This just in: from a team of scientists I’ve employed in Juarez, “Harlem Shake” has moved from “caliente” to — wait, I’m getting word now — yes, it’s official, “Harlem Shake” is now in the “muy caliente” zone. To infinity and beyond.