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The Harlem Shake Invades the Upper West Side

Who does it better: Columbia or Yeshiva University?

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Indiana University Lacrosse Team's 'Harlem Shake'(LacrossePlayground)

I’m being ambushed on Twitter by fans of a new-ish internet meme called the “Harlem Shake.”

I can’t explain it, I can’t really describe it, it involves some dancing, and lasts for approximately 30 seconds. Presumably it’s filling a Gangnam-sized hole in peoples’ lives all across the world.

The two videos I’ve been asked to pit against each other are versions of the meme presented by students at Columbia University and Yeshiva University respectively.

Here’s Columbia University’s attempt:

And here is the Yeshiva University edition:

I’m too befuddled to pick a winner, each is ground-breaking in its own way: one for the use of cold weather, the other for the smashing of religious conventions, so I’m leaving it for the readers to pick the winner.

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NotRichardJoel says:

Obviously YU

Afrayedknot says:

I give props to Columbia for doing it out in the snow, but YU wins on numbers, enthusiasm and creativity.

    Abletoable says:

    Eh there was nothing that really sets the YU one apart from the other Harlem Shake videos. Whereas that guy falling in the Columbia video is pretty damn funny.

      Afrayedknot says:

      I haven’t seen any others besides these two for comparison. But while the guy falling in the Columbia video was funny, it didn’t seemed plan. I appreciate the skill and strength of the guy dancing on his hands in the YU video more.

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