Norwegian Army Does Harlem Shake

This video, posted to YouTube, shows a Norwegian military unit breaking it down in the most ridiculous fashion possible. A couple of guys wriggle around in sleeping-bag cocoons. Another guy falls out of a window. And one shirtless soldier keeps doing the sprinkler like nobody’s watching.

About Harlem Shake

The Harlem Shake is a dance that originally began in Harlem, New York. Since its beginnings it has spread to other urban areas and became popular in music videos. The announcers at the Entertainer’s Basketball Classic at Rucker Park claim that the modern day Harlem Shake was started by a man by the name of “Al B” (nickname Sisqo or Cisco). Al B was an alcoholic who would perform the dance upon request. Because of its founder, the dance was originally called the “albee” in Rucker and Harlem, but then later became known as the Harlem Shake.

The dance is referred to in the CunninLynguists song, “Old School,” in Mac Dre’s song, “Thizzle Dance,” and in Nelly’s song, “Dilemma.”

A band from New York City took the name of the dance and dubbed themselves “Harlem Shakes.” Their debut album Technicolor Health was released March 24, 2009.

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