The top 5 Mannequin Challenge videos on Newsflare
November the 8th 2016 will perhaps go down in history as the day the earth stood still. Not only did Donald Trump cruise to an astonishing election victory, but the world reached peak levels of Mannequin Challenge. For those unaware of this latest internet phenomenon, the ‘challenge’ involves getting everybody in the room to stand as still as statues while a camera roams around recording everyone. The effect is striking. And like most of these viral crazes it took just a few celebrities getting on board for it to skyrocket.
According to some sources, the mannequin challenge began last month across high schools in the US. It quickly began to snowball as stars such as Beyonce, Adele, and Paul McCartney were filmed putting their non-acting skills to the test. Even Hillary Clinton got on board (literally) with a video taken from her campaign jet on election day. That is, before she got stiffed by the US electorate.
Never one to miss a trick, Newsflare’s researchers have been spending the past few weeks sifting through an endless quantity of Mannequin Challenge videos to identify some of the best ones for our platform. So, according to our well trained eyes, here are our top 5…
Entire London underground carriage performs Mannequin Challenge
If you’ve ever been on the Central Line, you’d know what a hot, uncomfortable, cramped place it is. Human interaction is usually limited to mumbled apologies as an errant bag brushes past someone’s shoulder, or the page of a newspaper journeys unexpectedly across some poor soul’s lap.
But when a viral craze like this has been dominating social media for the past few weeks, the status quo will inevitably become shattered. And it took the charisma and organisational nous of just a few party people to get the whole carriage knee deep in the Mannequin Challenge. Next stop Marble Arch!
Gormless cat takes part in Mannequin Challenge
This hilarious video shows a moggie sitting still doing its best grumpy cat impression, which can’t be difficult considering all the garish costumes it is forced to wear. From disgruntled sailor to bedazzled dinner party hostess and everything in between, every crease of this cat’s face tells you it would rather be prowling around outside looking imperious than participating in a viral fad.
So while this cat wins our award for most reluctant looking mannequin challenge participant, this wouldn’t be an internet roundup if there wasn’t some kind of contribution from the feline community. So take the time to admire its ability to stand as still as a statue.
Wedding guests do Mannequin Challenge during first dance
Wedding dances in the US are a very different affair to what we have to endure here in blighty. Rather than cringing painfully as an intoxicated Uncle Kevin does the worm, they perform their dances on a lavish scale. And if there’s a viral craze on offer, you bet there’ll be a wedding dance that will take full advantage of it.
Set to creepily reversed music no doubt strewn with satanic messages, the guests in this video can be seen frozen at various degrees of celebration. Most stand in dramatic poses like figures in a neoclassical painting, while others look somewhat less histrionic. Thankfully, just as the marriage begins to look a little on the rocks, the guests stop being statues and the flow of life continues once more.
Incredibly patient dog does Mannequin Challenge
The dog has been trained incredibly well to sit still. So much so that it leaves me wondering whether the pooch has actually experienced some traumatic event it is taking a while to recover from, like seeing its owner pretend to throw the ball without actually throwing it, or seeing a cat on TV and not being able to get at it.
The dog, a Jack Russell/Whippet cross named Ralfi – performs the challenge perfectly. Not too much ostentation, while generating the optimum amount of suspense. An example for all would-be Mannequin challengers out there. Which leads me on to our final entry…
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