Forget owling, planking and the Harlem shake — the Internet has a brand new fad. Stand like a department store dummy, upload the results to YouTube, and you too can go viral!
The song most connected to the Mannequin craze
Thanks to the Mannequin Challenge, "Black Beatles" is the No. 1 song in the U.S. The Rae Sremmurd track was released in September 2016 but didn't make waves until after becoming the theme song for the majority of viral videos posted to social media. The band hosted their own Mannequin Challenge while performing the song at their concert on Nov 3, 2016.
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The US Olympic Gymnastics Team tries its hand at the Mannequin Challenge
US Medal-winning gymnasts including Simone Biles, Nastia Liukin, and Danell Leyva all took part in the challenge as they practiced for the Kellogg's Tour of Champions. Those poses are hard enough to get into for a millisecond, so imagine holding them long enough to get these shots — I'm getting tired just thinking about it!
11,000 basketball fans freeze up for the Mannequin challenge
The Perth Wildcats may have fallen to New Zealand in overtime, but that's not what froze the 11,000-plus crowd at the Perth Arena. A video posted to the Wildcats Facebook page has officially set the standard for the Mannequin Challenge. The team convinced the 11,000 strong crowd to take part, and the Red Army didn't let the club down as the crowd was totally motionless for more than a minute.
The Kardashians take the challenge in the delivery room
This one will be hard to top — Rob Kardashian and fiancé Blac Chyna took the challenge just moments before Chyna gave birth to their daughter, Dream Renee Kardashian.
The video shows Chyna posing in the “pushing position” as she's flanked by Kris Jenner and Tokyo Toni (Rob & Chyna's moms) on either side. Rob sits at the end of the bed with his arms stretched out ready to “catch” the baby as it pops out. Chyna's BFF Paige “records” the birth, and step-grandpa Corey Gamble (Kris Jenner's boyfriend) appears to be reading test results with a technician. Check it out below:
Mannequin Challenge video highlights the Black Lives Matter movement
Check out this powerful freeze frame look at police brutality, civil rights and the Black Lives Matter movement. In the short video directed by actor and producer Simone Shepherd, the camera pans across several frozen scenes as a heartbeat pulses in the background. The vignettes depict key moments from the past months and years: shootings and fatalities, including those of Philando Castile, Sandra Bland and Alton Sterling; Trayvon Martin with his Skittles and hoodie up; San Francisco 49ers football player Colin Kaepernick taking a knee during the national anthem; and Black Lives Matter protesters with their fists raised.
A Beatle wins the Mannequin Challenge
It was only a matter of time before the "cute Beatle" got in on the Mannequin Challenge, as the band itself is name-checked in the song by Rae Sremmurd.
In a video posted to his Twitter account with the accompanying text "Love those Black Beatles #MannequinChallenge," Paul McCartney stands by his grand piano, one hand tickling the ivories and the other reached out, seemingly in mid-song rapture. As the camera pans around him, you can probably guess which line blares out: "Black Beatle, bitch/ Me and Paul McCartney related!"
Soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo takes the challenge in his underwear
Ladies, take note! Cristiano Ronaldo showed off his washboard abs in nothing but skin tight briefs as the Portugal National soccer team created their version of the Mannequin Challenge inside the locker room.
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The Mannequin Challenge makes its way to The White House
Reigning NBA champs the Cleveland Cavaliers visited The White House after their victory, and what they did inside the Oval Office is now going viral. The team, along with First Lady Michelle Obama, took part in the Mannequin Challenge. Watch the patriotic video below!
A legendary children's show nails the Mannequin Challenge
In a delightful video posted on Twitter, a camera travels up and down a silent Sesame Street, capturing all kinds of frozen moments between Muppets, cast members and crew — that is, until Ernie decides that's the moment to alert Bert of a small detail he's overlooked: his shoelaces.
It's hard for little kids to stay still, but we have to give these preschoolers props for trying. A few four-year-olds from the One Step Ahead Learning Center in East Orange, New Jersey, made what is easily the most adorable version of the craze sweeping social media.