17 Amazing 'Harlem Shake' Videos You Can't Possibly Live Without

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Click here to view the gallery: The Definitive "Harlem Shake" Roundup

If you frequent the Internet, you've surely by now stumbled across at least one of these bizarre, confusing, hilarious and wholly mesmerizing "Harlem Shake" videos over the past few days.

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But have you seen 17 of these Internet artifacts in one place? Well, we've collected a few handfuls of our YouTube favorites here for you to do just that. No need to thank us.

And if you're totally confused, here's the deal in a nutshell:

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The basic premise is always pretty much the same. The song "Harlem Shake" by Baauer begins in a nondescript location that's totally unremarkable save for one person slightly dancing while wearing a mask. Then the line "do the Harlem Shake" comes in, the beat drops and things, well, things just get real weird real fast. Then it all ends after 31 seconds.

(Now, two important points before we move on. First, there is an actual "Harlem Shake" dance that has been around for years and most all of the dancers in these videos are not doing it. Second, Baauer's song has been around for months so why this caught on now -- not to mention at all -- is a total mystery.)

Anyway, what a world. What an Internet. Check out all the variations in the gallery above, then let us know which ones are your favorites in the comments.

Homepage image courtesy hiimrawn via YouTube

This story originally published on Mashable here.

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