I Think I May Have Started the Mannequin Challenge

One of the hottest memes on the Internet today is the Mannequin Challenge.

If you haven’t heard of it, the idea is simple. Everyone freezes in place, forming a complex tableau, and then someone takes a video of it. If you prefer, set it to music. Rae Sremmurd’s “Black Beatles” is a clear favorite.

Here is the video that allegedly started the craze:

Hillary Clinton even got caught up in the craze:

But all I know is that I witnessed this challenge probably 30 years ago when I first started teaching.

As soon as I walked into a classroom and started talking debits and credits, the students would sit in their chairs like mannequins for the rest of the class.

If only I had thought to videotape such an experience, and then set it to music, I could have been an Internet phenomenon, even before the Internet existed…

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Jim Borden

Accounting Prof. at Villanova; happily married for 30+ years; father of 3 outstanding young men; vegan; interests: fitness, creativity, education, blogging, social media.

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