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What is it about Internet memes?!

Remember the Susquehanna football players that got in trouble for making a Harlem Shake video?

Well, they are no longer alone.

30 Michigan high school students were suspended over two videos (one of which is apparently so bad it was removed from Youtube) showing their version of the Harlem Shake.

Here’s the NY Daily News story, it has the video.

So now I ask: What is it with these memes that makes them so irresistible that students will make stupid decisions like this?

Obviously bringing a duck into a classroom and grinding people isn’t a great idea for a group of high schoolers – so why do it? Is it poor role models? Violence on TV? What??!

I think the answer is kind of obvious.

Kids have always done stupid stuff before – but go back 5 years and we didn’t have cell phones that took video and Youtube wasn’t a big thing.

So nowawdays, all of that nonsense is caught on camera and displayed using keywords for all to see.

My only plea to these students is this: If you must make a Harlem Shake video – I don’t recommend it – do it at home and don’t post it online. Keep it to yourself and make sure your friends do the same.

You’ll thank me later.

What do you think? Is this just young stupidity or is it something more sinister?

Video: Tree shaker

One of the cool things about my job is that I get to learn new things every day.

For example, my family has used an artificial tree for a long time now, so I never knew what happened once you picked out a real tree to buy.

Now I know – and it involves a cool tree shaking machine [Ignore the background chatter]:

This occurred at McClellan’s Tree Farm in Middleburg – I’m assuming to shake out the loose needles and other things that can get stuck in a tree.

Very cool stuff.

Which do you prefer – real or artificial trees? Let me know in the comments!