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The Harlem Shake phenomenon

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There have been shakes on a plane, "The Simpsons" are doing the dance, and even a brave guy was shaking it out with wild abandon in the middle of Times Square -- it's the Harlem Shake craze.

It was inspired by a recently released song by the same name, but the dance moves aren't new.

Experts say it originated more than 30 years ago in Harlem, but most agree that the new version is a departure from the old school moves.

YouTubers have been making up their own version of the Harlem Shake. In the early 2000s the Shake made a comeback when artists Eve, Jadakiss, and P. Diddy all featured the bold move in their videos.

The commercial exposure made the dance popular, but didn't quite get the same attention as it is today because YouTube was still a few years away.

Now, more than 220,000 videos of the dance are posted online. The only question is: how long will it last?

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