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Viral world: what caught fire on the internet this week

From the Harlem shake to a Russian meteor plus a middle-aged couple rappin' for Jesus

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OUR weekly round-up of the crème de le crème of the web – from gifs to memes to videos to blogs. Readers with suggestions for next week’s round-up should contact Dina Rickman at The Week.

DO THE HARLEM SHAKEThe Harlem shake is, in the words of YouTube, the biggest web video trend of the month. More than 12,000 people have uploaded videos of themselves attempting the dance meme online. Here it is being attempted by a swim team:

BADLY DONE JOBSYou know that thing when you give someone one task to do, and they get it wrong? Hadonejob.com collects examples of just that.

RUSSIAN METEORA ten tonne meteorite "flared spectacularly in the sky" then exploded above Russia's Ural Mountains, reportedly injuring almost 1,000 people. The explosion shook houses and blew out windows. See a video of it below:

APOCALYPSE, HOW?The Canadian parliament debated an important issue on Wednesday - how prepared is the county for a zombie invasion?

RAPPIN’ FOR JESUSA middle-aged white American pastor Jim Colerick and his wife, Mary Sue, have become internet starlets after a video called Rappin' for Jesus was uploaded to YouTube:

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