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Spoiler alert
posted by Mr. Anthropomorphism at 9:09 AM on March 4, 2010 [31 favorites]


Someone ran out of Lawrence Welk reruns and they had to dig up the USSR equivalent? Is this what this post is about?
posted by demiurge at 9:13 AM on March 4, 2010


Does what it says on the tin.
posted by DU at 9:14 AM on March 4, 2010 [5 favorites]


I saw this somewhere earlier and the attached comment that stuck with me was "There's something just so unwholesome about this guy that I want to punch him in the face."
posted by Inspector.Gadget at 9:15 AM on March 4, 2010 [2 favorites]


my two year old demands more of this. That is all.
posted by ambrosia at 9:15 AM on March 4, 2010 [6 favorites]


(Also: autoplaying video warning)

Sorry but such a thing deserves a post of purity
posted by Mr. Anthropomorphism at 9:15 AM on March 4, 2010 [1 favorite]


Holy crap. This is so great.
posted by iconomy at 9:16 AM on March 4, 2010


I watched all of it. If this was a test, I don't know if that means I succeeded or failed.
posted by Joe Beese at 9:17 AM on March 4, 2010 [1 favorite]


AWESOME. I was watching this all day yesterday, thinking, "Should I post it? Maybe? Yes?" I'm glad you did!
posted by Greg Nog at 9:18 AM on March 4, 2010


I do that all the time in the shower when I forget the words.
posted by Jumpin Jack Flash at 9:19 AM on March 4, 2010


I saw that URL and figured it just had to be the thing from the Colbert Report last night.
posted by quin at 9:20 AM on March 4, 2010


I've been watching this every morning for a week. I think it's helping.
posted by Kabanos at 9:23 AM on March 4, 2010 [7 favorites]


I'm at work and I can't click the link but I still know exactly what this is.
posted by bondcliff at 9:24 AM on March 4, 2010 [1 favorite]


Related.
posted by The Winsome Parker Lewis at 9:27 AM on March 4, 2010


He sings and moves as though he were suspended above a bucket of sharks. One misstep, and pow!
posted by freshwater_pr0n at 9:30 AM on March 4, 2010 [2 favorites]


I saw this somewhere earlier

It may have been on reddit, where I found it, and where the "spoiler" link came from.

the thing from the Colbert Report

Was it? I know there have been reddit shout-outs on Colbert, but it was posted there 22 hours ago—that's some quick turn-around!

Also on the reddit thread: a helpful transcription of the lyrics, and a utility to provide a friend or loved one with some... delayed gratification.
posted by Mr. Anthropomorphism at 9:30 AM on March 4, 2010


"There's something just so unwholesome about this guy that I want to punch him in the face."

I think the reason for that is that he looks like a younger version of this man
posted by anazgnos at 9:30 AM on March 4, 2010 [1 favorite]


And here is the text of the google ad I got on the page:
Find Transvestites now
Looking for cheap Transvestites? Check 6.500 shops for great prices!
www.transvestites.best-price.com
posted by You Can't Tip a Buick at 9:32 AM on March 4, 2010 [1 favorite]


His hand gestures are what make this for me.
posted by JHarris at 9:33 AM on March 4, 2010


Or this guy.
posted by Mr. Anthropomorphism at 9:34 AM on March 4, 2010 [3 favorites]


I liked this comment I saw: "He could be welcoming an honored guest with his heartfelt performance, or he could be openly celebrating his success in removing said guest's toenails with a pair of pliers. There's no way of knowing for sure, but after repeated viewings I lean towards the latter interpretation."
posted by Kabanos at 9:35 AM on March 4, 2010 [6 favorites]


I'm really enjoying the elaborate set decorations.
posted by iconomy at 9:36 AM on March 4, 2010 [2 favorites]


I think his hair is made of the miracle fiber Dakron!
posted by tula at 9:36 AM on March 4, 2010 [1 favorite]


The Spoiler Alert link, first comment above, contains much-needed context if you haven't seen it yet.
posted by JHarris at 9:40 AM on March 4, 2010 [2 favorites]


Oh you whacky single purpose domains! I had thought of posting this just as the URL to YT, but nice to see someone stepping up to the DNS.
posted by cavalier at 9:41 AM on March 4, 2010


Thank you, Mr. Anthropomorphism, for the link that provides context. This is one of those "goddam I need to know exactly what's happening here" kind of things you see on the 'net.
posted by Cool Papa Bell at 9:41 AM on March 4, 2010 [4 favorites]


This is one of those "goddam I need to know exactly what's happening here" kind of things

Which is, of course, exactly the reason it had no place to go and litter up the post.
posted by Mr. Anthropomorphism at 9:44 AM on March 4, 2010 [1 favorite]


> Spoiler alert

I enjoyed that more than the video, actually. Interesting stuff.
posted by ardgedee at 9:44 AM on March 4, 2010


A friend has pointed out to me that application of Yooouuutuuube to this video increases its efficacy immensely.
posted by monocyte at 9:44 AM on March 4, 2010 [24 favorites]


For some reason, I'm obsessed with trying to find out just why this has become so popular all of a sudden, but I'm guessing the answer to that is "4chan", right?
posted by tapeguy at 9:44 AM on March 4, 2010


I can't get enough of this right now so I dialed up as much as I could.
posted by ChuqD at 9:44 AM on March 4, 2010


I like how you can't pause it or turn the volume down, and how halfway through I wondered if it had already started over from the beginning. It's hypnotic, it's on its fourth time through and I can't bring myself to close the browser window.
posted by usonian at 9:45 AM on March 4, 2010


For some reason, I'm obsessed with trying to find out just why this has become so popular all of a sudden, but I'm guessing the answer to that is "4chan", right?

I found the YouTube video last week via the blog entry posted by Mr. Anthropomorphism (and passed it on without context). I imagine that was the starting point for the explosion in popularity over the last week or so. It did already have a six-digit number of hits when I found it, though.
posted by dfan at 9:48 AM on March 4, 2010


I mean, I imagine that that blog post was the starting point, not that me passing it on was the starting point.
posted by dfan at 9:50 AM on March 4, 2010


So who can translate the Russian caption to the "spoiler" version? Is it "I'm very rad?"
And it ends with something about "home." That's the extent of my Russian.
posted by Obscure Reference at 9:51 AM on March 4, 2010


See, this is the kind of dadaist internet weirdness I'm down with.

More of this, and less arbitrary juxtaposition of disparate commonplace imagery with irony-imbued nostalgic iconography, please.
posted by Atom Eyes at 9:52 AM on March 4, 2010 [3 favorites]


What makes it really scary for me is that you can't tell (from a progress bar, or the progression of the lyrics, for god's sake) when OR IF it's going to end!
posted by theredpen at 9:57 AM on March 4, 2010


Obligatory.
posted by nicepersonality at 9:57 AM on March 4, 2010


Also, from the spoiler link:

He is entirely Russian.

I'll say.
posted by theredpen at 9:58 AM on March 4, 2010


the thing from the Colbert Report

Was it?


Yeah, he used clips of it twice in the opening segment under the guise of cheering himself up. It was oddly hypnotic, so I'm glad I got some context on where it came from.

posted by quin at 9:58 AM on March 4, 2010


So who can translate the Russian caption to the "spoiler" version? Is it "I'm very rad?"
And it ends with something about "home." That's the extent of my Russian.


According to Google translate: "I am very glad, because I'm finally back home"
posted by Kabanos at 10:00 AM on March 4, 2010


several light years away, a group of aliens has just received this transmission and is now wonder what intelligent life form is behind the broadcasting of their pets' odd mating calls
posted by pyramid termite at 10:01 AM on March 4, 2010


Metafilter: the best of BoingBoing?
posted by clvrmnky at 10:02 AM on March 4, 2010


wondering - argggh
posted by pyramid termite at 10:02 AM on March 4, 2010


Metafilter: the best of BoingBoing?

Not unless it originates from BB...
posted by cavalier at 10:04 AM on March 4, 2010


> Not unless it originates from BB...

You mean this?
posted by ardgedee at 10:08 AM on March 4, 2010


For anyone else who's interested, the earliest reference I can find is a Russian blog post on dirty.ru posted on October 15th last year.
posted by tapeguy at 10:13 AM on March 4, 2010


Looks like Herman Munster to me...
posted by Windopaene at 10:16 AM on March 4, 2010


I found this, and posted it to facebook, only to find that a dear friend of mine in another state had found it a week prior and changed their profile picture to a screengrab from it. So now this video reaffirms the close kinship we have, and when she calls, her ringtone is an excerpt.
posted by davejay at 10:19 AM on March 4, 2010


Day late and dollar short, but the first comment redeems.
posted by mrgrimm at 10:23 AM on March 4, 2010


You mean this?

Right -- without getting too MeTa here, the point is that a 3/1 post on BoingBoing about a URL that has been widely circulating the tubes since at least two weeks prior to that means it's arrogant and short sighted for any one website to claim ownership of a URL. I'd be happy to discuss this further in MeTa if you'd like.
posted by cavalier at 10:38 AM on March 4, 2010 [1 favorite]


For me, it's the combination of terrible lipsynching and the weakest eyebrows ever to fall below a Ken doll toupee. That never fails to do it for me.
posted by emilyd22222 at 10:48 AM on March 4, 2010 [1 favorite]


From the people who preserved Lenin's corpse...
posted by Artw at 10:52 AM on March 4, 2010 [2 favorites]


I'd hazard a guess that Justin E. H. Smith (of the "spoiler alert" link above) saw it posted to WMFU's Beware Of The Blog on February 23, three days before he posted about it, or on the Facebook fan page created on February 20th.
posted by tapeguy at 10:54 AM on March 4, 2010


Easy listening for hospices.
posted by Skygazer at 11:02 AM on March 4, 2010 [1 favorite]


wow...you kids are easily amused
posted by gigbutt at 11:10 AM on March 4, 2010 [1 favorite]


I showed my russian co-worker the video, and he recommended this video as a starting point for youtube related link goodness in a similar style. YMMV.
posted by nomisxid at 11:27 AM on March 4, 2010


From a comment on the "spoiler alert" link:

"It's easy to be condescending from a distance, especially when you stand among a crowd of equally ignorant peers."

My God. I'm off to register itseasytobecondescendingfromadistanceespeciallywhenyoustandamongacrowdofequallyignorantpeers.com
posted by Naberius at 11:28 AM on March 4, 2010 [2 favorites]


This is fucked up.

I imagine this scenario. "Dude, you have to check out my new website. It's Tee Are Oh El Oh El Oh El Oh... What? No, I'm not done. El Oh El Oh...what? No, there ten 'El Ohs' Huh? Oh because El Oh El Oh El Oh...what? Oh, fine. The domain with only nine 'El Ohs' was already taken. Damn near identical idea as mine too! Yeah, one through eight were open, but are you kidding me? We both know that's not enough 'El Ohs!' What's it do? Oh, this weird Russian dude just sings 'El Ohs' and looks weird."

I swear to gog I am marching this site out next time I start to explain to my girlfriend my latest dumb idea for a website.
posted by cjorgensen at 11:30 AM on March 4, 2010 [2 favorites]


The song will get stuck in your head for days. The face will get burned into your soul forever.
posted by davelog at 11:33 AM on March 4, 2010


Somebody registered Trololo.com in January but it's just a holding page. I presume it's related to this clip.
posted by tapeguy at 11:34 AM on March 4, 2010


Here's what I can't figure out - whats in it for the domain holder? He's got no ads or space for them, no online store, nothing but the autoplaying song. He's got to be racking up a serious bandwidth bill for this, for something YouTube was already serving up just fine. So what's his motivation?
posted by scalefree at 11:50 AM on March 4, 2010


I was totally expecting this.
posted by yaymukund at 12:14 PM on March 4, 2010


This+Stephen Colbert=my idea of heaven.
posted by pecknpah at 12:27 PM on March 4, 2010


Joe Beese: I watched all of it. If this was a test, I don't know if that means I succeeded or failed.

Now you won't get your two marshmallows later!
posted by Greg_Ace at 12:42 PM on March 4, 2010


whats in it for the domain holder? He's got no ads or space for them,

The source code references Google ads. Maybe he's planning on turning them on, or failed to do it properly? I've got AdBlock so I can't tell for sure.
posted by odinsdream at 12:47 PM on March 4, 2010


I declare this the greatest thing since zombo.com
posted by Devils Rancher at 12:51 PM on March 4, 2010 [1 favorite]


My sister commenting that he "looks like he's made of plastic" inspired me to watch it with the sound off while this song played, and dear god, it just works. Can somebody actually combine these two things, please?
posted by anazgnos at 1:43 PM on March 4, 2010


The spoiler says "his waxed face and hair helmet certainly do not carry over well," which is exactly wrong.
posted by kirkaracha at 2:50 PM on March 4, 2010


May I give a little bit of credit to MetaFilter's illegitimate child, MonkeyFilter, and member fish tick, for posting this on February 24th, before all but WFMU (where I suspect he saw the comment "he matches the description of some of the reported 'men in black' who appear to be 'not quite human', like puppets or androids, wear wigs, move in a herky jerky manner and whose speech often does not match their mouth and facial movements," and thought "YES! A singing android!")

I fully support Mr. Anthropomorphism in his effort to bring it to the attention of the significant percentage of MeFites who intentionally ignore memes passing through BoingBoing or reddit because most of them are not nearly as good as this. And, yes, the resemblance to Enzyte Bob is striking, and probably one of the factors that give this meme legs.

But what struck me most was how, just before the 2 minute mark, he starts using "hahahahaha" as his nonsense syllable of choice while pointing toward what would be assumed as sections of the audience. To me, it meant he knew very well how ridiculous he looked and sounded and was now laughing at everyone who had been a cooperative audience. To quote a famous Russian, "In Soviet Russia, funny singer laughs at YOU."
posted by oneswellfoop at 3:01 PM on March 4, 2010 [5 favorites]


Did the people who build this robot not know about the "uncanny valley" effect?
posted by Xezlec at 7:25 PM on March 4, 2010 [5 favorites]


t <-- take that, put it where it goes, and keep the d for yourself. *sigh*
posted by Xezlec at 7:26 PM on March 4, 2010


His face is like Cillian Murphy x Christopher Walken and I want my mommy.
posted by Scattercat at 8:29 PM on March 4, 2010


While I was watching this, I was thinking, "Thunderbirds are trolololo!"
posted by SPrintF at 9:00 PM on March 4, 2010 [1 favorite]


Huh. I would have thought it would be easier to lip-sync to a song that *didn't* have words.
posted by jabah at 10:55 PM on March 4, 2010


Perfection.
posted by ageispolis at 1:35 AM on March 5, 2010


This is an ad for recreational drugs, right?
posted by BrotherCaine at 2:19 AM on March 5, 2010 [1 favorite]


I'm impressed he could get up and perform like that after having been embalmed.
posted by Daddy-O at 5:43 AM on March 5, 2010 [4 favorites]


That really got me good. I listened to it about 3 or 4 times in a row and could not stop laughing. But you know that quiet stilted laugh because you're in a public place and you don't want to draw attention to yourself. It's uncomfortable when you want to laugh a lot. So I had to turn it off.
posted by amethysts at 10:50 AM on March 5, 2010


"Men advised one another to see Nyarlathotep, and shuddered. And where Nyarlathotep went, rest vanished; for the small hours were rent with the screams of a nightmare."
posted by Harry at 11:29 AM on March 5, 2010 [2 favorites]


I think what I like best about him is when he raises his eyebrows and gestures towards you, as if to say "yes, yes my friends...well, I can hardly believe it myself! But, here I am!"
posted by anazgnos at 11:46 AM on March 5, 2010 [7 favorites]


Here's Muslim Magomaev doing the same song in a movie
posted by nomisxid at 1:41 PM on March 5, 2010


Here's what I can't figure out - whats in it for the domain holder? He's got no ads or space for them, no online store, nothing but the autoplaying song. He's got to be racking up a serious bandwidth bill for this, for something YouTube was already serving up just fine. So what's his motivation?

The site's creator has just twittered about a fake site - trolololololololololol.com - that's taken the video, added some shitty ads and a link to a Facebook group that seems more concerned with flogging t-shirts.
posted by tapeguy at 12:45 AM on March 6, 2010


Let the remixing begin!
posted by redbeard at 7:31 AM on March 7, 2010


I trolololololololololololed.
posted by mistersquid at 8:28 AM on March 7, 2010 [4 favorites]


lol, and now jimmy kimmel did a bit on it for the post-oscar show
posted by nomisxid at 12:36 PM on March 9, 2010 [1 favorite]


A Hungarian version from 1967.
posted by gubo at 10:41 PM on March 10, 2010


Eduard Khil Shreds
posted by bibliowench at 11:35 AM on March 12, 2010 [1 favorite]




> Eduard Khil Shreds

I highly recommend that; it's hilarious.

> Eduard Khil watching people do Eduard Khil.

The weird thing is that he looks perfectly normal, just a jovial guy chatting away, until the very end when he starts singing—and then he looks just as terrifying as in the original clip!
posted by languagehat at 1:08 PM on March 13, 2010


Eduard Khil responds!
posted by mattdidthat at 6:31 PM on March 13, 2010


It's great to hear his take on it. He seems appropriately self-aware, proud of himself and amused at/happy with the sudden interest and re-interpretations. That song and the way he sings it is just pure love.
posted by amethysts at 7:16 PM on March 13, 2010


So here he is, 44 years later, wearing the same cheesy toupee!

I appreciate his positive attitude, but worry that his offer to let 'the whole world' write lyrics for him to use in the song will not... well... unless he has someone (or several someones) multi-lingual interpreting the various submissions. I can just imagine him happily singing George Carlin's Seven Words, a GlennBeck rant or even more pure gibberish than he did before...
posted by oneswellfoop at 7:08 AM on March 14, 2010


Jody Tressider found this. Please find another comment of hers and favorite it, because this is awesome awesome awesome. I favorited this one.
posted by shmegegge at 3:41 PM on March 16, 2010 [1 favorite]


Trololo cat
posted by homunculus at 8:29 AM on March 30, 2010 [2 favorites]


Eduard Khil responds!

Wow, this guy is awesome.
posted by odinsdream at 1:10 PM on March 31, 2010 [1 favorite]


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