High school football team uses mannequin challenge as secret weapon



This is far from the first mannequin challenge, but it might be the most practical. 

We’ve seen athletes dabble in the mannequin challenge during the trend’s peak over the past couple months. But most of those attempts were just for show.

The Del Oro High School football team busted out the mannequin challenge long enough to distract its opponents after a touchdown. So when they suddenly broke character and switched formations for a two-point conversion, the defense was fooled.

Hats off to you, Del Oro. 

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Hyped cinema staff can’t resist a ‘Rogue One’ Mannequin Challenge



Most #MannequinChallenge videos want to draw your attention to something. A good cause, or your dog’s ingenuity, perhaps. 

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story on the other hand, doesn’t need much help publicity-wise. But that won’t stop the Australians from standing completely still, while Rae Sremmurd plays in the background. Nothing will.

Event Cinemas, George Street in Sydney has played host to a Star Wars-themed #MannequinChallenge that sees storm troopers, Yoda, and an Australian flag-emblazoned Darth Vadar frozen in time, battling hapless humans.

Hey, at least this installation injects a healthy amount of pop culture into the endless trend. Read more…

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Well, even Taylor Swift has done the mannequin challenge now



As the mannequin challenge hurtles toward the valley of death where the running man challenge and planking now reside, singer Taylor Swift has hopped on the bandwagon just before we eventually forget about it all.

Swift posted an Instagram video of her performing the challenge on a beach with friends on Thursday night for Thanksgiving, following in the footsteps of fellow celebs and literally a stadium full of people performing the challenge.  

You can check out Swift’s version below. Full credit, it’s a little different from the previous challenges you’ve seen because of the ending. Read more…

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‫Syria’s White Helmets apologise for #MannequinChallenge rescue video



Syria Civil Defence, a.k.a. the White Helmets, were recently named Nobel Peace Prize finalists for their work, reportedly saving over 70,000 civilian lives in the war-torn nation. 

But a recent video from the group has resulted in considerable backlash, with the Syria Civil Defence now calling it “an error of judgement,” according to CNN.

Filmed by opposition group the Revolutionary Forces of Syria (RFS), the clip is a riff on the #MannequinChallenge. 

“This video and the related posts were recorded by RFS media with Syria Civil Defence volunteers, who hoped to create a connection between the horror of Syria and the outside world using the viral ‘Mannequin challenge.’ This was an error of judgment, and we apologise on behalf of the volunteers involved,” said the statement. Read more…

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Cattle dog nails the mannequin challenge so well it’s almost creepy



Had enough of the mannequin challenge? Not until you see this, you haven’t!

A very cute and even more obedient Australian cattle dog has nailed the mannequin challenge, from his unmoving eyeballs down to the tip of his tail — unlike you hapless humans out there with your numerous half-assed attempts.

The video comes from YouTube user Jason Erickson, and prove once again that dogs are, in many cases, better than people. 

Especially this dog. He’s a real crowdpleaser.

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This Los Angeles Thanksgiving traffic jam is the most epic Mannequin Challenge ever



Aerial pictures and videos of a massive traffic jam during the Thanksgiving getaway in the Los Angeles area have caused hilarious reactions on social media. 

The gridlock on the Interstate 405 in Los Angeles — one of the busiest routes in the U.S. — was filmed by KABC-TV as millions of Americans travel over the holidays. 

The American Automobile Association says almost 49 million people will travel at least 50 miles or more from home this Thanksgiving — a million more than last year and the most since 2007. 

Social media users have weighed in with hilarious comments.  Read more…

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