The fox says you’re welcome

Whether you like it or not, the fox says “ring-ding-ding-ding-dingeringeding” – and everyone knows it.


Finding Endorphins and Cara Brashears

You’ve all listened to it and watched the music video, or at least heard about it. Yes, the song “What Does the Fox Say” by Ylvis is annoying – almost disturbing. It makes me want to bang my head against a wall until every memory of the catchy tune falls to the ground and I can stomp on them. But at the same time, the song sparks a bit of harmony.

At work the other night, the sound of “Hatee-hatee-hatee-ho!” rang across the lobby and grabbed the attention of nearly everyone waiting for a table. A middle-aged couple had pulled out a cell phone to show another couple the “funniest song our daughter has ever shown us.” As some people rolled eyes, two young girls on the opposite bench hopped up in excitement: “I LOVE THIS SONG!” (Screeching, giggling, and bouncing around.) From animal poses to what looked like an MJ Thriller imitation, they danced in front of everyone, singing along in high-pitched squeals. I couldn’t help but laugh; they were having the time of their lives without a care who was watching. Customers smiled and pointed toward the girls, and within seconds, the atmosphere of the restaurant lifted.

The viral song popped up again in my biology class – at the end of the hour when we had some down time, my teacher pulled up a post on our student blog to show everyone. It included a video and explanation of what foxes really say – generating some laughs, as well as plenty of amusing comments on the website. Not only did a student connect the song to school, but everyone knew where the idea stemmed from, and laughed about it together.

This kind of reminds me of Rebecca Black’s “Friday” song that everyone belted out for a solid few months. Everyone hated it, everyone complained about it, but you have to admit: it was fun to make fun of. Not a soul didn’t want to get down on Fridays.

Songs may be stupid, irritating, cacophonous or frustrating, but they bring people together. No matter how much you can’t stand hearing “Wa-pa-pa-pa-pa-wapow,” you probably love getting fired up about it and venting to your friends. You’ve got some good jokes to tweet, and some new dance moves to walk to class with. The fox says you’re welcome.

In case you live under a rock, or want to watch it again: