Gini Dietrich

Gin and Topics: Harlem Shake, Downton Arby’s, and U.S. Military

By: Gini Dietrich | February 22, 2013 | 

Sun to SnowBoy! What a difference one week makes!

Jamaica last week. Snow this week. I’m certainly not complaining – I got the best of both worlds in a matter of seven days.

But look at the difference!

It’s been a kind of quiet week, particularly for those who had to stuff five days into four. Hope it was as productive for all of you as it was for me.

This week’s entertainment is courtesy of Lindsay Bell, Michael Koehler, Martin Waxman, Bhaskar Sarma, and yours truly.

With that, I give you Gin and Topics. And don’t forget! If you have a video you think should be included in here, send it to me!

5. Mother Convinces Michael Buble to Let Her Son Sing. This is freaking amazing. At a Michael Buble concert, a woman in the audience talks the singer into bringing her son on stage. The look on his face is priceless when the kid sings along.

4. Car Goes through Ice. This made my entire morning! I love how you understand nothing about what the guy is saying until he says one priceless swear word.

3. Harlem Shake (Med-Syd Edition. I know some of you are sick of the Harlem Shake already, but I had to include this because it’s Martin Waxman’s daughter’s dorm at the University of Western Ontario. Famous kids!

2. Downton Arby’s. You may have already seen this, but it makes me laugh every time I watch it. I LOVE the Edith character. Hilarious!

1. Miami Dolphins Cheerleaders vs. U.S. Military. This is, by far, the best Call Me, Maybe skit I’ve seen. I might appreciate it more in light of yesterday’s women’s equality blog post, but man! Those guys must have practiced forever to get the moves down exactly right. I mean, hair flips and everything. It’s a beautiful piece of work.

Have a happy snowy (or not) weekend, everyone!

About Gini Dietrich

Gini Dietrich is the founder and CEO of Arment Dietrich, an integrated marketing communications firm. She is the author of Spin Sucks, co-author of Marketing in the Round, and co-host of Inside PR. She also is the lead blogger at Spin Sucks and is the founder of Spin Sucks Pro. Join the Spin Sucks   community!

  • Poor Mr. Bates…

    • @Sean McGinnis What about Edith eating and drinking herself to death? So funny!

      • @ginidietrich I hadn’t seen the military one either. Very funny.

        • @Sean McGinnis I laughed so hard! They had to have practiced for days to get it so right.

        • @ginidietrich I loved the belts filled with hand grenades. LMAO!

        • @ginidietrich  @Sean McGinnis That was a awesome portral!! You are right they had to real practice to get it copied so well!

  • Neilaivtmwrd
  • I have chills after listening to Sam sing and am still giggling at Downton Arby’s. Fabulous and a much-needed and enjoyed break!

    • @allenmireles I agree, Sam was fantastic! I think Michael Buble has found his Justin Beiber!!

      • @sydcon_mktg  @allenmireles I LOVED the look on his face when Sam started to sing!

  • LOL!!!! Have you seen Downton Abbey cast covers One Direction? Your’s is funnier, but this is still funny!

    • @sydcon_mktg HAHHAHA! I hadn’t seen that! Hilarious!

    • rdopping

      @sydcon_mktg yes! Hilarious.

  • Michael Buble seems like he’s mean. I should really watch Downtown Abbey I guess … Ice guy was hilarious! Call Me Maybe is a reminder that social media and tools like YouTube are serving our men and women overseas and adding some fun to their routine over there — awesome! Totally fun. Loved it!

    • @kateupdates What?! Mean?? WHAT??

      • @ginidietrich Maybe he’s just sassy …

      • @ginidietrich  @kateupdates Never knew who Michael Buble was before this, and just like that 2 hours of my morning, gone. I blame you, Gini. His voice has a certain richness that reminds me of black and white, fedora hats and a pub in Casablanca

        • @bhas  @kateupdates My mom called me today because she LOVES him and loved this video.

  • If I’ve never seen Downton Abbey, does this count?

    • @JoeCardillo It won’t be funny if you’ve never seen it. BUT HOW HAVE YOU NOT SEEN IT?!? Best show on television.

      • @ginidietrich Well this is embarassing. I don’t have a TV, and was going to say I don’t watch much online but then I just looked at my Amazon Prime account and realized seasons 1 & 2 streamed are free. *limps out of the room*

        • @JoeCardillo Bwahahaaha! I’m like you – I don’t watch much, but this is one I stream every week.

    • @JoeCardillo @ginidietrich Love this video! Joe, you only need to watch one episode to “get it,” I just started a couple of weeks ago on Netflix. Fantastic!  Then I noticed so many people tweeting about about “DowntoWn Abbey,” which is an unfortunate mistake because that’s a name of a pub near Downton Abbey where the lower caste enjoys burlesque…. And there’s a real-life Downtown Arby’s within walking distance of my house. So I think they made this video with me as the target audience. Perfect!

      • @barrettrossie  @ginidietrich That’s awesome, maybe they should make you a brand ambassador……if Howie gets a t-shirt from Chobani I don’t see why you can’t get one with the Early of Grantham on it. (see, I’m learning)

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  • rdopping

    Did ya hear about that new dance craze?
    It’s a crazed gyration of the rock generation. It’s the WANGO TANGO……..

  • Hahahaha, love the US military/Dolphins cheerleader video, hilarious!!!! I do hate that song, but it was worth one more listen. Minute 2:45 I think is the best though…
    Still don’t’ get the Harlem Shake…

    • @yvettepistorio We’re doing the Harlem Shake so “get” it quickly.

      • @ginidietrich I’m not alone in this. @belllindsay doesn’t get the Harlem Shake either….then again, maybe I should “get it” 😉

      • @ginidietrich  @yvettepistorio Wait a second. There’s going to be a Spin Sucks Harlem Shake?

        • @JoeCardillo  @yvettepistorio  I think there SHOULD be a Spin Sucks Harlem Shake.

        • belllindsay

          @ginidietrich  @JoeCardillo  @yvettepistorio Not on MY watch. 😉

  • Ken Hetlinger

    Great stuff as always Gini.

    • @Ken Hetlinger Ken! How are you?!? Good to see you here!

  • M_Koehler

    In Soviet Russia, lake park car for you!

    • @M_Koehler LOL!! campaignfodder thinks it’s fake, but I still think it’s hilarious!

      • M_Koehler

        @ginidietrich  campaignfodder Either way, it’s hi-lar-ious

  • debdobson62

    OMG, I so love the Call Me Maybe.  And must confess, the Soviet Russia piece makes me lol.  Yep, likely fake, but still.  Gotta love it.

    • @debdobson62 I love how he looks behind him as the car is falling through the ice. HAHHAHA!

      • debdobson62

        @ginidietrich Makes me laugh out loud.

  • Nuk3dawg1

    Hi Gini , came up on this whilst playing with flipboard. Very attractive the way it formats a vanity fair cover…carry on

    • @Nuk3dawg1 Oh yay! That makes me happy to hear!

  • The first time I saw the Call me maybe video, it was a standalone US military one and I was this close to falling out of my chair. I might have possibly scared a bunch of sparrows and a whole nest of ants nearby. A little bit of Googling and when I saw the juxtaposed version i KNEW I had to show it to you

  • Downtown Arby’s was good; it’s a laugher.

    • @bdorman264 I loved the looks on “Edith’s” face. So funny!

  • belllindsay

    Back story on Buble: he was discovered by Canadian uber-producer David Foster when he saw him singing at a wedding reception!!! A hundred bucks says Buble ends up helping this kid, mentoring him, whatever. I get goosebumps every time I watch this. I’ve met Buble in real life – he is as real and gracious as you see when he’s on stage. That’s not an act. 
    Side note: what’s with all the Canadian singers with the bad B last names?? LOL Bieber…Buble…

    • @belllindsay Tell @kateupdates he’s not mean!

      • belllindsay

        @ginidietrich  @kateupdates He’s NOT mean!! He’s a wonderful Canadian boy.

        • @belllindsay  @ginidietrich Since you met him in real life, I will take your word for it. Regardless, I’ve always loved his voice!

        • rdopping

          @kateupdates @belllindsay @ginidietrich He can’t be mean. He’s Canadian.

  • belllindsay

    Oh my god the Call Me Maybe vid is amazing!! hahahaha

    • @belllindsay Wasn’t that great? When the guys flip their hair? Laugh out loud funny.

      • belllindsay

        @ginidietrich Yup. I laughed through the whole thing. Really great – love that they were such good sports. 🙂

      • rdopping

        @ginidietrich @belllindsay Guys? What guys?

  • Asked (via FB) my best friend from high school if he’s seen Downton Abbey. He’s married w 3 daughters. Terse reply: “I live with 3 women. Of course I’ve seen it.”

  • MindyTdesign

    @kmueller62 Is that what everyone is in today?

  • Enjoyed the Buble video – kid had chords! I’m sure @margieclayman loved the Downtown Arby’s…