If it’s possible to break the Internet, Psy has come the closest.
YouTube posted on Google+ that the South Korean party god’s superhit “Gangnam Style” was watched in “numbers greater than a 32-bit integer (=2,147,483,647 views)…’Gangnam Style’ has been viewed so many times we had to upgrade to a 64-bit integer (9,223,372,036,854,775,808)!”
While those numbers are astronomical, the site says it expects Psy’s counter to keep on rising.
Here’s another fun fact, courtesy of UK music rag NME: Psy told Oxford students, “I stayed up for 30 nights to find that horse-riding dance. I tried every creature: elephant, monkey, kangaroo, snake. The kangaroo hopping was too slow, so we ended up imitating a horse.” Proof that even the silliest-seeming of things take a lot of grunt work.
Just in case you were wondering which persona to kick out at your company’s holiday party, here’s another look at Psy’s epic video for a little inspiration:
Update: Just kidding! YouTube says the whole thing was a joke, according to this update from A/V Club: “YouTube rep tells Variety that the post was an ‘easter egg’ and ‘we updated the counter to 64-bit months ago.’ ” Well played, YouTube, well played.