Back in 2005, a fellow named Matt Harding posted a homemade video of himself doing a strange, little dance around the world. It went viral, and got noticed by of all things a gum company (Stride Gum) who asked if he'd mind doing it again, a bit more elaborate at some of the great locations on the globe. And the resulting video in 2006 was again wildly popular. It was known as "Where the Hell is Matt?"
So, that led to yet another. This time, over the next 14 months he visited 42 countries. But there was a twist, since by now he and his too-silly, good-natured dancing around the world had become very well-known...around the world. So, people were told beforehand that Matt would be coming, and -- this time -- if they themselves wanted to join him, they were welcome. The result is a goofy, joyful, total treat that grows in its impact.
He also did a third video, just released last year. There are some slight differences and fun surprises, and in some ways, it might be the most enjoyable of the three.
But I'm going to post the middle one here, from 2008. That's because it's largely encompasses a bit of what's good from all three.
If you haven't see this (or any), just know that there's nothing deep and substantive here. It's utterly silly. And a joy. If you have seen it, the pleasure remains.
Robert J. Elisberg is a political commentator, screenwriter, novelist, tech writer and also some other things that I just tend to keep forgetting.
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