Zach King seemingly defied gravity in his take on the Mannequin Challenge. Zach King seemingly defied gravity in his take on the Mannequin Challenge. Zach King seemingly defied gravity in his take on the Mannequin Challenge. (Photo: YouTube screenshot)

Frozen in time: 5 Mannequin Challenges we can't stop watching

A tour of a famous college campus, backstage at James Corden's studio and an NFL team celebration make our list.

We all remember the Ice Bucket Challenge, which went viral in the summer of 2014. This year, it's the Mannequin Challenge, which features people remaining frozen in action like mannequins while a video is recorded, usually with the song "Black Beatles" by Mississippi hip hop artist Rae Sremmurd playing in the background.

Below, we round up some of our favorites currently making the rounds on the world wide web.

A bevy of celebs at the White House

When Robert De Niro, Ellen DeGeneres, Tom Hanks, Bruce Springsteen, Bill Gates, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Michael Jordan and others were at the White House earlier this month to accept the Presidential Medal of Freedom, they had some time to kill between ceremonial duties. The lull in activities provided the perfect opportunity to showcase their "standing still" skills.

A campus and a cat

Colleges across the globe are taking part in the Mannequin Challenge. The latest entry comes from the Technion Institute of Technology in Israel, one of the most innovative universities in the world. Nearly 100 students and professors took part in the elaborately choreographed sequence, which included a breakdance mid-move and a man falling down a staircase. Oh, and it also had a cameo from Philip, the surprisingly well-trained campus cat.

A host with incredible poise

Late-night host James Corden – no stranger to viral videos with the success of his "Carpool Karaoke" – gathered his staff for a perfectly executed nearly three-minute Mannequin Challenge. The camera swept in and around backstage and through the studio. They even got the entire studio audience involved. Close observers will note that Corden himself appears not once, but twice, in the video.

A football team celebrates

Dozens of sports teams from the Pittsburgh Steelers to the Milwaukee Bucks have jumped on the bandwagon. In the video above, the New York Giants gathered in their locker room after their recent win over the Philadelphia Eagles to show the world that while they can rush on the field, they also have the uncanny ability to stand frozen when the need arises.

A mannequin or magic?

Los Angeles-based social media star Zach King is known for his jaw-dropping visual effects that he regularly shows off to his more than 16 million followers on Instagram. So it's no surprise that King took the Mannequin Challenge to a whole new level with his own gravity-defying version. We're not sure what was Photoshopped and what's real, but either way it's pretty cool to see.


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