Crazy lyrics from a silly viral video stuck in your head?
You're not the only one, as we learn in our newest installment of Trending With TX., which takes a look at "What Does the Fox Say?", Halloween traditions and "entertainment" at school football games.
It's not a totally inaccurate question. From the time most of us are little, our parents ask us to make animal noises to show off our knowledge. But nobody ever asks their child, "What sound does a fox make?"
The popular video "The Fox" was created by Ylvis, a comedic duo made up of brothers Bard and Vergard. The song was released on YouTube on Sept. 3 as part of the promotion for the third season of their Norwegian talk show, "I kveld med Ylvis." Bard said the song was "supposed to entertain a few Norwegians for three minutes," but it obviously grew much bigger than Norway could handle.
In less than a month, "The Fox" received more than 70 million views. Let's just let that sink in for a bit -- 70 million! This is a real song, lasting three minutes and 45 seconds, with surprisingly talented vocals. What starts off as a snazzy dinner party for animals turns into a fully choreographed and staged music video when the chorus begins. Bard and Vergard are seen in matching fox suits surrounded by masked backup dancers. Strobe lights and colored lasers shine through fog in the forest.
Throughout the song Ylvis makes their guesses as to what the fox might actually say. Their guesses are absolutely absurd; "Ring-ding-ding-ding-dingeringeding" and "A-hee-ahee ha-hee" are among the many. It's completely frustrating having these lyrics stuck in your head. But the most frustrating part of it all is not being about to answer the original question.
What on earth does the fox actually say?!
-- Erin Geiger, Weber High
Halloween first started as All Hallow's Eve, a Catholic holiday to commemorate the Saints, but it later became the pagan holiday we know and celebrate today, highlighting the dead and the magical. Halloween, or a holiday similar to it, is celebrated everywhere, but no one country celebrates it the same.
After the Protestant Reformation, there was no reason to celebrate a day dedicated to the saints and other traditions grew. On the evening of Nov. 5 in Great Britain, bonfires are lit and fireworks are set off to celebrate Guy Fawkes Day, a commemoration of the fall and burning at the stake of Guy Fawkes, a notorious Englishman who planned to overthrow the government.
In Mexico, Halloween is celebrated on Nov. 2 and is called Dia De Los Muertos, or the Day of the Dead. On this day there are many festivals where street vendors make the popular "calaveras" or skulls made completely from sugar. Families visit and feast at the graves of their loved ones, lighting candles and bringing fragrant marigold flowers or a red flower called the "lion's paw."
I think these traditions are cool because they are so unlike the United States, not only that they are celebrated in November, but also that they have to do with each country's culture and history.
-- Krystal Ruiz, Weber High
Beyond the gridiron
Football. I have no idea the rules, what kind of "plays" are performed, or who the quarterback is. But it is the most fun to cheer for this sport.
I am a junior and so far, I have been to all but one home football game. For our school's biggest game of the year -- homecoming -- face paint was provided and we went crazy on everyone! Kids covered their palms and fingers in paint only to slap people's faces and legs and end up putting perfect handprints on them. It was the best! Others covered their entire faces; one of my friends looked like a ninja. We strutted proudly into the football stadium with our painted faces, steady eyes and matching BLUE CREW shirts: glaring at the opposing team's students ... and it was a blast.
Unlike most normal high school students, I hide in the band section where most of my friends play, and dance during the songs. It is an awesome time! Right behind the saxophones, next to the clarinets, in front of the trumpets and tuba ... it is extremely loud, so loud you can feel the vibrations of the sound waves through the seemingly wobbly bleachers.
Every time our team scored or a good thing happened, the band played wonderfully. I would ask my friends who knew what was happening on the field what was going on and they would explain it, and we would cheer or boo when necessary. The game ended with a very close loss on our part, but we still had grins on our faces while putting away band gear and singing terribly to songs we knew.
Then the after-party began! We drove to Maverick in car pools and bought frozen yogurt while joking and laughing hysterically about literally nothing. It was the night of our lives! Even though our team lost that night -- and every game before -- we still made the best of it and hung out with our best of friends.
-- Sarah Deem, Fremont High
* * *
If you've got an idea for a future topic for Trending With TX. -- a song, film, fashion, food, book or activity teens are discovering or enjoying -- write to us at email@example.com.