Midshipmen Do it Gangnam Style


Midshipmen may not have much downtime, but they certainly know how to have fun with it.

That much is evident in the latest U.S. Naval Academy "spirit spot," posted to YouTube Sunday, which features members of the academy's 22nd Company busting a move in front of Bancroft Hall, on docks in Annapolis and even aboard a sailboat.

The now-viral video has garnered more than 100,000 views on YouTube and reaction from abroad, appearing in the Daily Mail, a British tabloid, on Monday morning. During the two-minute long video, mids dance and lipsync their way to hilarity, to the tune of "Gangnam Style" by Psy.

Gangnam Style became an Internet hit after the release of its music video in July. The now widely-mimicked video, in which Psy performs his signature horse riding dance move, has attracted nearly 200 million views on YouTube.

Psy -- real name Park Jae Sung -- earlier this month rode his fame to the MTV Video Music Awards, reportedly becoming the first Korean artist to be invited to the industry event since 2005. He busted his moves on Saturday Night Live last weekend.

The Naval Academy has yet to respond with a comment on the Navy's video, and the mids don't appear to be headed to television to perform their moves.

But it's not the first time mids have broken into dance and become an Internet hit. In 2010, a group called the "Mother-B Boys" released a "spirit spot" that earned more than 147,000 hits on YouTube.

In that video, set to the pop song Dynamite by Taio Cruz, a group of mids perform flips and dance moves as Air Force "cadets" are knocked out of the way. It earned a response from Air Force cadets.

The Mother-B Boys followed up with a 2011 video called "Party Rock the Army," which earned more than 78,000 hits on YouTube.

The choreographed comedy posted Sunday ended with the words, "Beat VMI!" The academy's football team plays Virginia Military Institute at 3:30 p.m. on Sunday in Annapolis. However, no response from VMI had been posted to YouTube as of Monday afternoon.

The 22nd company's video is said to have been filmed and edited by Mark Vetere, of DoubleBond Productions, according to the video's description. It is unclear if Vetere himself is a midshipman.

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