What Does the Fox Say?

Really, what does the fox say?

Fox in it's natural habitat

What Does the Fox Say?

It’s a Sunday night, and I am getting ready for the week.

Nothing glamorous. Lunch packed, clothes laid out, briefcase organized. That sort of thing. Know what I mean.

Meanwhile, BR is messing around with his Kindle.

At the moment, he is listening to the Ylvis song, What Does the Fox Say? You must have heard of this song. The youtube video has 286,995,136 views and more than two and a half million likes.

I asked my son about the song.

“Why do you like What Does the Fox Say?”

“It’s funny.”

“What’s funny about it?” I’ve heard him play it a 100 times and to me it’s just stupid. I am clearly not in the know.

“I don’t know.”

“Is it the words, the video, or what?”

“I like the video and the song too.”

“I don’t know. To me it just sounds stupid.” Notice how I validate his choices. Parent of the year, baby.

“Not everything has to be serious.”

I smiled. He had me there. “You’re right. That’s true.”

After he went to bed, I decided to give a watch and listen to What does the fox say? Maybe, I could learn something or at least have a laugh.

Well, I learned something the words to what does the fox say are even stupider than I thought. Really, have you ever listened to it? Most of it is nonsense. I do have to admit the people dressed up as animals looked kind of cool.

This dive into popular culture got me thinking. As you may remember, the other day, I was pondering why I have not gone viral (The Internet Could be Mine). What do people want to hear about these days?

Everyday just after 6 a.m., I get an email from Yahoo. The subject line says ‘Your Daily Yahoo stories for (fill in the day of the week).’ When I click on the email, the words in the right hand corner inform me that these are the “Top stories picked just for you.”

I feel special as I am certain Yahoo founder Jerry Yang poured over top stories and thought, “Hmm. What would MMK like this morning?” That my friends is service.

Would you like to hear what Mr. Yang picked out this morning? Well here are three of the six stories that I received:

Jessica Simpson Goes Makeup-Free For Date Night

At Cracker Barrel, Waiting for a Table Will Cost You

Amber Rose Stuns In Before And After Pregnancy Photos

So, Jessica Simpson and Amber Rose are both stunning, and I don’t have to wait in line at Cracker Barrel. Knowing this, I feel informed and ready for my day.

Actually, Mr. Yang, to quote Gary Cole as Bill Lumbergh (Office Space): “I’m gonna have to go ahead and sort of disagree with you there.”   I’m thinking there are some more important news stories going on. And to be frank, I could not care less about Amber, Jessica, and Cracker Barrel.

I’d like to add one more thing. I think that Mr. Yang might have sent my top stories to a few million other people. Call my cynical if you wish.

So, Jerry Yang and Marissa Mayer (Yahoo CEO) and all the other Yahoos have decided what is important. These stories may even go viral.

If these are the types of stories that go viral, I think I’ll pass. What does the fox say about that?

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19 thoughts on “What Does the Fox Say?

  1. Curse that song! All I heard for three weeks from my youngest was, “What does the fox say?” I agree–it’s funny what catches on. I can only imagine what I would have globbed onto had YouTube been around when I was young. Almost as scary as my Gloria Vanderbilt jeans…

    • I suppose it would have been dumb too. However, I want focus, or not actually, on how annoying that son is and wonder what people are thinking these days.

  2. Okay now, Larry, think about what songs you listened to over and over again growing up. The first lyric that comes to mind is “Yummy, yummy, yummy, I got love in my tummy and I feel like lovin’ you.” Wow, that’s deep! But, it was a huge hit back in the day. Or, even the Beattle’s classic “I wanna hold our hand” over and over. Right of passage: You get to love stupid songs! 🙂

    Now, you’ve got me curious. I need to listen to “What Does the Fox Say?”

    • I get your point. But this is beyond dumb. I want to hear your opinion after you listen to it.
      Thanks for your comment and the perspective.

      • I thought it was HILARIOUS! Hate to admit it … but, I kind of liked it. 🙂 Of course, I don’t think I’d like hearing it over and over and over again (if my kids were overdosing on it).

        • Welcome to my world. I do think the costumes were neat but that is where it ends for me.
          If you would like to hear it again, please drop by for a visit as my son would be happy to listen to it with you.

  3. I have heard and seen that video only once. And once was enough. I refused to let my children see it for fear they would request it. I have seen videos or pictures of things that give you faith in humanity. I thought of those as I watched “What does the fox say?” and thought, “This is the opposite of those other videos. This makes me fear for humanity.” Seriously. These are grown adults? That grandpa in the rocking chair acting like a maniac? How did they FIND that guy? How much did they PAY him to do that? The stupidity irks me.

  4. Hi,

    You know, I really enjoy reading this because I think we have gotten our values so mixed up that we really don’t know what is up or what is down. I don’t care whether Jessica Simpson doesn’t wear makeup. I haven’t worn makeup for years and there are a lot of women like me who prefer to go natural with their faces, only we are not Jessica Simpson.
    It is a pity that children dying of starvation, wars, sickness and diseases and many other things are taking a backseat to what the media is calling headline news.

    You have pointed out one of the major illnesses of our society with a touch of humor and I love the way you presented it.

    Great Job.


  5. I find this song soooooo annoying i want to fall of a cliff. The lyrics are the usual “ancient mystery” and its just stupid and pointless and unoriginal and a desperate attempt to get attention.

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