Forget Gangnam, this is 'Aircraft Carrier Style': Hilarious new internet meme mimicks Chinese navy personnel
15:03 GMT, 2 December 2012
Still not sick of South Korean rapper Psy's year-defining Gangnam Style song Then feast your eyes on China's newest web meme: Aircraft Carrier Style.
China's web-savvy citizens learned a new move last weekend after watching a news report about fighter jets landing and taking off from the country's first aircraft carrier.
They particularly picked up on the funny pose of two aircraft carrier personnel, seen at the 2:37 mark in the video below, who were directing planes on board.
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The original news report showed navy personnel directing fighter jets on board China's first aircraft carrier
A meme is born: Savvy web-users soon started uploading images of themselves posing in the same way
They combined the pose with dance moves from Korean rapper Psy's song Gangnam Style, and the new meme quickly went viral in China
Soon, web users began uploading photos of themselves mimicking the pose, and then combining it with Psy's dance moves from the ever-popular Gangnam Style video — and a meme was born.
In just a few days, millions of Chinese web users were following links to the meme and posting photos and video of themselves adopting the Aircraft Carrier Style look.
The 'Top Gun'-style addition is just the latest in a long line of memes and parodies that have stemmed from Gangnam Style, now the world's most-viewed video on YouTube with more than 850 million hits. The song went viral this summer.
Some of the meme's best images
VIDEO: The news report that inspired the Aircraft Carrier Style meme