Canadian singer-songwriter Carly Rae Jepsen finished third on the fifth season of Canadian Idol, and would later go on to record the Billboard Top Ten hit "Call Me Maybe." Fellow Canuck Justin Bieber took a shine to Jepsen, helping her sign to Schoolboy Records/Interscope.
Besides being catnip for tweens, "Call Me Maybe" also seems to possess the strange power of making adults act goofy as well. Back in February, Bieber, Selena Gomez, Ashley Tisdale and some friends sillied it up in a YouTube video for the song, which currently boasts over thirty-seven-million hits and counting. And last month, while checking out bands at Coachella, Katy Perry and some friends also succumbed to the song's infectious charms, filming their own video for the tune.
And now, the latest, er, homage to the ebullient bubblegum smash (which after a few listens starts to sound like an enhanced interrogation technique) comes via seven members of the Harvard baseball team. Filmed on the team van, the viral video shows various teammates lip-syncing along with the song, and performing an (inherently snarky) choreographed routine consisting of Jersey Shore-style fist pumps and crossed forearms, while remaining largely stonefaced. One teammate in the back, Jack Colton, actually sleeps through the entire thing. Since the team finished the season with a 12-30 record, and their boy-band skills leave a lot to be desired, it's a good thing they attend an elite school.