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The Laughing Baby
Background information
Birth name William Nilsson
Born
Sweden
Internet activity
Web alias(es) spacelord72
Period active 1 November 2006–present
Host service(s) YouTube
Genre(s) Comedy · "Adorableness"
Meme Video
Signature phrase Laughing, following interjections
such as "bing", "bloup" and "dong"

The laughing baby is an internet neologism given to a Youtube viral video of a laughing baby, which has expanded into a worldwide, internet phenomenon, with over 90 million views.[1][2] Uploaded by a Swedish man under the pseudonym of spacelord72,[3] and later re-uploaded and popularized by another user known as BlackOleg,[4] the laughing baby is one of the few internet memes that have entered popular culture.[5]

Contents

The video

The laughing baby video which was shot by a Swedish father in his kitchen in 2006,[6] with a running time of 1:40, involves a fixed camera situated on William Nilsson,[7] a blond-haired, blue eyed baby, who laughs after brief interjections from a voice in the background (supposedly the father).[1] The video opens with the Swedish text: "kan man ha roligare" which translates as "Can you have any more fun?"[8]

Comments

The clip has become notorious for its disparate variety of comments, from amused watchers ("cute, cute, cute") to concerned hypochondriacs ("This baby sounds like it has asthma.")[6] These comments were the focus of a Slate article by Michael Agger, who remarked that uploading the video was like "dipping a bunny into acid," further adding that the "Laughing Baby has become an internet monument, and posting a remark is like tagging your name on the Statue of Liberty."[5]

Impact

The baby subsequently became an instant worldwide celebrity, becoming the 10th most viewed Youtube video of all time.[1][2] Its success is attributed to "cuteness" and "adorable nature".[5][9] The video appeared on the front pages of Web portals such as msn.com and has been the theme of several ringtones, further increasing its familiarity and popularity. The baby was lionized in the South Park episode: "Canada on Strike", where he appeared alongside other Youtube celebrities, and was subsequently killed.[10]

Video shown to Queen Elizabeth II

The Laughing Baby video was shown to Queen Elizabeth II and The Duke of Edinburgh during a 16 October 2008 visit to Google headquarters in Victoria, London. The Queen stated of the baby "...lovely little thing isn't it" and that it was "Amazing [that] a child would laugh like that."[11][12]

References

  1. ^ a b c Hahaha at YouTube (requires Adobe Flash)
  2. ^ a b "Swedish baby among most popular YouTube videos of all time". kullin.net. http://www.kullin.net/2008/09/swedish-baby-among-most-popular-youtube.html. Retrieved 2008-10-14.  
  3. ^ "spacelord72's Youtube Channel". Youtube.com. August 25, 2006. http://www.youtube.com/user/spacelord72. Retrieved 2008-10-14.  
  4. ^ "BlackOleg Channel". Youtube. November 01, 2006. http://www.youtube.com/user/BlackOleg. Retrieved 2008-11-30.  
  5. ^ a b c Agger, Michael (Wednesday, April 16, 2008, at 1:23 PM ET). "Laughing Baby vs. the YouTube Commenters". slate.com. http://www.slate.com/id/2189281. Retrieved 2008-10-14.  
  6. ^ a b "Laughing Baby". College Humour. http://www.collegehumor.com/web-celeb-hall-of-fame/laughing-baby. Retrieved 2008-10-14.  
  7. ^ "Svenske William, 2, får en roll i kultserie". http://www.aftonbladet.se/nojesliv/tv/article2186922.ab.  
  8. ^ "Yahoo Answers". Yahoo. http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20070310075919AAyKp0t. Retrieved 2008-10-14.  
  9. ^ Langendorf, Daniel (March 21st, 2008). "Adorable laughing baby". last100.com. http://www.last100.com/2008/03/21/from-an-adorable-laughing-baby-to-a-girl-named-lisa-youtube-names-video-award-winners/. Retrieved 2008-10-14.  
  10. ^ "Shut your F-king mouth, laughing baby!". southparkstudios.com. http://www.southparkstudios.com/clips/165196/. Retrieved 2008-10-14.  
  11. ^ English, Rebecca (17 October 2008). "Chuckling Queen gets a fit of the Googles as she comes face-to-face with YouTube's famous laughing baby". Daily Mail (Mail Online). http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1078064/Chuckling-Queen-gets-fit-Googles-comes-face-face-YouTubes-famous-laughing-baby.html. Retrieved 2008-10-17.  
  12. ^ TheRoyalChannel (October 16, 2008). "The Queen visits Google London". Youtube. http://youtube.com/watch?v=8xDTZMYfa6g. Retrieved 2008-10-18.  







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