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The oral history of the Hampsterdance (cbc.ca)
57 points by MilnerRoute 86 days ago | hide | past | web | favorite | 11 comments



I must confess: I partook in disrupting many a "Computers" class at the Berwickshire High School in the late 90s. Turns out sub7 + every browser in the class playing hamsterdance is a somewhat challenging teaching environment. Sorry.


How did the original hampster dance song ( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1qN72LEQnaU ) morph into this https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WptWKFk-C9Y

I'm not surprised their attempts to hold onto fame didn't work, it's like they completely forgot what they had made.


The original hampster dance song was just a sped-up version of Whistle Stop, from the 1973 Disney animated Robin Hood.

Original version and speed here, the section used starts at around 30s : https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=PKYEKhxWy6o

Edit - This was mentioned in the article with a YouTube link as well.


> The original hampster dance song was just a sped-up version of Whistle Stop, from the 1973 Disney animated Robin Hood.

Mind. Blown. How have I never noticed this!


> How did the original hampster dance song ( <link to video titled Hampsterdance 2> )

I think the hampsterdance web site came first (with the grid of dancing hamsters and the short music loop) and everything spun off from there. Quality elder meme.


Why is it "hampster" instead of "hamster"?


Some people pronounce it with a p. That's the reason behind just about every spelling difference.


Anyone know about the original banana phone song? Ring ring ring ring ring ring banana phone, boop boop be doop be doop. With a video that had someone going crazy listening to it.

Oh. After trying to find it with google before, too many times, DDG found it in one go: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=UqWwsUhrFBw


It would be great to see this sort of treatment for Mahir Cagri whose page followed a similar trajectory at the time.


Honestly, looking at the little hamster dolls on the website, I'm not surprised to see that they lost money.

Part of successful product development is making something people actually want to buy - slick marketing will only take you so far as the juicero showed us.

Those little hamster dolls just simply aren't cute or cuddly-looking.


Url changed from https://news.slashdot.org/story/18/12/29/0227257/how-one-mer..., which points to this.




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