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How Nickelodeon's "Motu Patlu" Became 2017's Most Baffling Meme In That Weird Part Of The Internet

How an innocent Teacher's Day video has created a global fandom around a dabbing, samosa-loving sex god.

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OK it's kinda hard to explain any of this, so let's start at the very beginning – there once was an animated kids show on Nickelodeon called Motu Patlu, about two friends whose names literally translate to "Fatty" and "Skinny".

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That was until September 4 this year, when the channel released a video for Teacher's Day... a video apparently made to teach oldies how to dab:

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The 30-second clip starts with characters from various Nickelodeon shows marking attendance in a classroom.

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Amongst those present are popular toons like Ninja Hattori, Kenichi, and the show stealers, Motu and Patlu.

It was all normal for a couple of days after the video dropped. Some LOLs, a few WTFs... business as usual on the internet, right? Wrong! Everything would soonly go off the rails.

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On September 7, non-Indian YouTuber Pileabones uploaded a hellish version of the video with the audio bass-boosted all the way up to 11.

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The day after that, Cartoon Shitposts uploaded a version where the clip gets bass-boosted AND sharpened every time someone says "dab".

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Together, the two videos have over half a million views and counting.

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It's not just Motu and Patlu, though. When the character Kenichi's name is called out for attendance in the video, it kinda sounds like the voiceover guy is saying "Kenny G" – like the elevator music saxophone legend...

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Such is the growing cult of Motu that group members now post photos of samosas (his favourite dish in the show) any time they come across them.

TL;DR – what started off as a harmless 30-second video to promote Teacher's Day has since evolved into a multi-layered meme about dabbing, Kenny G, and an overweight guy who is now a sex god... in all of two months.

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