YOUR NIGHTLY VIDEO: “Dancing Matt,” or — 4.4 Million YouTube Viewers Can’t Be Wrong

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By: Greg Mitchell

Without belaboring this — just watch the video, which is new to me but, apparently, not 4.4 million others who have already viewed it on YouTube over the past several months.

This slacker literally danced across seven continents. Watch him dancing on top of the Great Wall, on Easter Island, in Monument Valley, Antarctica, Rwanda and Machu Picchu, and seemingly, everywhere else, captured by his own little video camera. For the background, see his bio from his site reprinted (below) here.

Enough said. Dig the music. Try to smile. And why are we all sitting at our desks? We should at least be dancing on top of them.

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Van Morrison in two videos, visiting the classic he penned, “Gloria,” first with John Hooker and then his own mid-’60s performance with Them.

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Matt’s bio.

Matt is a 30-year-old deadbeat from Connecticut who used to think that all he ever wanted to do in life was make and play videogames. He achieved this goal pretty early and enjoyed it for a while, but eventually realized there might be other stuff he was missing out on. In February of 2003, he quit his job in Brisbane, Australia and used the money he’d saved to wander around the planet until it ran out. He made this site so he could keep his family and friends updated about where he is.

A few months into his trip, a travel buddy gave Matt the idea of dancing everywhere he went and recording it on his camera. This turned out to be a very good idea. Now Matt is quasi-famous as “That guy who dances on the internet. No, not that guy. The other one. No, not him either. I’ll send you the link. It’s funny.”

The response to the first video brought Matt to the attention of the nice people at Stride long-lasting gum. They asked Matt if he’d be interested in taking another trip around the world to make a new video. Matt asked if they’d be paying for it. They said yes. Matt thought this sounded like another very good idea.

At the end of 2005, Matt left on a 6 month trip through 39 countries on all 7 continents. In that time, he danced a great deal.

Matt dances very badly, but most people don’t seem to mind.

Matt is not rich. Matt also doesn’t have some magical secret for traveling cheaply. He does it pretty much the same way everybody else does.

Matt thinks Americans need to travel abroad more.

Matt was a very poor student and never went to college. When he got older, he was pleased to discover that no one actually cares. Matt doesn’t want to imply that college is bad or anything. He’s just saying is all. There’s other ways to fill your head.

Matt currently lives in Seattle, Washington, where he still works in videogames from time to time as a writer and designer. Matt recognizes that this is not the worst job in the world, but he prefers traveling.

Matt is left-handed.

When Matt was younger, he could hang seven spoons on his face at once. Sadly, puberty made Matt’s face less conducive to spoon-hanging.

Matt has a little piece of extra cartilage sticking out on the rim of one ear and a little hole in the same place on the other ear. Since saying so on this page, he’s been informed that the extra piece of cartilage is called a Darwinian Tubercle. Matt thinks this is pretty much the greatest name for anything ever.

Matt is very good with figures and wishes people asked him to multiply things more often.

Matt has never lost a staring contest.

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