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Hundreds of Students, Faculty at Prestigious Israeli University Wow Social Media With Special-Effects ‘Mannequin Challenge’ Video

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Students participating in the Mannequin Challenge at Technion. Photo: Screenshot.

Students participating in the Mannequin Challenge at Technion. Photo: Screenshot.

Hundreds of students and faculty members from one of Israel’s most prestigious universities took local social media by storm this week when they posed together for the “Mannequin Challenge.”

Computer science students and professors at the Technion-The Israel Institute of Technology in Haifa wowed viewers with a creative and professionally shot two-minute clip, featuring special effects accompanying the unofficial Mannequin Challenge anthem, “Black Beatles” by Rae Sremmurd.

The Mannequin Challenge —  a trend started by students in Jacksonville, Florida last month — is a play on the famous “Ice Bucket Challenge,” created to raise awareness for the campaign to cure ALS. It involves groups of people freezing in place in various positions and photographing the scene.

On Wednesday, ahead of a Presidential Medal of Freedom award ceremony at the White House, a group of honorees — among them celebrities Ellen DeGeneres, Robert DeNiro, Tom Hanks, Bill Gates, Diana Ross, Rita Wilson, Michael Jordan, Kareem Abdul Jabbar and Frank Gehry — stopped to video themselves taking the challenge.

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