NEW YORK (FOX 5 NEWS) - Viral challenges often lead short lives enjoying a period of months in which the nation dumps cold water on its head, lip-syncs a catchy pop song, or practices a new dance they learned on the internet.
But not long after an old trend fades off into obscurity, a new one announces itself in our inboxes and social media feeds.
Before the New York Giants tweeted its entry in the mannequin challenge, students at a high school in Florida posted what they claim represents the very first instance of the meme.
The nature of a college or pro locker room or a lenient work place seems to lend itself most naturally to the mannequin challenge allowing a large number of like-minded people to pose in life-like positions in a natural setting long enough for a camera to weave its way through them.
Gathering the requisite number of willing friends and interesting props to execute this silent frozen flash mob at home seems a rarer occurrence.
The mannequin challenge's arrival on your local news all but guarantees this meme has just about peaked in popularity and as it oversaturates everything on the internet in the coming days and weeks, winding towards its own inevitable demise. The trend-setters who create challenges like this one have likely already discovered what comes next.