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27 February 2024

Doomsday 2012: Gangnam Style hits 1 billion views, just as the Mayans predicted

By Staff

Already the most popular video in YouTube history, Gangnam Style on Friday, 21/12/12, became the first to achieve 1 billion views on the Google-owned video-sharing site.

So while the world didn’t end on December 21, 2012, as some were predicting, this was right-on- date as the Mayans… actually, Nostradamus predicted. Really!

The great Nostradamus apparently predicted doomsday based on a dancing horse and nine circles – which many online citizens of the world saw as a clear link to Gangnam Style.

This viral buzz on the Internet claimed that the worldwide Korean dance craze “Gangnam Style” heralded the end of the world on 21/12/12.

Nostradamus’ apocalyptic meme being shared around online claimed that he predicted that the calm morning, a dancing horse and nine zeroes would beckon the end of the world.

There’s this set of quoted text that is attributed to Nostradamus and his prediction of the end of the world:

“From the calm morning, the end will come When of the dancing horse The number of circles will be 9.”

And here’s how that’s linked to Gangnam Style: The quote implied that South Korea’s pride Psy and his ‘Gangnam Style’ fandom was the beginning of the end.

Korea is known as the ‘Land of the Morning Calm’. So, according to Nostradamus, the ‘end’ will come from the calm morning – that’s clearly Korea’s Psy.

The second part of Nostradamus’ prophecy, “number of circles will be nine”, apparently referred to the number of views in YouTube when it reaches 1 billion views. The song indeed hit the 1-billion-mark on Friday, the proposed end of the world.

The official Gangnam Style video was uploaded to YouTube on July 15.

In five months and one week, the goofy-dance-style video has eclipsed such YouTube mega-hits as Justin Bieber’s ‘Baby’, J Lo’s ‘On the Floor’, and the cute ‘Charlie Bit My Finger’.


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