weather icon Clear

Mannequin Challenge brings everyone to standstill in latest silly social media fad

A few years ago, everyday Americans got caught up doing flash mobs (dance videos in public), then they planked (posing online like a plank of wood) and did the Harlem Shake (posing as if frozen then bursting out in dance).

Now, as many people deal with post-election shock, others are acting as if a normal life is going on, by engaging in the newest social-norm fad called the #MannequinChallenge.

The Mannequin Challenge goes like this. A group of friends or co-workers pose totally still in stances while one person walks around them, capturing music-video of everyone stuck in mannequin poses.

Like all silly/fun social media fads, it sounds like work/enjoyment, depending on your outlook on life/age of your tendons.

Planet Hollywood headliner Britney Spears (who’s on a roll lately in pop culture) posted a viral video of herself and show comrades doing the #MannequinChallenge Saturday, holding poses in a music video.

Spears’ #MannequinChallenge is a valiant effort to pick people’s spirits up in this uncertain time, as people in her fan base have expressed election anxiety.


The singer Pink talks so openly about her family that, as soon as she confirmed she’s pregnant again, certain gossip media used her old quotes to paint her marriage as a family on the brink of disaster.

Pink posted a photo on social media of herself, looking quite pregnant and happy, standing on grass somewhere, next to daughter Willow, 5.

Earlier this year, Pink, 37, celebrated a 10-year anniversary with Carey Hart, 41, the Las Vegan, tattoo entrepreneur and retired motocross icon.

“Surprise!” is all Pink wrote in her pregnant photo caption.

But some headline writer looked sideways at that pregnancy news.

“Pink Confirms Pregnancy As She & Carey Hart Face A Marriage Meltdown,” was the headline in RadarOnline, a sister publication of the National Enquirer.

What marriage meltdown proof?

In the spring, Pink joked to Ellen DeGeneres that she and Hart were “due” for a break (not a breakup) because Hart fell asleep one night instead of giving her some romance.

But Pink followed that joke on “Ellen” by saying Hart is handsome, sweet and an incredible dad.

Or as Radar summed it all up in a subhead: “Will this miracle baby save their rocky relationship?”

Other media, such as People and the New York Daily News, were more congratulatory.


Actor Rob Lowe and son John Lowe partied Friday at club Omnia with Arnold Schwarzenegger’s son Patrick Schwarzenegger. It was John Lowe’s 21st birthday party.

Trey Songz performed a 32nd birthday party show with help from rapper Young Jeezy Saturday at Drai’s nightclub.

Chicago Cubs champ Dexter Fowler saw “Absinthe” Saturday.

Blackstreet R&B singer Teddy Riley saw “Absinthe” Friday.

R&B singer Brian McKnight played Topgolf Friday.

Embattled actor/director Nate Parker wasn’t in Las Vegas over the weekend, but his parents were. “Larry and Carie went to Vegas without me,” he tweeted Saturday, along with a photo of them posing around Venetian gondolas.


YouTube show “ETC Show” host @RickyFTW: “The only reason I love Vegas: “Sir you can’t walk out of here with that beer … let me give you a to-go cup.”

Doug Elfman can be reached at delfman@reviewjournal.com. He blogs at reviewjournal.com/elfman. On Twitter: @VegasAnonymous.

Susan G. Komen organization announces 30 grants

Susan G. Komen, the world’s leading breast cancer organization, has awarded 30 new grants to researchers at 18 leading institutions in the U.S. and Canada. The $14 million in grants support the organization’s mission to end breast cancer through funding two key focus areas: research to better detect and treat stage IV (metastatic) breast cancer and research to eliminate disparities in breast cancer outcomes.

Mob Month is back at the Clark County Library

For the fifth year the Las Vegas-Clark County Library District is making an offer some people find they can’t refuse. Mob Month is coming back to the Clark County Library, 1401 E. Flamingo Road, with events Tuesday nights in January.

7 ways autocomplete can get smarter

Autocomplete is one of the best (or depending on how hastily you push ‘send’ – worst) things in the world. We rely on it so much that Google plans to let us autocomplete whole emails. Here are seven ways predictive input can improve. 1. Recognizing names from previous emails Jakub Kokoszka has a tough name to […]

Movie posters might soon be based on your clicks

You may have thought you left Blockbuster behind, but the basic way we browse movies hasn’t changed all that much. We peruse poster after poster, kind of like walking the aisles of a ‘90s-era video store. That one poster image, meant to appeal to as many people as possible, is often all we see before […]

What I’ll be covering at NAB 2018

The National Association of Broadcasters show kicks off this weekend in Las Vegas.  The show focuses on new and emerging technologies and trends in relation to the media and entertainment industries. As it’s not open to the public, I’ll be at the Las Vegas Convention Center on Saturday, Monday and Wednesday to share some of […]