If you’ve been on the internet at all this past weekend, the phrase, “Damn, Daniel” is probably already stuck in your head.
Daniel Lara, a student at Riverside Poly High School in California, has become the new internet sensation after his friend Joshua Holz posted a 30 second video of him on Twitter.
The video consists of Holz narrating several short videos of Lara saying, “Damn, Daniel, back at it again with the white vans.” After the video was posted on February 15, it quickly became viral with 290,000 retweets and 370,000 likes on Twitter.
Whether you understand it or not, the internet seems to be having a blast!
For the past week, the internet has been exploding with memes inspired by the post. With the use of social media, brands such as Axe, Clorox and Vans, quickly jumped onto this and used it to their advantage.
People are even selling their white vans on eBay for as much as $25,000!
One of these memes immediately went viral with almost 30,000 retweets and 36,000 likes.
Even Daniel Radcliffe got dragged into it.
SoundCloud user ‘Suhmeduh’ went one step further by creating a remix of the audio; it has been played 833,000 times. I must admit, it’s actually quite catchy.
You know that it has officially become a viral when businesses are creating their own memes.
Vans even went a step further and created a poll on twitter that had over 179,000 participants.
Of course Ellen DeGeneres had them on The Ellen Show. On the show, they talk about how it all started and how they’ve been getting attention from girls at the mall. Holz then received a personalized surf board with, “Damn Daniel! I was on Ellen!” and Lara received a lifetime supply of Vans shoes from the company itself.
Almost all viral memes on the internet seem to quickly die down so let’s see how long Lara and Holz get to keep their 30 seconds of fame.