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Dancing Baby (1997) The Dancing Baby (trivia: it was originally known as "Baby Cha Cha") may have been one of the earliest Web fads to suffer an antifad backlash. The hip-shaking baby was born in 1997 as an animation software demo set to "Hooked on a Feeling" by Blue Swede. Something about the baby struck a mass-media nerve. It hit the Internet like lightning--and then hit TV, with a guest appearance as a hallucination on Ally McBeal. Though true hipsters disavowed it when it got too popular, variations on the baby crawl the Net to this day.

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