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VIRAL VIDEO: Harvard Med students wax poetic about the spleen

Posted by Lara Salahi  January 13, 2014 08:56 AM

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Remember when flashcards and study groups were a valid way to study for an exam?

A group of Harvard Medical School students ditched the cards and went lyrical with their study pals, creating an original parody set to the tune of Ylvis' "What Does The Fox Say" to learn all about what role the spleen plays in the human body.

The catchy video has garnered nearly 2 million views on YouTube -- 1 million of those within the first 5 days it was posted.

It was originally created for Harvard Medical School’s 107th Second Year Show, but its unexpected popularity inspired the Harvard medical and dental class of 2016 to launch a nationwide academic challenge for students in grades K-12, called the HMS Organ Challenge. They're now asking students to submit their own educational music videos on any organ system.

“Because of today’s technology, making and sharing a video is surprisingly easy, and we hope that our challenge will empower children to create videos that are fun and creative,” said Ben Rome, a Harvard Medical School student who co-directed, filmed, and edited the spleen video.

Videos submitted to the challenge will be judged based on "creativity and anatomic accuracy," according to an official statement.

But really now, what does the spleen do?

Some explanations include:

A secret male uterus. With magic powers. And a vestigial fin. Whatever that means.

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