Is „Where the hell is Matt” a hoax?

Matt is a 32-year-old deadbeat from Connecticut who used to think that all he ever wanted to do in life was make and play videogames. Matt achieved this goal pretty early and enjoyed it for a while, but eventually realized there might be other stuff he was missing out on. In February of 2003, he quit his job in Brisbane, Australia and used the money he’d saved to wander around Asia until it ran out. He made this site so he could keep his family and friends updated about where he is.

A few months into his trip, a travel buddy gave Matt an idea. They were standing around taking pictures in Hanoi, and his friend said, „Hey, why don’t you stand over there and do that dance. I’ll record it.” He was referring to a particular dance Matt does. It’s actually the only dance Matt does. He does it badly. Anyway, this turned out to be a very good idea. The videos were uploaded to his website for friends and family to enjoy. Later, Harding edited together 15 dance scenes, all with him center frame, with the background music „Sweet Lullaby (Nature’s Dancing 7″ Mix)”, a 1992 world music song by Deep Forest.

2005

A couple years later, someone found the video online and passed it to someone else, which passed it to someone else, and so on. The response to the first video brought Matt to the attention of the people at Stride gum. They asked Matt if he’d be interested in taking another trip around the world to make a new video. So in 2006, Matt took a 6-month trip through 39 countries on all 7 continents. In that time, he danced a great deal.

2006

After the second video things settled down again, and then in 2007 Matt went back to Stride with another idea. He realized his bad dancing wasn’t actually all that interesting, and that other people were much better at being bad at it. He showed them his inbox, full with messages from all over the planet. He told them he wanted to travel around the world one more time and invite the people who’d written him to come out and dance too. The Stride people thought that sounded like yet another very good idea, so they let him do it. And he did.

2007

He was all over the Internet and the news, I think even CNN a while back. Matthew Harding became famous with his „crazy dance”. Not only that, but he visited about 42 and recorded himself doing that exact same dance over and over again in all those countries. His second video has been watched 11,810,144 times on You Tube as of November 03, 2008. The background music/song of this video is called as „Praan” composed by Garry Schyman and sung by Palbasha Siddique, with lyrics adapted from the poem „Stream of Life,” a part of the Gitanjali by Rabindranath Tagore.

2008

Viral video sensation Matt Harding responds to accusations on You Tube that his „Where The Hell is Matt?” video was photo shopped. He reveals the entire thing was actually a big-budget viral marketing campaign…

In December 2008, Matt Harding sarcastically „revealed” at the Entertainment Gathering that the videos were a hoax and that he is an actor, not a game designer, and the videos were made using animatronics’ puppets and extensive video editing.

There is a lot of heart in this video from all around the world. And it kind of makes you think about the positive things and feelings. It makes you happy. That’s it, end of story.

I know you’ll really enjoy viewing his video and it may even bring couple of good smiles to your face.

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