Wednesday, August 04, 2010

Video: Harpe Babae!

My nephew Colin stars in the above parody of the ShamWow! commercial as Hermes. Colin created this video for competition at this year's National Junior Classical League Convention, where he won first place.

A parody of the ShamWow! commercial, we come to see Hermes, the god of merchants, trying to sell the same items he gave to Perseus, a curved sword and flying sandals. The name HarpeBabae! comes from two Latin words, Harpe (meaning "sickle-sword") and Babae (meaning "wow").

The NJCL is a group that celebrates the Latin language and the cultures of the ancient world. This is the first time I've seen a mashup between that really annoying ShamWow! guy and the Classical World of Antiquity. And it's funny.

The purpose of the NJCL

... is to encourage an interest in and an appreciation of the language, literature, and culture of ancient Greece and Rome and to impart an understanding of the debt of our own culture to that of Classical antiquity.
And here's a link to the original Shamwow! commercial for comparison.

Congratulations, Colin! And keep doing the funny! You're great!

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