To show just how much they like the History Channel's new miniseries based on the Bible, the nuns at a religious bookstore in Culver City decided to break their conservative habits by joining a musical revolution that's become an Internet meme.
In a 39-second YouTube video, the young-minded nuns who work at Pauline Books and Media are seen moving and grooving to an uptempo song arranged by 23-year-old DJ and electronic music producer Baauer, called Harlem Shake.
The meme took flight in February when a group of dancing Australian teenagers, known as The Sunny Coast Skate, uploaded a video to YouTube. The teens' short routine was a followup to a video produced by a comedy vlogger who goes by the accurately-descriptive online handle of Filthy Frank.
By February 10, the upload rate of Harlem Shake videos had reached 4,000 per day worldwide, according to statistical data.
The Bible, a 10-hour series brought to cable and satellite television by Irish actress Roma Downey and British TV producer Mark Burnett, premiered March 3. The well-received project will end on Easter Sunday.