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The Cup Song: WJBF Style

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It's the sound of this summer -- and anyone can do it...

But you have to have a plastic cup, two cups, and the tune.

It's a kitchen-table sensation -- and they call it the cup song.

ABC's Dan Harris explains.

If somebody from another era were to hop in a time machine, land in 2013 and briefly peruse the internet, that person would undoubtedly ask: what is the deal with all these cups??

As it happens, this is a viral trend with its roots in another era: 1931.

That's when music legends the carter family featuring June carter who later married Johnny Cash recorded an Appalachian folk song called "When I'm Gone."

Fast forward to 2009, when this British act did another version... adding something new... a rhymic cup accompaniment.

Actress Anna Kendrick caught wind of all of this and performed it in last year's hit movie, 'Pitch Perfect'

What happened next surprised everybody. Kendrick released the song as a single which hit the billboard top ten.

Even crazier people started doing their own versions: what started with tween girls, quickly moved to boys, grown-ups, grandparents even entire families around the kitchen table.

So we here at world news decided to try an experiment.

We took six tweens and matched them up with a skeptical middle-aged news anchor.

It took me a while, a long while, but I finally got it.

And now I fear I will never get this song out of my head.

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