Not long ago the Internet at large was captivated by a puddle in England — and this week's obsession is no less strange.
The office of Speaker of the House Paul Ryan on Friday put up a live video stream of our snowy Capitol as seen from the office balcony. A pleasant enough sight, but what has the Web riled up is the music: a funky, instrumental synth jam (selected by Ryan's press secretary AshLee Strong) that may or may not be a cover of Marvin Gaye's "Sexual Healing."
Why this track? Who is it? And why can't we stop listening? These are the questions being asked on Twitter, Facebook and in other corners of the Internet.
It's not quite as popular as the U.K.'s #DrummondPuddleWatch, which garnered nearly 20,000 viewers on Periscope at its peak. And as night fell in Washington, of course, you couldn't even see the snow ... but the beat goes on.