Kabooyow! Kapooyow!

Kabooyow! Kapooyow!

Updated May 09, 2013 at 10:37PM EDT by VanManner.  

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“Kabooyow! Kapooyow!” is an onomatopoeic expression uttered by Texas resident Michelle Clark to describe the noise of hail hitting her house during an interview with a local television news station in March 2013.


On March 21st, 2013, YouTuber TrippingOverFunny uploaded a video titled “Kabooyow! Kapooyow!”, which featured a clip from an NBC 2 Houston local news report about a hail storm that had struck some parts of Texas and Colorado on the day before. In the clip, Clark was quoted as saying “it was like ’kapooyow! kapooyow!” in describing the sound of her house getting battered by the hail (shown below).

Narrator: “Many said it sounded like nothing they’ve ever heard before.”

Clark: “It said ‘kahpooyah! kahpooyah!’ and then boy that hail just came in. I looked out my… opened my door and looked out my door it started hitting me in my head i took out running and ran to my restroom and then I called my momma to see if she alright.”


On March 21st, 2013, the Internet news blog Hyper Vocal[1] published an article about the clip, comparing it to other local news viral videos starring Antoine Dodson and Sweet Brown. Hours later, YouTuber Locke Vincent uploaded the first music remix video using the footage (shown below).

The same day, the video was posted in a thread on the Body Building Forums[2] by member KangarooMD, where it received 15 replies in the next six hours. Also on March 21st, the video was reblogged by several other Internet news sites, including Gawker,[3] The Huffington Post,[4] What’s Trending,[5] UpRoxx,[7] E Online[8] and BuzzFeed,[6] which featured an animated GIF from the video (shown below).

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