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YouTube Number Key Remixes are numeric key combinations that skip to specific parts of a YouTube video which are often used to play familiar melodies.
On October 25th, 2010, a post was submitted to the /r/todayilearned subreddit, which revealed that pressing the number keys 1-10 allows the user to skip to different parts of a video in 10 percent increments. Prior to being archived, the post gained over 4,200 up votes and 250 comments.
On the following day, the /r/todayilearned post was featured on the technology blog Lifehacker. On February 27th, 2011, Yahoo Answers member Emily asked why YouTubers leave comments telling others to press number keys while watching a video, to which user Marcus Abukari replied that the numbers correspond to certain parts of the video. On July 30th, Redditor melted laundry submitted a video of a man pretending to drive a stick shift under the effects of anesthesia (shown below) to the /r/funny subreddit, instructing users to press “9 8 7 9 8 5 7 9 8 7 8 9” to play the 1972 classic rock song “Smoke on the Water” by Deep Purple.
On March 16th, 2012, the tech news blog Geeks Are Sexy highlighted a YouTube video of a screaming frog, which played the song “Imperial March” from the fantasy film series Star Wars by pressing the numbers “6 6 6 8 5 6 8 5 6 3 3 3 2 5 6 8 5 6” (shown below).
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