Gangnam Style, not Kim's butt broke the internet

THE shiny bottom of Kim Kardashian West was not enough to break the internet but Korean singer Psy's 2012 world-hit Gangnam Style may have done it.

The Korean novelty song that washed over the planet two years ago was watched by so many on YouTube that it actually broke the video website's counter.

The minds at the Google-owned video site never expected to have to deal with one clip being viewed more than 2.147 billion times.

When Gangnam Style topped that, things started getting weird.

For starters it bungled the YouTube counter. If you point your mouse at the view number on Gangnam Style video, it will even do a little dance for you.

If you're mathematically inclined, here is the explanation given by YouTube on its Google+ channel:

We never thought a video would be watched in numbers greater than a 32-bit integer (=2,147,483,647 views), but that was before we met PSY.

"Gangnam Style" has been viewed so many times we had to upgrade to a 64-bit integer (9,223,372,036,854,775,808)!

To delve deeper down the rabbithole, check out how Washington Post explains it here.

Simply put, computers do not count up indefinitely. They have to be programmed to count up to a certain point, which in this case was set at 2,147,483,647 -- known as a 32-bit integer in code terms.

Thanks to Psy, YouTube has been forced to shift it up to a 64-bit integer. This is not double the amount. It actually means YouTube can count four million times more views.  

For the Korean singer to break it again, his video would have to be viewed nine quintillion times.

That's the equivalent of every Australian young and old watching it more than 400 million times.

No pressure Psy.


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