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Solving the mystery of Webdriver Torso

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Since September last year, a YouTube user named Webdriver Torso has uploaded over 80,000 videos on to their channel, most of which have been 11-second clips inexplicably filled with colored rectangles. The channel's eccentric patterns eventually drew the attention of the internet, leading to multiple attempts at understanding the true purpose behind Webdriver Torso. Over at Engadget, James Trew writes about the YouTube account's past and how its many mysteries were eventually solved. It's not the most glamorous tale, but Webdriver Torso's story illustrates how easily the web can make even the simplest ideas viral.