Harvard Med Students Sing 'What Does the Spleen Do?' in Parody Video

Ralphie Aversa

The class of 2016 at Harvard Medical School and Harvard School of Dental Medicine might be studying hard in an Ivy League setting, but that doesn't mean the future doctors don't know how to have a good time. The students put their vocals, dance moves, and medical knowledge on display in a new parody of the viral hit "The Fox" by Ylvis.


The video is called "What Does the Spleen Do?" and features on-camera contributions from 16 students. The Harvard students created the piece for the school's 107th Annual Second Year Show. Throughout the parody, the students sing about the use of various body parts, from the kidney to the lungs, while jokingly speculating about the spleen's purpose.

"If you can live without your spleen—can your spleen live without you?" the song asks, while suggesting that perhaps our spleen exists as a backup tongue or storage for extra teeth.

Spoiler alert: The song reveals at the end that the spleen filters blood, but then that notion is quickly dismissed. The video, which was filmed at various locations on Harvard's campus, has had over 130,000 views in just a couple of days. The students previously produced a parody about overachieving Ivy League students, called "The Gunner Song," to the tune of Macklemore's "Thrift Shop." It has racked up 324,000 hits since April.