Matthew T Grant


Tall Guy. Glasses.

Mereana Mordegard Glesgorv, or A Fistful of Super Web Strangeness

I received an email from a fellow named Igor. I assumed it was your garden variety, botnet-generated spam. It did, however, include a link to a Youtube video and, feeling secure that the Russians or Estonians or Ukrainians or whoever hadn’t jacked Youtube (yet!), I clicked on it. This is what I saw:

If you go ahead and watch the vid on the Youtubes, you’ll discover that there are multiple versions of it including parodies! Furthermore, the video and parodies are discussed at length on Know Your Meme. Why did they care? Because the video had some viral legs, in part thanks to this description which accompanied the original video post:

There is a video on Youtube named Mereana mordegard glesgorv. If you search this, you will find nothing. The few times you find something, all you will see is a 20 second video of a man staring intently at you, expressionless, then grinning for the last 2 seconds. The background is undefined. This is only part of the actual video.

The full video lasts 2 minutes, and was removed by Youtube after 153 people who viewed the video gouged out their eyes and mailed them to Youtube’s main office in San Bruno. Said people had also committed suicide in various ways. It is not yet known how they managed to mail their eyes after gouging them out. And the cryptic inscription they carve on their forearms has not yet been deciphered.

Youtube will periodically put up the first 20 seconds of the video to quell suspicions, so that people will not go look for the real thing and upload it. The video itself was only viewed by one Youtube staff member, who started screaming after 45 seconds. This man is under constant sedatives and is apparently unable to recall what he saw. The other people who were in the same room as him while he viewed it and turned off the video for him say that all they could hear was a high pitched drilling sound. None of them dared look at the screen.

The person who uploaded the video was never found, the IP address being non-existant. And the man on the video has never been identified.

Igor (if that is his real name) wrote in his message: “Tell you know this person? Simply it would be desirable to put an end in this history once and for all.”

The super strange part? I actually do know the guy in the video! How did Igor know? HOW DID HE KNOW!?!?!

More importantly, should I be afraid?

Category: Film, Irony

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18 Responses

  1. James says:

    Is that who we think is is?


  2. Hello, Mattew!

    I’m from Russia too and I’m doing a little research about this video “Mereana Mordegard Glesgorv”. It’s good we have found you! Probably, only you can tell us name of this man.
    Primarily, you shouldn’t be afraid. All is well 🙂 This video is fake.

    Some people approve his name is Mereana Garland. But, I hope, you help us (not only Russian – worldwide!) and tell his name.


    You can look for my website (sorry, it’s on Russian) and check for this sad story.

    Take care!
    Metrofan Zvenigorodskii

  3. Keynote says:

    >>>HOW DID HE KNOW!?!?!

    it’s a secret russian magic

    p.s. can you tell us who is this man, because holywars about this video are drive me and many other people crazy
    kids are so kids, you know
    they trust in every shi~ that seems or sounds creepy

    i can’t speak english, i learn it from the book
    © Kirpichi [Russian Alternative Band]

  4. admin says:

    Here’s the thing – he’s just a guy who works for a company. I asked him about the video and he had never seen it! So the bigger question is, who made this?

  5. We know who made this video. We just want to know name of this guy for finish this story

  6. rgba says:

    One guy wrote the story, the other guy made a video for it.

    Here’s the answer:

  7. Keynote says:

    >>>So the bigger question is, who made this?

    the nickname of this guy is brokeanddrive
    he read the creepy tale about the strange video
    and then he make this video
    there is nothing but the photo of this guy, but on the last second he starts to smile (but it’s just a very poor photoshop effect)

    also if you have an account on you can join to group about different scary videos and know more about MMG

    sorry for my horrible english

  8. Jordan Lee Williams says:

    Matt, please tell…what’s the actual name of that guy in the video ? Do you work with him ?

  9. Jordan Lee Williams says:

    Блят, шлуха ебушая…Мэтт !!!

    Скажи мне, что за хуйня на этом видео ???

    Я блядь тебя на куски порежу, свинья американская !!!

  10. admin says:

    First of all, did you just call me an “American swine”?
    Second of all, what is your “actual” name? My guess is that it’s neither Jordan nor Michael.
    Third of all, as others have pointed out, the origin of the image can be found here:

  11. Keynote says:

    We are neither gangsters (lol) nor special forces
    We (I mean me and many other guys) just want to know his name and put a final point in this story
    Please tell us at least his name without surname
    What are you afraid of? Are you afraid of Russians?

  12. Keynote says:

    Then I’m Pushkin or something

  13. admin says:

    Or perhaps my current favorite Russian writer, Виктор Олегович Пелевин?

  14. Keynote says:

    Are you kidding? O_O

    And what about russian music?

  15. admin says:

    Re: Pelevin – I liked that werewolf book.

    Re: music – I only know Ukrainian metal bands like Drudkh, Hate Forest, Forest, and Branikald (though those last guys might be Russians proper).

    I also dig these guys from St. Petersburg – Totalitarian Music Sect –

    What should I listen to?

  16. Keynote says:

    There is no good metal bands in Russia
    I approve this 😀

    BTW, the story about this video with your pal is already finished =)

  17. BananaXP says:

    I don’t get the video’s description. It says ‘Some who watched it died a few days later (some people witnessed) but I’ve watched the video.and i’m still alive. Although, sometimes I do srill think about the video. The end needs a #RIPPhotoshop caption on it.

  18. admin says:

    Thanks for the comment, BananaXP.

    I’m afraid there has been some exaggeration when it comes to the powers of this video.