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When armed men do the mannequin challenge, police make arrests

Commentary: In Alabama, it's not necessarily wise to pose for a meme with your gun when you're a convicted felon.

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A scene from the video.

AL.com/YouTube screenshot by Chris Matyszczyk/CNET

The problem with the internet is that everyone wants to join in.

Especially when a meme comes along that distracts the world from, well, everything else that's going on.

So many have delighted in posing for the mannequin challenge. This, should you have only been de-mummified in the last 24 hours, involves standing still, making a video, posting it to Facebook and bathing in the applause.

In Alabama, however, 22 men discovered that once the hand-clapping stopped there was a risk of being clapped into handcuffs.

As AL.com reports, their mannequin challenge video was posted to Facebook on November 9. It involved them all clutching weapons and posing.

It's rather a given, though, that once something is posted to Facebook, it might fall into the hands of anyone in the world.

In this case, it came to the attention of the Madison County Sheriff's Office.

Officials there scanned the actors and decided that some law-breaking might have been involved.

Indeed, sheriffs and other authorities armed with a warrant subsequently performed dawn raids and arrested two men from the video -- Kenneth Fennell White, 49, and Terry Brown, 23.

White is charged with first-degree possession of marijuana and possession of a firearm by a violent felon. Brown is accused of possessing drug paraphernalia, loitering and promoting prison contraband (he allegedly had the drug with him when he arrived at the jail).

It's unclear how the video fell into the hands of law enforcement. The Sheriff's Office didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.

It's not hard to imagine, though, that once sheriffs saw the video they thought: "Hmm, wonder if those guns are licensed. Wonder who those men are."

In a press conference, Capt. Mike Salomonsky said that during the search they discovered firearms and marijuana. He also left open the possibility that more of the mannequin men may be felons.

Posing with guns on social media is an ever-popular activity, but one that can get people into trouble. Even police officers. Who can forget the Pennsylvania police chief who posed for a Facebook picture with a gun-toting woman? He was suspended.

Participating in memes and adding guns to the fun isn't always a wise thing to do, especially if you know your picture may be everywhere.

Let the meme pass. It'll be forgotten by the end of the week.