Happy New Year! You Were Punked. Or Not.

Unless you spent 2008 in a cave, you saw at least a minute or two of video-game designer turned world traveler, Matt Harding, goofy-dance his way around the globe in one of 2008’s most-watched YouTube videos. (It’s been viewed more than 17 million times.)

In recent weeks, you might also have caught wind of accusations that Harding’s now famous trek was little more than a Photoshop-enabled hoax.

Harding has finally addressed those allegations in this very surprising new video: