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2/10 Would Not Bang is an image macro series in which photos of physically attractive women (and occasionally men) are scrutinized for minor or imagined flaws, prefaced by an ironically low rating on a scale of one to ten. The images are meant to parody hypocritical judgments made about women’s sex appeal on the Internet.

Origin

The rise in popularity of the phrase “would not bang” can be attributed to the advice animal series Butthurt Dweller, which represents Internet commenters who are smug and judgmental about the physical appearance of others. On August 4th, 2011, a Butthurt Dweller Quickmeme[14] image was submitted with the caption “‘That bitch got fat since high school, would not bang’ / 90 lbs overweight” (shown left). On September 15th, another Butthurt Dweller image with the caption “6/10 / Would Not Bang” (shown right) was submitted to the image macro site Meme Generator.[12]

On January 3rd, 2012, a thread titled “Would not bang” was submitted to 4chan’s[1] /b/ (random) board, which featured a photo of actress, model and WWE fighter Stacy Keibler.[2] The image was captioned in red text with criticisms of subtle details in the photo and the words “2/10 / Would Not Bang” in white. The thread received 545 replies prior to being archived, many of which included new versions of the meme.

Precursor: Sharp Knees

On June 23rd, 2004, a photo gallery of Playboy model Carla Harvey was submitted to the Internet humor site Fark[13], to which user studman69 replied:

“I definitely would NOT hit it. Just look at those sharp knees. She is way below my standard.”

The comment became an ironic catchphrase on the site and inspired photoshopped screenshots of the comment with images of unattractive men.

Spread

On January 3rd, 2012, a post titled “2/10 would not bang girls” was submitted to the /r/4chan[3] subreddit, which included images from the original 4chan thread posted earlier that same day. On January 4th, a compilation of “would not bang” examples was submitted to FunnyJunk.[5] On January 7th, Body Building[7] forum user KuRdiSh created a thread titled “2/10 WOULD NOT BANG (pic)”, featuring the original image of Stacy Keibler from 4chan. On January 24th, the Internet humor blog UpRoxx[8] published an article titled “Meme Watch: ‘2/10, Would Not Bang’ Is Here to Help Point Out The Flaws You Might Have Missed”, which applauded the meme for parodying Internet commenters’ hyper-criticism of beauty. The following day, Slacktory[9] writer Cole Stryker published an article titled “2/10 Would Not Bang: 4chan’s Funniest New Meme”, which included several examples of the series.

The meme has continued to spread on sites like FunnyJunk[16] and Tumblr[6] under the tag “#would not bang.” As of April 24th, 2012, a Facebook[15] page for “2/10 Would NOT BANG” has received 192 likes.

Notable Examples


Derivative: Would Bang

On January 23rd, a photo of Valve co-founder Gabe Newell featuring the caption “10/10, would bang” reached the front page of the /r/gaming[17] subreddit, accumulating over 800 up votes in less than 24 hours. Several other inverse editions of “would not bang” have since been created with unflattering photographs.

Derivative: Would Not X

On January 26th, The Huffington Post[10] published a post titled “2/10 Would Not Bang Meme: What Else Won’t People Do?”, which included variations of the series including “would not eat”, “would not save” and “would not date” derivatives.

  

Search Interest

Searches for “would not bang” were relatively low in volume until January of 2012, the same month the earliest “2/10, would not bang” derivatives appeared.

External References

[1] Chanarchive – Would not bang (nsfw)

[2] Wikipedia – Stacy Keibler

[3] Reddit – 2/10 WOULD NOT BANG – GIRLS

[4] imgur – 2/10 WOULD NOT BANG

[5] FunnyJunk – Would Not Bang

[6] Tumblr – #would not bang

[7] Body Building Forums – 2/10 WOULD NOT BANG

[8] UpRoxx – 2/10 would not bang Is Here To Help Point Out The Flaws You May Have Missed

[9] Slacktory – 2/10 Would Not Bang 4chans Funniest New Meme

[10] The Huffington Post – 2/10 Would Not Bang Meme What Else Won’t People Do?

[11] Wicked Fire – I review chicks 2/10 would not bang

[12] Meme Generator – 6/10

[13] Fark – Playboy hottie: Carla Harvey

[14] Quickmeme – That bitch got fat since high school

[15] Facebook – 2/10 Would NOT BANG

[16] FunnyJunk – would not bang

[17] Reddit – Would do, indeed

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“I Can Count to Potato” is a catchphrase that is meant to indicate a lack of intelligence, typically in photographs of people with learning disabilities or pictures of celebrities that appear to be mentally handicapped. It is sometimes used in image boards and web forums as a reaction image to comments that are deemed unintelligent. Due to the insensitive nature of the meme, the expression is often associated with ableism[7], a type of discrimination against people with disabilities.

Origin

The phrase “I can count to potato” was first used in the 2005 comedy film The Ringer in which con man Steve Barker (played by Johnny Knoxville) pretends to be mentally disabled in order to compete in the Special Olympics. The phrase can be heard at 1:14 in the following clip where Barker rehearses his performance in the mirror:

A “count to potato” t-shirt was submitted to CafePress[8] on January 10th, 2006. The earliest known image macro featuring a photo of reality television star Heidi Montag was posted on the celebrity meme blog ROFL Razzi[1] on November 8th, 2008.

Spread

An image macro of a young boy with down syndrome was submitted to The Chive[15] on February 24th, 2009. On September 20th, a photo featuring a young girl with down syndrome with an Advice Dog color wheel background was submitted to FunnyJunk.[3] Redditor Hipll[2] claimed that the photo of the girl spread across the Internet after her parents published it in the book Surprise Package: When God Turns Your Life Upside Down’s.[4]

On February 9th, 2010, a post titled “Ching Chong Potato” was submitted to FunnyJunk with a photo of an asian male with down-syndrome appearing to be conducting an orchestra accompanied by the caption “and-a one and-a four and a ching chong potato.” The image was subsequently posted on Tumblr[11], deviantArt[12] and inspired the creation of a Facebook[10] page.

On 4chan, “count to potato” images are often used as a combo breaker in “count to X” threads, as seen in an archived thread[17] from May 28th, 2010.

On December 19th, 2011, a Scumbag Steve derivative was submitted to the /r/adviceanimals subreddit and reached the front page accumulating over 8,500 upvotes within a month. The post was subsequently criticized for being ableist in the /r/ShitRedditSays[6] subreddit the same day.

As of February 15th, 2011, an “I can count to potato” Facebook[14] page has 459 likes, a Quickmeme[16] page for “U are so potato” has 29 submissions and there are 30 Yahoo Answers[13] questions mentioning “count to potato”.

Examples


Search Interest

External References

[1]ROFL Razzi – i can count to potato…

[2] Reddit – Hipll

[3] FunnyJunk – I can count to potato

[4] Parable – Surprise Package – When God Turns Your Life Upside Down’s#

[5] Reddit – I’m going to hell for this

[6] Reddit – (on a picture of a kid with Down’s syndrome) I can count to potato! Only counts to firetruck. [+955]

[7] Wikipedia – Ableism

[8] Cafe Press – I can count to potato black shirt

[9] FunnyJunk – ching chong potato

[10] Facebook – Ching Chong Potato

[11] Tumblr – #ching chong potato

[12] deviantArt – he can count to potato

[13] Yahoo Answers – count to potato

[14] Facebook – I Can Count to Potato

[15] The Chive – this is not funny

[16] Quickmeme – U are so potato

[17] Chanarchive – Count to 99

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Good Guy Greg is an image macro series featuring a photo of a square jawed man smiling at the camera with a joint in his mouth. The overlaid text generally depicts acts of kindness, generosity or a general empathetic attitude, and is meant to be the antithesis of Scumbag Steve.

Origin

The first Good Guy Greg images initially surfaced on 4chan, and were subsequently posted to Canvas in a thread titled “This i good guy greg” posted in #4chan near the end of April 2011.[1] It is currently unknown who Good Guy Greg is in real life, or who took the original photo.

Spread

A Quickmeme page was created on May 19th, 2011.[2] The first Reddit post occured on the same day, and linked to one of the Quickmeme images.[3] It can be found on FunnyJunk[4], Tumblr[5], and Memegenerator where it has over 390 images as of June 2011.[6]

Search

Search queries for “good guy greg” started in late April corresponding with the Canvas thread creation date.

Precursors

Prior to the creation of Good Guy Greg, an offshoot of Scumbag Steve called “Cool Guy Steve” appeared on Reddit shortly after he was interviewed. [7]

A similar image macro series called “Generous Jeff”, has been seen on Reddit as early as February and is often associated with marijuana in the /r/trees subreddit.[8]

Notable Derivatives

Template

External Links

[1] Canvas – #4chan

[2] Quickmeme – Good Guy Greg

[3] Reddit – Goody Guy Greg on Debts / 5/19/2011

[4] FunnyJunk – Good Guy Greg

[5] Tumblr – #good guy greg

[6] Memegenerator – Good Guy Greg

[7] Reddit – Steve’s Last Act of Scumbaggery

[8] Reddit – Generous Jeff

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Computer Reaction Faces are reaction face images used to express the emotions of someone sitting in front of a computer screen, which often take the form of comic illustrations and animated GIFs.

Origin

The first computer reaction face instance is currently unknown. The Long Neck Reaction Guy image (shown below) is rumored to have originated in the /v/ (video games) board on 4chan in 2009, where it would be used in reaction to threads involving disturbing video games like Katawa Shoujo, a dating game in which the player romances a women with crippling disfigurations.

Spread

On March 28th, 2010, a thread was created in the /a/ (Anime & Manga) board on 4chan,[1] in which a template image featuring a computer monitor sitting at an empty desk was provided for other users to create their own computer reaction images (shown below). Prior to being archived, the thread received over 200 responses.

Computer Guy

On April 5th, 2011, Redditor _hellojello submitted a post to the /r/funny[2] subreddit titled “The awkward moment when you spell a common word correctly, but it just looks so wrong so you stare at it forever,” which featured an illustration of a man sitting at a computer with his hands on his face (shown below, left). Prior to being archived, the post received over 995 up votes and 100 comments. On October 17th, Redditor Bmxing85 submitted a post titled “I knew it… This is how I always saw computer computer guy,”[3] featuring a comic illustrating the computer guy’s arms as a large Fu Manchu mustache (shown below, right).

NSFW Guy

On June 26th, 2011, Redditor thexnotoriousxlmg submitted a post to the /r/funny[4] subreddit titled “NSFW You Say,” which featured a four-pane vertical comic of a man sitting at a computer with an erection wearing a smiley face (shown below). Redditor Tasteless_Gif replied to the post with an animated GIF version of the comic, which became the top-voted comment with 61 points. Prior to being archived, the post received over 1,840 up votes and 30 comments.

Notable Examples

Search Interest

External Links

[1] 4chanarchive – Archived Thread

[2] Reddit – the awkward moment when you spell a word correctly

[3] Reddit – I knew it… this is how I always saw computer guy

[4] Reddit – NSFW You Say

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60’s Spider-Man refers to image macros from stills taken from an old Spider-Man cartoon series, which is infamous due to it’s poor quality animation, writing, and voice acting. The overlaid text typically represents Spider-Man’s absurd internal monologue relating to what action can be seen in the image.

Origin

The images were taken from the Spider-Man animated television series that ran from September 9, 1967 to June 14, 1970. It was jointly produced in Canada (for voice talent) and the United States (for animation) and was the first animated adaptation of the Spider-Man comic book series, created by writer Stan Lee and artist Steve Ditko.

The meme on originated on the internet around 2009 after users of /co/ would stream episodes of the show and invite others anon’s to come and watch. The show itself was very low budget. This can be noted by the over-use of stock animation, such as images of Spider-Man swinging across skylines and the focuses on his face. The fact that the show was low budget contributed to the poor animation. Being a poorly animated show, there were tons of funny, awkward, over dramatic and odd poses Spider Man and other characters would strike into at random times during the show. This amused the majority of viewers would in return would post these images on the board after an episode ended, some what like a recap of the funny parts. As time went on and these images were saved and circulated, highly exploitable and funny to look at it wasn’t long until they gained captions and started being used reaction images.

Spread

60’s Spider-Man has seen growing popularity on blog sites such as Tumblr[1][2] since the beginning of April 2011. However, evidence of the meme on the blog site has been noted as early as November of 2010. The earliest evidence of 60’s Spider-Man on Tumblr came from a blog called “Wallopin Websnappers”[3]. The person behind the blog collected over 700 screenshots from the 1967 show and posted a good amount of them individually without captions.

4chan Thread

4chan archive has a /co/ thread from July 19, 2009 titled “Spider-man on his day off”[4] with 153 posts featuring images of Spider-Man with humorous titles that are very similar to the overlaid text found in the image macros.

Notable Examples

Search

Search traffic for “spiderman meme” has seen a significant increase since January, 2011 that may correlate with the resurgence of popularity with the 60’s Spider-Man image macros.

External References

[1] Tumblr – Spiderman Spiderman

[2] Tumblr – Fuck Yeah Spidermemes

[3] Tumblr – Wallopin Websnappers

[4] 4chan archive

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“Draw Yourself” is an exploitable cartoon series centered around a plain stick-figure that can be customized to resemble what the illustrator looks and dresses like in real life. Similar to other character templates like fsjal and conga, “Draw Yourself” became a popular pastime on imageboards and forums largely due to its casual aesthetics. This version is not to be confused be with the expanded multi-pane template Draw Your Life.

Origin

The online phenomenon of illustrating and sharing self-portraits have been in existence prior to the emergence of “Draw Yourself” template, with notable examples like “Draw Yourself as a South Park Character” and “Draw Yourself as a Teenager” from the early 2000s.

The stick-figure template was created by LaxJeff2002 on a F@NBOY$ Forum [1] thread.

The figure itself first appeared on the /co/ board of 4chan after having been posted there by a friend of Jeff’s, where over 250 images of it were made.

Spread

Because the “Draw Yourself” template had its beginning on 4chan, there is little information available as to the specifics of its origin, but the drawing fad continued to spread throughout 2010 across a wide range of forums like Ultimate Guitar Forum[2], Dream Theater Forum[3] and Bodybuilding Forum[4], as well as online art communities like DeviantART[5]. “Draw Yourself” threads are still commonly seen on 4chan[6] and Canv.as[7]. Throughout its lifespan, the Draw Yourself template was incorporated into other templates.

Your Life

The first template created from the original was the Your Life template, popularized in early 2010 on the /b/ board, that included day to day things such as favorite music, food, or catchphrase.

Draw Your Life

The Draw Your Life template, also popularized in early 2010 on the /b/ board, included the Draw Yourself template for different ages, allowing for a different kind of variety in the original.

External References

[1] F@NBOY$ Forum Thread – Drawing From A Template Posted on 7-11-2009

[2] Ultimate Guitar Forum – Draw Yourself? / Posted on 11-29-2009

[3] ArmorGames Forum – Draw Yourself for AG / Posted on 7-10-2010

[4] BodyBuilding Forum – ITT: Draw Yourself / Posted on 1-06-2010

[5] DeviantART – Search Results: Draw Yourself Meme

[6] 4chanarchives – Draw Yourself With Your Favorite Toy

[7] Canv.as – Group: Drawings

[8] Dream Theater Forum – The MS Paint Thread V. Draw Yourself

[9] KYM Forum – Post Your Avatar Self

[10] 4chanarchives – Armless Guy

[11] 4chanarchives – Draw Vidya Characters

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