With the passing of This meme’s 10th anniversary on February 12th, Now seems like a great time to pay our respects to one of the most double take inducing questions that has ever been posed online. If you’ve got a confused look on your face, it’s par for the course with this one. It’s not 100% clear what was going through the author of this post’s head.
Do you think this was the result of:
We’ll Probably never know for sure. But I will definitely make at least one more SpongeBob reference.
So, just reading this is enough to make you hurt yourself in confusion, but what about its context? Did it make more sense when in the original post as a reply? Well I’m afraid not.
In 2009, On 4chan’s /v/ board, Anon innocently posts a thread about an upcoming game for the Nintendo Wii called “The Conduit”. The OP links a YT video of some beta footage and touts the games features, concluding that “Wii finally has a current gen game”.
and then… A user creates a reply in the thread and LOL’s at the screenshot of the OP, then he incredulously asks:
The thread, now completely derailed off of it’s original topic, was filled with attempts at deciphering what the hell this person was saying. Ton’s of comments and reaction images flooded the post and the game being promoted quickly was forgotten about. Except…
Meanwhile, The YouTube video, (Unfortunately the video is now unavailable) which was linked in the OP’s Post was having it’s comment section torn asunder by hundreds of visiting users. The video prior to this point was unknown and all of a sudden, exploded with users commenting various versions of the question. They were remixing it, trying to answer it and basically having a bunch of fun with it in the moment.
Things got out of hand in the comment section pretty quickly.
From 4chan to YouTube, the phrase started to seep into the rest of the internet’s major networks.
This caught on as a method of perplexing and/or infuriating people online. By March it had made its way to Twitter. Many people were hit by surprise yet again at such a weird and unanswerable question. Twitter led to Facebook… and Facebook led to pretty much everywhere else. Reddit posts popped up, Yahoo Answers was being given a shot for its community to answer the question… Eventually it was pretty much everywhere… much to the chagrin of people not in on the joke
At one point the Wikipedia page for the Game “The Conduit” had the phrase snuck into a section of the article (since removed).
If you’re not familiar with CleverBot, (or other similar AI chatbots) They’re websites that let you talk to a computer who can form decent-enough responses to human questions. Soon, humans were asking the bots “Has Anyone Really Been Far Even as Decided to Use Even Go Want to do Look More Like?”
The bots either repeated the question back at users or just couldn’t handle the nonsense structure of the sentence and were either like “Lolwut?” or would go into some unexpected tangent.
Eventually, a general answer to the Great Question was conceived.
If you were to ask me
“Has Anyone Really Been Far Even as Decided to Use Even Go Want to do Look More Like?”
Then I would say
“You’ve got to be kidding me. I’ve been further even more decided to use even go need to do look more as anyone can. Can you really be far even as decided half as much to use go wish for that? My guess is that when one really been far even as decided once to use even go want, it is then that he has really been far even as decided to use even go want to do look more like. It’s just common sense.”
It’s interesting how language can influence memes. Consider how isolated of an event this was. Just a thread about a Wii game that would have probably gone widely unnoticed, until something so ridiculous appeared that it changed the world going forward. It’s possible you’ve heard this phrase or seen it written online somewhere. To Think it was just an anon typing something he may have thought made perfect sense.
I know that I’ll always get a laugh when I hear this uttered. It’s too nonsensical to ignore and it certainly will be one of those things that no matter how much time goes by, I’ll remember instantly what brought it about and how for a short period of time, it was super funny.
But this isn’t about living memes. No. We here at NEH pay tribute to these dead memes. A proper Eulogy that they never deserved, yet got anyways. A fragment of a memory within a foothold of interconnected library of the internet.
We’re certainly not meme necromancers. You can’t force a joke back to life because it was only really relevant within it’s original context, spread and “you had to be there” moments. But one thing I do know for certain about this meme….
Rich Clancey – Internet Historian