Having been on the innernets (or some variation thereof) since about 1989, I’ve seen a lot of silly things come and go: Chuck Norris; The Hampster Dance; the terrifying, probably Satanic soul-sucking void known only as ‘Doge’…  As a huge fan of the running gag and the theory that a joke keeps getting funnier when you beat it to death, I don’t mind repitition, and seeing new people jumping onto old, stale jokes often fills me with joy, like when a friend asked me last month if I’d heard about ‘Rickrolling’.  Even with that mindset, though, there comes a point where just… one… more… Tommy Wiseau reference will actually cause my brain to implode.  As with anything, it’s a question of quality, quantity and also of frequency, which leads us to today’s eye-of-the-beholder query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) was actually a stand-up comedian for a short while, ’til I took an arrow to the knee, asking: What internet meme or running gag would you most like to see retired forever?


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Once upon a time, there was a young nerd from the Midwest, who loved Matter-Eater Lad and the McKenzie Brothers... If pop culture were a maze, Matthew would be the Minotaur at its center. Were it a mall, he'd be the Food Court. Were it a parking lot, he’d be the distant Cart Corral where the weird kids gather to smoke, but that’s not important right now... Matthew enjoys body surfing (so long as the bodies are fresh), writing in the third person, and dark-eyed women. Amongst his weaponry are such diverse elements as: Fear! Surprise! Ruthless efficiency! An almost fanatical devotion to pop culture! And a nice red uniform.


  1. Do not speak ill of Doge. If only because the actual dog in Doge is adorable & its owner is using the internet fame to encourage her native Japan to adopt more pets from shelters like she did (Japanese shelters are apparently super quick to put down animals, sadly). In fact, I tend to be more forgiving of the animal-based ones because (a) I like animals and (b) a lot of the featured animals come from shelters & the owners use them to promote pet adoption, which is always good.

    I kind of got sick of The Room references as well. It can’t hold a candle to Troll 2 (except maybe the one-line-only breast cancer subplot), and to see people quoting it all the time is irritating. Also, Wiseau being kind of scummy to me – suing people for pointing out that his movie was badly made but then trying to get the “fanbase” to watch his next film & not realizing that the only reason anyone watched his first one was because it was badly made. Either embrace your badness or not – don’t try to use fame from badness to prove your stuff is somehow actually good.

  2. While I’m a HUGE Doctor Who fan, I’m sick of all those “(insert character here) is a Time Lord” postings.

    And that stupid “Troll Face” people keep photoshopping it on other characters faces.

  3. All of it. Sorry, I wsa geek and a nerd before the internet invented memes, so I still remember the times when a good reference was something amazing, unique, our own code that couldn’t be replicated because it required both the intelect and the knowladge. We were lonely people, unpopular, and when someone answered flash to our lightening, it was a big deal.
    I miss that.

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