In the style of The Many Memes of Meta

Catchphrases and concepts that spread from person to person are known as memes, which, courtesy the internet, can now explode across the earth like a highly contagious virus (hence "going viral"). As with their IRL counterparts, some infectious diseases are global, while others are endemic to specific regions.

Here we try to catalog some of these pathological sociological constructs that taint the water in our humble corner of the internet, Arqade.

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    These are really all memes of Gaming.SE chat, they don't tend to show up on the site itself. – bwarner May 5 '11 at 15:25
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    @bwarner Closest is [murder], or more accurately badp's comment on it, as that portion exists mostly within comments on here and the parent Q&A moreso than on the chat. Well, and GnomeSlice, since we don't actually chat all that much about his eccentricities. We have a bunch of Q&A-centric injokes (like how irritating it is to see Mana's face plastered on every other post), but I don't think any of that is really memetic yet. – Grace Note May 5 '11 at 16:13
  • ...no lazers? Honestly? Really? For serious, now? – Ben Brocka Jun 13 '12 at 3:47

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Meme: Questions that are absurd without context

Originator: Various

Cultural Height: As Often as Possible


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    @badp - what do you mean 'we don't need the entire list of questions' ? – Raven Dreamer May 17 '11 at 15:14
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    @Raven Exactly what it says on the tin. There's no need to have the global compendium of all the questions with slighty disturbing titles; just the best examples will do. Do we need a list of all the "ARDA IS A TERRIBLE MOD" jokes? – badp May 17 '11 at 15:45
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    This is cute when it occurs naturally, but I feel like increased efforts to force questions to be funny when a less amusing wording would be more natural is causing some of the shine to rub off. – jsnlxndrlv Sep 6 '11 at 22:59
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    Also see this question for a good selection of absurd question titles: – bcpettifer Sep 8 '11 at 19:33
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    @Bobson Or, we could all read badp's comment above, realize it's already bigger than it strictly needs to be, and stop editing it altogether. Maybe get a lock on the answer from a mod. – Billy Mailman Jun 6 '14 at 15:36

Meme: GnomeSlice getting into trouble in Minecraft

Originator: GnomeSlice

Cultural Height: ?



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    +1 for ego boost. – GnomeSlice May 4 '11 at 23:59

In memory of murder:

A lot of us loved [tag:murder]. Even many of us who knew it was a terrible tag, we still found its application humorous and the concept gave us entertainment. We're sad to see it go, but we're enduring its loss so that we can pave a way to a much greater future.

Meme: tag.

Originator: GnomeSlice.

Cultural Height: Probably about Here.

Murdered on: November 17th, 2011



Meme: GnomeSlice getting into trouble with Autocomplete

Originator: GnomeSlice's Funky Phone

Cultural Height: Whenever GnomeSlice is on the busty or has cold fjords.

Cultural Height 2.0: Snacks in a place


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    As with the absurd title answer, every example doesn't need to be added here. A dozen examples are more than enough. – MBraedley Apr 11 '15 at 23:47
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    I'll just leave @TimStone's masterpiece here: i.stack.imgur.com/ttusA.jpg – GodEmperorDune Jun 6 '15 at 3:57

Meme: Lazers


Cultural Height: The Mass Effect 3 promotion, "ME3Missions", which gave us:

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Background: See here.

Special Shout-out: Jin. For giving us Lazers <3

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    Why met doesn't do that? – Ankit Sharma Aug 5 '15 at 11:48
  • Wow, arqade is amazing! I literally just joined for the lasers - wish other sites had such a cool "ask question" button. – Irregular User Jun 2 '16 at 14:36

Meme: QA

Originator: Nick T

Cultural Height: June 12th, when the site name 'Arqade' and new design were published.

Background: Badp thought he was being oh, so clever. Now look what you've done. Half the chat has changed their name to include 'QA' in it somewhere.

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    I honestly never thought about the name like that. I thought it was just trying to be cool by spelling "Arcade" weird. – Batophobia Mar 11 '14 at 18:08

Meme: Wipqozn's law of gravitation.

Every topic on The Bridge, must, inevitably, eventually return to Minecraft and TF2.

Originator: Wipqozn

Cultural height: Whenever there's an active conversation on The Bridge

Background: http://chat.stackexchange.com/transcript/message/1228881#1228881


Meme: Arda is going to make a terrible mod

Originator: Mana

Cultural Height: Terrible



  • Ah, we will never have those stars back... – user56 May 6 '11 at 10:12
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    @Arda If it's any source of forgiveness, this is now my workaround for certain interface issues. – Grace Note May 6 '11 at 15:27
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    +1 for ego boost. Another +1 for ripping off @GnomeSlice. – user56 May 7 '11 at 21:49
  • Revived! – Ave Jan 25 '16 at 22:59

Meme: Photoshopping Mana's avatar onto other photos

Originator: Ronan Forman

Cultural Height: http://chat.stackexchange.com/transcript/message/2239295#2239295

Background: http://chat.stackexchange.com/transcript/message/1425948#1425948


Meme: Wipqozn has been removed from the list of this room's owners.

Originator: LessPop_MoreFizz

Cultural Height: Ongoing


Room owners in The Bridge derive a large amount of enjoyment from granting Wipqozn room ownership and then removing it soon after. This has recently started leaking into other chat rooms.


Meme: @OrigamiRobot (and others) accepting data

Originator: @OrigamiRobot

Cultural Height: To date, the most-starred data message is: GNOMESLICE WANTS TO BE A BAD GIRL: DATA ACCEPTED

Background: Originally, before the first datum was accepted, commands and factoids were accepted, although since the advent of data acceptance these reponses have not been seen again.

Important Note: The format for data messages is as follows:

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Meme: "Good morning, Bridge"

Originator: @Frank

Cultural Height: Pretty much every morning when @Frank says "Good morning, Bridge" in chat and everybody stars it.

Yes, it's really a thing

Testimonials for the positive effects of "Good morning, Bridge": 1 2 3 4 5 6

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    I still don't know how that became an Arqade meme, but whatever. – Frank Jan 7 '14 at 15:44
  • I know I started it because of random, and then it became a thing. – Arperum Jan 7 '14 at 15:45
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    I can't start my mornings anymore without "Good morning, Bridge". – Yuuki Jan 7 '14 at 15:52
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    I can't start my afternoon anymore without clearing stars on "Good morning, Bridge." – badp Mar 4 '14 at 14:31
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    Other people have started it doing it now too. Kevin says Morning chat when he enters the room in the morning, other regulars join in and inevitably Lazers 2.0 breaks the combo. At one point, a user even used this Lazers combobreaker to wish Kevin good morning... – Nzall Jan 11 '19 at 11:54

Meme: @Wipqozn is to blame

Originator: Spugsley (Wipqozn drove her to it because it is his fault, after all)

Cultural Height: Whenever there is real or imagined blame to be apportioned, and preferably with lots of pings to @Wipqozn while he is not in chat (thus summoning him in the middle of random tortoise turtle stuff)

Proof by Sterno


Meme: kalina setting people on fire

Originator: kalina

Cultural Height: still kindling

Related: Spreadsheet of people kalina has set fire to in the Bridge (2012, 2013, 2014)

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    links be dead :( – Vogel612 May 9 '15 at 20:07

Meme: Wipqozn

Cultural Height: Wipqozn realises his memetic status

Background: This question, This question, This question & This question

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    Wipqozn meme best meme. – Wipqozn Oct 24 '14 at 13:36

Meme: spugsley pls

Originator: Mana

Cultural Height: Whenever dolan is being discussed or spugsley needs a pls.

Background: Mana was the first to stumble upon dolan. GnomeSlice saw it and linked spugsley to some Dolan comics about a half hour later, but she initially ignored them. Mana posted some more ~17 hours later, but just bothered Fluttershy somewhat. Then Mana posted them to spugsley, and discovered that apparently she really hates them. After about ten minutes of her having a mental breakdown, "spugsley plz".

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    You're forgetting the part where @Mana posted adorable pictures of puppies and then changed all of them to dolan after I said they were adorable. He's the worst person – spugsley Aug 4 '12 at 0:39
  • @spugsley That sounds like it belongs under cultural height. – Wipqozn Aug 4 '12 at 12:36
  • hey, I invented spugly pls and, AND a custom dolan just to irritate her, so nyah. – agent86 Oct 2 '12 at 16:48
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    Then there's this – Batophobia Mar 7 '14 at 16:16

Meme: John being sad and saying :(

Originator: John

Cultural Height: Whenever John is in chat and Wipqozn is around to star the :(


  • Shouldn't you just post a new answer? – Ullallulloo Feb 1 '12 at 3:48
  • @Ullallulloo I didn't feel like letting the bytes go to waste. – John the Green Feb 1 '12 at 3:50
  • I lol'd. This made my day. – Wipqozn Feb 1 '12 at 14:44

Meme: @OrigamiRobot is scared of sloths

Originator: Pugsley

Cultural Height: @Sterno's offer?

Background: @Origami's statement and @Pugsley's response

Assorted other examples: StrixVaria, blem, fredley, OragamiRobot, FEichinger


Meme: Year of Wipqozn

Originator: God-Emperor Dune, fredley, and Wipqozn

Cultural Height: 2019 Moderator election

Background: Ash, badp, StrixVaria, and Raven Dreamer all turning in their diamonds in quick succession, leaving Arqade in the hands of none other than... Wipqozn.

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    To be fair @Robotnik was still around, but he's in crazy upside down Australia where its nighttime when the rest of the world is awake, so he's not able to stop my reign of terror. – Wipqozn Jun 18 '19 at 13:34

Meme: What is Love 10 Hours video.

Originator: Wipqozn

Cultural Height: Whenever someone feels like trolling Gnomeslice.

Background: MsDugITBANI

EDIT : The original video (or at least, at this URL) is no longer available on Youtube. Tragic.


Meme: Ponies

Originator: Wipqozn?
This is the earliest pro-pony post I can find, there might be earlier examples?

Cultural Height: Ongoing

Background: So I heard you like ponies? - Ponies created .


Meme: Freehand drawing

Originator: Various

Cultural Height: Ongoing



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