Cash me ousside, howbow dah? | dishashroff


Teenage Dr. Phil guest Danielle Bregoli proudly admitted to stealing cars and hitting her mom, and when the show’s audience challenged her on it, she challenged them back: “Cash me ousside, howbow dah?”

You’re forgiven if you need some explanation, because Dr. Phil did, too. It’s “Catch me outside, how about that?”—in other words, let’s go outside and fight about it. Bregoli’s unintelligible accent—she says it comes from “the street”—made her fodder for one of the biggest memes of late January and early February.

If you’re a regular viewer of The Dr. Phil Show, the two women’s segment was nothing out of the ordinary. One teen with attitude and a mouth to match + one anxious mother = some solid television (it always does).

If you object to a situation, or to someone’s behavior, just tell ‘em to cash you ousside.

As her mother explains, noting her daughter’s accent was acquired on “the streets,” “cash me outside” “means she’ll go outside and do what she has to do.” How ’bout that.

Since then, the clip and phrase have taken on a second life as a meme. Which seems perfectly reasonable, since “cash me outside, howbow dah” is the perfect retort for just about any situation. The phrase has been applied to everything from tweets to image macros and even inspired Bitmoji to roll out a pictograph inspired by the meme.

The segment likely would have faded into daytime-television obscurity had it not been for one perfect moment. “All these hos laughin’ like there’s something funny,” Bregoli says, gesturing to the audience. “Did you say,” Dr. Phil responds, judiciously pausing and moving his hands as though attempting to sort through Bregoli’s meaning, “the hos are laughing?” The audience begins to applaud. At which point Bregoli unleashes the line that would soon make her an internet star: “Cash me outside, howbow dah?”



whomst-whom-who-whomst’d-whomst’dn’tve | dishashroff


“Whom” sounds smarter and more formal than “who,” even though many people don’t use it correctly. And if is whom is smart, then whomst has to be really smart, right? And forget about whomst’d and whomst’dn’tve; they’re for geniuses only.

The rise of “whomst” on Reddit in early February also helped popularize a new meme format, a grid of three or more glowing brains, signifying increasing excitement about the subjects next to them.

“Whom” is meh. “Whomst’d” is where you want to be.

Many incorrectly believe that “whom” is a form of “who” that pretentious people use when they want to sound smart. But if that were the case, then “whomst” would be even smarter, and “whomst’d” would be for absolute geniuses only. These two made-up words are sweeping the meme world this week.

Whomst has two primary meme-ological forebears. One is the “increasingly verbose” trope, where explanations become wordier as the meme goes on. This is also related to other jokey internet attempts to prove one’s intelligence.

Whomst has its own version of this grid, showing a brain in three (or four) states of increasing arousal.The “whomst” meme is new enough that it doesn’t have to be any good to get a laugh.

“Whomst” also doesn’t need those brain images to function. It’s been around on Tumblr for some time as a text-only meme. An anonymous person sends a Tumblr ask wondering, “Whomst?” and the response comes back … “Y’AIN’T’D’VE.”

Yes, “y’aint” and its various forms are also a grammar meme that’s picking up steam this month.“yaint” started on Tumblr in December with this image of an arm-wrestling Superman. In the comic, the formulation “you all are not” is defeated by the superior “YAINT*.” Similar images are now everywhere on Tumblr, with fans of various entertainment franchises casting their favorite characters in the dominant “YAINT*” role.

Tumblr’s YAINT* takes a very different direction than the “whomst” of Reddit and Instagram, but they do have one thing in common: glowing laser eyes.

If you had to point to a big trend in the good memes of early 2017, that would be it. Perhaps it started with Gordon Ramsay‘s glowing eyes in the Lamb Sauce Located meme, or perhaps it was a case of independent discovery.

White guy blinking | dishashroff


When Drew Scanlon, of the video game site Giant Bomb, reacted on video to one of his friends making a dumb joke, he had no idea he was launching the blink heard ‘round the world. The video is from 2013, but in February 2017, a couple seconds of Drew’s bemused blinking has turned into one of the most popular reaction GIFs on Twitter called “white guy blinking”.

The meme’d man’s name is Drew Scanlon and the clip was taken from a 2013 YouTube video. Basically, he heard something that obviously didn’t sit well, and couldn’t help but express his confusion/disbelief/annoyance/etc (literally us and every other petty human on this planet). The clip of his funny AF facial expressions and rapid blinking was turned into a GIF, and even though it’s now old news, the Internet just recently made it blow up.

It’s now spreading like wildfire on Twitter, where people have found all kinds of diverse uses for it. Many of them have to do with the management (or mismanagement) of personal finances.

Don’t know how to respond to a confusing text? Send this GIF. Can’t figure out the best way to dumb your bae? Now you know! Basically, this meme is all you need to react to literally ANYTHING that happens in your life.

But really, it’s universally applicable to anything that surprises you, even if it shouldn’t.

This is a double joke because it’s not much of a pop quiz: Most people are calling the one with the blinking white guy “White Guy Blinking.” You could call it “the Drew GIF,” but nobody outside of the Giant Bomb community would know what you were talking about.

The interesting thing about this meme’s positioning on the viral internet is that it’s completely mainstream and Twitter-based. Unlike a lot of memes that start on Twitter (especially in the Black Twittersphere) and end up co-opted by Reddit and 9gag, “Dank meme” subreddits and meme economy investors don’t seem interested in this one at all.

If you need to express surprise, confusion, or bewilderment at something, Drew’s your guy—your blinking white guy.

Roll Safe Hood Documentary| dishashroff


Roll Safe originated in Kayode Ewumi’s 2015 webseries “Hood Documentary,” as the type of streetwise London guy who acts like he knows everything. The meme version of the character, developed by Black Twitter in February, focuses on one frame of Ewumi pointing knowingly at his own head. Roll Safe has it all figured out, but he also has it all wrong.

“If you don’t check my bank balance, you can’t be broke” and “you can’t disappoint your family if you’ve never made them proud in the first place,” are typical Roll Safe sentiments. Even if you instantly recognize that his logic doesn’t hold up, you might be able to relate to the feeling behind it: there has to be some clever way out of our dismal failures, right? The meme broke in late January but really hit its stride in February.

Roll Safe is an image macro serious featuring a screenshot of actor Kayode Ewumi grinning and pointing to his temple while portraying the character Reece Simpson (a.k.a. “Roll Safe”) in the web series Hood Documentary. The image is often captioned with various jokes mocking poor decision making and failures in critical thinking.

On June 1st, 2016, the BBC Three YouTube channel uploaded a mini documentary on the Hood Documentary series, in which the Ewumi is shown pointing to his head and smiling (shown below). Within eight months, the video gained over 1.04 million views and 1,300 comments.

On January 22nd, 2017, Twitter user @trapafasa posted the Roll Safe screenshot along with a caption noting that “‘men are trash’ tweets have gone down 70%” due to the approach of February (shown below, left). Within eight days, the tweet gained over 18,000 retweets and 17,000 likes. The following day, Twitter user @RyanWindoww[10] tweeted the image along with the message “You can’t be broke if you don’t check your bank account,” receiving more than 74,000 likes and 47,000 retweets over the next week.

Hollywood-Hollyweed Sign | dishashroff


When a prankster changed L.A.’s iconic Hollywood sign to “Hollyweed,” the internet reacted by posting their owned edited signs, often with the caption “They changed the Hollywood sign again.”

And what did they change it to? Anything and everything.

“The Warriors blew a 3-1 lead.” “Bush did 9/11/.” That System of a Down album cover. The script of Bee Movie and the first verse of Smash Mouth’s “All Star.”  The longer they got, the funnier they got. The real-life sign has been changed back, but we’ll never look at it the same way again.

It’s hard to say where true innovation comes from. What inspires change, action, or creativity? Is it outrage? Is it ambition? Or is it simply a reaction to childish pranks on iconic landmarks? As you may have noticed, the Hollywood sign got a little makeover recently, so those tall letters now read “Hollyweed.”

When we all woke up to face the day in the new year, never did we expect to find that the iconic Hollywood sign would be altered to read “Hollyweed.” However, thanks to one artist, we were blessed with a catalyst for one of the first good memes of 2017.

According to BuzzFeed, artists Zach Fernandez and Sara Fern are claiming responsibility for the prank. Fernandez said that after seeing an image of Daniel Finegood’s “Hollyweed” installation from 1971, he decided to start planning out his own version of the “Hollyweed” sign. In fact, one of the sheets over the Os allegedly read, “A tribute to Mr. Finegood.”

For a quick primer on Finegood’s piece, he was an art student whose project coincided with the state of California’s relaxed marijuana laws going into effect. Though Finegood passed in 2007, he used the Hollywood sign for art and protest throughout his life.

With versions of the meme ranging from lyrics to Smash Mouth’s “All-Star” to relationship status declarations, this meme has pretty much been run into the ground just 5 days into the new year.

However, such is life when it comes to the way the internet creates memes. We still get a chuckle out of a few of these, at least.

4chan: “brother may i have some oats?” | dishashroff


This meme started with an October 2016 tweet, but it didn’t come into its own until 2017. When markyannna posted a painting of two pigs and captioned it with one asking the other “brother may i have some oats,” some found it extremely funny, but no one knew it would become a big deal on 4chan.

“Brother, May I Have Some Oats” is a copypasta expression associated with a painting of two pigs, which is commonly circulated on 4chan’s /s4s/ and /r9k/ boards where it is often referred to as “oatposting.”

Throughout January, posters on 4chan were engaged in “oatposting,” spamming boards with variations on “bröther may i have some öats” and Photoshopping the pigs into various images. Just as oatposting died down on 4chan, it made the leap to Reddit, and oats memes went mainstream.

What’s the meaning of the pigs and oats? There may not even be one, and that’s what makes it funny.

On October 10th, 2016, Twitter user @markyannna[4] tweeted a painting of two large pigs with the caption “brother may I have some oats” (shown below). Over the next three months, the tweet gathered upwards of 18,000 likes and 12,400 retweets. According to the Compton Verney[7] art gallery, the oil on canvas painting titled “A Pair of Pigs” was created in 1850 by an unknown artist.

On October 30th, 2016, Tumblr[3] user nanalie posted a screenshot of the tweet, which gained over 68,000 notes in two months. On December 31st, 2016, an anonymous 4chan user posted the picture along with the message “Brother dear, would you please pas the oats?

On January 4th, 2017, YouTuber Joe Capo published a video titled “Brother May Have Any Oats” (shown below). That, the Difficulty II Facebook page reposted the video, which gained over 191,000 views, 3,700 reactions and 2,600 shares in less than 24 hours. On January 5th, Redditor quitethepersona submitted a screenshot of a 4chan thread featuring the pigs painting to /r/4chan.


“I have never been to Prague” : Michael Cohen | dishashroff


Did President Donald Trump‘s special counsel, Michael Cohen, meet with Russian officials in Prague in August 2016? Probably not, but the way Cohen tried to clear himself on Twitter was so ridiculous that it turned into a meme : “i have never been to prague”

“I have never been to Prague in my life,” he tweeted, with a photo of the front of his passport. People found it bizarre that he would show a photo that proves nothing—the stamps are on the inside, bro—and immediately began mocking him.

On Tuesday night, BuzzFeed news published a 35-page dossier allegedly assembled by a former British spy. Among the allegations contained in the document is a claim that Trump’s lawyer, Michael Cohen, met secretly with Kremlin officials in Prague in August 2016 – a claim that Cohen vehemently denies.

Of course, all Cohen’s tweet does is prove that he has a passport. It might not even be his passport, but he definitely has one. Or at the very least knows how to use Google Images. Inspired by Cohen’s, um, transparency, people are now tweeting their own proof that they also have never been to Prague in their lives. And by proof, I mean just about any arbitrary image.

One of the salacious details in the intelligence dossier published by BuzzFeed about Donald Trump was that his special counsel, Michael Cohen, met with Russian officials in Prague in August 2016.

It appears to have been a false claim, but Cohen’s first public statement denying it was … less than definitive.

The implication, perhaps, was that he could open up his passport and show you there were no stamps from Czechia. But just tweeting a picture of the cover of your passport and saying you’ve never been somewhere is about as overwhelmingly convincing as sharing a photo of the International Space Station and saying “I live here.”

Naturally, Twitter ran with the conceit.Here is guessing at least some of those folks have been to Prague. Whether they met with Russian intel is another story—albeit one that’s not as funny as what’s taking place on Twitter right now.