The Bizarre Online Origins of ‘Me IRL’
What is “me irl”? It’s tough to define, but I’m sure you’re getting the hang of it. It’s not an ugly, #nofilter selfie at 7am, when I’ve got a morning deadline and a hangover-induced bloodlust for Gatorade and bacon. It’s more of a dramatic representation of the lunacy of my life — our life, our shared experience — on the Web.
If you trace “me irl” back far enough — through the annals of Google history, past the modern eras of Twitter and Reddit and even the anarchic mid-2000s funhouses of 4chan and Something Awful — you’ll find the meme’s moment of origination. It took some digging, but I found it — what I believe is the very first true “me irl” published on the Internet. And it’s a doozy.
I guess it was … never meant
I Followed a Mystery Box to the End of a Syrup-Drenched Waffle Rainbow
GIF by Fernando Alfonso III
Look at this list of curse words I wrote when I was 7. Nothing’s changed.
There’s (sn)outrage in this Texas city because a dog can’t be mayor.
milesklee assembled this lovely poem out of Tumblr email subject lines.
My Mom and Dad Developed a Fart Game -
These are really my parents, and they really developed a fart game. Also, my mom has a Tumblr about pie.
Rob Ford loves tickles. GIF by Fernando Alfonso III/dailydot