I love that the article mentions this PEEL thread
. I have to wonder if it was maybe partially compiled by a PEELer.
Just for those too lazy to click the link and/or too dull-witted to find the relevant four lines of text, the actual origin of the meme appears to bear no relation to the show or to any line uttered by Zoidberg. Rather, it was a deliberate attempt at meta-humour.
I guess I assumed it came from a quote since "Shut up and take my money" and "I don't want to live on this planet anymore" reached meme-levels of popularity. It's kinda funny how they seem to spring out of nowhere as well. You'd think such memes would originate on a website like PEEL since we're nerdy enough to take them out of context and use them as forum weapons.
As for other memes that typically use Futurama framegrabs, those (mostly) came later. So their creation may owe something to this one, and the (mistaken) idea that the text is an actual quote from Dr. Zoidberg.
I think that the reason these things don't tend to originate on PEEL is the same reason that they do
tend to originate on places like /b/ and 4Chan. PEEL's not that kind of board. It's been said before and will likely be said again, but PEEL is a cut above most other forums in terms of the way we use (and spell) language, the intelligence of the average user, the approach we take to humour. We're somewhat elitist, we're generally not the lowest common denominator, and therefore we don't tend to slap together memetic devices that appeal to the broader spectrum of the public conciousness. If we do image macros, we do them as a joke. A single image, a single macro. We don't tend to produde them with the aim of mass-producing it as a meme. Unlike the memes that come from /b/, 4Chan, Tumblr, Reddit, and (to a lesser extent) Facebook. These are often created by people who are setting out to make something that anybody can pick up and modify slightly... this is reflected in the fact that a background image is usually created first, then one or more examples of text laid over it, and the background image will then be made available to the person who wants to try next.
It's essentially the design of modern icons via committee, and emerges from the broadest (and lowest common denominator) collectives on the internet. I very much feel that when PEEL devolves into meme-creation, it will be time for most of us with functioning brain cells to find a new internet community to share the things that we do which nobody cares about with.