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Cinimod

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« on: 06-14-2012 17:03 »

After seeing the "Why not Zoidberg?" memes, I was trying to think what episode it came from, but I couldn't remember, and I couldn't even remember if he said it at all. I thought that if anyone would know, it would be PEEL.
DannyJC13

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« Reply #1 on: 06-14-2012 18:43 »

I don't believe it's from any episode. hmpf Not 100% certain, but I don't remember hearing him say it and The Infosphere has info on it but it isn't linked to an ep.
UnrealLegend

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« Reply #2 on: 06-15-2012 01:17 »

Glad I'm not the only one. It's been on my mind for weeks.  hmpf
Tedward

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« Reply #3 on: 06-15-2012 02:58 »

I've been thinking about that recently myself! I wonder if it's just a combination of "A wondrous thing happened, why not" and "[You all still have] Zoidberg..." It wouldn't be the only example of having a meme not come directly from a quote; the context of that squinting image from "The Lesser of Two Evils" is not Fry saying "not sure if...", after all.
UnrealLegend

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« Reply #4 on: 06-15-2012 03:04 »

I've been thinking about that recently myself! I wonder if it's just a combination of "A wondrous thing happened, why not" and "[You all still have] Zoidberg..." It wouldn't be the only example of having a meme not come directly from a quote; the context of that squinting image from "The Lesser of Two Evils" is not Fry saying "not sure if...", after all.

"Why not Zoidberg" actually sounds like something he'd say though, unlike Fry's "Not sure if..."

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. tongue
Dorsal Axe

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« Reply #5 on: 06-16-2012 16:56 »

Read "Origin": http://knowyourmeme.com/memes/futurama-zoidberg-why-not-zoidberg
totalnerd undercanada

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« Reply #6 on: 06-16-2012 17:32 »

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. tongue
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.
Roberto98

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« Reply #7 on: 09-22-2012 01:00 »

It was a random creation although the first one was about ink defence and yes I did read the know your meme
winna

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« Reply #8 on: 09-24-2012 16:24 »

Know your meme? 
* winna is sadly disappointed. frown
UnrealLegend

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« Reply #9 on: 09-25-2012 01:40 »

Do other kinds of disappointment even exist?
FutureChild

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« Reply #10 on: 11-02-2012 02:09 »

angrilly dissapointed when some famous singer you want to win an oscar doesnt,
Koobooki

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« Reply #11 on: 11-04-2012 22:58 »
« Last Edit on: 11-04-2012 23:02 »


Tired of the smiley? Why not Zoidberg?

(V)(;,,;)(V)

(hey, someone here had to do it :P)
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