Pablo: Why Aren't We Alive?

Pablo: Why Aren't We Alive?

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Pablo: Why Aren't We Alive? is a memorable quote uttered by the character Pablo on the American children's animated television series The Backyardigans. Online, a screen capture of Pablo saying the line has been used as the punchline to jokes about death and exhausted trends.


On October 25th, 2004, The Backyardigans' Halloween episode "It's Great to be a Ghost" premiered in the United States.[1] In the episode, the characters Pablo, Uniqua and Tyrone are ghosts and Pablo (voiced by Zach Tyler Eisen) asks, "Why aren't we alive?"

14 years later, on October 24th, 2018, Redditor [4] AWESOMEPRESTON used the image of Pablo asking the question as the punchline to the following joke: "parents: *refuse to vaccinate their kids* their kids." The post received more than 44,000 points (94% upvoted) and 470 comments (shown below).

Parents: "refuse to vaccinate kids* Kids Pablo: Why aren't we alive


That day, Twitter [2] user reposted the image and received more than 59,000 retweets and 200,000 likes in two days.

Following the post, variations on the format were shared on various subreddits. For examples, Redditor[3] Specklecore shared the image with the caption "My team after Blitzcrank hooks the enemy Darius" in the /r/LeagueOfMemes subreddit. The post received more than 200 points (100% upvoted) in two days (shown below, left). Over the next few days, examples were shared on /r/dankmemes, /r/me_irl and /r/historymemes, as well (examples below, center and right).

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When your a meme and your older then 3 day:s Pablo: Why arent we alve PABLO ESCOBAR 2/12/1993 Pablo: why arent we alive America: *nukes Japan* Japanese. Pablo: Vhy aren t we alive
When you and your friends only browse Reddit and play video games all day u/snekarmy619 Pablo: Why are we alive? Kids when they wake up the day after the avengers came Pablo: Why arent we alive

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