Unnecessary Footnotes

Unnecessary Footnotes

Updated Jan 31, 2018 at 10:26PM EST by Brad.

Added Oct 31, 2017 at 03:23PM EDT by Matt.

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About

Unnecessary Footnotes refers to the tongue-in-cheek usage of footnotes to immediately contradict with what the meme's author wrote.

Origin

The earliest known instance of the meme occurred on September 2nd, 2017. That day, Tumblr [1] user equalistmako wrote, "this just in.. The New Meme On The Block is unnecessary footnotes and anyone who doesn’t like this idea can kiss this¹
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¹ my ass"

The post (shown below) received more than 89,000 notes in two months.


this just in.. The New Meme On The Block is unnecessary footnotes and anyone who doesn't like this idea can kiss this 1 my ass

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The following week, numerous Tumblr users began using unnecessary footnotes to answer questions, make jokes and essentially provide honesty to their sarcastic posts. On September 3rd, Tumblr[1] user jilydiedmyass posted "You’ll stay with me? ¹ / ¹ Until the very end. The post (shown below, left) received more than 190 notes in two months.

The next day, Tumblr[3] user mygayisshowing posted, "Am I straight? ¹ / ¹ hell no." The post (shown below, right) received more than 1,900 notes in less than two months.


You'll stay with me? 1 Until the very end Am I straight? 1 hell no

Two weeks later, Tumblr[4] user bee-pd posted, "hey everyone! just wanted to say that right now i’m mentally stable¹ and i’m having a great day²! / ¹actually doing terrible: this is a cry for help ²another breakdown!!!" The post (shown below) received more than 4,500 notes in a month and a half.


hey everyone! just wanted to say that right now i'm mentally stable' and i'm having a great day2! actually doing terrible: this is a cry for help 2another breakdown!!!

On October 29th, the meme was included and explained by the tumblr account and meme archivist memedocumentation.[5]

That day, the meme's creator, equalistmako, posted "The 'footnotes meme'¹ is my greatest contribution to society / ¹ equalistmako, Tumblr, September 2nd 2017. The post (shown below) received more than 200 notes in three days.


anonymous asked Did you start the footnotes meme? The "footnotes meme"" is my greatest contribution to society 1 equalistmako, Tumblr, September 2nd 2017

Various Examples


hey everyone! just wanted to say that right now i understand hegel and i'm writing a great essay2! actually i don't know s--- 2nothing. i've written nothing Do you accept this* on your posts? constructive criticism When the moon hits your eye like a big pizza pie 1 That's amore.

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